TROUTDALE — Just when Reynolds seemed to turn the game into its favor, Canby came through with a quick strike to the end zone that paved the way for a 35-14 win in Friday's season opener.
Trailing 14-0 late in the first half, the Raiders coaches were shouting for a two-minute drill along the sideline. The Raiders delivered in unconventional fashion, running the ball four straight times to march 61 yards into the end zone for their first points.
Running back Kellen Lynch picked up the bulk of the ground moving around the right side for a 40-yard gain that saw him cut back inside at the 10-yard line in search of the end zone before being pulled down a few strides short. Reynolds QB Jaden Hawkinson finished the drive by finding his way through the middle for the last five yards.
Reynolds was within a touchdown and due to receive the second-half kickoff.
Now, they just needed to make it to the locker room.
Canby had other ideas.
The Cougars took possession at their own 41-yard line with 1:02 on the clock.
A two-minute drill wouldn't do the job for the Cougars — they had to be faster.
Canby managed to move the chains once, but appeared to be stalled out facing fourth down far from the end zone with only 15 seconds on the clock. But Cougars running back Harrison Kinney took a handoff up the middle for 25 yards.
The next play saw QB Trent Wakefield zip a pass to the left side for Joe Henry, who turned upfield in search of the end zone only to be taken down at the 3-yard line.
Canby coaches shouted for timeout with two ticks left — enough time for one more snap.
This time Wakefield rolled to his right and spotted Henry racing across the goal line a full stride ahead of a pack of pursuing Raiders. Wakefield hit him in stride, and Canby went to the locker room in command 21-7.
The Cougars started the game with a 10-play drive — all runs — that ended with Jacob Huggins going in from 3 yards out for a quick 7-0 lead.
The Raiders came close to answering late in the first quarter after Eric Puclik got behind the defense and caught a pass that went for 50 yards before being pulled down at the 3-yard line.
Two runs into the middle didn't produce any results, and Reynolds went to the air on third down. Canby linebacker Elijah Donalson got his hands up to tip the pass, then did one better and picked it out of the air for a drive-killing interception.
Reynolds moved inside the 5 again in the second quarter, only to get backed up by penalties and forced to punt.
Canby went up 14-0 after Wakefield faked a series of handoffs only to keep the ball and roll the other way where he found Tristen Ramirez well past the Reynolds defense for a 24-yard touchdown catch.
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