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Coll’ it a clean sweep

Heritage League hands out awards, Keoshian takes majors

Posted: December 20, 2008 10:04 p.m.
Updated: December 21, 2008 4:55 a.m.

Cardinals running back Collin Keoshian rushes for a touchdown against Faith Baptist on Dec. 5.

 
Santa Clarita Christian's running back/linebacker Collin Keoshian capped off an exceptional season with the Cardinals by being named the Heritage League's Player of the Year.

The All-Heritage League team was released on Friday and Santa Clarita Christian had a bevy of names on the list.

Keoshian also earned the honor of the CIF All-State Southern Section 8-man Division I Player of the Year.

In 2007, Keoshian was named CIF Offensive Player of the Year.

The 6-foot-2-inch junior did it all for the Cardinals this season.

He not only racked up yardage in the offensive backfield (2,226), but he also had 20 receptions for 370 yards and threw 23-of-48 for 408 yards.

He also added 39 touchdowns.

All this on top of helping his team earn the program's first ever CIF-Southern Section Division I 8-man title.

A 50-28 win on Dec. 5 over a then-undefeated Faith Baptist secured the crown for the Cardinals.

"We knew in our hearts that we could win it all," said SCCS head coach Garrick Moss. "After last years surprising success we had a feeling we could be good."

Moss was named the league's Coach of the Year.

The Cardinals' 2007 season ended in a 58-35 loss to Joshua Springs of Yucca Valley in the semifinals.

But 2008 proved to be redemption for the Cardinals as they completed their season going 11-2 overall, defeating the division's top three ranked teams teams on their way to the title.

"We knew we are just as talented as them," Moss said. "We had to play very good football against them and the wins gave us all the confidence we needed."

Other all-league honorees included the Offensive Most Valuable Player Steven Borden.

The 6-foot-3-inch signal-caller finished the season 44-of-92 for 852 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also rushed for 837 yards on 140 carries, scoring 15 touchdowns.

Offensive linemen Brian Schraner and Austin Lillenberg were named to the first team along with defensive back Colin Mayhugh. Joe Grayem, Daniel Chaplin and Russell Gage round out the first-team honorees.

Defensive lineman Micah Dixon, Adrian Mosley, Ethan and Ryan Espinosa all earned second-team selections.

Borden, Schraner, Lillenberg, Chaplin. Grayem, and Gage also received CIF first-team honors.

"There was something special this year, especially those last three weeks," Moss said. "The guys practiced longer, worked harder and spent more time watching film. They wanted to be as prepared as they could. We came together as the right time."

wmcneal@the-signal.com


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