It was what has become a trademark Glendale game, dominated by the defenses and featuring a good number of turnovers. But Canyons was able to come away with the win despite losing starting quarterback Andrew Miramontes to an apparent shoulder or arm injury early in the fourth quarter.
For most of the first half, neither team was able to reach the end zone. After an interception by Canyons' Tyler Roby halted Glendale's first drive, the Cougars drove 65 yards in 7 plays to the Vaquero 11. Then Paul Weinstein came onto the field and booted a 32-yard field goal to give Canyons a 3-0 lead 5:14 into the game.
Neither team scored again until midway through the second quarter. Glendale put together a 15-play drive on its next possession, but came away empty when Estaban Moreno's 32-yard field goal attempt was wide right. But the sophomore kicker made good on his next attempt, banking a 37-yarder off the right goal post and over the crossbar midway through the second quarter to tie the game 3-3.
As the half wound down, Canyons got the ball one last time at its own 10 after a punt by Glendale's Chandler Blevens. But the Cougars moved up the field quickly, getting a 22-yard run from Winborn and short runs by Winborn, Raphael Reynolds and Miramontes to reach the Cougar 46. Then on the next play, Miramontes threw a short pass to Carpenter, who shook a would-be tackler and outraced the Vaquero secondary down the field for a 54-yard touchdown reception. Weinstein's extra point try was wide right, but the Cougars had a 9-3 halftime lead.
Canyons extended its lead to 16-3 early in the third quarter on a 4-yard touchdown run by Winborn. After a short punt, Canyons got the ball at the Glendale 29 and needed just three plays to score. A 13-yard run by Reynolds, an 8-yard run by Winborn and a 4-yard penalty on Glendale set up the scoring run by Winborn with 10:27 left in the third quarter.
Glendale got its only touchdown of the game later in the quarter, thanks to its outstanding defense. Canyons had the ball, and Miramontes threw a short pass to Carpenter. But the standout receiver fumbled, and Glendale's Andres Reynoso recovered at the Canyons 19. However, while trying to return the fumble, Reynoso fumbled. Fortunately for the Vaqueros, teammate Grant Valentine was there to scoop up the ball at the 14 and carry it the rest of the way for the score to make it 16-10.
Then the defenses dug in, and neither team could score. Canyons had already driven deep into Glendale territory earlier in the third quarter only to be turned away after an interception in the end zone by Ray McDonough. But the Cougars again reached the Glendale 30 early in the 4th quarter. However, starting quarterback Andrew Miramontes left the game with an apparent shoulder or arm injury, and his replacement, freshman Austin Civita, threw an interception to Glendale's Robert Nichols on his first throw of the night.
Glendale drove to the Canyons 28, but the drive stalled there with a run for no gain by Shaun Kermah and three incomplete passes by McDonald, and the Vaqueros handed the ball over on downs to the Cougars. Canyons managed to run another four minutes off the clock before punting the ball back to Glendale with 4:08 left. Facing just a 6-point deficit, there was plenty of time for the Vaqueros to launch a game-winning drive.
The Canyons defense would have none of that. On the very next play, McDonald's last throw of the night was intercepted by Canyons' Job Lujan and returned to the Vaquero 14.
Still, it was just a 6-point game and there were nearly four minutes remaining. The Glendale defense dug in, throwing Reynolds for a 2-yard loss (courtesy of Brian Lynch), pushing the Cougars back to the 16. Then on the next play, Reynoso caused a fumble by Canyons' third-string quarterback, Bradford McClellan, and the ball bounced back to the 29. But the Cougars' Winborn recovered the loose ball.
On came Weinstein for a 46-yard field goal attempt, and the sophomore from Hart came through with a marvelous kick that cleared the crossbar by at least 15 yards as it sailed between the uprights. The kick made it 19-10 with 2:22 left, putting Canyons in control.
And the Canyons defense sealed the win moments later when Jason Pierre-Paul sacked Glendale backup quarterback Jacob Proctor and knocked the ball loose. Jonathan Hollins recovered for the Cougars, and after one more first down (a 23-yard run by Winborn) the Canyons offense ran out the clock and began the celebration.
For Canyons, Winborn had an excellent game with 118 yards on 21 carries, one touchdown, and a very important fumble recovery. Reynolds had 98 yards on 13 carries, losing his 100-yard game on the final carry when Lynch threw him for the two-yard loss. Carpenter led all receivers with 5 catches for 116 yards and a score. Miramontes finished 11 of 15 for 147 yards and a touchdown before leaving with the injury. And the Cougar defense deserves a great deal of credit, holding Glendale to just 234 yards of offense, forcing 5 turnovers and not allowing an offensive touchdown.
