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Spring football game: Canterbury 63, Calvary Christian 0

Canterbury’s DeSean Thomas takes down Calvary Christian quarterback Heath Heatherly during the second quarter. Thomas later returned an interception for a touchdown.

SCOTT KEELER | Times

Canterbury’s DeSean Thomas takes down Calvary Christian quarterback Heath Heatherly during the second quarter. Thomas later returned an interception for a touchdown.

Game breakers: Canterbury's backfield duo of Brent O'Neal and James Goodwin accounted for 211 yards and six touchdowns on just eight carries. Goodwin (three touchdowns) showed an ability to make tacklers miss in the open field and finish off runs by bowling over defenders. O'Neal broke off touchdown runs of 52 and 70 yards on his first two carries and added a 30-yard touchdown in the third quarter. … The Crusaders' DeSean Thomas intercepted a pass to open the second half and returned it 29 yards for a touchdown. Later in the third, Goodwin returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown. Calvary Christian committed seven turnovers (four fumbles, three interceptions). … Canterbury's defense didn't allow a first down until late in the first half. … Calvary Christian was led offensively by rising junior Alex Leonard, who gained 39 yards on seven carries. Leonard was responsible for the Warriors' longest play from scrimmage, a 27-yard run late in the first half that put the Warriors across midfield for the first time. … Calvary Christian's Zach Hubbard was 3-for-4 passing for 23 yards. All three of his completions came during the fourth quarter. Hubbard led the Warriors on their best series, driving from their 30 to the Canterbury 27 and picking up three first downs. The drive culminated with a 44-yard field goal that fell just short.

Did you know? Calvary Christian tight end Kyle Wiedinger, who will be a senior next fall, is an imposing figure at 6 feet 8. He drew the attention of a recruiter from Kenyon, a Division III school in Ohio, who was at the game. Wiedinger caught one pass for 6 yards but also was leveled, flipping head over heels trying to snag a reception in the flat. … Because of the score, Canterbury quarterback Jake Holsinger didn't get to throw the ball much — two passes — but was praised by coach Steve Dudley for his effectiveness managing the game.

Audible 1: "We lost a lot from last year, but I'm very encouraged by (Thursday's) result. … We didn't turn the ball over, didn't have a lot of penalties, and we were very opportunistic on defense by stripping the ball, which we've been working on all spring." — Dudley

Audible 2: "The attitude and the effort of the team is what I was really focused on. We put in a new system on offense and on defense. And basically, we just wanted to get better. … I'm happy with their effort. Everybody played hard all night. With a score like that, when you can get your team to play hard, to me, that's a win." — Dave Bonchi, first-year Calvary Christian coach

Bryan Burns, Times staff writer

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Spring football game: Canterbury 63, Calvary Christian 0 05/20/10 [Last modified: Thursday, May 20, 2010 11:57pm]
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