Canyons Wins Shootout With Compton

Cory Miles completed 23 of 33 passes, including 14 straight at one point, for 314 yards and 3 TDs to lead College of the Canyons (6-0) to a 43-26 win over visiting Compton (2-4) October 16th in Valencia.  Miles threw TD passes to three different receivers and the Cougars defense registered four interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown, to keep COC undefeated.

When Canyons and Compton get together, it's usually a high-scoring game with lots of passing.  And this was no exception as both Miles and Compton QB Ronnie Simpson passed for over 300 yards.  Even without the suspended Tyrell Smith, COC's all-time leading receiver, there were three players from the two teams that had over 100 yards receiving.  But the defenses also chipped in with each team getting a touchdown on a return of a turnover.  However, the outcome remained the same; Canyons has beaten Compton all 5 times the two schools have met since Canyons revived their football program in 1998.

Early on, it was the defenses and special teams that dominated the action, particularly for the Cougars.  Compton took the opening kickoff, but was forced to punt from its own 10 after a sack by Shane Smith on Tartar QB Simpson.  COC return man Ro Marshall returned the kick into Compton territory, but the Compton defense held and forced a Canyons punt.  Then COC punter Andrew Kearney's kick rolled dead at the Compton 3-yard line.  After another play – a 1-yard loss on a run by Thomas Perez – Simpson went back into his own end zone to pass.  He tried a pass towards the left sideline, but COC's Justin Tyron stepped in front of the receiver, made the interception, and dashed into the corner of the end zone for the touchdown, giving COC a 7-0 lead just 3:15 into the game.

COC extended its lead after another interception, this one by Troy Nolan, when Simpson overthrew a receiver near midfield.  Nolan's diving catch gave the Cougars the ball at their own 38.  After a 3-yard run by Gerrell Cain, COC was the beneficiary of a strange play that got the ball into Compton territory.  Miles threw a short pass to RB Will Caldwell, who appeared to drop the ball.  But when the ball bounced off the turf and right back into Caldwell's hands – the officials seemed to miss the ball hitting the ground – he kept running, but then two Compton defenders converged and knocked the ball loose, almost directly into the hands of WR Devin Stearns, who picked up the ball and carried it a few more yards.  It went for a 19-yard gain, and COC continued the drive on a Compton personal foul penalty and a 17-yard pass from Miles to Billy Omahen.  Caldwell finished the drive with a 5-yard run for the score.  The extra point was blocked – it appeared that Compton's Kevin Myers got his hand on the ball – so it stayed 13-0 Canyons.  And it appeared COC was in control when Compton, behind backup QB Tremaine Dorsey, was forced to punt on their next possession without gaining a first down.

But after another exchange of punts, COC made a mistake, and Compton's Larry Hutchinson cashed in for the Tartars.  Miles ran to his left on an option play, but his toss towards Caldwell was well behind the runner and went off a fingertip onto the turf.  Hutchinson scooped up the bouncing ball and carried it 57 yards and into the end zone for the touchdown, cutting the margin to 13-7 and getting Compton back into the game.

Canyons restored its 2-score lead with an 11-play scoring drive that was kept alive with a fourth-down run by Gerrell Cain and ended with a 15-yard TD pass from Miles to TE Jason Lance.  But Compton cut the margin with a scoring drive of its own.  With Simpson back in the game, the Tartars put together a 12-play drive that included completions of 27 and 23 yards to James Finley.  Simpson himself scored on a 1-yard sneak to cap it off, making it 20-14 with 4:18 to play in the second quarter.  However, the Cougars then went on a 15-play drive that chewed up the rest of the half.  The Tartars stopped Cain at the 1-yard line to prevent the touchdown, but Jason Tompkins' 18-yard field goal made it 23-14 as the first half clock ran out.

Canyons took the second half kickoff and drove the length of the field to extend their lead to 26-14.  It was a methodical 11-play drive that ended with a 30-yard field goal by Tompkins.  Then neither team came close to scoring until the COC defense made another big play.  When Compton QB Simpson overthrew a receiver, COC's Ro Marshall made a diving catch of the ball for the interception at the Cougar 39.  Five plays later, Miles connected with Devin Stearns on a 25-yard TD pass that pushed COC's lead to 33-14 with 36 seconds left in the third quarter.

COC extended its lead early in the fourth quarter on a 19-yard TD pass from Miles to reserve WR Pat McCann, which made it 40-14 and basically ended any doubt about the game's outcome.  Compton got touchdowns on Simpson passes to Cory Fredrick and Laroy Driscoll in the final 8:20 while Canyons added a 39-yard field goal by Tompkins to account for their last score.

