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Canyon football: Wide margin

Receivers try to top each other; Canyon prevails

Posted: September 24, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: September 24, 2011 1:55 a.m.

COWBOYS head football coach Rich Gutierrez during the game against the Camarillo Scorpions. photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/For The Signal

Canyon head football coach Rich Gutierrez put it best.

“Strange night,” Gutierrez said.

The Cowboys jumped out to an early 21-point lead after kickoff was delayed one hour due to lightning, and Canyon held off Adolfo Camarillo and a record-setting performance from Scorpions wide receiver Jake Maulhardt for a 52-28 victory on Friday at Canyon High School.

Cowboys wide receiver Coley Apsay hauled in eight catches for 151 yards and two touchdowns, and teammate Max Archuleta had 22 carries for 162 yards, including a 72-yard score early in the second half. 

Canyon junior wideout Drew Wolitarsky set the Canyon career receiving record with a four-catch, 56-yard night, bringing his total to 2,630 yards. Sean Coen previously held the record with 2,600 yards.

However, Maulhardt kept Camarillo inspired with a state-record 27 receptions for 320 yards and three touchdowns. The previous record was held by Fullerton’s David Sepulveda, who brought down 26 catches in 1984.

But it wasn’t enough thanks to Canyon’s early offensive efficiency.

The Cowboys (3-0) led 21-0 at halftime sparked by a 55-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jonathan Jerozal to Zane Patterson early in the first quarter.

“It was a great way to start off,” Gutierrez said of his team’s early success. “Definitely an interesting night.”

Jerozal finished 16-of-25 for 275 yards, three touchdowns passing, one rushing and one interception. The senior left briefly in the first half after being hit in the back by Camarillo’s Jameson Sperling, who was hurt on the play. Sperling had to be taken off the field on a stretcher. Jerozal finished the game.

Camarillo (1-2) scored quickly in the second half to ignite a back-and-forth series of scoring drives between the two teams.

Canyon ultimately came away with the win, also getting two rushing touchdowns from running back Daniel Castro and a 31-yard field goal by Bonafacio Rojas.

Conrad Kotake recorded a touchdown for the Scorpions, who were held to 29 yards rushing. Camarillo quarterback Michael Marin was 39-of-53 for 419 yards and four scores.


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