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Prep football: Cardinals fall in a hole early and can’t dig out

Dropped passes, missed tackles and other mistakes cost SCCS in team’s second-ever 11-man football ga

Posted: September 17, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: September 17, 2011 1:55 a.m.

ACTON — Santa Clarita Christian School head football coach Garrick Moss expects there to be a learning curve in the Cardinals’ transition from 8-man to 11-man football, especially given the team’s core of youth.

Friday’s game against Vasquez of Acton was part of that curve.

SCCS fell behind early as costly drops, missed tackles and missed assignments proved too difficult to overcome in a 44-6 loss to the Mustangs at Vasquez High School.

“A good humbling experience like this, if dealt with in the right way next week, can be a good thing,” Moss said.

The Cardinals (1-1) were coming off a 25-0 win over Lucerne Valley in their season opener, but on Friday, they struggled to contain an efficient Mustang offense.

Vasquez running back Gino Campos led the way, rushing 16 times for 179 yards and two second-half touchdowns, including a 59-yarder with 6 seconds left in the fourth quarter that capped the Mustangs’ first win of the season.

“We opened it up tonight,” said Vasquez head coach Tim Jorgensen. “I told the (assistant) coach to call plays up and down the line. We are finding out that these guys can get competitive.”

SCCS’s lone score of the night came following an interception by Jake Dillon early in the third quarter. After 30 yards of Mustang penalties and an 11-yard sprint by Cardinals running back Jacob Nogle, sophomore Derek Lewis punched in the score from two yards out.

Lewis carried the ball 10 times for 21 yards and registered several hard hits on defense.

The Cardinals, who were missing starting right tackle Danny Durbin and tight end Tikko Moore to illness and a knee injury, respectively, struggled to get the offense going. Moss expects both players to be available next week for his team’s home opener against Windward of Los Angeles at Canyon High.

SCCS quarterback Conner Harvey finished 6-of-20 with 31 yards, while his counterpart, Nik Dene, was 11-of-22 for 163 yards and three touchdowns to three different receivers — Chad Robinson, Brandon Scribner and Jesse Augenstein.

Acton (1-2) took a 19-0 lead at halftime after a snap went over Trevor Lopez’s head for a safety in the first quarter. Mustang Brian Fuhrman returned the ensuing kickoff 60 yards for a touchdown and a quick 9-0 lead. Then, Dene connected with Scribner from 21 yards out and Augenstein hit a 31-yard field goal before the break.

After Lewis’ second-half score, Acton started rolling again and didn’t slow down, rattling off 25 unanswered points.

SCCS was held to 50 yards of offense in the first half and couldn’t climb out of the hole.

“We knew if we didn’t execute, we were going to be in for a long night,” Moss said.


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