Canyons Overpowers Allan Hancock 51-0

When College of the Canyons reinstated their football program in 1998, they quickly established a competitive rivalry with Allan Hancock College. And for nearly one quarter, the 2004 renewal of that rivalry looked to be another hard-fought, closely-contested grudge match. But then came a quick pair of COC touchdowns, and by the time it was over the Cougars had a 51-0 victory that announced to the rest of California that the College of the Canyons is a force to be reckoned with.

For most of the first quarter, the game was dominated by the defenses.  COC took the opening kick, and failed to get a first down before punting the ball away.  When Hancock got the ball, they gained a pair of first downs but soon lost the ball when COC's Michael Carr knocked the ball out of QB Andrew Jones' hands.  Dennis Ellis recovered for the Cougars, who drove to the Allan Hancock 3-yard line before settling for a 20-yard field goal by Jason Thompkins.  After that, the teams combined for 3 punts without gaining even one first down before COC got the ball at their own 29 with just under 4 minutes left in the quarter.

But from that point on, the game belonged to COC.  RB Gerrell Cain was the workhorse on this drive, carrying the ball 5 times for 51 yards, including an 11-yard run into the end zone for the score with 12 seconds left in the first quarter.  And following the kickoff, which Thompkins blasted into the end zone for a touchback, AHC held the ball for exactly one play.  RB Drew Williams took the handoff from Jones, and appeared to be headed for a big gain up the middle.  Except there was one thing missing:  the ball, which had come out of his hands as he broke through the line.  COC's Jera'e Nelson jumped on the ball at the 23.  And on the very next play, QB Cory Miles found Tyrell Smith in the left corner of the end zone for a TD pass.  That came on the final play of the first quarter, and suddenly the score was 17-0.

The second quarter saw COC extend their lead to 34-0 and take complete control of the game.  Following an AHC punt, the Cougars drove 69 yards on 8 plays to push the lead to 24-0.  A 31-yard pass from Miles to TE Jason Lance was the big play, getting the ball to the Hancock 25.  Five plays later, Miles threw a short pass to Smith, who darted into the right corner of the end zone for the score.  And the next time COC got the ball, they needed just six plays to score.  After a 32-yard completion by Miles to Smith got the Cougars close, backup RB Brandon Clayton took it the final 18 yards for the touchdown.  Then, following an interception by Dez Revish, COC made it 34-0 on a 33-yard field goal by Thompkins.

Hancock had one opportunity to score in the first half when they drove to the COC 30.  A 19-yard pass from Jones to Walter Burnette got the ball near midfield, and a pass interference penalty (that nullified an interception by Justin Tyron) got the Bulldogs to the 29.  There the drive stalled, so on came Brian Schneider to attempt a 47-yard field goal.  But COC's Dennis Elllis broke through and blocked the kick to keep Hancock scoreless.

The third quarter saw Canyons extend their lead on a 25-yard field goal by Thompkins and a 7-yard scoring run by Cain that came one play after a 55-yard run by Clayton.  By the end of the third quarter, the Cougar reserves were on the field and the starters were plotting ways to pour coolers full of water on the coaches (an effective strategy:  have two guys get the water cooler while two other guys stay near the coaches – and one grabs each of the coach's hands as the cooler approaches).  Frustration grew for the Bulldogs, as DE Lemuel Jackson was ejected for a third-quarter incident.  And the COC reserves accounted for one more touchdown when QB Shiapan Lewis connected with WR Steve Silva on a 36-yard pass early in the fourth quarter.  After that, the only question was whether COC would hold on for the shutout and which coaches would be doused with water.

For COC, several players had big nights.  Tyrell Smith had 9 catches for 102 yards and 2 TDs, all in the first half.  Cory Miles completed 15 of 30 passes for 206 yards and 2 TDs with no interceptions.  Jason Lance had 4 catches for 80 yards.  Among rushers, Gerrell Cain had 79 yards on 16 carries and scored twice, but Brandon Clayton actually finished as the game's leading rusher with 88 yards on 4 carries including a touchdown.  In all, COC amassed 311 yards on the ground and 541 yards of total offense on the night.  And Ro Marshall had a standout night returning punts with 5 returns for 90 yards including returns of 33 and 35 yards.

