The Rebels Succumb to the Hawks, 52-21
The win was not as close at the final score indicated. The Hawks had a 45-0 lead at halftime and the CL crowd was hoping the visitors would come out and play the second half after the King and Queen were announced for the Homecoming crowd.
Congratulations to Keegan Collins and Zach Henshaw for those honors.
“I did not even know I had won,” Henshaw said. “I was concentrating on what I had to do next when the second half started back.”
Henshaw also continued his unabashed running for the record books scooting for 252 yards on just 23 carries. The night had Henshaw averaging 11 yards per carry.
Travis did come into the game giving up almost 400 yards per game on the ground for the season which played into the Hawks strength.
“We came out like we wanted, we were having a tough time scoring in the first quarter,” Head Coach Matt Monzingo said. “We are playing hard football, but we haven’t accomplished anything yet. Our goal is to make the playoffs.”
Counting last years games the Hawks have now won eight of their last nine games. The loss being the one point set back to Somerset in the second round of the playoffs last year.
Henshaw has also been one of the main cogs in the stretch of games. Try this on for size:
Team Score Rushing for Henshaw
Boerne 21-07 W 53 yds on 27 carries
Billies 35-20 W 127 yds on 19 carries
Bandera 35-06 W 135 yds on 22 carries
Burnet 27-20 W 243 yds on 28 carries
Somerset 24-25 L 266 yds on 33 carries
Blanco 14-07 W 199 yds on 26 carries
LaVernia 34-23 W 190 yds on 29 carries
Sealy 38-34 W 297 yds 38 carries
Travis 52-21 W 252 yds 23 carries
“Zach (Henshaw) did a good job tonight,” Coach Monzingo quipped. “He had more yards called back than he had rushing.”
The Hawks had the Rebels wanting to rebel against their cause and fight for the good guys.
Records for Canyon Lake in this game.
- Most points in a quarter….28
- Most points in a half………45
- Most points in a game……52
- The 31 point win is topped only by the Ingram game in 2009 (also Homecoming)
Let’s start with the first quarter:
The Hawks drive 76 yards on nine plays with Henshaw gaining 37 yards and Casey Coffee rushing for 39 yards. Coffee had played only defense up to this game, but the injury to Eduardo Covarrubias had Coach Monzingo ordering Coffee for the night against the Rebels.
“It makes everybody feel better when you can come in and help out,” The inaugurated running back Coffee said. “It helps knowing you have guys that will be able to back you up.”
“This is the greatest feeling in the world,” Kyler Huff said. “The homerun I hit comes in second.”
Huff was speaking of the winning homerun he had this past spring for the Hawk baseball team.
Matt Noyola, then had the first interception of the year on Austin-Travis’ next drive. Noyola returned the INT, 40 yards to the Travis 20 yard line. Six plays and the Hawks were up 14-0 on the shortest drive of the year.
“I accomplished everything and did what coach (David Bentzen) said to do and that is how I got the interception,” Matt ‘the interceptor’ Noyola said. “Monday through Thursday we go through all the things we need to and then we can dominate on Friday.”
QB Branson Belcher found Matt Magness for a 14 yard strike on a third down play.
Next possession the CL Defense held and went ahead and blocked the Punt for good measure. This time the Hawks had to go 22 yards for the score. Belcher ran it in from seven yards out on another third down play.
The next mistake by the Rebels was not fielding the kick-off and Canyon Lake was eyeing the goal line again from the 24 yard line.
Two pass plays to Ryan Bustamante and a final strike to Magness from 25 yards had Canyon Lake with a gaudy 28-0 first quarter score. The Hawks did not even have 28 points in a game the first year the school started playing varsity games.
This team had done the onslaught in one quarter.
The good news is the Hawks were not finished.
In the articles for the first part in the season had been the word ‘finish’. Canyon Lake did not finish last year against Somerset and that game might be the ‘booster’ shot the Hawks can use for this whole season.
The offensive and defensive line controlled this game like the Rebels controlled the Hawks last year.
“We are working hard in practice and it feels good to dominate,” Tackle and Defensive End Michael Brady said. “Never stop and don’t give up, we know we are strong and physical.”
Sophomore Justin Monfils brings youth to the team, “This is a lot faster than when I was a freshman last year…We want it all together, all the lineman are a brotherhood, we help each other and if we mess up, then they don’t get mad, but correct it and get it right next time.”
The game certainly motivated the players for their Summer work outs.
The second quarter kept the Hawks still taking advantage of the Rebels miscues. A fumble on their second play allowed the opportunistic Hawks to start on the 32 yard line this time.
