quarter was a complete disaster for Hancock. Their first possession of the night ended with a fumble, the
first of three first-quarter turnovers.
Arrington scored the game's first TD 4 plays later from 2 yards
out. After a 3-and-out and
a punt, AHC watched Kyle Bauer hit Jamall Broussard with a 22-yard TD
pass to make it 14-0 Canyons. Then
came another AHC fumble followed by a 37-yard FG by Tom Garagliano,
which made it 17-0. Then
came an interception. The
total damage in the first quarter for Hancock was 3 turnovers, 6
penalties including 3 pass interference calls, just 1 first down and a
But the Cougars suddenly had
trouble of their own when Bauer injured his ankle on a reverse play.
Bauer missed just the next play plus the next series before
re-entering the game, but re-injured the ankle when he was hit after
releasing a pass. He left
the game for good after that, watching the second half on crutches from
the sideline. That put
Jimbo Thomson, the pre-season #3 QB, into the game for COC.
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs
unveiled a new running back: Michael
Gaddy. Behind Gaddy's
powerful running and the AHC defense, the Bulldogs fought their way back
into the game. Just before
halftime, Gaddy scored from 4 yards out to close the gap to 17-7. Then Gaddy brought AHC even closer when he scored from 9
yards out late in the third quarter to make it 17-14.
COC was having trouble
moving the ball, and when a Thomson pass was deflected at the line by
William Bell and into the hands of Sergio Barajas, the Bulldogs got
their chance. AHC drove
deep into Cougar territory, threatening to take the lead.
But the COC defense made the
key play. QB Ray Medina was
stopped at the COC 1 yard line to bring up a 4th and goal.
AHC gave the ball to Gaddy, but the Cougars held firm and pushed
him back to the 2 and gave the ball back to the Cougar offense.
COC had an anxious moment on
the very next play as Arrington lost the ball, but QB Thomson recovered
at the 5. Then on the next
play, Thomson hit WR Chris Chestnut for a 23-yard gain to get the
Cougars some breathing room. The
drive became a 98-yard scoring drive when J.J. Arrington burst through
the line from 59 yards out to score, making it 24-14 Canyons.
Hancock still had over 8
minutes left, but their next drive stalled at the 50.
COC took over on downs, and after a 31-yard pass from Thomson to
Broussard, Garagliano kicked a 36-yard FG to make it 27-14.
AHC attempted one more rally, but again turned the ball over on
downs, this time at the Bulldog 19.
Two plays and two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties later,
Marquis Brignac scored from 3 yards out to finish the scoring at 34-14.
Entering the game, these were the two highest-ranked offenses in the WSC, both averaging nearly 400 yards of offense per game. However, neither team mustered as many as 300 yards of offense. AHC's Michael Gaddy had 145 yards on 20 carries and 2 TDs to lead all rushers. The COC RB-by-committee of Arrington, Brignac and Major Caldwell combined for 179 yds on 30 carries and 3 TDs. Ray Medina, starting at QB for Hancock in place of Ryan Canfield, went 12 of 26 for 133 yds and an interception. Jimbo Thomson, who took over for Bauer early in the 2nd quarter, went just 6 of 10 for 79 yards but had 2 key completions and a very important fumble recovery. AHC's Jermaine Moore led all receivers with 7 catches for 89 yards.
Fum Rec-Ret Yds:
Canyons Beats Hancock
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