Frias, substituting for suspended started Brad McClellan, completed his first 13 passes and finished 24 of 34 on the night to lead the rout.
Leading up to the game, there had been some extracurricular activities, including some trash talk on internet message boards and an unauthorized visit by three Canyons players, including starting quarterback McClellan and starting tailback Fred Winborn, to a Valley practice. COC Coach Garrett Tujague suspended the three intruders for the game against the Monarchs, but the Cougars hardly seemed to miss them once the offense got onto the field.
Valley began the game well enough, taking a 7-0 lead when James Walker took a short pass from Bret Visciglia and, after a superb downfield block by Cordarol Scales, burst down the left sideline for an 18-yard touchdown play. That capped a quick, 4-play drive that also included three other Visciglia completions and a penalty against the Cougars. The Monarch scoring drive took just 1:43, giving Valley a lead with 13:17 left in the first quarter.
Then came the onslaught. From that point on, Canyons dominated the game, scoring nine touchdowns and a field goal while rolling up more than 600 yards of offense and 34 first downs. And the Cougar defense held Valley off the scoreboard the rest of the way.
After Valley’s 4-play scoring drive, it took Canyons just four plays to tie the game when Frias threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Nate Jones. Then on the first of eight Valley punts, Carpenter caught the ball at his own 19 and returned it some 71 yards to the Valley 10. A Frias fumble ended that scoring threat, but the Canyons defense allowed just one first down before forcing another Valley punt. This time Monarch punter Wilmer Segura booted the ball out of bounds, but Frias then capped an 8-play drive with a 1-yard scoring run to give Canyons a 14-7 lead with 3:09 left in the first quarter.
From there, the lead grew. The Cougar defense forced another three-and-out, and this time Segura punted the ball to Carpenter. And that was a mistake, as Carpenter returned the 50-yard punt exactly 52 yards to the Valley 18. Three plays later, Frias threw a 2-yard scoring pass to Courtney Pittman to make it 21-7 on the final play of the first quarter.
Canyons lengthened its lead with a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter. The Cougar defense forced another punt, but Segura angled this one out at the Canyons 5. But that just meant the Cougar offense had further to go, which it did in just 8 plays. A 43-yard run by B.J. Iverson, substituting for the suspended Winborn, was the key play. Fullback Sean Quinn scored from a yard out to cap the drive and make it 28-7.
Canyons drove deep into Monarch territory on its next drive, but an interception by Valley’s Chris Bray on fourth down stopped that threat. But then the Cougar defense created a turnover when Kenny Brown stripped the ball out of Scales’ hands and into the arms of Josh Gibbs, who recovered the ball in the air for the Cougars at the Monarch 43. Five plays later, Frias threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Carpenter to make it 35-7, which is where things stood at halftime.
The Cougars got the ball to begin the third quarter, and that led to a short drive that ended with a 35-yard field goal by Ricky Drake that made it 38-7. Then neither team scored again until Canyons put together an 11-play drive that ended with Frias’ fourth touchdown pass of the night, a 7-yard toss to Carpenter that made it 45-7. Then with just 1:23 left in the third quarter, Valley lined up to punt but a short snap doomed Segura’s attempts to get a kick away, and he was tackled at the Monarch 14. Moments later, on the first play of the fourth quarter, Frias completed his final pass attempt of the night, a 14-yard scoring strike to Justin Slone that made it 52-7.
After that, both teams substituted liberally, with Canyons inserting third-string quarterback Eric Brown into the game. And Brown responded by leading the Cougar backups on a pair of scoring drives, taking the ball across the goal line himself on runs of 4 and 8 yards to round out the scoring. Meanwhile, Valley never got close to scoring again, even against the Cougar reserves. In fact, Brandon Pittman, a back-up defensive end, nearly scored a touchdown for the Cougars when he just missed intercepting a pass near the Monarch goal line.
For the game, Canyons finished with 308 yards rushing and 311 yards passing in a remarkably balanced effort. Frias completed 24 of 34 passes for 288 yards and 5 touchdowns, and also rushed for 96 yards and a score on 14 carries. Carpenter hauled in 16 passes for 157 yards and a pair of touchdowns. And Iverson had a career night with 112 yards on 11 carries substituting for Winborn.
For Valley, Visciglia completed his first 8 passes of the night and finished 18 of 32 for 168 yards and a TD. Matt Johnson had 5 catches for 81 yards while Scales had 5 receptions for 41 yards. But the Valley ground attack was completely ineffective, with reserve Mike Bush leading the Monarchs with 12 yards rushing on 3 carries. Overall, Valley finished with minus-14 yards on the ground for the night.
Next week Canyons travels to Fullerton to take on the Hornets, one of two teams to defeat the Cougars in 2007. Valley travels to Santa Monica to begin American Division Pacific Conference play.
