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.
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.
Theyve got fantastic speed, and theyre not just track stars they dont 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. Theyre 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 Canbys 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 didnt 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 hadnt won its home opener since 2009, when it crushed Oregon City, and it hadnt won a Week 2 game since overpowering Beaverton-Southridge 35-7 the same year.
Thats largely due to the programs often-challenging preseason slate, which has featured meetings with perennial powerhouses Tigard, Jesuit and Central Catholic as well as Camas (Wash.) next weeks opponent over the last three years.
Weve been good every year, but weve played the best, Vaught said. Its 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. Were really looking forward to the rest of the season.
AT A GLANCE
CANBY 42, McNARY 14
Sept. 6 at Cougar Stadium
McNary 0 0 6 8 14
Canby 21 14 7 0 42
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)
C (8:27) Jace Cates 3 run (Sandoval kick)
C (4:14) Schlatter 5 pass from Taylor (Sandoval kick)
C (10:07) Sam Bodine 59 run (Sandoval kick)
M (3:52) Devon Dunagan 16 pass from Drew McHugh
M (11:47) Kyle Torres 89 pass from McHugh (Gonzalez conversion pass from McHugh)