Santa Clarita Football Friday

first_img Lyon’s eyes widened, but Herrington was just teasing. Later, as Canyon coach Harry Welch posed for a photo with fellow former Crespi High associates Russell White, Tim Lins, Jeremiah Ross and Bill Redell, he looked at former star running back White and joked: “Oh, I see, one athlete and four wannabes.” OFF THE CHART Hart and Canyon meet in the Southern Section Div. II final tonight. Previous championship games involving local teams: 2004 Div. II: Mission Viejo 48, Valencia 21 2003 Div. II: Hart 25, Mission Viejo 7 Eight-Man: Riverside Christian 48, SC Christian 0 2002 Div. II: Mission Viejo 10, Hart 6 2001 Div. II: Hart 42, Valencia 13 2000 Div. III: Hart 34, Mira Costa 11 1999 Div. III: Hart 34, Valencia 6 1998 Div. III: Hart 17, St. Paul 14 1995 Div. III: Hart 35, A.V. 28 1994 Div. III: A.V. 36, Hart 15 1988 Div. II: A.V. 28, Canyon 22 1986 Northwestern: Hart 40, Temple City 27 1985 Northwestern: Canyon 9, A.V. 7 Coastal: Muir 28, Hart 14 1984 Northwestern: Canyon 33, Santa Maria 6 1983 Northwestern: Canyon 40, B. Montgomery 24 Coastal: Hart 29, N. Torrance 16 NUMBERS GAME 287 Canyon QB Austin Civita’s passing-yardage average in three playoff games. His regular-season average was 168.5. SOUTHERN SECTION DIV. II CHAMPIONSHIP CANYON (12-1) vs. HART (11-2) at Home Depot Center, Carson, 7:30 p.m. Player to watch: Tyler Hawkins, LB, Canyon. Most teams that have been successful against Hart over the years have pressured the quarterback with blitzes – and that’s Hawkins’ speciality. During last week’s semifinal victory over Valencia, which runs an offense similar to Hart’s, Hawkins twice sacked Michael Herrick. Outlook: Canyon defeated Hart 16-14 four weeks ago to secure the Foothill League title, but the stakes are much higher here. Three-time section champion Canyon is bidding for its first section crown since 1985, and eight-time champ Hart is going for its sixth title in the past eight seasons. Hart’s Tyler Lyon has been inconsistent this year, but he has caught fire during the playoffs. He completed 17 of 21 for 256 yards and three TDs in a 24-12 semifinal victory over top-seeded Mission Viejo, which had won 26 in a row and was ranked No. 2 in the nation by USA Today. The Arizona-bound senior has passed for 1,988 yards and 15 TDs in nine games, and he’s completed 55 of 84 (65 pct.) for 720 yards and six TDs with no INTs in three playoff games. Hart’s Troy Yudin has 61 receptions for 1,001 yards and 12 TDs, and James Wheeler has 49 catches and three TDs. Wheeler also has seven INTs. RB Delano Howell (706 yards, nine TDs) is healthy after recovering from a recurring ankle injury. Canyon RB J.J. DiLuigi has rushed for 1,794 yards (7.0 avg.), caught 29 passes for 499 yards and scored a league-record 42 TDs. He’s also a starting LB and has averaged 30.2 yards on kickoff returns. QB Austin Civita has completed 60 percent of his throws for 2,546 yards and 24 TDs, with a career-best 354-yard, four-TD performance last week. Defensively, Hart is led by LB Patrick Sarkissian (128 tackles) and Wheeler. Canyon’s top defensive players are DL Garrett Leary, LBs Hawkins and Matt Brown and DB Richie Wirthlin. Wirthlin also is Canyon’s leading WR, with 61 receptions for 939 yards and seven TDs. Notes: As the official home team, Canyon wears their green home jerseys. Hart will wear white. .. Tickets at the gate are $12 ($5 13-under). Children 