COC loses home opener against Fullerton – Santa Clarita Valley Signal – California News

COC loses home opener against Fullerton – Santa Clarita Valley Signal – California News

The Fullerton Hornets stepped into their shoes as the number one team in the state on Saturday, handing the Cougars a 42-28 loss in their first home game.

The Hornets established early dominance, scoring on their opening drive. A 16 yard connection between Hornets QB Kane Wilson and WR Justin Manyweather would give Fullerton the lead that they would keep throughout the game.

Shortly after, Canyons QB Andrew Britto found Desean Holmes for a 16 yard touchdown of their own, calling on the defense to help get them the ball back.

The Cougars were unable to capitalize on defensive stops and a fumble recovery in the second quarter, allowing Fullerton to score 14 more points.

Also scrambling to keep up, the referees seemed to be out of sync allowing the game clock to stop when no time outs were called on multiple downs, and called several controversial penalties.

The game would break for halftime with a score of 21-7.

The Cougars entered the third quarter optimistic and with fresh legs scoring almost immediately on a 56 yard pass to WR Ethan Lazarek.

Cougars QB Andrew Brito scrambles to find an open reciever in the COC home opening game on Saturday, September 17, 2017. Christian Monterrosa/ The Signal

The rest of the Cougars’ highlights would come from the third quarter, including a 70 yard pass play by wide receiver RB Marlow.

Britto would throw for 334 yards and 4 touchdowns, but it was his 3 interceptions that would prevent them from catching up.

With hands on his knees, Head Coach Iacenda looked on in disappointment, yet he had nothing but words of encouragement for his team after the game.

“It’s week three so there’s still room…

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