For Glendale, the running tandem of Donald Oliver (12 carries for 75 yards) and Kermah (19 carries for 68 yards) were responsible for most of the offensive production. But McDonald was just 10 of 27 for 85 yards and 2 interceptions. McDonough led the defense with an interception and a fumble recovery, and Reynoso was a huge factor with one fumble forced and another fumble recovered.
With the win, Canyons improves its record to 5-1 on the season while Glendale falls to 4-2. College of the Canyons Cougars 19
Glendale Vaqueros 10
Saturday, October 13, 2007 – 7 pm – Sartoris Field – Glendale
C – FG Weinstein 29 yds 9:46 (3-0)
G – FG Moreno 32 yds 7:38 (3-3)
C – Carpenter 54 yd pass from Miramontes (kick wide right) 0:43.8 (9-3)
C – Winborn 4 yd run (Weinstein kick) 10:27 (16-3)
G – Valentine 14 yd fumble return (Moreno kick) 4:04 (16-10)
C – FG Weinstein 46 yds 2:22 (19-10)
First Downs: Glendale 15 (9 rush, 4 pass, 2 penalty), Canyons 15 (9 rush, 3 pass, 3 penalty)
Rushes-Yds: Glendale 41-149, Canyons 41-233
Passing Yds: Glendale 85, Canyons 154
Comp-Att-Int: Glendale 11-28-2, Canyons 12-19-3
Return Yds: Glendale 152, Canyons 109
Sacks-Yds: Glendale 0-0, Canyons 3-21
Fumbles-Lost: Glendale 3-2, Canyons 4-2
Penalties-Yds: Glendale 9-84, Canyons 13-115
Time of Possession: Glendale 31:43, Canyons 28:17
Rushing: Glendale 36-Oliver 12-75, 17-Kermah 19-68, 35-Torres 5-22, 40-Henson 1-5, 14-Proctor 1-(-8), 2-McDonald 3-(-13); Canyons 10-Winborn 21-118, 29-Reynolds 13-98, 3-Kyle 1-9, 6-Miramontes 4-5, 9-Carpenter 1-4, team 1-(-1)
Passing: Glendale 2-McDonald 10-27-2-85; 14-Proctor 1-1-0-0; Canyons 6-Miramontes 11-15-2-147, 1 TD; 7-McClellan 1-1-0-7; 11-Civita 0-1-1-0
Receiving: Glendale 80-Spann 3-34, 21-Marshall 2-6, 24-Suber 1-15, 35-Torres 1-12, 6-D.Bryant 1-11, 5-Burt 1-9, 36-Oliver 1-0, 17-Kermah 1-(-2); Canyons 9-Carpenter 5-116, 19-A.Jones 2-11, 29-Reynolds 2-6, 10-Winborn 1-8, 88-McIntyre 1-7, 5-Austin 1-6
Interceptions-Ret Yds: Glendale 10-Nichols 1-13, 27-Barbic 1-13, 19-McDonough 1-0;
Canyons 33-Lujan 1-19, 4-Roby 1-0
Fumble Rec-Ret Yds: Glendale 19-McDonough 1-5, 60-Reynoso 1-5, 51-Valentine 0-14;
Canyons 92-Hollins 1-10, 42-M.Brown 1-0
Sacks: Canyons 91-Pierre-Paul 1-1/2, 90-Hall, 42-M.Brown 1/2
Punters: Glendale 41-Schultz 3-40.3 avg, 28-Blevens 3-33.7 avg; Canyons 30-Shigley 5-39.8 avg
Kick Returns: Glendale 32-Wilson 4-102; Canyons 29-Reynolds 2-53, 9-Carpenter 1-22
Punt Returns: Glendale none; Canyons 15-Masline 1-5
Missed FG: Glendale 42-Moreno 32 yds (wide right)
Notes: Both teams entered 4-1. Glendale was ranked #10 in South and #22 in nation (JC Grid-Wire) while Canyons was ranked #8 in South. Weinstein's 1st FG came after Roby's interception. Moreno's FG banked in off the right goal post. Glendale's TD came when Reynoso recovered Carpenter's fumble at the 19 and then fumbled, with Valentine picking up the ball at the 14 and carrying it into the end zone. Lujan's interception set up Weinstein's 46-yard field goal, which was good with 15+ yards to spare and put COC in control of the game. Pierre-Paul's (full) sack caused Proctor's fumble, which Hollins recovered, sealing the win. Miramontes left the game with an apparent shoulder/arm injury early in the 4th quarter; Civita and McClellan split time after that. McDonald was the Glendale QB until the last series when Proctor got in for two plays, the second of which was the fumble that basically ended the game. This is the first meeting between these two teams since 2000 (COC 40, Glendale 20).