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Balance offense, big plays and continued stout defense leads to 48-0 hammering of Hillsboro Friday

There's an old sports adage that teams show the most improvement from game one to game two. On Friday night, Canby head football coach Jimmy Joyce got to see that old chestnut play out as the Cougars thumped Hillsboro 48-0.

"I think we took a step forward (Friday) night," said Joyce of the win. "Defensively, we continued to play at a high level. Defensive coordinator Brett Rhoades deserves a lot of credit for getting these guys ready week in and week out.

FILE PHOTO: DEREK WILEY - Canby's Chance Miller continues to demonstrate why he's one fo the top talents in this region of the state, coming iup with another big game in Friday's win over Hillsboro, including his second kick return for a touchdown this season.

Canby's defense locked down the Hillsboro offense, and Joyce pointed to the play of defenders such as linebackers Rylan Wymer, Joe Braukmiller and Brandon Snoderly, whom Joyce described as having a "breakout performance at linebacker." Up front, defensive linemen Nick Vandecoevering, Payton Martin, Josh Haynes, and Clayton and Casey Langdale bottled up any semblance of a Hillsboro running game and put pressure on the passing game.

Offensively, quarterback Mikey Gibson led a potent and balanced attack by completing 12 of 14 passes for 254 yards, four scores and one interception. He also rushed for an additional 36 yards. Receivers Kaden Boyd (6-139) and Chance Miller (5-105) both had two scoring catches. Miller also added his second punt return for a score of the season.

"Chance Miller continues to impress and has shown why he is one of the best players in the state of Oregon," said Joyce. "In two games he has returned two kicks for touchdowns, anchored the defensive secondary and is one of the top offensive weapons in the region."

In addition to the 254 passing yards, the Cougars rushed for 201, lead by what Joyce described as a rushing game "two-headed monster," in Tyler Mead (9-79-1) and Jackson Valdrow (2-68-1).

"On offense we finally settled down and played like we are capable of," said Joyce.

Up next for the Cougars will be a home match-up against St. Helens next Friday night at 7 p.m.

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