Game Preview: Moorpark @ Canyon

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Moorpark Ca (10-4, 2005 Division IV Finalist) @ Canyon Ca. (13-1, Division II Champions)
August 31, 2006, 7:00pm
Moorpark Head Coach: Tim Lins
Canyon Head Coach: Harry Welch

These two Championship Teams, from 2005, are new to each other.  This will be an exciting match up for those that like the intrigue of two great coaches attempting to get their playmakers to play at the top of their games, right now with an unfamiliar and dangerous opponent.  While both teams have players that need to step up to replace important playmakers from last year, they both sport Division 1 Caliber studs ready to get down.

Moorpark must replace #1 tackler Roger Gomez MLB, #2 Tackler Daniel Vass-goosby LB, #2 Rusher Dan Moran, #2 Sacks Daniel Estandia, DE, #3 in Sacks Mike Betterton, DT

Canyon must replace Starting QB Austin Civita, a 61% passer for 2732 yards and 25 Tds who was #1 in total offense, #1 Receiver & Interception threat DB Richard Wirthlin, DB Randal Rigg with 3 blocks & 4 Picks, Garrett Leary DL #2 in Sacks and DB Michael Montano with 3 Fumble recoveries. 

Both schools wish these graduated players the best, however its time focus on the returning players.   Moorpark will bring some returning playmakers that will give Canyon some reason for serious thought.  This DIV powerhouse, brings back their #1 Rusher and #1 Scorer, in "all world" Division I prospect, RB Darrell Scott, 6'2" 190.  Darrell put up 292 Carries for 1988 yards and a scary 6.8 yard avg, with 19tds.  This exceptional player averaged 152 yards per game, then added on 8 catches for 103 yards.  How is Coach Welch going to stop this back, when Moorpark also returns QB, 6'1" 180 Adam Berry?  Berry was 109/209 (52%) for 1581 yards and 15tds and only 10 picks.  This kid made some good decisions last year, while throwing to returning #1 Receiver 6'0" 170 David Prickett and #2 receiver 5'10" 155 Nick Karam.  These two combined for 11 tds with Karam getting 8 of them.  Prickett also kicked 8 of 9 Field Goals in 2005.  Moorpark's OL is very experienced and showcases George Halamandaris at 6'7" 270pds.  Moorpark has a very opportunistic defensive philosophy as is shown by 15 Fumble Recoveries in 2005.  the will be a handful.

On the other hand Canyon has no reason to shake in their boots, because they bring big time talent to this game starting with "All Universe" Division I prospect, 5'9" 174 RB John Diluigi.  Listen to these accomplishments and you will see why he deserves your attention, #1 Rusher with 261 carries for 1870 yards, a 7 yard average, with 36 tds, #3 in receptions with 33 for 579 yds, a 15 yard average and 6 more tds.  Diluigi was #1 in "All Purpose" yards with a 207 yards per game average.  This exceptional talent was, also, the #1 scorer and #1 KO Returner.  Now, yes Canyon lost Civita, however 6'3" 186 QB Ben Longshore has shown last year and in passing leagues 2006, that he has the potential to continue his good decision.  Longshore was 10/19 for 263 yards, 53% completions with 2 tds and 0 Ints.  It's a small picture, of Longshore, but you can see some very good potential for an exciting night of football.  Longshore will have, now his, big time threat 5'6" 160 Christopher Kingsbury, the #2 receiver from last year.  Kingsbury caught 34 for 664, a 19 yard avg and 6 tds, along with being #2 in all purpose yards with 14 avg on punt returns and #1 (tie) in Interceptions in 2005.  Canyon returns a moderate sized, but experienced & tenacious, Line to the game, as is exhibited by 5'10" 182 Ben Armbruster, #1 in sacks with 10.  I know first hand that this team has big time team speed and if you are not careful they will run away with it.

This is going to be an Impact game for both team.  I will not be there, but I hope someone will email us the outstanding performances right after the game.  Send to routerite@sbcglobal.net.

 


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