More trickery, and De La Salle immediately capitalizes on the turnovers with a 59-yard touchdown pass from Maupin to Hendershott on a halfback option pass. There was nobody within 20 yards of Hendershott, who now has 105 yards receiving. Another missed extra point and Canyon’s lead is now 20-13.
Canyon opens its drive with a heavy dose of DiLuigi and moves into DLS territory after two strong runs. And finally, the Spartans get their break on defense. A tipped ball by Brady Amack goes right to Bryon Colbert for an interception
After deferring to start the game, Canyon receives to open the second half. The De La Salle defense will get an immediate opportunity to test its adjustments and try and make a game-changing play. In the North Coast Section 4A final against Foothill last week, it was the defense that made the game-changing play when Lonnie Wishom returned an interception for a touchdown. Wishom and the rest of the De La Salle defensive backs will have to be sharper in the second half.
In the press box, the general feeling is that we’re all in for a down-to-the-wire finish.
Maupin is the leading rusher for the Spartans at the half, rushing six times for 51 yards. MacGillivray has completed 6 of 9 passes for 71 yards. Hendershott caught three of those passes for 46 yards.
Neither team has a turnover and only three penalties have been called between the two teams.
DLS actually won time of possession in the first half (13:37), but had just eight first downs. Canyon had 12 first downs.
Well, as "Hoosiers" coach Norman Dale said, ‘We’re way past big speech time." However, the Spartans will need something to fire them up because Canyon appears to have their number at the moment. The Cowboys lead 20-7.
Other than its 76-yard scoring drive, there were very few highlights for De La Salle in the first half. The numbers tell the story: The Spartans allowed 239 yards. Longshore had 148 passing yards and DiLuigi had 75 rushing yards on nine carries.
DiLuigi dives over the pile and scores on a 1-yard run, Longshore adds a 2-point run, and the Spartans may be in trouble. The DLS crowd is completely silent as Spartans now trail by double digits for the first time since their loss at Mission Viejo in Week 5 of last year. The score is now 20-7 Canyon.
After a somewhat controversial running into the kicker penalty only gives the Spartans five yards, DLS punts a second time and Canyon takes over. What was impressive about the first punt attempt by Stephen Ouimet (and may have been missed by the TV analysts), was that Ouimet kicked the ball with his opposite foot to avoid the kick being blocked.
Canyon has since moved the ball inside the Spartans 30-yard line after a big run by DiLuigi.
A little trickery sparks the DLS offense as Hendershott picks up 16 yards on a reverse. But on the following play, that spark quickly fades as lineman Tyler Hess goes down favoring left knee. Hess saw limited playing time against Foothill last week because of the same knee, and was wearing a brace on it tonight. Just as the DLS offense looks like its starting to click, it loses seven yards on a bad option pitch from MacGillivray to Maupin.