The absence of Smith – out for 1 game due to suspension – gave several Canyons receivers a chance to shine, and they took full advantage of the opportunity.  Billy Omahen led Cougar receivers with 6 catches for 101 yards, and Devin Stearns added 5 receptions for 90 yards and a TD.  TE Jason Lance also had 5 catches, good for 52 yards and a score.  Gerrell Cain topped all rushers with 58 yards on 14 carries.  And there were several standouts on defense and special teams, including Jerrod Perry (1 interception, 1 sack) and Ro Marshall (1 interception, 4 punt returns for 58 yards).

For Compton, Ronnie Simpson completed 22 of 41 passes for 333 yards and 2 TDs, plus he also ran for a score.  But he did have 4 interceptions.  James Finley caught 5 passes for 112 yards and a TD while Jordan Slye had 4 catches for 115 yards.  On defense, Hutchinson was a presence all night and had the fumble return for a touchdown as well as half a sack.  But the terror on defense was DT Deilavonce Frazier, who had 2-1/2 sacks and seemed to be chasing Canyons QBs around the backfield all night.

Next week, Canyons travels to Valley Glen to take on LA Valley while Compton returns home to host Santa Monica.

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter:
Canyons – Tyron 21 yd interception return (Tompkins kick) 11:45 -- 7-0
Canyons – Caldwell 5 yd run (kick blocked) 7:47 -- 13-0
Compton – Hutchinson 57 yd fumble return (Panate kick) 0:14 -- 13-7                               

2nd Quarter:
Canyons – Lance 15 yd pass from Miles (Tompkins kick) 9:40 -- 20-7
Compton – Simpson 1 yd run (Panate kick) 4:18 -- 20-14
Canyons – FG Tompkins 18 yds 0:00 -- 23-14 

3rd Quarter:
Canyons – FG Tompkins 30 yds 9:41 -- 26-14
Canyons – Stearns 25 yd pass from Miles (Tompkins kick) 0:36 -- 33-14                                                    

4th Quarter:
Canyons – McCann 19 yd pass from Miles (Tompkins kick) 9:28 -- 40-14
Compton – Fredrick 6 yd pass from Simpson (pass failed) 8:20 -- 40-20
Canyons – FG Tompkins 39 yds 6:17 -- 43-20
Compton – Driscoll 11 yd pass from Simpson (pass failed) 1:41 -- 43-26 

Team Statistics: Canyons Compton
First Downs 27 (9 run; 16 pass; 2 pen) 19 (2 run; 17 pass)
Rushes – Yards 42-100 20-31
Passing Yards 343 380
Comp - Att – Int 25-37-1 26-48-4
Return Yards 210 111
Sacks – Yards 3-21 6-40
Fumbles – Lost 3-1 0-0
Penalties – Yards 9-81 7-70
Time of Possession 33:48 26:12

Individual Statistics:

Rushing: Can:  30-Cain 14-58, 29-W.Caldwell 6-28, 24-Clayton 5-15, 36-Harris 2-11, 4-Marquez 3-6, 8-Miles 11-(-16), team 1-(-2) Comp:  5-Simpson 8-17, 3-Driscoll 3-10, 6-Manley 2-8, 32-Perez 4-6, 2-Finley 1-(-3), 8-Dorsey 2-(-7)

Passing: Can:  8-Miles 23-33-1-314, 3 TDs; 4-Marquez 2-4-0-29 Comp:  5-Simpson 22-41-4-333, 2 TDs; 8-Dorsey 4-7-0-47

Receiving: Can:  19-Omahen 6-101, 13-Stearns 5-90, 6-Lance 5-52, 23-Estes 2-22, 11-Garrett 2-16, 29-Caldwell 2-10, 80-Silva 1-20, 16-McCann 1-19, 24-Clayton 1-13 Comp:  7-Fredrick 8-62, 2-Finley 5-112, 4-Slye 4-115, 3-Driscoll 4-33, 88-A.Smith 2-38, 14-Matthews 2-14, 32-Perez 1-6

Int-Ret Yds: Can:  9-Tyron 1-21, 2-Marshall 1-3, 14-Nolan 1-0, 32-Perry 1-0 Comp:  36-Lewis 1-0                         

Sacks: Can:  27-Smith, 32-Perry, 35-Fuselier Comp: 55-Frazier 2½, 17-Carter 1½, 1-Atkins, 25-Hutchinson ½ , 54-Dagundrao ½

Fum Rec-R Yds: Can:  none Comp:  25-Hutchinson 1-57

Punters: Can:  17-Kearney 4-42.0 avg Comp:  38-Allen 6-34.5 avg

Kick Ret: Can:  24-Clayton 2-76, 13-Stearns 1-20, 29-Smith 1-18, 35-Fuselier 1-14 Comp:  3-Driscoll 3-44

Punt Ret: Can:  2-Marshall 4-58 Comp:  14-Matthews 1-10

Notes: COC entered 5-0, #2 in South, #3 in Calif and #5 JCGW; Compton entered 2-3. 78-Myers blocked the XPA. 21-Theus got a piece of Allen's last punt (it went 13 yards).  Miles had 14 straight completions in 2nd/3rd quarters.


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