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RECORD SETTING NIGHT FOR COUGARS PROPELS THEM INTO SEMI-FINALS

Photo by Don Demars Photography

EASTCOUNTY PREP FOOTBALL DIVISION II QUARTER FINALS

By Adam Paul

LA JOLLA – In one of the wildest games of the nigh as there were plenty of offensive fireworks the No. 7 Steele Canyon Cougars were able to pull off a huge victory over the No. 2 Bishop’s Knights in a contest reminiscent of an old-time Holiday Bowl game where it was the last team with the ball won.

Isaiah Dawson scores first / Don Demars Photography

The Knights got the offensive fireworks started as they were able to work their way down the field all the way to the Cougar 16-yardline when Isaiah Dawson took the handoff and found the end zone but the extra point attempt was no good. The Knights led 6-0.

Deontae McKinney breaks through / Don Demars Photography

The early score was only the beginning. The Cougars behind the power running game of Deontae McKinney and Kenneth Watson were able to push their way through the defense of the Knights all the way down the to the 3-yardline where McKinney would score to make it 7-6 Steele Canyon. Bishops would answer back behind the athleticism of Mozes Mooney who would catch a 2-yard score to take the lead.

MOZES MOONEY MAKES SPECTACULAR CATCH / DON DEMARS PHOTOGRAPHY

However the Cougars didn’t let the score bother them as they marched down the field and again scored on another run by McKinney, this time a 28-yard score to retake the lead. However Bishops would gain the momentum and push their lead to 28-14. However the Cougars would turn the tide a little and score a couple more times including a 65-yard tackle breaking down the left sideline score by McKinney. The Knights would retake the lead just before the break as Jacob Jackson would haul in a 6-yard score to make it 34-28.

Trailing by six points heading into the second half the Cougars were to ready to receive the kickoff and Joan Anderson stood back waiting and he would field the ball at the 15-yardline where he would make his way up the field as his blockers blocked. He would shake and shimmy past Knight defenders which brought the Cougar crowd to a roar and when he zipped past the final defender and in the open to the house the crowd erupted even louder. With the extra point the Cougars now led 35-34. The Cougars knew they had to make a stop defensively and that they did as a couple plays in, Rugby sacked Jackson for a loss to the 28-yardline. A couple plays later Jackson would go back to pass and instead Robert Whitehead stepped in front and picked the pass off for the interception.

Jordan Anderson scores / Don Demars Photography

Steele Canyon knew they had a little momentum in their favor and had to take advantage and indeed they did. Five plays in the drive and into Knights territory, Thomas Fishburne was able to find Anderson for a 28-yard score to make it 42-34. It wouldn’t be the end of the momentum shift as the Cougars on the defensive side took over and stopped Bishops again.

More dosage of the power running game by the Cougars really wore down the Knights as both McKinney and Watson rumbled down the field into Knight territory. On the very next play Perry Steele would haul in a Fishburne pass and find his way to the house for 31-yards and with the two point conversion find themselves up 50-34 with 11:53 left in the fourth quarter.

Next week the Cougars will again play their rival the Granite Hills Eagles whom they already played this season. In week 3 the two teams played a thrilling 43-41 contest in which the Eagles won on a last second touchdown catch by William Burton. The showdown will once again be played at Granite Hills.

Score: Steele Canyon 61, Bishop’s 52

Record: Steele Canyon (8-4), Bishop’s (9-1)

Pivotal Play: It wasn’t really one play but a series of plays. Trailing 34-28 at half, the Cougars Anderson returned the second half kickoff 85-yards for a touchdown which led to a 21 point swing and the Cougars never looked back.

Notes: Steele Canyon quarterback Thomas Fishburne finished 8-14, 214 yards and 3 Touchdown passes and established a school record for points. Tailback Deontae McKinney tallied 275 yards a school record on 29 carries and scored 4 TDs. Jordan Anderson caught 2 TDs for the Cougars. His counterpart Kenneth Watson ran for over 100 yards as well. On the defensive side Robert Whitehead made 2 key interceptions including at the end of the game. The 61 points scored by the Cougars is the most in the school’s history. The combined 113 points by both teams is good for 6th in CIF SAN DIEGO SECTION All-Time. Mozes Mooney of the Knights was held to 96 yards on 7 catches.

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