4-under are free. Parking is $10. Advance tickets are available at Ticketmaster. Directions: Take the Golden State (I-5) Freeway south to the San Diego (I-405) Freeway south. Exit at Vermont toward Cal State Dominguez Hills, turn left on 190th Street, turn right on Victoria Street. Stadium is at corner of Victoria and Avalon Boulevard. CANYON ROSTER No.NameYr.Pos. 2J.P. CurveySr.DB 3Ben LongshoreJr.QB 4Richie WirthlinSr.WR 5SteveN WirthlinSo.WR 6Anthony ArriagaJr.WR 7Amir RafehFr.WR 8Mark UrbinaSo.WR 10J.J. DiLuigiJr.RB 11Austin CivitaSr.QB 12Sean WardJr.WR 14Phil MalinowskiSr.K 15Christopher ChapmanJr.K 17David PyneSr.WR 18Sean GavinSo.WR 20Randal RiggSr.WR 21Michael MontanoSr.DB 22Chris KingsburyJr.DB 23Michael CooperJr.WR 24Kenny SuberJr.WR 25Daniel GarzaJr.WR 26Leon HendersonJr.RB 27Tyler HawkinsSr.LB 28Keith MartinJr.WR 30Josh ParrickSr.RB 31Jordan FergusonSo.LB 32C.R. MaldonadoJr.RB 33Mike LoucksJr.DB 34Michael PyneJr.RB 35Raymond MaldonadoSo.RB 36Jonathan HammockSo.TE 40Nick Jurado Jr.LB 31Deric BlasSr.RB 42Matt BrownSr.LB 50Randy LemusJr.LINE 51Joseph DelliboviSr.LINE 53Grant HigginsJr.LINE 56Garrett LearySr.LINE 60Michael BlancoJr.LINE 62Ryan SchurkeJr.LINE 64Andrew MartinezJr.LINE 65Justin WallaceSo.LINE 66Andrew SuarezSr.LINE 67Nick PetersonJr.LINE 70Hakob KaraoglanianSr.LINE 71Mike HarkerJr.LINE 72Damien OzunaJr.LINE 73A.J. WallersteinSo.LINE 74Nick MadiaJr.LINE 75Marc ValdezJr.LINE 76Sean RowlettSr.LINE 77Fares AlbicharaJr.LINE 80Britt BriscoeSo.LINE 81Ben ArmbrusterJr.TE 82Troy CurveySr.LINE Head coach: Harry Welch Assistants: Scott Blade, Mike Civita, Charlie Cusumano, John DiLuigi, Dave Ends, Tim Hollinger, Danny Leggett, Monterio Witherspoon and Ken Wheeler. HART ROSTER No.NameYr.Pos. 2Tyler FairchildSr.WR 3James WheelerSr.DB 4Byron JacksonSr.WR 5Anthony LunaSr.DB 6Delano HowellSo.RB 9Steve BurtonSr.DL 10Griffin CannonSr.LB 11Troy YudinSr.WR 12Tyler LyonJr.QB 14Alex PetteeJr.QB 15B.R. HolbrookSo.QB 16John FinkJr.WR 17George DiazJr.WR 18Dakotah LusterSo.RB 19Tyler EyrichSo.WR 20Michael DavisJr.WR 21Blake LevingstonJr.RB 22Robbie CasselberrySr.DB 23Calvin LaBordeSo.PK 24Michael VairoJr.WR 25Adam ReyesJr.DB 26Andrew MillerJr.WR 27Scott AkaJr.RB 28Chris GillSo.PK 31Humberto MarquezSr.WR 33Daniel VasquezJr.WR 35Chris MurraySr.WR 37Ian FrochtzweigJr.WR 38Eric BesseyJr.WR 40Daniel Saucedo Sr.LINE 42Brandon ArndtJr.WR 43Chris HickokJr.WR 44Michael FruchtmanSr.LINE 45Pat SarkissianSr.LB 47Joseph LeeSr.WR 48Tyler FrenchSr.WR 50Jeremy NeffSr.LINE 51Jim AutenSr.LINE 52Anthony HanlonSr.LINE 53Patrick LarrimoreSr.LB 54Joe GrazianoJr.LINE 55Joe JooSr.LINE 58Jason ChavezJr.LINE 60Adam BestSr.LINE 61Jon WarrenSr.LINE 62Donovan McGruderSr.LINE 63Jonathon CuellarSr.LINE 64Ricky VittalloSr.LINE 65Jeffrey DiprimoJr.LINE 66Derek BickfordSo.LINE 68Craig WrightSr.LINE 70Nick SwiatekSr.LINE 71Chris AndersonFr.LINE 73Yousef ElhiuJr.LINE 74Tyler EdwardsSo.LINE 75Erik PlumleeSo.LINE 76Spencer LloydSo.LINE 77Jackson SmithSr.LINE 78Nico MaggiSo.LINE 79Wilfred AkaSr.LINE 80Taylor EmbreeJr.WR 81Parker DominguezFr.LINE 84Chris CyreJr.WR 86Bart PalacioSr.WR 87Josh KellmanSr.WR 88Marisol LedesmanSr.WR 89Benjamin BangJr.WR Head coach: Mike Herrington Assistants: John Ahart, Jason D’Autremont, Davis Delmatoff, Larry Fiscus, Rick Herrington and Keith Matkin. CANYON FOOTBALL BY THE NUMBERS 2,838: Total yards by J.J. DiLuigi for an average of 218.3 per game. 1988: Year of Canyon’s last title appearance, a Div. II loss to Antelope Valley. 