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SCCS football: Door slammed shut

SCCS can’t escape multi-talented Desert Christian running back in blowout loss

Posted: October 2, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: October 2, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Santa Clarita Christian School quarterback Conner Harvery, right, laterals the ball to running back Trevor Lopez (11) on Saturday night during a game against Desert Christian at College of the Canyons. Harvey finished 8-of-20 for 80 yards passing.

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The Santa Clarita Christian football team saw a lot of Desert Christian’s Kiel Alcaraz on Saturday night at College of the Canyons.

Unfortunately for the Cardinals, most of it wasn’t good for SCCS.

Alcaraz scored five times on the ground, once on a kickoff return, and added an interception return for good measure as Desert Christian, the No. 1 ranked team in the CIF-Southern Section Northeastern Division, behind a powerful double-wing offense, scored on its first possession of the game and never looked back on its way to a decisive 63-0 victory.

Alcaraz finished the game with a new single-game school record of seven touchdowns according to school officials, and rushed for 157 yards on nine carries.

“I came out here and I just gave it my best,” Alcaraz said. “From the first play (I realized tonight would be a big game). My first (two) touches were touchdowns.”

The second of those two touches was a 78-yard gallop that for all intents and purposes sealed the game with 5:38 left in the first quarter.

SCCS (1-3) struggled the entire game to get things going on the offensive end as the Knights’ defense stymied Cardinals quarterback Connor Harvey.

The junior finished 8-of-27 for 80 yards and the interception to Alcaraz.

The interception was returned 46 yards to give the Knights a 21-0 lead late in the first.

The ground game wasn’t working either for the Cardinals as the Knights defense consistently swarmed to the ball, holding sophomore Derek Lewis to just five yards on three carries.

Harvey led the team on the ground with 27 yards on 11 carries.

That certainly wasn’t the case for the Knights, whose bruising rushing attack frustrated the Cardinals all night.

The Knights scored on five of their six first half possessions with Alcaraz reaching the end zone on runs of 10, 78, 29, 13 and 12 yards, and the interception return.

The Knights’ Michael Ruiz also returned a Cardinals’ punt 60 yards for a touchdown as the Knights went into the locker room up 47-0.

In the second half, the Knights picked up where they left off, as Alcaraz returned the third quarter opening kickoff 95 yards for a 54-0 lead.

The Knights would add a field goal and a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Lucas Chatham for the final tally.

Chatham finished the game 2-of-5 through the air with 43 yards passing and 16 yards on five carries and a touchdown on the ground.

For the Cardinals, in their first season of 11-man football, the loss is another learning experience as they try to build the program.

“It’s got to be learning from teams like this ...” SCCS head coach Garrick Moss said. “It will show us on film, just to see a team like that, that capitalizes on our mistakes ... they make plays, they execute and that’s what we’re trying to learn from good teams.”

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