The Signal

Kennedy coasts past Canyon

Cowboys can’t stop Kennedy, La Palma running game, fall behind early and can’t catch up in 29-11 loss

- By Justin Vigil-Zuniga

Kennedy, La Palma (21) coasted through Friday’s night matchup with Canyon (2-2), hanging onto their big first-half lead to beat the Cowboys, 29-11.

The Friday night matchup was the first game in nearly a month for Kennedy with COVID-19 leaving its mark all over the 2021-22 season. The Irish, however, did not miss a beat.

The Cowboys had no answer for Kennedy running back Cody Masumiya, who entered Friday’s non-league game with 38 carries for 241 yards in just two games.

Masumiya continued his ridiculous pace in his two-touchdown performanc­e headlined by a 95-yard run to the house to go up three scores.

Canyon tried to establish the passing game early in the game. Head coach Joseph Maiale called nearly no running plays until late in the first quarter. However, dropped passes, penalties and mental errors killed the Cowboys all night long.

“We just did not execute tonight,” said Maiale. “Just so many self-inflicted wounds and that really changed the game.

Quarterbac­k Ty Sparks would start the game for Canyon in his first action since the team’s season opener. Sparks made no major mistakes, but was replaced by Canyon’s other quarterbac­k Landon Naasz, who would man the offense for the remainder of the first half.

The Canyon offense also had two turnovers on downs in Kennedy territory, one of which came from a fumble on the goal line after a bad snap.

Kennedy wasn’t their normal self in the passing game. Irish quarterbac­k

Alex Herrera’s favorite wide receiver Hunter Benton has been a nightmare for defenses this season. Benton entered the game with 28 catches for 407 yards and most of the team’s scores.

Benton would score twice against the Cowboys but had just four catches in his mostly first half action.

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