46: Canyon’s winning streak from 1983 through 1986, tied for longest in Southern Section history. 20: Years since Canyon last won a section title. 11: Number of times Canyon has scored 28 or more points. 10: Consecutive victories heading into tonight’s final. 3: Regular-season opponents that have qualified for a section final. 1: Running back to gain more than 100 yards against Canyon this season. .778: Coach Harry Welch’s career winning percentage over two stints (1982-1993 and 2001-2005). .452: Canyon’s winning percentage during the seven years without Welch (1994-2000). HART FOOTBALL BY THE NUMBERS 328: Points scored, the lowest output in coach Herrington’s 17-year career. 39: Turnovers forced this season. 26: League championships since inaugural 1948 varsity season. 19: League championships the past 23 years. 11: Appearances in section final (eight titles). 6: Consecutive starting quarterbacks to commit to Division I college scholarships (David Neill, Kyle Boller, Kyle Matter, Matt Moore, Sean Norton, Tyler Lyon). 5: Regular-season opponents that advanced to section quarterfinals or further. 2: Consecutive losses to Canyon 1: Number of opponents to defeat Hart three times in a row during Herrington’s career. .842: Coach Mike Herrington’s 17-year winning percentage (187-35). POSITION-BY-POSITION ANALYSIS QUARTERBACK Hart’s Tyler Lyon is a more prominent prospect than Canyon’s Austin Civita, but Civita has better numbers. Lyon, a 6-6 senior who has committed to Arizona, has missed three games because of a separated shoulder and concussion, but he’s coming off one his finest career performances: 17 of 21 for 256 yards and three TDs in a 24-12 victory over top-seeded Mission Viejo. He’s passed for 1,988 yards and 15 TDs with three INTs in 11 games. Civita has also been hot in the playoffs and is coming off his best game, passing for a career-high 354 yards and four TDs against Valencia last week. He’s passed for 2,546 yards, 24 TDs and eight INTs. ADVANTAGE: Even RUNNING BACK Hart’s Delano Howell, a sophomore, has rushed for 708 yards and scored nine TDs despite a recurring ankle injury. Robbie Casselberry, who was Hart’s leading rusher in 2004 before switching to WR this year, has also seen time at RB, setting a school single-game record of 248 yards against Burbank on Nov. 4. He has 686 yards and five TDs. James Wheeler, a starting WR, has rushed for 236 yards. Canyon’s J.J. DiLuigi is among California’s best, rushing for nearly 1,800 yards with 29 receptions and a league-record 42 TDs. Michael Montano, a JV star two years ago, is a solid backup. ADVANTAGE: Canyon RECEIVERS Hart’s Troy Yudin has been a prime target, with 61 receptions and 12 TDs, and Wheeler has 49 catches and one TD. Casselberry (30 receptions, four TDs) and Taylor Embree (29 catches, four TDs) are the other starters. No backup has more than eight receptions. Canyon’s Richie Wirthlin has caught 61 passes for 939 yards with eight TDs despite missing three weeks because of a broken hand. He’s been especially hot in the playoffs, with 27 catches. Chris Kingsbury (34 catches, 655 yards, five TDs) and Mike Loucks have speed. Loucks averages 23.4 yards per reception. DiLuigi is an extremely dangerous target out of the backfield. ADVANTAGE: Canyon OFFENSIVE LINE Hart has been hurt by the recent loss of two starters, dismissed from the