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Cougars rough up Raiders

Carpenter electrifies with 95-yard return to spark effort

Posted: October 11, 2008 10:16 p.m.
Updated: December 13, 2008 5:00 a.m.
 
It's difficult to say which was more dominant -- the offense or the defense -- as the unbeaten College of the Canyons football team thoroughly manhandled Moorpark College in a National Division, Northern Conference laugher.

COC, its engine kick-started by Hayo Carpenter's game-opening, 95-yard kickoff return, used the momentum of Fred Winborn's three first-quarter touchdowns and a smothering defensive effort to blow past the Raiders 48-3 Saturday night at Cougar Stadium.

With the win, Canyons (6-0, 2-0), the No. 3 ranked team in the state, is off to its best start since 2005.

COC head coach Garett Tujague attributed his team's performance to a strong week of practice.

"Everybody's 100 percent in the weight room,100 percent in conditioning, and it's paying off. They play well together, and they trust each other," Tujague said. "We had a couple of breakdowns with containment on defense, fixed it early and shut them down."

The victory had press box statisticians in sweaty-forehead mode as they pulled Yeoman's duty tracking all of those imposing numbers on both sides of the ball.

COC sophomore quarterback Brad McClellan had a solid night with 19 completions on 26 attempts for 298 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

He completed 15 of 16 in the dominant first half. He also carried the ball 18 times for 155 yards and a score.

McClellan said the game plan was to get Carpenter involved early in the game.

"We went with some comebacks to Hayo and more stuff outside just loosen them up, and we pretty much did whatever we wanted to do after that," McClellan said. "We're riding high, but coach Tujague, he keeps us down, gives us that humble pie, let's us know that every week we have to go after what we want because it's never going to be handed to us."

Carpenter finished the game with 12 receptions for 225 yards and a touchdown. The sophomore wide receiver bested Mark Hamilton's previous single-game record of 214 yards, set in 1998 versus Glendale College.

Canyons and Moorpark (3-2, 0-1) last met in 2006, when the Raiders snapped COC's 44-game conference winning streak that dated back to the 2000 season.

Not this time.

The carnage started early when Carpenter emerged from a wall of teammates on the opening kickoff, picked up a key block from Sean Quinn and used his explosive acceleration to stun the Raiders.

"Quinn said to just follow him, and when I caught the ball he opened up the hole just like he said he would," Carpenter said. "Everybody on the kickoff team, we've been talking about getting the big one this weekend."

Moorpark place-kicker Jorge Vazquez, out of the hold of Canyon High grad Mark Urbina, gave the Raiders their only points with a 36-yard field goal.

Winborn added to the Cougar lead with first-quarter touchdown runs of 14, 12 and 2 yards to give COC a 27-3 lead.

Carpenter's 14-yard touchdown reception with five seconds left in the half lifted the Cougars to a 34-3 advantage at the break.

Winborn's fourth touchdown of the game, a 2-yard, third-quarter bolt up the middle, gave the sophomore running back 29 career scores, tying a school record set by J.J. Arrington in 2001-2002.

The durable Winborn also eclipsed Marcel Marquez's school record of 233 career carries, a mark Marquez established in 2004-2005.

McClellan's 1-yard quarterback keeper in the fourth quarter closed out the scoring. With McClellan's standout performance, Cougar coaches had the luxury of sitting out backup quarterback Joey Frias, who was nursing a sore throwing hand.

Moorpark head coach Jim Bittner said his team never got on track.

"It was a long day," Bittner said. "There weren't any answers that we could come up with. We couldn't cover their receivers and we couldn't get a rush on the quarterback. We played OK in spurts, but I think that had more to do with COC. I think they got a little bored."

COC's defensive effort was led by Eric Wells, who had seven tackles. The Cougars held Moorpark to 139 total offensive yards.

The only noticeable blemish for COC was the extra point and trio of field goals missed by Ricky Drake, although one of those attempts was from 52 yards into a brisk crosswind.

It was a long night for Moorpark quarterback Don Stenegal, who was sacked four times. Stenegal was 6-of-19 for 68 yards.

The Cougars will take their unbeaten streak to Glendale (3-2, 1-0) Saturday for a 7 p.m. contest against the Vaqueros.

"Glendale could try to be a Cinderella," Tujague said. "The guys understand the intensity of the conference run, and you can't slip because there are people there waiting for you."


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