GAME OF THE WEEK: Canyon Springs vs. La Sierra

THE DETAILS:
MoVal Canyon Springs vs. Riverside La Sierra
CIF-Southern Section – Week 5
At Riverside (Calif.) Norte Vista HS
Kickoff: 7 p.m. PT on Friday, Sept. 29

MoVAL CANYON SPRINGS (3-1 overall, 0-0 Mt. Inland Valley) is having the kind of start that has surprised a lot of folks. And while the Cougars’ list of wins (Moreno Valley, Rubidoux & Hemet Tahquitz) might not set the world on fire (or even make the playoffs), it includes a team that has a win over La Sierra already this season (Rubidoux) and another (Moreno Valley) that has given the Eagles fits in recent (and ancient) history. Senior QB/RB Keylon Andrews is the man of the hour for the Cougars, amassing 13 total TDs and more than 1,000 total yards already this season. Andrews’ rushing numbers have increased every week (83, 109, 193 & 227) and so has Canyon Springs’ reliance on the run game.
HEAD COACH: Howard Boyd

RIVERSIDE LA SIERRA (2-2 overall, 0-0 River Valley) faces an issue it didn’t have until Week 4 against Colton. That is, the Eagles were complete dominated for all of the second half of a game for the first time in 2017. Colton scored all of its game-winning 34 points in the second half while LSHS, holders a slender 3-0 lead at halftime, managed only one touchdown in the loss. Junior RB Lamar Gaines had a very good performance (124 yards on 14 carries) as did La Sierra’s rushing attack overall despite not being able to punch it in. Senior WR Andre Thomas is emerging as one the Inland Area’s top receivers, with 17 catches and five TDs in his last three games.
HEAD COACH: Garry Hedlund

THE KEY PLAYERS:
Canyon Springs — QB/RB Keylon Edwards, Jr. (6-foot, 180 pounds); RB/DB Nasir Jackson, Jr. (5-9, 166); RB/WR Matt Toro, Sr. (5-8, 162); WR/FS Nate Johnson, Sr. (5-9, 160); TE/DE Oscar Rodriguez, Soph. (5-11, 223); DE/DT Joshua Lee, Sr. (6-2, 280); OLB Jimmy Mayze, Sr. (5-11, 176); K/P ALejandro Robles, Sr. (5-10, 172)

La Sierra — QB Bryce Poppe, Jr. (6-foot, 150 pounds); RB Gabriel Simmons, Jr. (5-5, 145); RB/OLB Lamar Gaines, Jr. (5-9, 165); WR/DB Andre Thomas, Jr. (5-6, 135); TE/ILB Brandon Ceja, Soph. (6-foot, 185); MLB/RB Jose Valencia, Sr. (5-8, 160); OL/DL Mike Santascoy, Sr. (5-10, 244); K Tyler Wheelwright, Sr. (6-1, 160)

THE DIFFERENCE:
Aside from Edwards, there’s little on Canyon Springs’ roster that stands out. But we’ve seen what one player can do, and what it takes to stop that kind of player. Is La Sierra’s defense up to the challenge?

THE FINAL SCORE:
La Sierra 28, Canyon Springs 27

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One Response to “GAME OF THE WEEK: Canyon Springs vs. La Sierra”
  1. Brandon Ceja says:

    27-20*

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