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Faith Baptist reigns

Mother nature on home team’s side, giving SCC their first league loss

Posted: November 1, 2008 9:59 p.m.
Updated: January 3, 2009 5:00 a.m.

Cardinals Colin Mayhugh is brought down by Faith Baptist's Paul Nava in their hard-fought loss Saturday at Faith Baptist School in Canoga Park.

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An act of Providence took away just enough steam out of the Santa Clarita Christian football team Saturday against the No. 1 eight-man team in the country, Faith Baptist in Canoga Park.

With SCC trailing 40-24, Keoshian grabbed the momentum right back when the senior linebacker intercepted a pass thrown right at him by Contender quarterback Nick Wallin, and rumbled 25 yards for the touchdown.

Keoshian then fired a pass to Gage for the two-point conversion to cut Faith's advantage to just eight points. It was an amazing switch of emotions for Cards, which did not score at all in the third after putting up 24 points in the first two periods.

But then with 7:45 left in the game, the heavens opened and there was a weather delay due to lightning in the area.

After a 20-minute delay, however, the momentum never quite returned to Santa Clarita Christian's side, and they ended up falling, 46-32.

The Cardinals are 1-1 in league (6-2 overall). Faith Baptist is 2-0 in league (8-0).

"We're very proud of our guys," said Cardinals head coach Garrick Moss. "Our guys are very confident that if we see them in the playoffs, that we can beat them. But we feel we still didn't play very well. We made a few more mistakes than they did."

In the well-played Homecoming game, the most critical error by SCC came with 3:49 left in the game. On fourth-and-11, Colin Mayhugh was dragged down by Faith Baptist tacklers at the Contender 39.

The play call was a misdirection pass to slotback Collin Keoshian, but it did not materialize.

"Colin was supposed to throw it back to Keoshian," Moss said. "He was wide open. We snapped it too early, so when Mayhugh got the ball on the handoff, it was too late. All their pressure was on him."

Faith Baptist quarterback Nick Wallin punched it in for a 3-yard run for the final score. On the drive, Keoshian kept driving past the whistle and dragged Jay Leight to the ground. Since Leight's forward momentum was well over, he was flagged for a 15-yard personal foul penalty.

"With the crowd being real loud, at times it's hard to hear the whistle," Moss said. "He didn't maliciously slam that kid down."

The call was huge, because with nearly two minutes left it advanced the ball to the SCC 18-yard line. Wallin completed a 9-yard pass to Leight, who ran the ball for three yards on fourth-and-one.

Faith Baptist trailed by as much as 24-12 and was down 24-20 at halftime. Its lead was as close as 40-32, while it outscored the Cardinals 26-8 in the second half.

"We were motivated by all of our teammates," Wallin said. "We didn't give up. Santa Clarita's been a great team. We gave them our all."

The Cardinals gave the Contenders the only relatively close game they've dealt with all season.

"We're the best team that's ever played Faith," Keoshian said. "We'll face them in the postseason and we'll beat them."

That was before the heavy rain, the lightning and the delay stole the Cardinals' thunder. Right before play resumed, Santa Clarita Christian nose tackle Adrian Mosley was taken by paramedics to Northridge Hospital Medical Center after he suffered a broken fibula just before the delay.

Another big mistake by Santa Clarita Christian came with 7:09 left in the third quarter.

On a damp field, quarterback Steven Borden slipped in front of his team's own end zone. His off-balance throw was picked off by David Herman and returned to the SCC 8.

On third-and-goal, David Llorens caught a 7-yard touchdown pass in the back of the end zone, which gave the Contenders a 34-24 lead with 5:35 left in the third. Four minutes later, Wallin added a 3-yard TD run and the advantage increased to 40-24.

"I can't blame it on the weather," Borden said. "It was on me. That could've turned the game right there."

With 8:30 left in the third quarter, Faith Baptist went ahead for good, 26-24. Llorens forced a Cardinal cornerback to bite on an up-and-out route, and he scored on a 36-yard reception.

Santa Clarita Christian began the game with fire and passion. It began the scoring on a 6-yard touchdown run by Mayhugh on a sweep and an 8-0 SC Christian lead.

Llorens answered for FBHS, scoring on a 63-yard reception.

Keoshian's 1-yard dive over the pile, along with his two-point run, gave Santa Clarita Christian a 16-6 lead.
The score grew to 24-12 SCC, on a 33-yard touchdown pass from Keoshian to Borden, who found a hole in the middle of the Contenders' zone.

Faith Baptist cut the lead to 24-20 with 10 seconds left in the first half and it received some help.

Keoshian was called for pass interference, after he got in front of a receiver and appeared to at least touch him. After the ball was tipped, Mayhugh ran into him, but by rule that is all right.

Leight scored on a 3-yard run three plays later.

"Obviously that was not a pass interference call," Moss said. "The ref told me he thought (Keoshian) hit their receiver before the ball was tipped, but I thought he missed the call. Those things happen."

There was a problem with the clock with 29 seconds left in the half. Leight gained three yards on a draw play. But even though the play took at least nine seconds, there was only four seconds taken off the game clock.

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