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Cougars strike back, strike often

Canby rushes for 516 yards as it runs to a 46-28 win over Tualatin
by: Dan Brood, NICE GRAB - Tualatin's Matt Losli (left) leaps to make the catch to complete a 30-yard, third-quarter pass play while Canby's Mike Skogstill closes in. The Cougars won 46-28.

CANBY - Tualatin struck first. Canby struck back.

And then the Cougars struck over and over and over again.  

Canby, after spotting Tualatin a quick 7-0 lead, scored 46 unanswered points on its way to posting a 46-28 win over the Timberwolves in a Pacific Conference game played Friday at Canby High School.  

With the victory, Canby stayed perfect in Pacific Conference play, improving to 3-0. The Cougars, now 5-3 on the season, also now find themselves alone atop the league standings as McMinnville, which also entered the night 2-0 in league action, fell 44-26 at home to Tigard on Friday.  

Tualatin, with the loss, dropped to 4-3 on the season and to 1-2 in Pacific Conference play.  

'We lost focus a bit, and they punched us in the mouth,' Tualatin senior P.J. Miller said after the game. 'We need to turn it around and focus.'  

Miller helped Tualatin jump out to a 7-0 lead. On Canby's first possession of the game, Miller scooped up a Cougar fumble and returned the ball 36 yards to the Canby 32-yard line.  

'The ball just came up and I grabbed it,' Miller said.  

Four plays later, Tualatin sophomore quarterback Levi Levesa connected with junior tight end Michael Albanese for a 4-yard touchdown pass -- the Wolves' first scoring pass of the season -- to give Tualatin a 7-0 lead with 8 minutes and 42 seconds left in the first quarter.  

But Canby took over from there -- in a big way.  

The Cougars answered back with a 77-yard scoring drive that concluded with a 4-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Taylor Hunter to senior tight end David Seifert.  

Canby then grabbed a 13-7 lead on a 1-yard touchdown run by senior Chris Roth coming with 10:34 to play in the second quarter.  

The Cougars pushed their lead to 20-7 later in the period on a 60-yard run by senior fullback Andy Loscutoff. It was part of a huge night for Loscutoff. He finished the game with 231 yards and four touchdowns on 14 carries.  

Another Loscutoff touchdown, this one from just a yard out, gave Canby a 27-7 lead at halftime.  

In the third quarter, Loscutoff picked up right where he left off. He scored on an 87-yard scamper early in the period and then added a 3-yard touchdown run later in the quarter to up the Canby lead to 40-7.  

The Cougars' final touchdown came on a 1-yard run by junior Jake Fowler on the final play from scrimmage in the third quarter.  

Tualatin did battle back some in the fourth quarter. The Wolves got touchdown runs of 5, 34 and 62 yards from senior running back Kyle Johnson in the period to cut the final margin to 46-28.  

'We battled to the end,' Miller said. 'We tried to show some pride.'  

Canby, as a team, ran for 516 yards on 54 carries in the victory. In addition to Loscutoff's 231 yards, Roth rushed for 115 yards on 12 carries.  

Hunter completed six of 12 pass attempts for 65 yards.  

For Tualatin, Johnson ran for 158 yards on 18 carries. He now has 1,033 yards for the season. Levesa completed seven of 12 pass attempts for 102 yards. Tualatin junior Matt Losli had four receptions for 72 yards.  

Both teams will be back in action Friday. Tualatin will host rival Tigard while Canby will be home to face Forest Grove in Pacific Conference games starting at 7 p.m.  

For a complete game story, with statistics and more photos, please see Thursday's issue of the Tigard/Tualatin Times.