Pre/Game Canyon Lake vs. Somerset
Canyon Lake @ Somerset Hawks (0-1) Bulldogs (1-0)
History: Bulldogs leads series 2-0.
2010 Canyon Lake 24 Somerset 25 Playoff Loss by inches (literally) 2012 Canyon Lake 35 Somerset 54
Season Results: Canyon Lake 6 Blanco 13 Somerset 39 SA Lanier 6
Two teams that are black and white, dirt and water, clear and cloudy, conceal and reveal, hill and valley…you get the idea.
Somerset has an offense that passes and Canyon Lake is now a running offense.
Last week Quarterback Koy Detmer for the Bulldogs missed only five passes and had a great beginning with 377 yards through the air passing for five touchdowns.
The Bulldogs had two receivers that were unstoppable. Rocky Reyna had 7 receptions for
162 yards and Justin Guerra caught 8 passes for a very respectable 154 real estate.
Donaldo Perez ran for 65 yards on seven carries and he started the avalanche on a 45 yard jaunt against Lanier.
So, Somerset had a great beginning to their year with very little mistakes.
The Bulldog defense also controlled their side of the ball as Lanier could only amass 257 total yards.
What does all this mean for the Hawks? They will have their work cut out for them.
Defensive backs will need to be loose and ready for a very active evening. Somerset averaged 4.5 yards per rush which might not seem impressive based on their passing average of 15 yards per attempt via the air.
Bulldogs did have one weakness from looking at their stat sheet……they converted only one of their five extra point attempts.
That is one weakness that you would hope you don’t have to witness, but could be a problem if Canyon Lake can improve their offense with some scoring after a rough start in the loss to Blanco.
The Hawks would have to go back to Eric Nelson (now playing for Mary Hardin Baylor) to have a receiver reach the amount of yardage Somerset had with two receivers in the same game.
Nelson had 171 yards and 154 yards against Blanco and China Spring during that magical 2009 season.
The Hawks have set up an offense that if it is clicking has the potential of churning out yardage and time off the clock. If that part of the game is successful, then Somerset’s offense would not have an opportunity to control the scoreboard.
Think back to those games with Navarro when the Hawks had a decent passing offense but would always look at the clock and know they had to score every time the offense had the ball and those opportunities might only be presented once or twice a quarter.
Canyon Lake will have to be much improved from last week’s loss to Blanco to give them a chance in this game with Somerset.
The Bulldogs scored 54 points last season with Detmer’s second game as a starter…and now after a year of playing varsity ball you can see how polished he was in last week’s win over Lanier.
How good is Lanier? That is the question but on the flip side how good is Blanco?
Canyon Lake has one of the toughest non-district schedules and this game will help in gaging how well this offense can improve to help even the score.
Going back to those opposite words, Conceal and Reveal…that is the simple quest for the Hawks as this offense will need to conceal and then reveal the ball so the Bulldog defense can not respond in time for drives to eventual scores.
If that plays true, then Canyon Lake will be returning to the Hills while leaving Somerset in a Valley.