Canadian Wallops Spearman 52-0
Updated: October 22, 2016
photos: Michael Kerrigan
Canadian Tidal Wave Hits Spearman 52-0
After returning from a road win of 68-6 at Highland Park last week, Canadian has created what appears to be a legitimate tidal wave in District 1-3A DII. The Spearman Lynx came to Wildcat Stadium as the only other unbeaten team in the District hoping at a shot to knock off the Wildcats, who appear to be on their way to the outright District Championship pending the results with Dimmitt and Tulia.
Canadian suffered some early season miscues in a tight loss to Bushland in the season opener, ending a 31-0 win streak and two weeks later dropped a home game to a very tough 4A playoff bound Perryton, 24-14. However, the following weeks have seen the Wildcats gain better execution with the NASCAR offense and improvements to an already strong defense with the return of players from injuries and an overall sense of a more cohesive unit.
Canadian took the opening drive 71 yards to the Lynx 4 yard line before a penalty and an incomplete pass forced the Wildcats to settle for a 26 yard field goal by QB Corbin Douthitt (18-25-1 INT, 265 yds passing) with 9:07 left in the 1st. It would be the only field goal Canadian would “settle for” the rest of the night.
When the Lynx were halted with a three-and-out on their first possession, Canadian immediately put together a 7-play, 80 yard scoring drive ending in a 5 yard run by RB Holton Hufstedler with 4:58 left in the 1st. It was apparent that Spearman had their hands full with a re-vitalized and continually improving fast snapping Canadian offense, let alone another State class defense to figure out how to penetrate.
With 4:50 left in the 1st, the Lynx mounted 65 yard drive aided by 14 yard pass from QB Payton Smith (4-17-1 INT, 39 yds passing) to RB Trenton Baird and another 25 yard pass to from Smith to RB Reid Harrell, eventually being held to a th and 5. Unfortunately for Spearman, the northbound field goal attempt by K/WR Reid Swan bounced off of the east upright back into the end zone, unknown at the time to be their last best attempt to avoid the shutout.
Four plays and a quarter change later, WR Manny Ramsey (5 for 62 yds, 18 rushing, 1 TD) went in motion and took a pitch from Douthitt to score from the Lynx 17 yard line on the stretch. Douthitt’s PAT (1 FG, 7 PATs kicking) made it 17-0 with 11:47 left in the 2nd. Then with 2:07 left in the 2nd, RB Chris Jones (15 for 168 yds, 3 TDs) takes in the first of three TDs of the night form the Spearman 9 yard line, for a 24-0 halftime lead.
The 3rd quarter opened with Spearman QB Smith was intercepted on a 3rd and 7 by Canadian’s All-State linebacker Holton Hufstedler setting up the Wildcats on the Lynx 40 yard line. Canadian QB Douthitt proceeded to roll to his right on a play action pass on 1st and 10 to meet Lynx LB Alvaro Chavez, who took Douthitt down for a 16 yard sack. However, on the very next play, Douthitt, without regard to the 26 yards needed for a 1st down, dropped back in the pocket and launched a 56 yard TD pass to Canadian’s All-State WR Cameron Copley (3 for 86 yds) with 9:46 left in the 3rd.
Canadian’s RB Chris Jones then took over the rushing game for the Wildcats again, scoring from 3 and 9 yards out. Then with 1:11 left in the game, one of the best backup running backs in the region, Alexis Flores showed his speed and vision from 21 yards out, closing out the scoring at 52.
As the Wildcats close the door on the Lynx, probably the 3rd playoff seed in District 1-3A DII, they will host Dimmitt next week for the last home game of the season. Although Dimmitt fell to Spearman 21-14 the previous week, Canadian cannot afford to take any team for granted as they continue to work out any kinks in the fast paced NASCAR offense and strive to build a consistent shut-out defense.
C-Corbin Douthitt FG 26yd
C-Holton Hufstedler 4 run (Douthitt kick)
C-Manny Ramsey 18 run (Douthitt kick)
C-Chris Jones 9 run (Douthitt kick)
C-Cameron Copley 56 pass from Douthitt (Douthitt kick)
C-Jones 3 run (Douthitt kick)
C-Jones 9 run (Douthitt kick)
C-Alexi Flores 21 run (Douthitt kick)
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by Jerry Brunson
Lone Star Gridiron