College of the Canyons Cougars 66
L.A. Valley Monarchs 7
Saturday, September 20, 2008 - 7 pm - Cougar Stadium - Santa Clarita
V - Walker 18 yd pass from Visciglia (Brenton kick) 13:17 (0-7)
C - Jones 33 yd pass from Frias (Drake kick) 12:04 (7-7)
C - Frias 1 yd run (Drake kick) 3:09 (14-7)
C - C.Pittman 2 yd pass from Frias (Drake kick) 0:00 (21-7)
C - Quinn 1 yd run (Drake kick) 9:25 (28-7)
C - Carpenter 13 yd pass from Frias (Drake kick) 1:14 (35-7)
C - FG Drake 35 yds 12:03 (38-7)
C - Carpenter 7 yd pass from Frias (Drake kick) 2:55 (45-7)
C - Stone 14 yd pass from Frias (Drake kick) 14:53 (52-7)
C - E.Brown 4 yd run (Drake kick) 8:39 (59-7)
C - E.Brown 8 yd run (Drake kick) 2:02 (66-7)
First Downs: Canyons 34 (17 rush, 14 pass, 3 penalty), LA Valley 14 (1 rush, 7 pass, 6 penalty)
Rushes-Yds: Canyons 44-308, LA Valley 23-(-14)
Passing Yds: Canyons 311, LA Valley 195
Comp-Att-Int: Canyons 26-39-2, LA Valley 21-49-0
Return Yds: Canyons 222, LA Valley 195
Sacks-Yds: Canyons 5-22, LA Valley 2-14
Fumbles-Lost: Canyons 2-2, LA Valley 1-1
Penalties-Yds: Canyons 15-151, LA Valley 12-95
Time of Possession: Canyons 30:33, LA Valley 29:27
Rushing: Canyons 39-Iverson 11-112, 13-Frias 14-96, 24-McDonald 7-61, 18-E.Brown 8-29, 20-Dawkins 2-8, 45-Quinn 2-2; LA Valley 35-Bush 3-12, 15-Ferguson 4-6, 5-Walker 7-6, 32-Edwards 1-1, 34-Hood 2-(-3), 7-Visciglia 5-(-22), team 1-(-14)
Passing: Canyons 13-Frias 24-34-2-288, 5 TDs; 18-E.Brown 2-5-0-23;
LA Valley 7-Visciglia 18-32-0-168, 1 TD; 15-Ferguson 3-17-0-27
Receiving: Canyons 9-Carpenter 16-157, 1-Jones 3-96, 85-Wright 2-6, 2-Stone 1-14, 11-Stephens 1-14, 39-Iverson 1-13, 81-Mulligan 1-9, 86-C.Pittman 1-2; LA Valley 3-M.Johnson 5-81, 1-Scales 5-41, 6-Monegan 3-8, 5-Walker 2-21, 4-Scarber 2-12, 13-Robinson 1-11, 12-Clements 1-10, 82-Koontz 1-6, 17-Rimmer 1-5
Interceptions-Ret Yds: Canyons none; LA Valley 20-Chisolm 1-15, 90-Bray 1-4
Fumble Rec-Ret Yds: Canyons 26-Gibbs 1-2; LA Valley 2-Stangby 2-0
Sacks: Canyons 93-Jackson 2-1/2, 92-Hollins 1-1/2, 30-Gourley 1/2, Kanongata’a 1/2;
LA Valley 42-Nelson 1-1/2, 91-Uitalia 1/2
Punters: Canyons 38-Watson 1-39; LA Valley 19-Segura 6-43.7 avg; 16-Brenton 2-35.5 avg
Kick Returns: Canyons 82-Taveon Burke 1-44, 9-Carpenter 1-22;
LA Valley 4-Scarber 6-121, 35-Bush 2-36, 14-Stony 1-9
Punt Returns: Canyons 9-Carpenter 2-123, 34-Francisco 2-31; LA Valley none
Notes: Canyons entered 2-0, #3 in Calif (JCAB) and #3 in nation (JC Grid-Wire). LA Valley entered 1-1 after upsetting Bakersfield last week. There was some trash talk during the week, and three COC players made a visit to a Valley practice and were suspended for this game. But Frias, in for the suspended Brad McClellan, completed his 1st 13 passes on the night. Iverson, in for the suspended Fred Winborn, rushed for 112 yds in his 1st college start. (89-C.J. Atkins was also suspended). Carpenter set a new COC record for catches in one game with 16. COC tied a team record for most TDs in one game and Drake tied a school record with 9 extra points. Carpenter returned Segura’s 1st punt 71 yds but that drive ended with a Frias fumble that Stangby recovered. But Carpenter’s 52-yd return of Segura’s 3rd punt led to C.Pittman’s TD reception 3 plays later. 8-K.Brown forced the Scales fumble that Gibbs recovered for COC. Visciglia started at QB for Valley; Ferguson entered in the 4th. Segura punted one kick out at the COC 1 and another out at the COC 5. Watson’s punt went out of bounds at the Valley 1. 97-B.Pittman nearly had an interception/TD but couldn’t quite corral a Ferguson screen pass near the goal line in the 4th qtr. 28-Brito put the hit of the night on 34-Hood, breaking up what would have been a first down pass reception. COC has won all 7 meetings between these teams since the program was resuscitated in 1998 though this is the widest winning margin.