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Prep football: It finally bites Canyon

For fourth straight game, Cowboys defense lets the opponent score big; this time it results in loss

Posted: September 15, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: September 15, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Cade Apsay threw for 329 yards on 17-of-28 passing attempts with four touchdowns and two interceptions as the Canyon offense once again tried to make up for a struggling defense.

The Cowboys managed to get the ball to the Quartz Hill 2-yard line with a chance to tie the game with 3:15 left, but an interception in the back of the end zone killed the Cowboys’ last chance to even the score in an eventual 56-49 loss on Friday night at Quartz Hill High School.

The Cowboys (3-1) were hurt up the middle all night by Rebels running back Osirius Burke, who broke off touchdown runs of 43 yards, 1 yard, 8 yards, 1 yard, 1 yard and 80 yards on his way to a 257 yard, six-touchdown rushing performance on 31 carries.

Backup running back Royce Dirden added five carries for 76 yards and a touchdown, as the Cowboys struggled to bring down the two running backs throughout the game.

The Cowboys took an early 7-0 lead after the first quarter, but the Rebels (1-2) outscored Canyon 35-7 to take a 35-14 lead into the break.

Canyon’s offense, though, as it has all season, came alive, as Apsay spread the ball around, finding wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky eight times for 109 yards and two touchdowns.

That unofficial total brings Wolitarsky to within 47 receptions and 158 yards of former Taft of Woodland Hills receiver Steve Smith’s state records in both categories.

Brenden Stach added four receptions for 150 yards and two touchdowns, including a 26-yarder with 2:08 remaining to set the final score.

On the ground, Dominic Pennucci led the Cowboys with seven carries for 72 yards and a 44-yard touchdown.

Apsay added 41 yards on 10 carries with a 1-yard touchdown carry.

For the Rebels, quarterback Jibraun Augusta did just enough to keep Canyon honest, going 5-of-9 for 68 yards and an interception through the air.

But on Friday night, it was the running attack that killed the Cowboys.

Along with 61 yards from Devin Brooks and 22 from August, Quartz Hill combined for 476 yards on the ground.

The Cowboys have a bye week this week, before getting back on the field Sept. 28 at home against Steele Canyon.


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