American football team Canyon High takes a step back from Justin-Siena – Times-Herald

Call it a week off. Call it a trap game. Call it Home Week distractions.

Whatever the name given to the American Canyon High School football team, the Wolves don’t want it to happen again.

American Canyon was outscored visiting Justin-Siena, 31-22, at Wolf Den Stadium on Friday as the Wolves gave up a virtual tie for first place in the Vine Valley Athletic League race.

The players scored one of their biggest wins of the season at Casa Grande last week, but didn’t have the same sense of urgency on Friday.

“We’ve had a terrible week of training,” said American Canyon head coach John Montante. “The coaches were on these guys all week. We showed them a movie by (Justin) giving Vintage everything they had. We told them, ‘They don’t care about the score. They play.’ Brandon (LaRocco) is a good coach and they are disciplined… ”

Justin-Siena’s senior running back Caden Parlett ran 121 yards on 20 carries, scoring on runs of 4, 17 and 40 – the last two of those recorded in the deciding third quarter.

“We didn’t take this week seriously,” said American Canyon junior D lineman David Garcia. “We didn’t care. The coaches told us that, but we just didn’t listen.

Garcia recovered a four-yard fumble for a touchdown after a botched slam from the Braves. Kamel Jones added the two-point conversion to reduce the lead to 31-22 with 4:09 to go. However, Wolves couldn’t get the kick back in play and the Braves ran out of time.

American Canyon (5-4, 3-2), already without star running back Kapono Liu with a foot problem, saw quarterback Kaleb Anderson fall with an injury in the first quarter and he never returned. Montante did not know the extent of the injury except that it was in her lower body.

Justin-Siena (5-4, 3-2) led 7-0 after Parlett’s first touchdown late in the first quarter. Wolves, however, responded in the run that followed when tight semifinalist James Aken intimidated from three yards to help tie the game at 7.

The key play on the record was a 44-yard flurry from running back Kamel Jones Jr. who led the Wolves with 116 yards on 20 carries, with almost all of those coming on direct shots. Aken also ran a 15-yard run to help him set his own score.

On Justin’s next possession, Wolves linebacker Ryan Landaverde caught a pass from Justin quarterback Zachary Zurowski. Two plays later, American Canyon running back DJuan Seymore took over and ran 49 yards to the end zone as his team took a 14-7 lead with 7:46 left in the end zone. half time. Seymore had 88 yards on 13 carries.

That momentum didn’t last long, however, as Zurowski found Robert Sangiacomo wide open near the American Canyon sideline and the wide receiver turned the passing play into a 65-yard strike. To say the Wolves didn’t have anyone in the same area code is to take things lightly. Perhaps the closest defender to American Canyon was in Contra Costa County.

“It was one of those things that we practiced,” Montante said. “We had done a lot in training. This has exploded a lot in practice. We have made the coaching points in practice. … You play like you train.

Both teams came in at halftime 14-14 but it was the Braves who looked like the hungrier team in the third quarter.

Justin-Siena took a 21-14 lead and definitely took the lead on his first possession in the third quarter, totaling 66 yards on seven games, culminating in Parlett’s 17-yard touchdown. Zurowski (5-for-13, 151 yards) had a 23-yard passing game against Miles Martin on the first and 19 on the drive.

The Braves forced Wolves to kick on the next drive and Justin immediately scored on his first game as Parlett scored from 40 yards to make it 28-14.

Justin-Siena added another score, a 34-yard field goal from Sangiacomo with 8:21 to go.

Wolves only attempted three passes after Anderson left and they all fell incomplete.

What will Montante and the coaches say to the players to motivate them for week 10 against Petaluma?

“Play with pride, play for your teammates, do it for Kaleb,” said Montante. “You never know how the picture of the playoffs unfolds. We still have a long way to go. Send your elders the right way. The season is not over. Petaluma is coming to play, so it’s a great learning opportunity for our guys.

American Canyon won the Junior College game 27-22. Wolves were two points behind but scored with 7.4 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

The score

Justin-Siena 31, American Canyon 22

Next match: Friday vs Petaluma: 7 p.m.

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