The Cougars top the 400-yard mark in rushing for the second time this season as they cruise to a rout of the Cardinals.

by: KORY MACGREGOR - Mike Vaught leads the Canby football team into Three Rivers League play Sept. 27 at home against Oregon City. The Cougars have won nine-straight games against the Pioneers.Perhaps the Canby football team isn’t quite on the level of Tigard or Camas. But, at least at the moment, it’s helmet-and-shoulder-pads ahead of Lincoln.

A week after struggling to produce against Washington’s top-ranked team, the Cougars bounced back with a forceful running attack to dismantle the Cardinals, 49-24, on the road Sept. 20 in Portland.

Canby wrapped up its nonconference slate with a 2-2 record, its most recent victory much like its drubbing of Keizer-McNary in its second game of the season.

Mike Vaught said before his team’s preseason finale that he expected Lincoln to utilize its linebackers in a variety of blitz packages, but the Cougars didn’t seem affected by the pressure.

They raced out to a commanding 42-0 halftime lead en route to scoring a season-high 49 points, tying the program’s single-game high under Vaught. They also had 49 in a 2011 league win over Clackamas.

Canby defeated Lincoln (1-3) for the third year in a row, this lopsided triumph coming on the heels of a 33-21 decision in 2011 and a 42-7 rout last season.

Thanks to the work of an experienced front line, the Cougars carved up the Cardinals in their final game before opening Three Rivers League play at home Sept. 27 against Oregon City. They’re vying for their 10th-consecutive series win in a streak that dates back to 1992.

They prepared themselves by amassing 410 rushing yards against Lincoln, topping the 400-yard mark for the second time this season. They racked up 452 against McNary.

Senior running back Dominic Shorter took 19 carries for a season-high 160 yards and two touchdowns, senior Sam Bodine rushed 10 times for 56 yards and two scores and junior Jace Cates added 112 yards and a score on 10 carries.

Cates, who had 72 total rushing yards on 12 carries through the first three games of the season, topped the 100-yard rushing mark in a game for the first time in his career.

Senior quarterback Austin Taylor and senior Cole Thompson each added one rushing touchdown. Eight players combined to average a whopping 7.19 yards per rush.

Taylor threw just three passes, completing all of them for a total of 45 yards.

The Cardinals scored all 24 of their points in the third quarter. LHS quarterback Quentin Lake found D.J. Pope for two scores and connected with junior Nate Ostmo for another in the frame, going 10-for-16 with 215 of his team’s 340 passing yards.

Cates and junior Nick Strnad each had four solo tackles to lead Canby’s defense, while senior A.J. Schlatter recorded his first interception of the season. Bodine and fellow senior Alejandro Sandoval each logged a sack in the win.

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