These aren’t last year’s Canyon View Falcons. At least not yet.
Beaver ended the game scoring 27 unanswered points and held Canyon View scoreless in the second half en route to a 41-14 season-opening win over the visiting Falcons.
“We found out we have a lot to work on,” Canyon View head coach Robby Robinson said.
And that starts on the defensive end. Beaver quarterback Jordan Hardy and running back Dillon Smith were responsible for all six of the Beaver touchdowns. Hardy threw three touchdown passes, including a 51-yard bomb, and ran for another. Smith added two on the ground and caught a third.
In the first half, the Falcons kept pace, though. Running back Isaiah Shearer punched in two rushing touchdowns in the second quarter, with the second tying the game at 14.
Beaver took control midway through the third quarter — but it wasn’t until a controversial call helped turn the tide.
In the third quarter, with the Falcons trailing 21-14, Canyon View’s Conner Rigtrup intercepted a pass near the goal line and returned it all the way to midfield. It was the big defensive play the Falcons were looking for and for a moment it looked like the Falcon offense was going to take advantage.
Canyon View quickly got a first down and then drew up a pass play to Shearer. Shearer was knocked off his route by a Beaver defender just before Stockton Rigby’s pass arrived. Two officials saw the contact, but no flag came out.
“We had a perfect call,” Robinson said. “You can’t tell me that wasn’t pass interference.”
The no call took the wind out of the Falcon’s sails. Canyon View ended up turning the ball over on downs and from there it was all Beaver.
“We didn’t play a very good second half,” Robinson said. “I thought we played OK the first half, but then we gave up a score late in the first half.”
Robinson was up to his normal gambling ways early and often. The Falcons went for it on 4th down on their very first possession of the game, and still deep in their own territory. They converted that first one but failed on multiple fourth-down attempts when they got down in the red zone.
“We didn’t finish drives,” Robinson said. :We were down at the 15-25 yard line a lot, we just never finished anything.”
And for that, he blames himself and the other coaches.
“Every kid tries their best,” Robinson said. “So we have to help our kids play better. It’s all coaches in our opinion. We have to do a better job of coaching, and then our kids will play better. … We have a lot to fix, so coaches better get to work.”
Canyon View will host Hurricane next Friday.
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