Canyons Takes It To Harbor

Canyons' Fred Winborn rushed for 209 yards and three touchdowns as the Cougars (8-1, 6-0 in WSC-Mountain) trounced visiting LA Harbor (4-5, 2-4), 53-15, Saturday night, setting up a winner-take-all showdown next week against #1-ranked Bakersfield with the WSC's Mountain division championship on the line.

Winborn racked up 209 yards on the night, including a new COC school record 91-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. He also set a new Cougar standard for rushing yards in a season, becoming COC's first 1000-yard rusher and taking over the top spot as the new rushing leader in the Western State Conference.

He had plenty of help in what was a strong all-around effort by the host Cougars. Raphael Reynolds also topped the 100-yard rushing mark with 103 yards and a touchdown. Hayo Carpenter caught 7 passes, including a 6-yard scoring reception. And Jason Pierre-Paul had a huge game with three sacks, four pass knockdowns and a forced fumble to lead the defense.

About the only downside for the Cougars was that starting quarterback Joey Frias left the game with an undisclosed injury late in the first quarter. He stayed on the sidelines the rest of the game as backup Bradford McClellan completed 8 of 13 passes and the backfield duo of Winborn and Reynolds led Canyons to the win.

Harbor began the game well enough, putting together an 11-play drive after taking the opening kickoff and going ahead, 3-0, on a 37-yard field goal by David Torres. Then on Canyons' first play from scrimmage, Jeramy Bryant intercepted a Frias pass to give the Seahawks the ball at the Cougar 24 with a chance to extend the lead.

But the Cougar defense stopped that threat, allowing just a 6-yard run by Keith Allen before forcing Harbor to settle for another field goal attempt. And this time Torres' kick was well short, leaving the game 3-0. And Canyons scored the game's next 32 points.

The Cougars went ahead when Frias, following a pulverizing block by freshman tackle Shawn Johnson, scored on a 21-yard run to cap a 13-play drive with 4:55 left in the quarter. A bad snap doomed the extra point try, but Canyons got the ball back moments later when Robbie Casselberry deflected an Andrew Trudnowski pass and Chris Black made the interception for Canyons. On the very next play, Winborn burst through the middle and scored from 30 yards out, somersaulting across the goal line to make it 12-3.

The second quarter saw the Cougars take complete control of the game with three touchdowns. Winborn got his second touchdown on a 34-yard run midway through the second quarter, completing a rapid two-play drive on which Reynolds had gained 38 yards one play earlier. Then Canyons got a break when a bad punt snap got past Torres, who was only able to fall on the ball at the Harbor 20. Three plays later, Reynolds scored from 5 yards out to make it 25-3.

But all that paled in comparison to the next touchdown. After Torres pinned the Cougars deep in their own end with a punt, Canyons got the ball at its own 9 with 2:38 left in the half. On the next play, Winborn took the handoff, got around the corner to the right and tiptoed down the sideline, barely staying in bounds, as he passed the Cougar bench. And once he got to midfield, no Seahawk had a realistic chance of catching him.

When it was all done, Winborn had a 91-yard touchdown run and a place in the Cougar record book, replacing Jason Parks (who had an 84-yard run vs. Santa Barbara in 1998). It was a tough night for Parks, who also saw his season mark of 970 yards (set in 1998) erased by Winborn earlier in the quarter. What's perhaps most amazing is that the 6-0, 200-pound freshman from Grant HS in Van Nuys isn't even the Cougar starter; Reynolds, who moved his season total to 842 yards on just 102 carries, is the starter.

After that outburst, Canyons took a 32-3 lead into the second half and the outcome of the game was no longer in doubt. Harbor scored the only touchdown of the third quarter on a 24-yard pass from Trudnowski to Chris Matthews to make it 32-9. But on the two-point conversion attempt, Pierre-Paul knocked down Trudnowski's pass attempt to keep the Seahawks in single digits.

And Pierre-Paul wasn't finished making an impact just yet. After the teams traded touchdowns early in the fourth quarter – Canyons got a 6-yard scoring toss from McClellan to Carpenter and Harbor scored on a 1-yard run by reserve back Earl Ford – Pierre-Paul created the first of two defensive touchdowns for Canyons. As he sacked Trudnowski from behind, the ball came free and landed in the hands of Jerrid Byers, who carried it 10 yards for the touchdown.

In the final minutes, Canyons got another defensive score when Fred Anderson intercepted Trudnowski's final pass attempt of the night at his own 12 and returned it 88 yards for the touchdown. That made it 53-15 with 3:30 remaining in the game.

For Harbor, the loss drops them to 4-5 overall and 2-4 in the division with a game against Santa Barbara to finish out the schedule next week. Trudnowski completed 24 of 52 passes on the night for 205 yards and a touchdown. And Chris Matthews had a marvelous game, hauling in 14 passes for 199 yards and a score. Allen led the Seahawk rushing attack with 63 yards on 16 carries. Bryant and Genesis Fonoimoana both had interceptions to lead the Harbor defense.

