Canby drops home opener to Oregon City 36-19
A key five minute stretch just before halftime gave Oregon City the room it needed to snag a road win from Canby Friday night, 36-19.The Pioneers used a pair of turnovers and a couple of big plays to turn a 10-6 advantage into a 29-6 halftime lead over the Cougars. Oregon City head coach Dustin Janz praised the defense for providing those opportunities.
"We're very proud of our kids," said Janz after the game. "The kids played extremely hard. We're very proud of our defense, our defense gave us a lot of opportunities that second quarter to give our offense the ball and our playmakers made some tremendous plays."During the run, Oregon City got a pair of touchdown passes from senior quarterback Austin Bonner to senior wide receiver Teron Bradford, one on a 47-yard bomb and another after a nifty scramble by Bonner in the red zone that went from one sideline to nearly the other before the two connected. Canby got off to a solid start, taking the opening kickoff 77 yards in the opening five minutes to score on quarterback Trent Wakefield's 27-yard run at 7:21 of the first quarter. But after that, Canby's offense sputtered and Oregon City took advantage of a couple Canby miscues with big plays of their own to grab control of the game. Pioneer junior Hunter Manaserro would score the first Oregon City touchdown of the game on a 2-yard plunge to put the visiting team up 9-6.Canby showed some moxie, however, stopping Oregon City on the opening possession of the second half before marching the length of the field, using mostly its running game, to cash in a second touchdown courtesy of a Joe Henry 11-yard run.It would not be enough, though as Canby would struggle with Oregon City's skill players all night long.
"We thought about what we could do better, and we knew had to come out and keep fighting," said Canby senior running back/linebacker Jacob Huggins.
Canby would have more success in containing the Oregon City offense in the second half, but ultimately the visiting Pioneers would take the win 36-19.
Canby knew going into the game they would have a battle on their hands, especially with nagging injuries affecting them.
"We knew going in they were pre-season top 10 team," Canby coach Mike Vaught said. "We knew going in that quarterback could run, and they have two of the top athletes in the state (junior wide receiver Zakayas Dennis-Lee and Bradford). We had a safety that was sick, (senior) Luke Scott. Our other corner Aaron Kromer got hurt in the first quarter. Joe Henry was hurt last week. We were patchwork secondary against receivers like that. It was something we couldn't handle.
"We learned how to compete," Vaught continued. "This is a very good team, we stayed with them, we fought, and we're not going to lay down for anybody. We're going to focus on our positives, practice hard, and get ready for Newberg."