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Football: Canby runs away with 42-14 win over McNary

Aided by track stars Dominic Shorter and Noah Kyllo, the Cougars earn their first victory of the season and log their first triumph in a home opener since 2009.


by: JEFF GOODMAN - Dominic Shorter sprints to the end zone Sept. 6 on a 74-yard touchdown run that came on the Canby football team's third play from scrimmage. The senior finished with 133 yards on 14 carries in the Cougars' 42-14 home win over McNary.The Canby football team cruised to a 42-14 win over Keizer-McNary in its home opener Friday night. Or was that the track and field team?

Buoyed by their speedy backs, the Cougars dashed and darted their way to their first victory of the season a week after being hammered by Tigard.

They scored 42 unanswered points, many of them coming on big plays, and showcased the quickness that brought the high school new records in both relays this past spring.

“They’ve got fantastic speed, and they’re not just track stars — they don’t just run straight,” Canby coach Mike Vaught said of seniors Dominic Shorter and Noah Kyllo. “They know how to cut and move, and they have great vision. They’re real running backs.”

Shorter took 14 carries for 133 yards, including 130 in the first half. His performance included a brilliant 74-yard touchdown run on the third play of the game.

Kyllo amassed 210 all-purpose yards and scored a touchdown on a dazzling 60-yard punt return late in the first quarter, giving the Cougars (1-1) a commanding 21-0 lead late in the first quarter.

“Just looking back at the Tigard game fueled us for this, and we came out with a bang,” Kyllo said. “We got a few exciting plays and just went from there. After that first run Dominic had, we all got excited and it just propelled everyone else.”

In the second quarter, junior Jace Cates added to Canby’s lead on a 3-yard score. In the third, Portland State recruit Sam Bodine raced out of the backfield for a 59-yard touchdown run during which he barreled through a seam and cut to the outside, leaving defenders in his wake.

Senior quarterback Austin Taylor was efficient in the pocket, completing all six of his passes for 70 yards. He also threw for two first-half touchdowns, both to senior tight end A.J. Schlatter.

“We didn’t perform as well as we wanted to last week, but Austin and I put a lot of work in over the summer,” Schlatter said. “We just had this connection. ... It was all a team effort, and it felt good to perform like our team should.”

Canby made some history in the process. It hadn’t won its home opener since 2009, when it crushed Oregon City, and it hadn’t won a Week 2 game since overpowering Beaverton-Southridge 35-7 the same year.

That’s largely due to the program’s often-challenging preseason slate, which has featured meetings with perennial powerhouses Tigard, Jesuit and Central Catholic as well as Camas (Wash.) — next week’s opponent — over the last three years.

“We’ve been good every year, but we’ve played the best,” Vaught said. “It’s a lot more fun to start off on our home field with a win.”

The Cougars also achieved a measure of payback against McNary (1-1), which earned a 54-20 victory when the teams met in the 1997 state quarterfinals.

“We have so much speed on our team,” Shorter said. “We’re really looking forward to the rest of the season.”

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AT A GLANCE

CANBY 42, McNARY 14

Sept. 6 at Cougar Stadium

McNary 0 0 6 8 — 14

Canby 21 14 7 0 — 42

First quarter

C — (10:49) Dominic Shorter 74 run (Alejando Sandoval kick)

C — (4:18) A.J. Schlatter 8 pass from Austin Taylor (Sandoval kick)

C — (1:19) Noah Kyllo 60 punt return (Sandoval kick)

Second quarter

C — (8:27) Jace Cates 3 run (Sandoval kick)

C — (4:14) Schlatter 5 pass from Taylor (Sandoval kick)

Third quarter

C — (10:07) Sam Bodine 59 run (Sandoval kick)

M — (3:52) Devon Dunagan 16 pass from Drew McHugh

Fourth quarter

M — (11:47) Kyle Torres 89 pass from McHugh (Gonzalez conversion pass from McHugh)



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