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Prep football: Cardinals keep rolling

After starting 0-2, SCCS has won five straight games

Posted: October 5, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 5, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Santa Clarita Christian quarterback Jonathan Saavedra (7) sprints past Kilpatrick defenders on Thursday night at Valencia High School.

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Just as momentum began to shift in favor of Camp Kilpatrick of Malibu in the fourth quarter, Larue Nixon reignited Santa Clarita Christian as he returned a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown in a 25-6 victory for the Cardinals Thursday at Dr. Paul A Priesz Stadium at Valencia High.

Following a goal-line stand, Mustangs’ quarterback Kent Lowery connected with Nyquan Brinkley for a 97-yard touchdown to cut the deficit to 13-6 with 7:40 to play in the third.

But Nixon answered on the ensuing kickoff as he raced down the right sideline to extend the lead for the Cardinals 19-6, and put the game out of reach.

Although falling out of rhythm midway through the game, the Cardinals built a lead from their strong start.

A 7-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jonathan Saavedra to Derek Lewis on the opening possession of the game made the score 7-0, and capped off an eight play, 59-yard scoring drive.

Saavedra added to the Cardinals’ lead with 6:26 to play in the second quarter with a 46-yard quarterback draw for touchdown to make the score 13-0

The sophomore quarterback finished the game with 13 rushes for 106 yards, while going 8-for-12 for 115 yards through the air.

SCCS running back Lewis was also effective on the ground as he gained 99 yards on 24 carries.

On his final carry of the night, Lewis scored a touchdown on a 2-yard run up the middle to set the final score at 25-6.

The touchdown run was Lewis’ ninth rushing touchdown on the season.

Jacob Nogle was also an impact player for the Cardinals with his three catches for 95 yards.

After losing its first two games, SCCS has won five straight games, and has outscored its last four opponents by a combined score of 160-6.

The Cardinals will have a bye next week before returning to action against Saddleback Valley Christian at home on Oct. 20


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