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Canyon football: Canyon conclusion

Cowboys season ends for the second consecutive season to highly rated St. Bonaventure

Posted: November 26, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: November 26, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

VENTURA — As much of an up-and-down season as it’s been for Canyon football, it all came to an end in the same location against the same team as last year, and in similar fashion.

Canyon held its own for a little longer than a quarter against St. Bonaventure — the Calpreps.com No. 12-ranked team in the state — but for the second straight year, the Seraphs proved to have the size and weaponry to pull away from the Cowboys.

The 38-17 loss for Canyon on Friday night at Ventura High School in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division playoffs ends a season where the Cowboys went from presumptive Foothill League favorites to an eventual third-place finish after having to forfeit a win earlier in the season due to a CIF rule violation.

The Cowboys (9-3) came up with two defensive stops on the Seraphs’ first two drives of the game including a Garret Miller interception that gave Canyon possession at the Seraphs’ 44-yard-line.

Canyon’s attempt to score the first points of game was stopped when the offense came up a yard short on a fourth down play at the 10-yard-line.

St. Bonaventure (10-2) scored on the ensuing drive and added two more touchdowns on its next two drives to finish out the half with a 21-3 lead.

It played out similar to last year’s second-round playoff matchup between these teams when the Cowboys took an early 7-0 lead only to watch the game, and a successful season, slip away.

St. Bonaventure running back Shaun Wick was the first to find the end zone on a 45-yard run with 1:29 left in the first quarter.

After the Cowboys responded with a Bonafacio Rojas 27-yard field goal to make it 7-3 early in the second, the Seraphs began to dominate the line of scrimmage, moving the ball easily with the backfield tandem of Wick and Zachary Green.

The success of the ground game set up the Seraphs’ next two scores in the second quarter, which both came on play-action passes from quarterback Marc Evans on a 2-yard pass to Cameron McDaniel and an 8-yard pass to Nick Arbuckle.

Evans finished 15-for-23 with 145 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions, two of them thrown to Miller.

Any chance of a comeback was swiftly put to rest when St. Bonaventure’s Montre Lee returned a punt 52 yards for a touchdown after Canyon began the third quarter with a three-and-out.

On the very next offensive play, Cowboys quarterback Jonathan Jerozal was intercepted by Patrick Kenney, who returned it 19 yards for another Seraphs score to make it 35-3 at the 9:36 mark in the third quarter.

It was an otherwise productive game for Jerozal, who finishes his Canyon career as the school’s all-time leader in touchdown passes.

He added two more scores to junior standout wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky in the fourth quarter on plays of 84 and 8 yards, giving Jerozal 276 yards on 17-of-28 completed passes.

Wolitarsky hauled in eight receptions for 177 yards, but Canyon gained just 33 total rushing yards in the game off a combined 20 attempts.

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