For AHC, it was a long night but a few Bulldogs had decent numbers.  Drew Williams rushed for 56 yards on 13 carries, though his fumble late in the first quarter helped open the floodgates for COC.  Andrew Jones was 9 of 17 passing for 63 yards while backup Blake Sartini was 4 of 8 for 54 yards.  Derek Sedin led AHC receivers with 6 catches for 68 yards.  And punter Billy Vinnage had a strong night with 7 punts and a 42.1-yard average.

Next week, COC plays Santa Barbara at seaside La Playa stadium while Hancock hosts 4-0 Bakersfield College.

Scoring by quarter:

1st Quarter:
C – FG Thompkins 20 yds 7:24 -- 3-0
C – Cain 11 yd run (Thompkins kick) 0:12 -- 10-0
C – T. Smith 23 yd pass from Miles (Tompkins kick) 0:00 -- 17-0

2nd Quarter:
C – T. Smith 5 yd pass from Miles (Tompkins kick) 10:30 -- 24-0
C – Clayton 18 yd run (Tompkins kick) 2:54    -- 31-0
C – FG Tompkins 33 yds 0:18 -- 34-0

3rd Quarter:
C – FG Tompkins 25 yds 10:03 -- 37-0
C – Cain 7 yd run (Tompkins kick) 6:25 -- 44-0

4th Quarter:
C – Silva 36 yd pass from Lewis (Tompkins kick) 14:51 -- 51-0

Team Statistics: Canyons Allan Hancock
First Downs 26 (16 run; 9 pass; 1 pen) 13 (9 run; 4 pass)
Rushes – Yards 43-311 38-118
Passing Yards 240 117
Comp - Att – Int 17-34-0 13-25-1
Return Yards 113 88
Sacks – Yards 3-13 1-5
Fumbles – Lost 1-0 3-2
Penalties – Yards 8-77 10-104
Time of Possession 30:19 29:41

Individual Statistics:

Rushing: C:  24-Clayton 4-88, 30-Cain 16-79, 15-Edwards 8-63, 46-Lewis 7-52, 36-Harris 3-22, 8-Miles 4-9, team 1-(-2) AH:  20-Williams 13-56, 27-Santos 5-25, 2-Clark 4-23, 29-Melton 7-20, 42-Burnette 3-11, 17-Akowuak 1-6, 32-Carroll 1-(-2), 6-Sartini 1-(-7), 16-Jones 3-(-7)

Passing: C:  8-Miles 15-30-0-206, 2 TDs; 46-Lewis 2-4-0-34, 1 TD AH:  16-Jones 9-17-1-63; 6-Sartini 4-8-0-54

Receiving: C:  7-T.Smith 9-102, 6-Lance 4-80, 80-Silva 1-36, 23-Estes 1-16, 19-Omahen 1-8, 3-Guillory 1-(-2) AH:  7-Sedin 6-68, 4-Bugg 4-28, 42-Burnette 2-21, 20-Williams 1-0

Int-Ret Yds: C:  22-Revish 1-0 AH:  none        

Fum Rec: C:  44-Ellis, 90-Nelson AH:  none    

Sacks-Yds: C:  38-Whittier 1-7, 25-Carr 1-5, 42-LaRocque 1-1 AH:  84-Jackson 1-5 

Punters: C:  17-Kearney 4-38.0 avg   AH:  89-Vinnage 7-42.1 avg

Kick Ret: C:  24-Clayton 1-23 AH:  29-Melton 3-69, 27-Santos 1-19

Punt Ret: C:  2-Marshall 5-90 AH:  none

Missed FG: C:  none AH:  25-Schneider 47 (blk by Ellis), 51 (wide right)

Ejection: C:  none AH:  84-Jackson

Notes:  COC entered 3-0, #2 in South; AHC entered 2-1, #10 in South.  COC's 2nd TD came one play after Nelson's fumble recovery; from there the rout was on.  Jones started at QB for AHC.


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