Yard line the offense started their drive.
Hawks 24 yard line.
Rebels 20 yard line..
Rebels 22 yard line…
Rebels 24 yard line….
Rebels 32 yard line…..
Same result, except this time Henshaw had all but five yards of the drive, as he allowed a Coffee break and then finished the breakfast on thee plays for 31 yards.
CL started the next drive on their 42 yard line after the defense held the Rebels on 23 yards of offense before punting.
This drive was a flag contest. Both teams helped each other, but the mistake prone Rebels helped with a roughing the passer penalty giving the Hawks possession on their 34 yard line and first down.
Garrett Dove was the highlight play for this drive with a 20 yard catch to the one yard line. Belcher ran it in on the next play with still over three minutes to play in the half.
“I could of scored but I wanted to secure the ball,” Dove said with confidence. “I just didn’t want to take a chance for a turnover.”
After another defensive stop and a 45 yard punt had CL looking at 82 yards for a score.
Henshaw ran for 25 yards and later caught a perfectly executed screen play for 34 yards to the nine yard line. With just four seconds on the clock, kicker Jake Robinson was called upon for the 27 yard field goal.
Robinson has been perfect all year with his second field goal with out a miss and then having his automatic extra points now counting at 18 in a row for the season.
“I was having a real bad connection with my foot,” place kicker Robinson said. “But it felt great having a chance to catch my first ball and of course being perfect on the PAT.”
The game was at a resounding 45-0 score that had the Rebels ‘genuflecting’ as the Hawks went to the dressing room.
Canyon Lake has not had many games like this one in their short history, but one thing you can say about the team is CLASS. Taking knees and empting the bench and letting everyone play was a thing of beauty.
“I at least made yardage on my first carry,” Sophomore McGuire Johnson said sheepishly. “That defensive line was huge and I just had to find a way around them.”
How the Coaches manage the game speaks volumes for the the respect the players learn and will take with them for future endeavors in life.
Canyon Lake is night and day in the past two years. The 4-0 start will continue to build confidence for this squad.
The Hawks would of had the Red Cross here in their ship, if there would of been any rain in the last 12 months to take care of the injuries the team has been through.
The depth of this team will be even better as players will come in and take the reigns without having any let down. As the season continues and players return, the Hawks will be ready to peak for the end of the season.
Hopefully more teams will be succumbing with each passing week.
1 2 3 4 Final Austin-Travis 0 0 7 14 21 Canyon Lake 28 17 7 0 52 Scoring Summary: CLHS-Zach Henshaw 11 yard run (Jake Robinson kick), 9:16, 1st CLHS-Matt Magness 14 pass from Branson Belcher (Robinson kick), 5:30, 1st CLHS-Branson Belcher 7 yard run (Robinson kick), 0:45, 1st CLHS-Magness 25 pass from Belcher (Robinson kick), 0:04, 1st CLHS-Henshaw 12 yard run (Robinson kick), 10:02, 2nd CLHS-Branson Belcher 1 yard run (Robinson kick), 3:20, 2nd CLHS-Jake Robinson 27 yard field goal, 0:04, 2nd ATHS-Calderon 16 yard pass from Caldwell (Salazar kick), 3rd CLHS-Henshaw 32 yard run (Robinson kick), 2:03, 3rd ATHS-Caldwell 4 yard run (Salazar kick), 8:42, 4th ATHS-Estavel 6 pass from Caldwell (Salazar), 0:36, 4th Stats: Rebels Hawks Total Yards 314 471 First Downs 18 25 Rushes/Yards 39/152 36/325 Comp/Att/Int 14/22/1 11/22/1 Passing Yards 162 146 Punts/Ave. 2/36.0 0/0 Fumbles/Lost 1/1 1/0 Penalties-Yds 7-60 8-50 TOP 28:58 19:02 Passing Comp Att Pct. Yds TD Int Branson Belcher 11 22 .500 146 2 1 Rushing Att Yds Ave Lg TD Zach Henshaw 23 252 10.9 32 3 Casey Coffee 4 51 12.8 27 0 Tyler Potts 2 11 5.5 9 0 Branson Belcher 6 9 1.5 11 2 McGuire Johnson 1 2 2.0 2 0 Receiving No Yds Ave Lg TD Matt Magness 2 39 19.5 25 2 Zach Henshaw 1 34 34.0 34 0 Garrett Dove 1 20 20.0 20 0 Jeremy Fulton 2 19 9.5 15 0 Ryan Bustamante 3 16 5.3 9 0 Ancel Morel 1 13 13.0 13 0 Jake Robinson 1 5 5.0 5 0