Cougars fade against Sherwood, lose 29-7
It was a tough loss on the road for the embattled Cougars. They fought valiantly, but ultimately a lack of depth led to the team being overwhelmed by the Sherwood Bowmen 29-7 on Friday, Sept. 29.
Through the first three quarters of play, Canby only gave up seven points. In their previous losses, the Cougars had been overwhelmed in the first half of play, so this was a change in the right direction. The Canby defense in particular stepped up their play, with senior linebacker Nick Ramos leading the way with 17 tackles on the night. Other defensive standouts included senior linebacker Jacob Huggins, who had seven tackles and one sack, and junior linebacker Elijah Donalson who had four tackles.
In the end though, a lack of depth on the line hurt the Canby offense and defense. Junior lineman Thomas Mitchell was injured in the game against Lake Oswego and unable to play, and on Thursday junior lineman Dalton Sherrill fell ill and was unable to compete as well.
"We dropped two of our starting lineman," Canby head coach Mike Vaught said after the game. "We were down to six offensive and five defensive lineman. That meant that basically they were going to have to play the entire game on both sides of the ball."
Even with the athletes unable to play on Friday night, the Canby team still performed admirably through a majority of the game.
"We had a good defensive plan and the kids played it near perfect for three quarters," Vaught said. "Holding them scoreless for just short of three quarters was a result of the great effort by all of our kids. But in the fourth quarter we just got tired and there is no blame or reason to feel bad about that. You just can't play an entire game with no rest and expect to still be fresh in the fourth."
Going forward into the next week, the coaching staff will be focusing less on the injuries that plague the team, and instead on the things that can be controlled.
"We have been undersized and over matched on paper every week but our kids continue to believe they can win and they play their hearts out every week," Vaught said. "We are going to continue to build on that and go out and try and get Lakeridge next week. You can always improve on pretty much every aspect of the game but we will be focusing on our offense this week and try and find ways to put points on the board."
The Canby Cougars (1-2 in Three Rivers League play, 2-3 overall) next play on the road against the Lakeridge Pacers (1-2 in league, 2-2 overall) on Friday, Oct. 6 at 7pm.