Wolves can't slow fast-striking Cougars

Football -- Tualatin scores first, but Canby answers back big in its 46-28 victory
by: DAN BROOD, TUALATIN TAKES A TURNOVER — Tualatin senior P.J. Miller (4) heads up field after scooping up a Canby fumble early in Friday’s game. The Cougars won 46-28.

CANBY - Tualatin struck first.

Canby struck back.

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

Tualatin, after jumping out to a quick 7-0 lead, watched Canby score 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.

'Canby is a very good football team and they played very well,' Tualatin coach Craig Hastin said.

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.

On the Wolves' first play following the turnover sophomore quarterback Levi Levesa connected with junior receiver Matt Losli on a play-action pass for a 26-yard gain down to the Canby 6-yard line.

Three plays later, Levesa tossed a 4-yard touchdown pass - the Wolves' first scoring pass of the season - to junior tight end Michael Albanese. Glaber Mazzo added the extra point kick to give Tualatin a 7-0 lead with 8 minutes and 42 seconds left in the first quarter.

But Canby answered back - in a big way.

The Cougars responded 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.

A 27-yard run by Timberwolf senior Eddy Brown helped set up a 5-yard TD run by senior Kyle Johnson, making the score 46-14 with 9:39 left in the contest.

Johnson scored again, this time on a 34-yard run, to make the score 46-21 with 4:06 to remaining.

Johnson then added a third fourth-quarter touchdown, coming on a 62-yard scamper with 1:36 to play, making the final 46-28.

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

Johnson finished the game with 158 rushing yards on 18 carries. He now has 1,033 yards and 13 touchdowns for the season.

Brown ran for 63 yards on seven carries and Jesse Clemente had 48 rushing yards on five carries.

Levesa completed seven of 12 pass attempts for 102 yards. Losli had four receptions for 72 yards.

For the Tualatin defense, Dennis Ranck, Cameron Harper and John Grill each had a tackle for a loss and Losli intercepted a Cougar pass.

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.