Canby FB: Cougars open with road win
Canby High football coach Jimmy Joyce knew that playing Dallas would provide some special challenges. The Dragons were coming off a very successful shortened season and run a wing-T offense that's unique.
Fortunately, the Cougars were able to knock off the rust, and keep the Dragon's offense at bay enough to secure a 26-20 road win on Sept. 3.
"First, let me just say it was great to be back under the lights in the fall where we belong," Joyce said. "Our defense was great tonight. It is always hard playing a wing-T offense, but it is even harder in week 1. Our guys came up with big plays time and time again. Matt Soles was all over the field and Koby Kessler's pick-six at the end of the second (quarter) turned out to be the game."
In that second quarter, the Cougars outscored the Dragons by a 20-6 margin, which provided a cushion the Cougars wouldn't give up, led by Kessler's interception and return for the score.
Offensively, the return of Mikey Gibson at quarterback proved to be a difference-maker as well.
"Having Mikey back is great because he is a three-year starter and is like having a coach on the field," Joyce said. "He is a great leader and competitor and really battled tonight."
The Cougar backfield looks like it will be one to reckoned with as Tyler Konold and Bryce Oliver served notice that they will be a potent one-two punch this season.
"Tyler Konold is a guy a lot of people are going to be talking about for years," Joyce said. "He and Bryce are really a two-headed monster in the backfield.
"When you open up against two top 10 teams in the state, it is always going to be a challenge. But, tonight we saw guys find a way to win and that shows to me they are learning how to compete at the highest level.
The Cougars get back under the lights on Sept. 10 in their home opener in a non-league title against West Albany.
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