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Foothill football: It’s survival for Canyon

Canyon gets a late score from Coley Apsay for the win

Posted: October 29, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: October 29, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Canyon running back Max Archuleta (1) follows a block by offensive lineman Juan Rodriguez (53) against West Ranch at Valencia High on Friday.

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West Ranch’s plan was to keep the ball away from Canyon’s potent offense.

It almost worked.

But when the Cowboys needed it most, Coley Apsay came up with a 5-yard touchdown reception from Jonathan Jerozal in the corner of the end zone with 17 seconds left in the game, sealing a 13-7 Foothill League victory over the Wildcats on Friday night at Valencia High School.

It was redemption for Apsay, who fumbled the ball away on Canyon’s previous possession while fighting for extra yardage on a 50-yard pass play.

Apsay ended up as the day’s top receiver with three receptions for 84 yards.

Jerozal finished 16-for-26 for 205 yards and two touchdowns.

His other scoring strike went to Drew Wolitarsky on a 1-yard play on fourth-and-goal with 3:39 left in the third quarter.

Before that play, the Cowboys (7-1, 2-1) struggled to keep possession of the ball due to aggressive play by West Ranch (5-3, 1-2), which forced four turnovers.

Offensively, the Wildcats shortened the game by keeping it on the ground with Jeff Coprich, who tallied 100 yards on 23 carries.

In the first half, the plan to play keep-away worked well.

West Ranch caught Canyon off guard with a surprise onside kick to start the game, which resulted in the first of four Cowboy fumbles in the game.

Ben Milleman fell on the ball for the Wildcats, who then scored on the very next play when Coprich scampered for a 35-yard touchdown.

West Ranch led 7-0 in the first 15 seconds of the game, but couldn’t find an answer on offense after that.

Canyon’s defense didn’t allow the Wildcats to complete a pass in the second half, and allowed just two in the game.

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