team for disciplinary reasons, although the group continues to do a fine job protecting Lyon, who prefers to remain in the pocket. Jackson Smith is among the division’s top centers, an especially important position at Hart because of the shotgun offense. Canyon does an terrific job blocking, and junior Nick Madia, sophomore A.J. Wallerstein, converted defensive lineman Marc Valdez and Nick Peterson have been excellent. A solid unit. ADVANTAGE: Canyon DEFENSIVE LINE Hart’s Wilfred Aka (72 tackles, three sacks) is among the league’s strongest players, and returning starter Steve Burton has rebounded after missing six games with a broken thumb. Overall, the group isn’t as strong as Hart’s line usually is. Canyon’s Garrett Leary (six sacks), Ben Armbruster (seven sacks) and and Andrew Suarez are solid, helping Canyon limit opponents to 13 points per game. ADVANTAGE: Canyon LINEBACKER This is Hart’s strength. Patrick Sarkissian leads the league with 128 tackles – 13 against Mission Viejo last week. He also has four sacks. Chris Hickok (89 tackles) and Griffin Cannon (73 tackles) also are effective. Canyon recently revamped its defense, adding undersized Loucks and DiLuigi to the LB corps in support of Tyler Hawkins and Matt Brown, who are the team’s top hitters. Hawkins and Brown are enjoying standout seasons, and former starter Nick Jurado is a solid backup. ADVANTAGE: Even SECONDARY Hart’s James Wheeler has seven INTs and three fumble recoveries, so he must be accounted for at all times. Anthony Luna (77 tackles) is a big-time hitter, and Adam Reyes and Brandon Arndt also are among the league’s best. Wirthlin (six INTs) has great instincts, and Randy Rigg (four INTs) has come on strong after spending most of the first month of the season on the bench. Montano and Kingsbury give Canyon speed at the corners. ADVANTAGE: Hart KICKING GAME Hart was severely hurt by the recent departure of standout PK/P Paul Weinstein (disciplinary reasons), and JV callups Calvin LaBorde and Chris Gill have been pressed into duty. Burton, who has experience as a punter but is disadvantaged because of a soft cast on one hand, is averaging 34.8 yards on 16 punts. Phil Malinowski, Chris Chapman and P Ben Longshore handle the kicking for Canyon. Malinowski, a kickoff specialist, recently took over for Longshore as a punter and is averaging 36.3 yards. Chapman has converted 58 of 59 PATs. ADVANTAGE: Canyon RETURN SPECIALISTS Hart’s James Wheeler is a fast breakaway threat but isn’t as effective in the open field as DiLuigi, who is averaging more than 30 yards per return – when opponents are daring enough to kick his way. Kingsbury averages 14.9 yards on punt returns, including a 55-yarder. ADVANTAGE: Canyon INTANGIBLES Hart has won more titles and is coming off the year’s biggest upset. The Indians usually add a few wrinkles and trick plays in the playoffs, so it’s a tough to prepare for them. Lyon is hot, and if Hart has a dominating QB, the chances of winning are usually about 80 percent, regardless of opponent. Canyon has won 10 in a row and has consistently stopped prolific offenses, including Valencia’s last week – a team very similar to Hart. Only one running back has gained more than 100 yards against Canyon this season. There is tremendous community support for the Cowboys, and coach Welch is hungry after last winning a title 20 years ago. ADVANTAGE: Hart MIKE HERRINGTON Hart, 17th