Canyons Turns Up the Volume

Whatever ailed the College of the Canyons Cougars in their season-opening loss to Santa Ana was not apparent in their win over the L.A. Southwest Cougars September 29th.

COC built a 56-0 lead after 3 quarters and set a school record for the largest margin of victory (since the football program was restored in 1998) with a convincing 63-7 win.

Eight different COC players scored touchdowns, and COC scored in a variety of different ways.  Despite the absence of #1 QB Jason Winn, who is still out with a broken wrist, COC ran up 454 yards of total offense and 25 first downs. 

Starting QB Kyle Bauer threw for 114 yards and 2 TDs.  Third-string QB Jimbo Thomson threw for 79 yards and a TD.  Even Punter Jason Daily got into the act, throwing a 36-yard TD pass to Stephen Stokes on a fake punt play.  In all, 4 different COC passers combined  for 252 yards and 4 TDs.

COC also ran for 202 yards on the night.  Major Caldwell led the way with 76 yards, followed closely by Marquis Brignac with 70 and J.J. Arrington with 50.  Each ran for a TD.

But special teams weren't about to be left out of the scoring column.  Elliott Thompson recovered a fumble on a kickoff, scooped it up and ran the 3 yards for a TD.  And Cedric Thompson returned a punt 71 yards for his 4th career TD on a punt return to finish the scoring.

Little went right for the Southwest Cougars.  Starting QB Jermaine Rogers was 21 of 25 on the night, but most of his passes were for very short yardage.  Only 3 completions went for more than 8 yards.  TE Brandon Thompson had 6 catches but totalled only 23 yards against the stingy COC defense.  One bright spot was the insertion of DB Pompeii Thompson into the offensive backfield in the 3rd quarter.  He immediately broke off a 28-yard run, the longest play of the night for Southwest.  He carried the ball 3 times in all for 42 yards.

More typical of Southwest's fortunes was a play in the 2nd quarter.  Rogers' pass was deflected by COC's Ryan Davey, and the ball went back to Rogers.  He made the catch, only to be pursued by Davey.  So he threw the ball again.  The ball fell incomplete but of course the second pass was illegal and a penalty was called.  The second pass was from 14 yards behind the line of scrimmage, from which the 5-yard penalty was marked.  And the penalty included the loss of down.  It just summed up the night for Southwest in that however bad things got, they could and did get worse.

Scoring Summary:

1st Quarter:
COC – Pinky 3 yd pass from Bauer (Garagliano kick)  8:31  - 7-0
COC – Broussard 12 yd pass from Bauer (Garagliano kick) 3:5414-0

2nd Quarter:
COC – Stokes 36 yd pass from Daily (Garagliano kick) 13:56  - 21-0
COC – Brignac 2 yd run (Garagliano kick) 5:28 - 28-0
COC – Pinky 38 yd pass from Thomson (Garagliano kick) 2:5135-0

3rd Quarter:
COC – Caldwell 11 yd run (Garagliano kick) 10:2542-0
COC – E.Thompson 3 yd fumble return (Garagliano kick) 10:1349-0
COC – Arrington 13 yd run (Garagliano kick) 3:09  -  56-0

4th Quarter:
LASW – E. Johnson 2 yd pass from Rogers (Gonzalez kick) 13:04 - 56-7
COC – C.Thompson 71 yd punt return (Garagliano kick) 6:46 - 63-7

Individual Statistics:

COC:  9-Caldwell 11-76, 3-Brignac 10-70, 30-Arrington 7-50, 28-Stokes 4-22, 12-Wagner 3-1, 15-Zelinksi 1-(-2), 16-Thomson 1-(-15) SW:  7-P.Thompson 3-42, 41-Watson 5-13, 1-Rahman 5-11, 12-Long 1-3, 32-M.Jackson 2-2, 16-Phillips 1-0, 6-Rogers 7-(-5)

  10-Bauer 7-16-0-114, 2 TDs; 16-Thomson 3-7-0-79, 1 TD; 11-Daily 1-1-0-36, 1 TD; 15-Zelinski 2-4-0-23 SW:  6-Rogers 21-25-0-109, 1 TD; 16-Phillips 7-13-1-66; 87-E.Johnson 0-1-0-0

80-Pinky 4-82, 28-Stokes 3-68, 4-Broussard 3-53, 84-Miller 2-27, 2-Brignac 1-22 SW:  89-B.Thompson 6-23, 12-Long 5-53, 1-Rahman 5-10, 80-B.Moore 3-41, 18-C.Moore 3-24, 87-E.Johnson 2-20, 10-Kerl 1-8, 8-Stewart 1-7, 41-Watson 1-3, 6-Rogers 1-(-14)

  11-Daily 2-44.0  avg   SW:  22-Cooper 5-31.4 avg; 87-E.Johnson 4-23.5 avg

Kick Ret:
COC:  28-Stokes 2-36 SW:  10-Kerl 2-41, 3-Bohannon 2-33, 4-Burton 2-28, 8-Stewart 1-5

Punt Ret:
COC:  2-C.Thompson 4-104                                                              

Interceptions-Ret Yds:
COC:  23-Murphy 1-25

Fumble Rec-Ret Yds:
COC:  51-E.Thompson 1-3

COC:  33-Faleofa 2, 63-Vazquez

Missed Field Goal:
COC:  40-Garagliano 37 (wl), 38 (wr)

COC set a new (modern era) school record for margin of victory.  They're now 2-1.  LASW is 1-3.  Daily's TD pass was on a fake punt.  Rogers' reception was after his pass was blocked back to him by 44-Ryan Davey.  Johnson's pass att was after a bad punt snap.  E.Thompson rec. Stewart's  fum on a kickoff and ran it for the TD.

Team Statistics:


L.A. Southwest

First Downs

25 (13 run; 12 pass)

13  (10 run; 2 pass; 1 pen)

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