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SCCS football: Cards fall in 11-man playoff debut

Cardinals gain experience; look forward to next season

Posted: November 19, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: November 19, 2011 1:55 a.m.

As difficult of a night as it was for Santa Clarita Christian School football, head coach Garrick Moss took solace in the overall success of the school's first attempt at the 11-man game.

Not much went right for SCCS during a 69-0 loss to Bishop Mora Salesian High in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Northeast Division playoffs on Friday night at Salesian High School in Los Angeles.

The loss ends an up-and-down season for the Cardinals (5-6), who recovered from a 1-4 start to finish second in the San Joaquin League and earn a spot in the postseason in their first season coming from 8-man football.

"Overall we feel very pleased with the outcome," Moss said. "We're excited with how young we are and that we have that opportunity for the next couple of years to not only get into the playoffs, but really make a statement."

This time around, SCCS faced a challenging task against the Mustangs (9-2), who won the Santa Fe League.

SCCS couldn't keep up with Salesian's speed from the skill position players and couldn't match the size up front.

"It's tough to compete with a team like that," Moss said. "They're athletic across the board. Every receiver, every running back is athletic across the board."

On top of that, the Cardinals helped Salesian out by throwing two interceptions and fumbling the ball twice.

After jumping out to a 20-0 lead after the first quarter, the Mustangs took advantage of two Cardinal turnovers.

Salesian added another five scores in the second quarter, making the halftime score 55-0.

Jacob Nogle was SCCS's top rusher on the day, but his production didn't translate into points as SCCS's drives often fell short in the red zone.

"We had a couple opportunities," Moss said. "We got down inside the 20 and just came up short going for it (on fourth down) and we had one field goal blocked."

SCCS will lose just seven seniors off a roster of 34 players this season, which Moss said bodes well for the future.

"I'm very pleased with a 5-5 (regular season) record and to get into the playoffs with how young we are, but again it's just building blocks to the future," Moss said.




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