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Cardinals on the rebound

Santa Clarita Christian, Keoshian took out the frustrations from last week’s loss

Posted: October 25, 2008 9:59 p.m.
Updated: December 27, 2008 5:00 a.m.

SCC's Joe Grayem tackles Matt Clark of LA Lutheran in the second half on Saturday night at Canyon High School. The Cardinals won, 54-6, before the game was stopped in the third quarter.

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Offense was certainly not in short supply at Canyon High School on Saturday night as the Santa Clarita rode a 48-6 halftime lead to an easy 54-6 victory over the visiting Lions of L.A. Lutheran. The contest was so lopsided that officials decided to call the game early in the third quarter.

Coming off its only loss of the season, SCC rebounded nicely as senior quarter/slot back Collin Keoshian scored six touchdowns, two on long interception returns from his linebacker position.

His heroics at Canyon helped the eight-man football team win its first Heritage League opener and improve to 6-1.

Santa Clarita Christian's only touchdown allowed was on a 79-yard kickoff return by Matt Clark.

"We totally shut out them out," Keoshian said. "I read the plays, caught it and ran as fast as I could. This win was a good refreshment for the team."

The victory, which was called with 10:26 left in the third quarter due to the 45-point mercy rule, helped ease some of the sting from a 54-38 last week at Canyon to Thatcher of Ojai.

Next week is a 2 p.m. Saturday game at Faith Baptist in Canoga Park. Faith Baptist is the No. 1-ranked eight-man football team in the country, according to Calpreps.com. Santa Clarita Christian was ranked No. 2 before its recent defeat.

"We had a tough loss where we allowed them to come back in the second half," said Santa Clarita Christian head coach Garrick Moss. "It was nice to get a win. This is one of those games you don't want to overlook, because anything can happen."

But ‘anything' took the night off.

Keoshian's first touchdown was a 72-yard return on the opening kickoff. A few minutes later, he took the pigskin down the left sideline and marched for a 44-yard touchdown run.

Clark's long kickoff return made it a 14-7 ballgame, but Lutheran (0-1, 2-5) did not come any closer.

Colin Mayhugh put on his best juke moves to score on the ensuing 55-yard kickoff return. He stutter-stepped down the right side of the 80-yard field, faked and avoided a few defenders, then he scored for a 21-6 lead that came within the game's first three minutes.

"It was so tiring, but it was fun," Mayhugh said. "I wanted touches."

Mayhugh dropped five passes, four of them on slant routes.

"I'm more of a mental player," Mayhugh said. "Once I get one drop, it got to me."

SCC quarterback Stephen Borden went 5-for-14 with 91 yards and a 32-yard touchdown pass to Keoshian.

"We really wanted to work on our passing game to prepare for next week," Moss said. "When you're scoring on kickoff returns and interceptions, it's a little hard to do that. But we're proud of our kids."

Keoshian tacked on a 10-yard run and a 71-yard interception return to put the mercy rule into effect. Borden scored on a 5-yard run in the second quarter.

After the game, every player from the Santa Clarita Christian squad handed their parents pink roses. Moss received an ice bath from his players while making a brief speech.

There was a five-piece band that played during breaks in the game.

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