42-35 Sierra Canyon setback against Calabasas in a great HS football game
By Jacob H. Pollon
Sierra Canyon Athletics Dept.
The Sierra Canyon football team never quit Friday night but couldn’t complete a comeback against Calabasas in a nonleague game.
Chayden Peery’s pass to the left corner of the end zone from 25 yards out fell incomplete on the final play of the game and Calabasas came away with a 42-35 victory.
Last year, Sierra Canyon upset the Coyotes on their home field 26-14.
Peery and the rest of the Trailblazers kept coming at Calabasas tying the game several times but could not come out on top.
Peery completed 16 of 28 passes for 201 yards, including a 77-yard touchdown pass to Jared Staub. Staub finished with 128 yards on six receptions.
Hunter Williams rushed for 109 yards on 14 carries and scored on an 11-yard run. E.J. Gable gained 75 yards on eight carries and scored from 42 and eight yards out.
Williams’ touchdown gave the Trailblazers a 28-21 lead with 2:37 remaining before halftime but Calabasas tied it right away just 30 seconds later when Jermaine Burton caught a 33-yard touchdown pass from Jaden Casey. Calabasas would not trail again.
Calabasas jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first nine minutes when Burton and Oregon-bound Mycah Pittman caught touchdown passes of 10 and 27 yards, respectively.
Sierra Canyon struck right back with Staub’s long touchdown pass and Peery’s 1-yard sneak for a score.
The game was a back-and-forth affair from there with the teams trading touchdowns. Sierra Canyon had a chance to go ahead late but its drive stalled on the Calabasas 25-yard line with 4:30 remaining setting up the game winning drive for the Coyotes which culminated with Casey’s one-yard sneak with 1:01 remaining.
Casey finished 29 of 50 for 407 yards and five touchdowns. Pittman caught nine passes for 129 yards and two scores. Burton caught six passes for 72 yards and two scores. Johnny Wilson hauled in five passes for 92 yards and a touchdown. Calabasas cleaned up its penalty ridden first half in the final 24 minutes. The Coyotes had 15 penalties for 130 yards, including 13 for 121 yards in the first half.
Sierra Canyon lost its third close game this year after late game setbacks against Westlake and Lawndale in Week Zero and One. The Trailblazers take a week off next week before heading to San Pedro on Oct. 19 and hosting Paraclete on Oct. 26 at Pierce College in the Gold Coast League championship game.