year AGE: 47 BIRTHPLACE: Northridge RESIDES: Newhall HIGH SCHOOL: Hart, 1977 COLLEGE: Cal State Northridge FAST FACTS: Played offensive line at Hart, College of the Canyons and Cal State Northridge before joining Hart’s staff as a defensive coordinator in 1984. … Worked four years as a Hart assistant and one season as a head coach at Bellflower. … Returned to Hart in 1989 as head coach. … As head coach, has won six titles, four in a row from 1998 to 2001, and appeared in eight championship games. … As a high school lineman, scored a touchdown on a tackle-eligle play in a victory over Canyon in 1976. … A bachelor, Herrington lives with his brother, Dean, a former Hart offensive coordinator who is the offensive coordinator at Canyons. … Enjoys NHL hockey and Bruce Springsteen. HARRY WELCH Canyon, 17th year AGE: 60 BIRTHPLACE: Baltimore RESIDES: Canyon Country HIGH SCHOOL: Crespi, 1963 COLLEGE: Cal State Northridge FAST FACTS: Played quarterback at Crespi High and attended San Fernando Valley State (now CSUN). … Worked as an assistant coach or lower-level head coach at Crespi, Canyon and L.A. Valley College before taking the head job at Canyon in 1982. … In second season at Canyon, began 46-game winning streak (tied for Southern Section record) and started three-year championship run in Northwestern Conference. … Retired after 1993 season while remaining on campus as a teacher. … Joined staff at Valencia for one season as an offensive coordinator before returning as Canyon’s head coach in 2001. … Married to Cindee Welch, a fellow teacher at Canyon. … Has two daughters and five grandchildren from a previous marriage. … Enjoys traveling and hiking. COACHING RECORDS Mike Herrington, Hart 1989 – 10-2 1990 – 9-4 1991 – 9-4 1992 – 11-1 1993 – 10-2 1994 – 13-1 1995 – 12-2 1996 – 9-3 1997 – 11-2 1998 – 12-2 1999 – 14-0 2000 – 12-2 2001 – 13-0 2002 – 13-1 2003 – 11-3 2004 – 7-5 2005 – 11-2 Career – 187-35 (.842) Note: Herrington coached one season at Bellflower in 1988, finishing 8-3. Harry Welch, Canyon 1982 – 8-4 1983 – 13-1 1984 – 14-0 1985 – 14-0 1986 – 11-2 1987 – 10-3 1988 – 11-3 1989 – 8-4-1 1990 – 11-2 1991 – 6-5-1 1992 – 7-4 1993 – 6-4 2001 – 3-7 2002 – 10-2 2003 – 11-2 2004 – 10-2 2005 – 12-1 Career – 165-46-2 (.778)160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Hart is 45-10 in the playoffs (.818 pct.) during coach Mike Herrington’s 17-year career, and Canyon is 26-12 (.684) during coach Harry Welch’s 17-year career over two stints. SPOTLIGHT Hart has forced 39 turnovers (an average of three per game) – 24 interceptions and 15 fumble recoveries. James Wheeler has seven interceptions and three fumble recoveries, Griffin Cannon and Anthony Luna have four interceptions, and Chris Hickok has one interception and four fumble recoveries. OFFBEAT Just as the large-scale Southern Section championship luncheon/press conference was beginning Monday in Long Beach, Hart coach Mike Herrington nudged quarterback Tyler Lyon and said: “I hope you’re not nervous in front of all these people. You’re going to have to make a speech.” HE SAID “We want to show Canyon that the last game we played against them doesn’t mean anything compared to this game.” – Hart offensive lineman Ricky Vittallo, on tonight’s rematch against Canyon for the Southern Section Div. II championship at Home Depot Center. DID YOU KNOW? last_img

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