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The Canby High School football team gets conference schedule off to big start with a 42-13 win over North Salem.

COURTESY PHOTO: SARAH OLIVER - Senior running back Bryce Oliver dodges North Salem defenders. He scored three touchdowns in a blow-out victory over the Vikings Saturday, Sept. 18.

In a rare Saturday night outing, the Canby High football team got its conference schedule off to a big start with a 42-13 win over visiting North Salem.

Coming into the game, coach Jimmy Joyce said there was a definite goal in place.

"We really challenged the guys all week to start fast and finish fast," said Joyce. "All week our guys stepped up, and we pushed ourselves with the pace of practice and the intensity."

COURTESY PHOTO: SARAH OLIVER - Mikey Gibson and Bryce Oliver celebrate a touchdown in a big league win over North Salem Saturday.

Joyce was particularly pleased with the Cougars' running game, noting the offensive line was opening holes, and running backs Bryce Oliver and Tyler Konold were running through them, then making North Salem defenders miss.

COURTESY PHOTO: SARAH OLIVER - Sophomore running back Tyler Konold gets the hand-off from Gibson versus North Salem Saturday.

Oliver had 92 yards rushing in the game, and Konold added 71 yards to an offensive effort that was pretty potent through four quarters.

"We are really excited about what we are developing in the run game," Joyce said. "Tyler and Bryce really complement each other well. But, most of the credit goes to the big guys up front. We have been pretty banged up on the line this year so far, but these guys are working hard and improving weekly and tonight opened up some big holes."

Quarterback Mikey Gibson had a big night, completely 11-of-15 passes for 224 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.

COURTESY PHOTO: SARAH OLIVER - Senior quarterback Mikey Gibson throws three touchdowns against visiting North Salem Vikings.

Canby continues league play with a road game at St. Helens Friday night.

"We don't really look ahead much. We know if we handle our business in practice each day, we will get to where we want to go," Joyce said. "Right now, the most important thing and the only thing we are thinking about is practice on Monday. In terms of prep, not much changes. We only will have one film on them (St. Helens), so that is a little strange for a week-four game, but we will do the most with what we got."

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