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The Cougars top the Pioneers for the 10th time in a row after the star senior suffers a gruesome leg injury in the first quarter.

by: JEFF GOODMAN - Members of the Canby football team kneel along the sideline Sept. 27 at Cougar Stadium as medical personnel tend to senior Sam Bodine. The linebacker suffered a season-ending leg injury in Canby's 20-15 win over Oregon City.The history books will show that the Canby football team defeated Oregon City 20-15 in its league opener at home Sept. 27, earning its 10th-straight series win in a streak that began in 1992.

But the Cougars couldn’t enjoy this victory after watching what happened to standout senior Sam Bodine, who underwent surgery early Sept. 28 after breaking his left fibula and ankle late in the opening quarter.

The linebacker and fullback who entered the season with an offer from Portland State was hurt after being tackled from behind on a 10-yard run up the middle with about 4 minutes left in the first quarter.

“To have your season be gone in one play like that ... and he’s such a great kid all-around that it takes all the joy out of the win,” coach Mike Vaught said. “Every time you think about anything good, your head goes back to Sam. It makes you sick.”

Bodine was surrounded by trainers and emergency personnel for about 20 minutes before being carted off the field on a stretcher as students and fans chanted in unison, “Sam Bo-dine, Sam Bo-dine.”

On the field, Canby’s players were visibly shaken.

“He’s the heart and soul of this team,” said fellow senior A.J. Schlatter, who remained at Bodine’s side as medical staffers tended to the 6-foot-3, 215-pound athlete. “It just shows that you can lose everything, just like that, in one play. … It motivated us.”

The Cougars (3-2, 1-0 in the Three Rivers League), who had already lost senior Timmy Johnson (heart surgery) and junior Devon Fortier (knee) before the start of the season, rallied without Bodine for their second-straight victory while handing the Pioneers (4-1, 0-1) their first loss of the year.

Canby was coming off a dominant win over Lincoln a week earlier and was eager to face an Oregon City team that topped Lakeridge in its conference opener. Players said after the game that Bodine’s injury devastated them when it happened but that it fueled them the rest of the night.

“It gave us a boost,” senior running back Dominic Shorter, who took 24 carries for a team-high 116 yards and three touchdowns. “We came out a little flat, and (the injury) tore us up. But we had to fight back for him. He’s by far the hardest worker on the team. He’s in the gym every day. He’s a big-time leader. We had to step it up for him.”

The Cougars, who trailed 7-0 when Bodine went down, responded with 20 points in a row to take control. Their surge included a touchdown on the drive that was put on hold because of Bodine’s injury.

On the first play after the break in action, senior quarterback Austin Taylor connected with senior receiver Noah Kyllo for a first down. Then, on 4th-and-1, Shorter powered forward for 2 yards.

On the same drive early in the second quarter, Taylor found Schlatter on a 28-yard gain through the air.

“I wanted to score so bad right there for Sam,” said Schlatter, who fell a yard shy of the end zone. “I stretched it. I couldn’t do anything more.”

But Shorter finished the drive on the next play with a 1-yard touchdown run, and senior Alejandro Sandoval converted the extra point to tie the game at 7-7.

Shorter then gave Canby its first lead midway through the second quarter, breaking to the outside with a few timely blocks and scampering 55 yards down the left sideline.

The Cougars scored their final points on Shorter’s 6-yard touchdown run with less than 2 minutes left in the third quarter, capping a 67-yard drive that featured eight rushing plays and no pass attempts.

From there, Canby relied on its defense to shut down an Oregon City offense that scored on its opening drive with a 33-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jonathan Hall to receiver Matthew Oades.

“Right when that happened, (assistant coach Grant Boustead) gave us a little talk,” senior Cole Thompson said. “Then (Bodine) went down, and pumped it us up even more.

“Losing him touched everyone — even the people who aren’t close to him. We just rallied around him and came up big. This was the best defense I’ve ever seen playing for the Canby Cougars at any level.”

Thompson could have used numerous examples to back up his assertion.

Late in the third quarter, after the Pioneers marched into the red zone, Jake Holbrook broke up a 2nd-and-7 pass. On the next play, Kyllo intercepted a pass by Hall in the end zone.

Early in the fourth quarter, Schlatter defended Hall’s pass on 4th-and-12 to force a turnover on downs. On Oregon City’s next possession, junior Nick Strnad broke up a 4th-and-1 passing play.

With less than 2 minutes left, the Pioneers were able to cut their deficit to 20-15 with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Hall to Oates and a successful two-point conversion.

Oregon City got the ball back on a punt with 38 seconds remaining, but Canby held its ground with clutch defensive plays by sophomore lineman Tony Kraus, senior cornerback Trey Bellmore and others.

“I saw the quarterback’s eyes go inside, and I’m like, ‘OK, if he throws this, I’ve gotta get a hand on it,’” said Bellmore, who broke up a 4th-and-1 pass on the Pioneers’ final play. “So I got in there and got that tip. But it was an all-around team effort.

“We’ve all been looking up to (Bodine) throughout the years because he elevates his game when he needs to, and you never want to see something like that happen to someone who works their butt off so hard. We knew we had to rally around him.”



Canby has dominated Oregon City during its 10-game series winning streak, which dates back to 1992. The Cougars have outscored the Pioneers 333-147 during that span and have not lost to the Pioneers since Oct. 25, 1991. ... Entering the game, Oregon City was 4-0 for the first time since its state runner-up season in 1996. ... Noah Kyllo, who sustained a hip pointer against Camas, made an impact against Oregon City after sitting out the Cougars’ preseason finale against Portland-Lincoln. The senior logged an end-zone interception and tallied team highs with catches (three) and receiving yards (41). ... Alejandro Sandoval’s streak of extra-point perfection came to an end at 16. The senior kicker entered the game with 14 makes in a row and added two more before halftime but missed wide while facing unfavorable weather conditions after Canby’s last touchdown late in the third quarter. He’s made all but one of his 17 attempts.



Sept. 27 at Cougar Stadium

Canby 20, Oregon City

1 2 3 4 F

OC 7 0 0 8 15

Canby 0 14 6 0 20


First quarter

OC — (5:05) Matthew Oades 33 pass from Jonathan Hall (Alex Canchola kick)

Second quarter

C — (11:43) Dominic Shorter 1 run (Alejandro Sandoval kick)

C — (5:03) Shorter 55 run (Sandoval kick)

Third quarter

C — (1:54) Shorter 6 run (kick failed)

Fourth quarter

OC — (1:53) Oades 10 pass from Hall (Canchola conversion pass)


Since losing to Oregon City in 1991, the Canby football team has won 10 meetings in a row:

Oct. 25, 1991: OREGON CITY 21, Canby 0

Nov. 6, 1992: CANBY 28, Oregon City 7

Nov. 5, 1993: CANBY 52, Oregon City 29

Sept. 16, 1994: CANBY 24, Oregon City 22

Sept. 16, 2005: CANBY 27, Oregon City 7

Sept. 5, 2008: Canby 21, OREGON CITY 6

Sept. 11, 2009: CANBY 42, Oregon City 14

Oct. 15, 2010: Canby 42, OREGON CITY 6

Oct. 13, 2011: CANBY 35, Oregon City 21

Sept. 28, 2012: Canby 42, OREGON CITY 20

Sept. 27, 2013: CANBY 20, Oregon City 15

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