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Prep football: Slow start hurts SCCS in defeat

Cardinals shut out for most of the night to start 0-2

Posted: September 2, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 2, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

Early miscues put Santa Clarita Christian in too deep of a hole to climb out of as it fell to Windward 34-13 Saturday at Harry Welch Stadium.

“We came out and made mistakes early that cost us,” said SCCS head coach Garrick Moss. “We committed four turnovers, and that’s unacceptable against good teams.

The Cardinals’ Derek Lewis fumbled on the opening play from scrimmage, and the ball was returned 26 yards by Langston Hamer-nagle for a touchdown to give the Wildcats an early 7-0 lead.

Disaster struck again for SCCS (0-2) on its next series of downs.

On the second play of the possession, Windward’s Austin Webster intercepted Cardinal quarterback Jonathan Saavedra.

Webster returned the ball 30 yards into the end zone to give Windward a 13-0 lead after just 22 seconds of play.

The Wildcats (2-0) extended their lead to 20-0 with 5:40 left in the first quarter as quarterback Connor Simpson hit wide receiver Kurt Kirschner for a 47-yard touchdown.

Simpson threw his second touchdown pass of the first half with 3:06 left in the second quarter when he connected with Charles Dawson for a 35-yard touchdown.

With the score, the Wildcats carried a 27-0 advantage into halftime.

“Connor is doing a great job staying within himself,” said Windward head coach Alvin Cowan. “He put in a ton of work during the offseason and has a strong grasp of the system we run.”

Simpson proved to be in control of the offense throughout the entire game.

With 8:32 in the third quarter, Simpson found Dawson open again for a 28-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 34-0.

Simpson finished the game 10-for-17 for 162 yards and three touchdowns.

Dawson caught four passes for 100 yards and two scores.

However, SCCS showed some fight in the fourth quarter.

With 3:35 left in the game, Saavedra put the Cardinals on the board with a 55-yard touchdown run.

Saavedra finished with 70 yards on 15 rushes and a score.

Following a successful onside kick by SCCS, Lewis capped off a six-play scoring drive with a 4-yard touchdown run with 1:12 remaining in the game.

After fumbling on the first play, Lewis was very productive on the ground and easily the Cardinals most effective offensive weapon.

He finished with a game-high 20 carries for 147 yards and a touchdown.

“Derek is a hard inside runner and makes a lot of people miss,” Moss said.

SCCS will be in action again on Saturday as it travels to Ojai to play Villanova Prep.

“We just have to bounce back and get that first win of the year,” Moss said.

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