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Toads hard to swallow

SCC allows 46 points in second half

Posted: October 18, 2008 10:23 p.m.
Updated: December 20, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Thatcher quarterback Austin Krause gets set to throw a 55-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter despite a heavy rush put on by Santa Clarita Christian's Daniel Chaplin, center, and Steven Borden, right, on Saturday evening at Canyon High School.

After a 5-0 start to the season, the question remained - could anyone stop Santa Clarita Christian?

Some may say Thacher was able to accomplish this feat Saturday night, while others may contend they stopped themselves, losing 54-38 at Harry Welch
Stadium on the Canyon High School campus.

Committing five turnovers and giving up 46 points in the second half, the Cardinals winning streak stopped at five in a tale of two halves.

Despite the efforts of junior running back Collin Keoshian who filled up the stat sheet with 221 yards and two touchdowns combined with 75 yards and a score receiving, the Toads where simply too much to handle in the second half.

"We didn't tackle well at times and we didn't rap up," said Cardinals head coach Garrick Moss. "Blow coverages. We didn't pick up the wide open guys."

The Cardinals jumped out first, moving down the field with ease. Long runs by Keoshian led to a 10-yard touchdown up the middle by the junior running back, who would also tack on a two-point conversion.

Early miscues by SCC kept Thacher in the game.

First Toads senior Drew Connick intercepted Steven Borden and took it 60 yards for the touchdown.

Following the two-point conversion, the game was tied at 8.

As the Cardinals marched down the field, another interception prematurely ended the drive.

However, SCC got back on track following a 17-yard strike from junior Colin Mayhugh to senior Russell Gage, and added one final score before the half when Borden ran the ball in from 4 yards out.

The Cardinal defense came up with key plays from Keoshian, junior Daniel Chaplin, senior Joe Grayem and Mayhugh comprised of powerful hits, fumble recoveries, sacks and pass defenses, limiting the Toads to 8 points going into halftime.

Thacher quarterback Austin Krause was not able to complete a pass for positive yardage until under a minute left in the second quarter, holding the Toads to 60 yards of offense.

Rarely does one say that a 22-8 lead appeared to be a slow start, but with the several Cardinals drives sputtering due to turnovers and defensive stops, it is possible that the men in black and red left points on the board.

"We had a few opportunities in the first half that we felt we could have at least punched another one in," Moss added.

Thacher came back strong in the second half, jumping out first on a 55-yard sprint from running back John Callander.

The Cardinals responded with touchdown of their own when Borden hit Keoshian in the back of the end zone from 21 yards out.

However, the SCC defense broke down on the following drive, allowing a 55-yard touchdown pass from Krause junior Will Waste.

"It was definitely a killer," Moss noted, crediting the play as a potential turning point in the game.

However, there was controversy surround the play and whether or not the receiver was eligible.

The Toads defense held the Cardinals to three and out, forcing the punt and quickly capitalized when running back Quinn McMahon took the ball in from 6 yards out, putting the visitors up for the first time by the score 32-30.

Keoshian took over for the time being, returning the kickoff 64 yards to the Thacher 8-yard line.

Carrying the ball every time on the drive, Keoshian finally blasted the ball in from the one.

After another interception turned the ball over to the Cardinals - this time from Keoshian.

Callander made them pay with a 10-yard score and the lead, Thacher going ahead, 40-38.

The ensuing drive, the SCCS offense stalled and was forced to punt.

The ball came down in the arms of Krause who took it 50 yards for the touchdown.

Thacher added one final touchdown for good measure.
A stunned crowd sat silent.

Now, there is a new question to pose.

Will Santa Clarita Christian be able to shake off the loss?

We are just going to have to be ready to play," Moss added. "We have to make some changes and fine-tune the defense, get better at the fundamentals."

Next week, the Cardinals will try to rebound against L.A. Lutheran in SCCS' final home game of the season.


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