Sierra Canyon Turns Out the Lights on the Toreadors

Sierra Canyon Turns Out the Lights on the Toreadors

Offense and Defense Shine in Win

By:     Chloe LaBelle, SCSN Staff Writer

September 15, 2017

As the third quarter came to an end with Sierra Canyon (3-1) leading the Taft Toreadors (1-3) 53-0, the Taft stadium lights decided that they had seen enough and turned off without powering back on, ending the game early in a blowout win for the Trailblazers.

Starting with the opening kick-off, Sierra Canyon dominated in all phases of the game, capping off a perfect first quarter by scoring 39 unanswered points with sophomore running back Hunter Williams accounting for four rushing touchdowns during the first 12 minutes.

“It was a great feeling,” said Williams on his four scores. “But it wasn’t just me, it was a complete team effort. I just had the opportunity to carry the ball into the end zone for the team.”

Freshman Chayden Peery continued where he left off against Grace Brethren last week, starting fast and impressing again at the quarterback position. In his first career start for Sierra Canyon, he completed 8 of 12 passes for 196 yards. Peery looked settled and showed poise and confidence leading the offense in the victory.

“Last week I found out that I could play and compete at the varsity level and make an impact,” said Peery. “I watched a ton of film and came prepared.”

Peery completed another pair of spectacular, long passes against the Toreadors, including a 64 yarder to Corey Jones to start off the game followed by a 49 yard pass to JJ Hernandez in the second half.

The Trailblazers’ defense had another big week as it held the Taft offense to less than 40 rushing yards and put constant pressure on quarterback Ryan Heath, which resulted in bad throws and a completion percentage that was well under 50 percent.

Ronald Kamulali intercepted a pass from Heath and returned it for an 82 yard touchdown and the front seven lived in the Toreadors’ backfield all night, recording multiple sacks and tackles for losses that resulted in two fumble recoveries.

Coach Ellinghouse was pleased with the way the team played and executed on both sides of the ball.

“We came out and we played well,” said Ellinghouse. “I thought we executed at a high level on offense and played great defense.”

This week’s game will likely provide a stiffer challenge for the Trailblazers as they visit Redondo Union on Friday night, playing against the team they eliminated in last year’s playoff quarterfinals in triple overtime.

Offensive Stars of the Game:  Chayden Peery, QB, Fr. #8 (8 for 12, 196 YDSs and 2 TD); Hunter Williams, RB, So. #21 (rushed 5 times for 33 YDS and 4 TDs); Corey Jones, RB, Jr. #5 (64 YD reception); and Johnny Hawkins, WR, Jr. #15 (3 receptions for 38 YDS).

Defensive Stars of the Game: Ronald Kamulali, FS, Sr. #1 (interception, returned for 82 YDS and a TD); JD Hernandez, LB, So. # 20 (interception); and Chris Cannon, DE, Sr. #52 (recorded 2 sacks).



Trailblazers Dominate with Execution, Beat Grace Brethren 35-0

Trailblazers Dominate with Execution, Beat Grace Brethren 35-0


Chayden Peery Emerges in Big Win

By:     Chloe LaBelle, SCSN Staff Writer

September 8, 2017

Led by freshman quarterback Chayden Peery, the Sierra Canyon Trailblazers (2-1) shut out the Grace Brethren Lancers (2-1), 35-0 Friday night at Moorpark College’s Griffin Stadium.  The defense dominated, a young quarterback stepped up, and the running backs punished the Lancers in the win.

As the game began, the size of the Lancers defensive linemen was impressive.  They started well, sacking Sierra Canyon’s starting quarterback, Johnny Hawkins, two times on the first drive of the game.

Coach Jon Ellinghouse made a quick switch at quarterback to freshman Chayden Peery on the next drive and the offense started to gain momentum.

“We had to adjust to their speed,” said Coach Ellinghouse.  “They had a heck of a defensive front.”

After being called in for Sierra Canyon’s second drive of the game, Peery looked ready to play and took control of the offense and the game. He completed 10 of 15 passes for 142 yards and a touchdown.

“I was a little bit nervous” said Peery, “I knew I was well prepared since I have been watching film and splitting reps with Johnny.”

Coach Ellinghouse seemed pleased with the way the team played Friday night and very happy about the momentum change that came from putting Peery in at quarterback.

“Johnny and Chayden were competing all week and all season,” ” said Coach Ellinghouse. “We were looking for a momentum change and Chayden captured that and did a great job.”

Sierra Canyon’s first points of the game came from the defense off of a botched lateral pass by the Lancers that resulted in a fumble recovery by Daniel Kamulali who ran the ball back six yards for the game’s first touchdown.  Kamulali recorded his second turnover late in the second half when he intercepted a pass from Brethren’s quarterback Michael Zele, putting the game away for the Trailblazers.

The Sierra Canyon defensive line also played well against a much larger offensive line fielded by the Lancers.  Noah McGregor was in the Lancers’ backfield all night recording 1.5 sacks and two tackles for losses.

Chris Cannon also added two sacks during the game and threw the Lancer’s quarterback down to the turf on big sacks in the second and fourth quarters.

Corey Jones had another magical night for the offense and had a big week personally, receiving his first Division 1 offer from UCLA. “It was surreal” said Jones, “I still can’t believe that I got my first offer.”

