Football | June 27, 2015

Hurdles to Clear for the 2015 Football Season

Canyon Lake's Junior Varsity improved last year as they look to take the next step

Canyon Lake’s Junior Varsity improved last year as they look to take the next step

Hurdles for this coming season will need to be cleared in order for Canyon Lake to ascend into a conversation piece for more than just the community.

The ReSporter will delve into 5 hurdles for this season as we continue our countdown before August and the official start to another year of football.

Canyon Lake has not had a consistent game when that first kick-off to start the season is booted.

Even during the Hawks best season, 8-2 in 2011, CL had to overcome a seven point halftime deficit to escape with a hard fought 14-07 game.

There are more hurdles based on that one year of games, but a slow start playing Blanco has been no different than every other game in this series for Canyon Lake.

The Hawks have played Blanco each campaign but have yet to have a convincing win much like the Panthers put to CL last year.

                Offensive  Game      Defensive   Game
 Game 1   Score   Yards    Rank      Yards       Rank  Comment
 2008     00-63    217      55        550         65   First Game Ever
 2009     21-14    373      29        226         12   Statement Game
 2010     07-12    189      57        340         35   Lost with 0:51 left in game
 2011     14-07    306      41        252         16   Blanco 7-0 lead in 1st Half
 2012     26-21    351      33        221         11   18 penalties for 107 yards
 2013     06-13    215      54        265         19   First Game with new offense
 2014     07-35    158      58        325         32   Blanco good, Hawks bad

In the above chart, Canyon Lake has 65 games recorded to give you an idea, The ReSporter does not have several of the games from that first year recorded.

An average offensive score of 11.6 points will not instill fear when that next week’s opponent comes knocking on the door.

Texas RV supports Canyon Lake Football

Texas RV supports Canyon Lake Football

Granted Blanco is a formidable team, but based on how well CL has played as the season continues in many of those other years tells you how a 12 point a game average needs to be cleared this season to have that momentum factor for those five non-district games.

The last three years, Canyon Lake’s slow starts have left a big hole to climb from and clearing this hurdle would make the word ‘Potential’ look much brighter.

Canyon Lake had their Junior Varsity team improve and that squad put a hurt on the Panthers last season 27-08, add how much talent is coming up from the freshman team and you can surmise this should be a decent year.

Look at the game stats for last year’s JV game with Blanco and also realize that this same JV team playing as Freshman the year before came out of that season with a tie being a highlight for their sojourn.

              1  2  3  4  Final
 Blanco JV    0  8  0  0  08
 CLJV Hawks   7  6  8  6  27
 Scoring Summary:
 CLJV: Sam Spurlock 6 yard run (Matthew Oconnell kick), 6:41, 1st
 CLJV: Austin Brennan 22 yard run (kick failed), 6:02, 2nd
 BlJV: Kelby Cox 1 yard run (Cox run), 1:13, 2nd
 CLJV: Tim Romero 73 yard run (Courtney pass Spurlock), 5:16, 3rd
 CLJV: Hayden Reed 1 yard run (kick failed), 4:25, 4th

 Game Stats        Panthers      Hawks
 Total Yards       111           330
 First Downs       6             16
 Rushes/Yards      26/93         34/302
 Comp/Att/Int      5/6/0         1/1/0
 Passing Yards     18            28
 Fumbles/Lost      1/1           1/1
 Punts/Average     3/25.0        1/38.0
 Penalties-Yards   3-25          2-25
 TOP               21:19         18:41

 Passing            Comp  Att Int   Pct   Yards  TD
 Brandon Courtney   1     1   0   1.000   28     0

 Rushing            Att   Yds   Ave   Lg   TD
 Tim Romero         5     99   19.8   73   1
 Austin Brennan     6     67   11.2   22   1
 Charlie McIntosh   4     42   10.5   31   0
 Hayden Reed        7     27    3.9   10   1
 Brandon Courtney   4     25    6.3   16   0
 Sam Spurlock       3     16    5.3    6   1
 Terrance Smith     1     12   12.0   12   0
 Kenneth Jowers     1     11   11.0   11   0
 Austin Camacho     1      3    3.0    3   0

 Receiving          No    Yds   Ave   Lg   TD
 Heath McDonough    1     28   28.0   28   0

This is all to say, coming out of the gate strong, would be a shot in the arm that might make this a special time.

The Coaches would say that each year is different and potential is that pesky word which can only go as far as your dreams with nothing to back it up for the coming contests.

A faster start in the first game would certainly be a great way to start in clearing all the hurdles that will arise throughout the games that will unfold each week.

The ReSporter will continue this series throughout the summer as we have some more hurdles to conquer.