For Canyons, the win improves the team's record to 8-1 overall and 6-0 in the WSC-Mountain division. The Cougars travel to Bakersfield next Saturday to take on the #1-ranked and undefeated Renegades at 5 pm with the division championship on the line.

College of the Canyons Cougars 53

L.A. Harbor Seahawks 15

Saturday, November 3, 2007 – 7 pm – Cougar Stadium – Santa Clarita
WSC – Mountain Division

1st Quarter:    
H – FG David Torres 37 yds 10:09 (0-3)
C – Frias 21 yd run (pass failed – bad snap on kick) 4:55 (6-3)
C – Winborn 30 yd run (pass failed) 4:00 (12-3)

2nd Quarter:   
C – Winborn 34 yd run (Weinstein kick) 8:18 (19-3)
C – Reynolds 5 yd run (kick blocked) 5:32 (25-3)
C – Winborn 91 yd run (Weinstein kick) 2:23 (32-3)

3rd Quarter:   
H – C.Matthews 24 yd pass from Trudnowski (pass failed) 2:18 (32-9)

4th Quarter:
C – Carpenter 6 yd pass from McClellan (Atisanoe run) 13:58 (40-9)
H – Ford 1 yd run (kick blocked) 9:29 (40-15)
C – Byers 10 yd fumble return (Weinstein kick) 7:39 (47-15)
C – Anderson 88 yd interception return (kick wide left) 3:30 (53-15)

Team Statistics: First Downs: Canyons 17 (12 rush, 5 pass), LA Harbor 24 (6 rush, 14 pass, 4 penalty)
Rushes-Yds: Canyons 32-339, LA Harbor 42-79
Passing Yds: Canyons 108, LA Harbor 254
Comp-Att-Int: Canyons 13-24-2, LA Harbor 26-56-3
Return Yds: Canyons 168, LA Harbor 241
Sacks-Yds: Canyons 3-16, LA Harbor 1-2
Fumbles-Lost: Canyons 1-0, LA Harbor 4-1
Penalties-Yds: Canyons 18-160, LA Harbor 9-67
Time of Possession: Canyons 20:12, LA Harbor 39:48

Individual Statistics:
Rushing: Canyons 10-Winborn 12-209, 29-Reynolds 12-103, 13-Frias 3-23, 3-Kyle 3-3, 5-Austin 1-3, 7-McClellan 1-(-2); LA Harbor 20-Allen 16-63, 10-Trudnowski 13-15, 30-D.Matthews 7-11, 15-Ford 4-10, 18-Hodrick 1-0, team 1-(-20)
Passing:   Canyons 7-McClellan 8-13-1-78, 1 TD; 13-Frias 4-7-1-32; 11-Civita 1-4-0-(2);
LA Harbor 10-Trudnowski 24-52-2-205, 1 TD; 19-Daniel Torres 2-4-1-49
Receiving:   Canyons 9-Carpenter 7-56, 5-Austin 2-11, 88-McIntyre 1-21, 19-A.Jones 1-11, 83-N.Jones 1-6, 1-Augustus 1-3; LA Harbor 8-C.Matthews 14-199, 1-Bowser 3-16, 18-Hodrick 2-19, 2-Stamps 2-13, 20-Allen 2-2, 15-Ford 1-6, 30-D.Matthews 1-0, 5-F.Jones 1-(-1)
Interceptions-Ret Yds: Canyons 23-Anderson 1-88, 14-Black 1-15, 4-Roby 1-13;
LA Harbor 22-Fonoimoana 1-45, 7-Bryant 1-29
Fumble Rec-Ret Yds: Canyons 41-Byers 1-10
Sacks: Canyons 91-Pierre-Paul 3-16; LA Harbor 11-Luapo 1-2
Punters:   Canyons 30-Shigley 6-31.2 avg; LA Harbor 60-David Torres 4-40.8 avg
Kick Returns: Canyons 20-Reynolds 2-31; LA Harbor 5-F.Jones 3-63, 12-Mitchell 2-13, 22-Fonoimoana 1-41, 21-Terry 1-18
Punt Returns: Canyons 4-Roby 2-10, 15-Masline 1-1; LA Harbor 2-Stamps 3-32
Ejection: LA Harbor 43-Post 8:12 left in 2nd
Missed FG: LA Harbor 60-David Torres 35 yds (short), 40 yds (short)
Notes: Canyons entered 7-1, 5-0 in the WSC-M, ranked #5 in South (COA) and #11 in nation (JCGW). LA Harbor entered 4-4 overall and 2-3 in the WSC-M. Frias started at QB for Canyons but left late in the 1st quarter with an undisclosed injury. 22-Casselberry tipped the pass that Black intercepted; Winborn scored his 1st TD on the next play. 23-Bogan blocked the XPA for Harbor on COC's 4th TD. Winborn's 3rd TD set new Canyons school record for longest TD run. Pierre-Paul knocked down the pass on Harbor's conversion try after its 1st TD; he also knocked down 3 passes during regulation play and caused the fumble that Byers returned for the TD. 90-Hall blocked the XPA for Canyons after Harbor's 2nd TD.

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