Canby fights off Cascade for football win
Stepping out of conference play Friday night, the Canby High football team found a battle on its hands with the Class 4A Cascade Cougars.
In a hard-fought battle, Canby was able to hold off the Cougars for the 28-27 overtime win.
"Cascade deserves a lot of credit," said Canby head coach Jimmy Joyce. "I have been coaching a long time and never seen a team play as hard as they did for 48 minutes. They do things on offense and defense that really gave us problems.
"But give our players credit, they never gave up the fight even when momentum was firmly on the other side, especially in the fourth quarter," Joyce added.
Cascade came into the game looking to limit the opportunities for Canby star Chance Miller, but he was still able to snag five passes for 118 yards. Quarterback Mikey Gibson was 10-of-20 passing for 267 yards and one score. He also rushed for 23 yards and another score.
"A key performance that stood out to me was Tyler Mead (37 receiving yards, 89 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns and a key two-point conversion), who really ran hard, especially in the overtime to secure the win," said Joyce. "Another is senior Kyle Sandner, who returned from an injury and had two huge special teams plays that really secured the win. He was extremely valuable on the defensive side of the ball causing havoc in the backfield all night."
While Cascade was double- and triple-teaming Miller all night, wide receiver Matt Soles stepped into the void, snagging a pair of catches for 59 yards. Kaden Boyd added a pair of catches for another 53 yards to help the offense keep moving.
"Defenisvely, Rylan Wymer led the way and really, the defense as an entire unit deserve credit," said Joyce. "Dealing with an offense like Cascade's, that is designed to wear you down, they showed tremendous heart late in the game when most teams would have rolled over."
Canby continues its football schedule Friday night with a visit from Scapppoose at 7 p.m.
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