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Prep football: King of the yard

Canyon football blows out Golden Valley as Drew Wolitarsky breaks state record

Posted: October 6, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 6, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Canyon High's Drew Wolitarsky makes a catch for his first touchdown of the night against Golden Valley at Canyon High on Friday. Golden Valley's Ryan McNerney (27) looks on.

You don’t become the most prolific wide receiver in California high school football history without knowing how to deliver in the spotlight.

On a night when all eyes were on Canyon senior Drew Wolitarsky, he didn’t disappoint one bit.

With 7:36 left in the second quarter of a 49-7 win over Golden Valley on Friday at Canyon High School, Wolitarsky snagged a 21-yard catch — his fifth of the game — in traffic to pass former Taft High wideout Steve Smith for the all-time state prep record for receiving yards.

“I knew it the moment I caught it, and I just came up and heard the announcer,” Wolitarsky said. “It was a spectacular feeling.”

And then, he went on to put together a Wolitarsky-esque performance, grabbing nine balls for 149 yards and four touchdowns.

Wolitarsky is now at 240 catches and 4,585 yards for his career, which passes Smith’s mark of 4,486 but is still short of his all-time receptions record of 271.

“He deserves it. That’s one of those moments that are awesome,” said Canyon head coach Rich Gutierrez. “I feel honored.”

Friday’s was the type of game Canyon fans have seen so many times out of him in the past four years, and it is the epitome of Wolitarsky’s record-breaking career.

“Once I got the record, I feel like my confidence went up and then I started making plays,” he said.

Wolitarsky’s catch, which broke Smith’s record set in 2002, prompted Canyon (4-1-1 overall, 1-0 Foothill League) to call a timeout so the crowd and the Cowboys’ sideline could shower the senior with praise and chant, “Wolly, Wolly.”

The fanfare was over quickly, but Wolitarsky was far from done.

Two plays later, he beat double coverage down the right sideline for a 29-yard score thrown by Cade Apsay.

It was Apsay’s second touchdown pass of the day to Wolitarsky, and it gave the Cowboys a 28-0 lead midway through the second.

Apsay finished 16-for-24 with 241 yards and four scoring passes along with a 1-yard touchdown plunge in the second quarter.

Golden Valley (0-6, 0-1) answered Wolitarsky’s record-breaking drive with a 58-yard touchdown run up the middle by Leon Jacobs on the ensuing possession.

Jacobs went for 143 yards on 20 carries, but outside of him, the Grizzlies didn’t generate much of any offensive production.

One week after Canyon blew a 20-point lead to eventually tie Steele Canyon 49-49, the defense stepped up and helped the Cowboys put their league opener away early.

Apsay found Wolitarsky for his first reception of the day on a 5-yard score with 10:06 left in the first to make it 7-0.

Sophomore Myron McAfee made it a 14-0 lead when he scampered 31 yards into the end zone.

He provided solid balance by tallying 172 yards on 15 carries, scoring once again on a 5-yard play in the third quarter.

Golden Valley never got its aerial game going as quarterback Robert Phillips was limited to 5-of-10 passing with 32 yards and an interception.

The Grizzlies had 222 yards of total offense.


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