He looked worthy of that offer catching a key 45-yard pass from Peery in the first half and rushing for a 54-yard touchdown, where his amazing speed was on display.

The players were indeed ready to play and the coaches did their jobs as the Trailblazers executed an impressive game plan on both sides of the ball against a physically imposing opponent.

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Offensive Stars of the Game:  Chayden Peery, QB, Fr. #8 (10-15 for 142 yards and one TD), Hunter Williams, RB, So. #21 (carried the ball 18 times for 136 YDS), Ronald Kamulali, WR, Sr. #1 (caught five passes for 53 YDS); and Corey Jones, RB, Jr. #5 (two carries for 56 YDS and a TD, 45-yard reception)

Defensive Stars of the Game: Chris Cannon, DL Sr. #52 (recorded two sacks); Noah McGregor, DL Sr. #50 (recorded 1.5 sacks and two tackles for losses); and Daniel Kamulali, DB Sr. #23 (fumble recovery for a TD, interception).



The Bond of Brotherhood Shines in Trailblazer Victory

The Bond of Brotherhood Shines in Trailblazer Victory

SC Bounces Back with Big Win

By:     Chloe LaBelle, SCSN Staff Writer

September 1, 2017

On a blazing-hot Friday night in Granada Hills, the Sierra Canyon Trailblazers (1-1) hammered the Buena Bulldogs (0-2) 42-15, to even their record at 1-1. The victory was a nice bounce-back win for Sierra Canyon after suffering a tough 25-7 loss to the Westlake Warriors in their first game of the season.

Even though this was the Trailblazer’s first win of the season, the truly special part of the night belonged to brothers JJ and JD Hernandez. Each of them scored a TD to honor their brother Kaizer.

JJ Hernandez, a junior, is one of the Trailblazers’ top receivers and JD Hernandez, a sophomore, is a part of the rotation at running back and one of the premiere linebackers in the region. JJ caught a 56 yard touchdown pass and JD rushed for a two yard touchdown in the victory over the Bulldogs.

Together, the Hernandez brothers had more than a win to play for. They wanted to honor their brother Kaizer, a Sierra Canyon alum who also played for the Trailblazers, who is very sick and in the hospital.

“I dedicated every play today to him,” said JD. “Especially my touchdown, my touchdown was something special.”

“Our bond is something amazing,” added JJ showing how close they are as brothers, “It is something that will never be broken.”

It was clear from their excitement after the game that they were proud that they had played so well for the team and their brother, who was always on their minds.

The Trailblazers offense started to click with several big plays and they cut down their turnovers from seven last week to committing just one against the Bulldogs.

“The team went back to basics and physical play,” said Coach Jon Ellinghouse. “We found some kids that really stepped-up and became leaders.”

The Trailblazers indeed looked more in-sync as Corey Jones caught two passes for thirty-plus yards from quarterback Johnny Hawkins and also added two rushing touchdowns to cap his amazing evening.

The Trailblazers’ offense heated up, just like the turf at kick-off at Granada Hills Charter High School. However, it was the bond of the Hernandez brothers that made the victory so sweet. Get well, Kaizer!

Offensive Stars of the Game: Johnny Hawkins, QB Jr. #15 (9-13, 172 YDS, 1 TD); Chayden Peery, QB Fr. #8 (6-7, 76 YDS, 1 TD (rush)); JJ Hernandez, WR Jr. #3 (6 catches for 120 YDS and 1 TD, 25 YDS rushing); Corey Jones, RB Jr. #5 (3 catches for 83 YDS, 22 YDS rushing for 2 TDs); and Hunter Williams, RB So. #21 (16 carries for 114 YDS).

Defensive Stars of the Game: Chris Cannon, DL Sr. #52 (recorded a sack and recovered a fumble) and Josh Roca, DL Jr. #57 (recovered a fumble).

Bagley heads to Duke

Bagley heads to Duke

The junior All-American from Sierra Canyon has decided to forego his senior year of high school and enroll immediately at Duke University.  Bagley, who was the Gatorade State Player of the Year decided that he was ready to take the next step.

Back to Back

Back to Back

The 2016-2017 school year will certainly be one to remember.  With two State Championships (football and girls soccer), three CIF Southern Section Championships (girls volleyball, football, and girls soccer) and six league titles (football, girls volleyball, boys basketball, girls soccer, boys lacrosse, softball) Cal-Hi Sports named Sierra Canyon the Division 2 school of the year.  Last year, Sierra Canyon won the same award but for small schools.

Sitting down with Coach Ellinghouse

Sitting down with Coach Ellinghouse

Coach Jon Ellinghouse is entering his 11th season as head coach of the Sierra Canyon Trailblazers.  In his ten seasons, he has won two California State Championships and three CIF Southern Section Championships.  Last season, he was named California Coach of the Year.  MaxPreps sat down and spoke to Coach House as he prepares for the upcoming season.

Softball loses heartbreaker 3-2 in CIF Finals

Softball loses heartbreaker 3-2 in CIF Finals

For the last four years, the Sierra Canyon has taken major steps in establishing itself as a softball powerhouse.  After a disappointing 3-2 loss to St. Anthony’s in the CIF Finals, it will take at least one more year to complete the complete evolution.  From winning just eight games four years ago, the Trailblazers have gone from the quarterfinals, to the semi-finals and then the finals in just three years.