Canyon View head coach Robby Robinson gathered his players together at midfield following their game Friday night, and asked them if they would have taken a 30 point win over Manti, before the game. The players mostly stayed silent, but Robinson emphatically raised his arms and said, “Heck yeah, we would have.”
The coach rounded up just a bit, but the Falcons still cruised to a 55-28 win over the Templars in the region opener for both teams.
The lack of enthusiasm from the players is a bit more understandable, when considering they had a 30 point lead at halftime.
After fumbling the ball away on the first drive of the game, which allowed Manti to take an early 6-0 lead, it was all Canyon View.
On the Falcons’ first offensive play following the fumble, running back Payton Higgins got the corner and ran down the sidelines for 44 yards. A few plays later the Falcons were celebrating as quarterback Michael Musto hit Jackson Vasi for a five yard touchdown to give Canyon View an 8-6 lead.
From there, things got out of hand fast. Higgins had another big run and finished off the drive with a five yard touchdown to put the Falcons ahead 16-6, and a few drives later, Vasi added another touchdown, this time on the ground, to put the Falcons ahead 22-6.
“I’m glad we got the big runs early in the game,” Higgins said. “Those helped us get going.”
Musto finished off the half for the Falcons with his arm. He hit Xavier Stoker in the corner of the end zone for a 24-yard touchdown, and soon after found Karter Calison for another scoring strike to give the Falcons a 36-6 lead into the break.
“We hung up 36 on them in the first half and gave up only six, so in reality the game is over,” Robinson said. “So we’ll take that. We need to finish better, but that first half, with the exception of our fumble, that was pretty good.”
The Falcons were actually outscored in the second half, 22-19, but had scored 42 unanswered points before giving up three touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Canyon View even added some more explosive plays in the second half, including a 65-yard touchdown run from Higgins and a 38-yard rushing score by Musto. The Falcons are averaging a state best 47.2 points per game.
After the game, Robinson apologized to his players for telling a joke at a halftime that he thought took away their focus. The joke?
“I was trying to tease one of our players about his girlfriend and I got the wrong girlfriend,” Robinson said. “The kids all lost it. Then we didn’t play real well the second half.”
With the win Canyon View has already topped its win total from last year with four victories, and move to 1-0 in region play.
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