WIth the exception of the band, the DLS crowd is very quiet at the moment. But it picks up after the Spartans defense wins a stop. Canyon didn’t pick up a single yard in the series, throwing three incomplete passes.
We finally see our first punt of the game, and now the DLS defense will really be tested. It wouldn’t surprise anybody to see Canyon try and go deep on their first play. Spartans defensive coordinator Terry Eidson appeared excessively animated in the DLS defensive huddle during the TV timeout
De La Salle is once again asked to respond to another impressive drive from Canyon. The Cowboys last scoring drive went 80 yards on nine plays, again with most of the big plays coming via the passing game.
Hendershott just picked up what would have been a first down, but the Spartans first penalty of the evening negates it.
Ben Longshore just made the play of the game thus far, eluding two potential tacklers and throwing the ball 30 yards to a wide open Kenny Suber for the TD. The Cowboys go for two and Longshore’s pass is incomplete. Our score, 12-7 Canyon.
The DLS defense really seems to be on its heels against the balanced attack of Canyon. If the Cowboys can get DiLuigi going in the running game, it could be a long night for the Spartans defense.
Quick stat: Canyon ran 18 plays in the first quarter and De La Salle ran just 9.
J.J. DiLuigi just busted his biggest run of the night, a 12-yard scamper for a first down. The Cowboy crowd, easily three times as large as the Spartans crowd, was quieted breifly by De La Salle’s go-ahead TD. However, they have the volume back at 11 after three quick first downs.
After trailing after the first quarter for the first time all season, DLS is quickly back on top after driving 76 yards and scoring on a 4-yard run by Maupin. No blocked kick this time, and now each team have traded blows and the Spartans lead 7-6.
Canyon’s scoring drive was nine plays for 80 yards. DLS has since taken over and twice gave the ball to Pugh. On 3rd-and-1, MacGillivray broke free for a big run that takes the Spartans to their own 48. It was the biggest running play for DLS tonight, going for 15 yards. After a first-down pass to Rossette, Tim Maupin broke loose for a 37-yard run that takes the Spartans to the Canyon 4-yard line. And that’s where they’ll start the second quarter.
After a very fast quarter, Canyon holds a 6-0 lead.
Canyon QB Ben Longshore just took the ball in from 1-yard out and gave Canyon a 6-0 lead – the extra point was missed. It’s only the second time the Spartans have trailed all season long. The last time they trailed was 3-0 to Palma in September.
On just their second play from scrimmage, the Cowboys use the pass to victimize the Spartans. Ben Longshore hit Michael Loucks across the middle for what turned into a 42-yard gain. The DLS defense stiffens though and forced Canyon into a 4th-and-1, which the Cowboys promptly picked up with a sweep by DiLuigi. It’s hard to tell, but it doesn’t appear that Canyon to be too intimidated. And another big pass Mark Urbina puts Canyon on the 1-yard line