PUEBLO – Following a loss to Pueblo County last week, CaÃ±on City High School rebounded on Saturday with a 43-0 win at Dutch Clark Stadium over the Pueblo Centennial Bulldogs.
In the Tigers’ first offensive play, senior running back Dylan O’Rourke scored a touchdown.
On the next possession, junior quarterback Max Hagans found senior receiver Garrett Bradley for a 34-yard touchdown pass. After an extra point blocked, the Tigers had a 13-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
CaÃ±on City finished the quarter with Hagans finding Bradley again for a touchdown, giving the Tigers a 20-0 lead after the first.
The second quarter started at the end of the first quarter, with Hagans finding Bradley in the end zone again. Bradley finished the game with his three receptions resulting in touchdowns for 92 yards.
“It has worked for us all year,” CaÃ±on City head coach Tom O’Rouke said of Bradley’s connection to Hagans. âThey did a great job for us. Max put it on the spot, Garrett made some great catches, and just running the ball afterwards they did a good job for us.
On the next possession for the Bulldogs, quarterback Uli Fesuluai’s pass was picked up by Tigers junior cornerback Nick Reisch. However, the Tigers returned the ball straight away as Bulldogs senior Dillon Blue recovered a fumble from Hagans.
But once again, CaÃ±on City’s defense strengthened, forcing a turnover on the downs.
In the second game of practice, Hagans found Dylan O’Rourke for a 41-yard touchdown reception, giving the Tigers a 34-0 halftime lead. The senior finished the game with six carries for 96 yards and his touchdown in the first quarter. The touchdown reception was his only reception of the afternoon.
Due to the large lead, senior Coletin Renn took over as CaÃ±on City quarterback. Hagans finished the first half six of six for 160 yards and all four touchdowns.
In the third quarter, the Tigers’ offense was calm, but not the defense. Senior linebacker Julian Unpingco sacked Fesuluai in the end zone for safety. Safety gave the Tigers a 36-0 lead after the third quarter.
“Our defense played really well today, they stepped up their efforts,” said coach O’Rourke. “We knew we had to stop the option, we knew we had to stop some diving actions and our kids did what we asked them to do this week.”
Junior running back Rainor Ramirez capped the scoring with a rushed touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs were leading, but Fesuluai’s pass was picked up in the end zone by sophomore Luka Matthews.
Pueblo Centennial will host Pueblo County on Friday, while CaÃ±on City return home to face the East on Thursday.
âWe have to go back to basics like we did this week, block and tackle and do what we’re doing,â said coach O’Rourke.
The Bulldogs are down to 1-7 this year, 0-3 in the South Central League game, while the Tigers have improved to 3-5 overall, 1-2 in the SCL.