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Blowout wins comes at a cost for Canyon

Posted: October 13, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 13, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Saugus defensive backs Dakota Taylor, left, and Alex Sanchez chase down Canyon's Daniel Castro on Friday at College of the Canyons. Canyon won 41-14.


It was good news, bad news for both Canyon and Saugus on Friday.

For Canyon, it beat Saugus 41-14 on Friday night at College of the Canyons, but the Cowboys suffered a rash of injuries in the game.

For Saugus, it actually won a game Friday, thanks to being told that Taft High had to forfeit a Sept. 21, 48-20 victory because it used an ineligible player in the game.

The other good news is that Saugus had a spurt during Friday’s game where it looked like it was going to give Canyon a run for its money.

The bad news was the Centurions (2-5 overall, 0-2 in the Foothill League) eventually didn’t and were blown out and lost by at least 20 points for the fourth time this year.

The Cowboys (5-1-1, 2-0) received another stellar game from quarterback Cade Apsay, who was 19-of-23 for 318 yards with four touchdowns, one interception and two rushing touchdowns.

Canyon sophomore wide receiver Liam Cabrera caught six passes for 102 yards with three touchdowns.

But three key Cowboys went down in the game — record-breaking wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky (arm), wide receiver Brenden Stach (leg) and starting offensive lineman Brandon Granados (knee).

It’s feared that Granados’ injury is serious, while Wolitarsky’s, who broke the state’s receiving yardage record Oct. 5 against Golden Valley, and Stach’s aren’t considered serious.

Wolitarsky left in the third quarter after running a wildcat play.

He caught six passes for 77 yards.

This comes as Canyon faces fellow league title contender Valencia next Friday.

“Absolutely,” said Canyon head coach Rich Gutierrez on if he is concerned about the injuries.

But early on, things were going right for the Cowboys.

They scored on their first drive with a 43-yard touchdown pass from Apsay to Stach.

Saugus answered, though, with a plodding offense that was more reminiscent of past Centurion teams.

The Cents tied the score 7-7 on a 14-yard touchdown run by Marc Langford that capped an 11-play drive.

Canyon came back with Cabrera’s first touchdown on an 8-yard pass from Apsay to make it 14-7 Cowboys.
Another long Saugus drive saw its end on a fourth-and-1 on the Canyon 7-yard line with 4:05 to play in the second quarter, though, when the Cowboys stood up Saugus quarterback Chris Hamilton.

Saugus was never the same.

Canyon scored the game’s next 14 points to build a 28-7 lead with 7:37 to play in the third quarter.
Hamilton tossed an 8-yard touchdown pass to Austin Gomes on a 10-play drive to cut the lead to 28-14.
But Canyon then piled on two more touchdowns to close out the scoring.

“I think there were spots where the kids really did good things,” said Saugus head coach Jason Bornn. “The game plan was to slow them down and keep their offense off the field. But they have a lot of athletes.”

Hamilton was 12-of-24 for 117 yards with two interceptions and ran the ball 15 times for 83 yards.

Saugus’ Ried Rupe carried the ball 12 times for 63 yards.

Canyon’s Justin Derpic and Israel Cabrera made interceptions.


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