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An opening kickoff return for a touchdown opened the floodgates in a 53-12 win over McKay Friday night

For the second consecutive week, the Canby High offense put up more than 50 points on an opponent while their defense stood firm.

The Cougars pushed their league record to 3-0 with a 53-12 win over visiting McKay on Oct. 1. That's on the backside of a 55-13 win a week earlier at St. Helens.

The win keeps Canby apace of Wilsonville (3-0) and a game ahead of Scappoose, two teams the Cougars will meet in the season's last few weeks.

On Friday, the game was essentially decided by the end of the third quarter with Canby building a 33-6 lead on the Salem team.

COURTESY PHOTO: SARAH OLIVER - Canby running back Bryce Oliver was part of an offensive outburst Oct. 1 against visiting McKay. The Canby offense has found it rhythm, having put up 108 points in the past two games.

"I'm really happy with how the team is handling both practice and games," coach Jimmy Joyce said. "These guys really take a business-like approach. Being that it was senior night, it was great seeing how far these young men have come in three years."

The game opened with a bang for the Cougars. Tyler Konold took the opening kickoff back 89 yards for a score, getting Canby off to a fast start. Konold would maintain this energy to have another big game with 186 yards rushing (12 carries) and three scores.

Mikey Gibson added a pair of scoring throws in the first quarter – 39 yards to Joe Brauckmiller and 46 yards to Matt Soles. Bryce Oliver, rushed for 66 yards on eight carries in the game, adding a 22-yard scoring run in the quarter as well.

Konold added a 38-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and Gibson hit Soles on a 58-yard touchdown pass, scoring to close out the first half. After a fruitless third quarter, Cam Lee finished off the Cougar's offensive onslaught with a 43-yard scoring run.

"They have faced so much, it is just great to see them get this opportunity to represent their school and the Canby community," Joyce said of his seniors, "parents, guardians and all those who have played a part in raising these young men did a tremendous job."

The Cougars stay home for a Thursday tussle with Hillsboro. Game time is 7 p.m.


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