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Prep football: Cards keep cruising

SCCS wins fourth straight game of the year to improve to 4-2 on the season

Posted: September 30, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 30, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Santa Clarita Christian's Jonathan Saavedra (7) goes in for the touchdown as he gets a block from Jacob Nogle (5) on Southlands Christian defender M Li (3), right, at Canyon High School on Saturday.

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Derek Lewis, DJ King and Jonathan Saavedra ran the ball at will on Saturday night at Canyon High School, as the trio combined for 262 yards rushing and seven touchdowns, leading Santa Clarita Christian to a 66-0 victory over Southlands Christian of Walnut.

Lewis, the bruising junior running back, got the bulk of the touches, carrying the ball 15 times for 143 yards and three scores. Most of his runs came while carrying much smaller Southlands Christian defenders, who either had to hop on board or step aside as he rumbled by.

King’s five-yard jaunt opened the scoring early in the first quarter but the sophomore saw the majority of his work after Lewis had been given a rest. In total, he finished the night with five carries for 42 yards and three touchdowns.

The final piece of the three-headed monster was quarterback Saavedra, who didn’t need to do much but was still effective in both the running and passing game. Behind an offensive line that allowed little pressure, he was able to run the ball 10 times for 77 yards and a score, while also throwing for 104 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown strike to Josh Benedict late in the second quarter.

After a tight opening frame in which both teams were able to establish the running game, the host Cardinals led by a score of 7-0.

Just 12 minutes of game time later, the game was well in-hand as the Cardinals notched 31 points before the end of the half, en route to the blowout victory.

To make matters worse for the visiting Eagles, Larue Nixon began the second half by returning a squib kick 77 yards for a touchdown, making the score 45-0 at the time.

Over the final two quarters, the Cardinals toned it down on offense and looked as though they almost didn’t want to score on offense but were still able to find the end zone three more times.

The Cardinals defense allowed Nico Gonzalez to rush for 85 yards on 17 carries, but the rest of the Eagles offense failed to do much of anything and turned the ball over four times in the process.

Jacob Nogle was one of the key contributors, recovering a fumble and picking off a pass, while helping his team shutout their opponent for the third straight game (four if you consider a forfeit victory a shutout.)

After dropping their first two games of the season, the Cardinals seem to be in full gear after their fourth straight victory.


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