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COC football one win from state title game

first_imgThere were several observers who believed the first five football games this season would be particularly challenging for College of the Canyons. They weren’t. The Cougars rolled through the regular season, have done the same in the playoffs, and now find themselves in tonight’s Southern California Championship game against visiting Grossmont at 7. “Things have gone better than I thought,” COC head coach Chuck Lyon said. “It’s rather ridiculous.” Canyons (12-0), the defending state champion, has several winning streaks going right now. It has won 30 consecutive games at Cougar Stadium and 26 in a row overall, including a 32-22 victory over Grossmont in Week 2. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “Practice went real well this week,” Lyon said. “We’re prepared. Focused. There’s no letdowns in Week 13. It’s not even possible.” The Griffins (11-1) are revenge-minded and enter the showdown with plenty of confidence after last week’s 52-43 victory over previously unbeaten El Camino of Torrance, the top-ranked team in the nation, according to JC Grid-Wire. “This one is going to be a doozy,” said Hank Ives, editor of J.C. Grid-Wire. “I have a theory that when a team is on a long winning streak, you stick with them. Canyons refuses to lose. “If you would have told me at the beginning of the season that these two teams would meet in the end, I would have believed it. It’s a great matchup.” The winner advances to the state title game – Dec. 10 in Fresno – where it will face City College of San Francisco or Reedley, which play today at 1 p.m. in the Northern California title game. “We know we’re playing a real tough team,” Grossmont coach Dvae Jordan said of Canyons. Offensively, the Cougars rely on Marcel Marquez. The sophomore quarterback was instrumental in last week’s 48-26 victory over Bakersfield. Canyons trailed by five points in the fourth quarter before Marquez found Terence Scott on a 55-yard touchdown pass. The Cougars went on to score 27 unanswered points, and Marquez finished 11 of 30 for 196 yards with four touchdowns and rushed 15 times for 131 yards and another score. Marquez has completed more than 57 percent of his passes this season for 2,877 yards and 27 touchdowns. And he leads the team with 597 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns. “It seems like he can’t do anything wrong,” Jordan said. “If things aren’t going good for them, Marquez finds a way to make them right. He does a great job.” Grossmont has a similar multipurpose threat in Derrell Hutsona. The freshman, who is being recruited by several Pacific-10 Conference schools, averages 7.5 yards per rush, 16.8 per punt return and 38.8 per kickoff return. He’s second in the state in all-purpose yards, averaging 176.7 per outing. “We need to stop Hutsona. No. 2 is their playmaker,” Canyons sophomore linebacker Joey La Rocque said. “We have to shut him down.” Sean Ceglinsky, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] w=18.5AT A GLANCE GROSSMONT (11-1) at CANYONS (12-0) Kickoff: 7 p.m., Cougar Stadium. Radio/Internet: 1220-AM; www.hometownstation.com Outlook: With a victory, Canyons advances to the state title game for the second year in a row. Grossmont seeks to avenge a 32-22 loss to the Cougars in Week 2. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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