AMERICAN CANYON – The Shirelles sang “Mama said there’d be days like this” way back in 1961, but the American Canyon High football team could relate Friday night.
After their 53-0 loss to the Inderkum Tigers at Wolf Den Stadium, the Wolves can only hope another day like that doesn’t come too soon.
Sacramento’s perennially powerful Tigers hit American Canyon (0-3) with an avalanche of explosive plays, gaining 451 yards on 44 snaps.
The Wolves moved the ball well from time to time, gaining 245 yards on 39 snaps. American Canyon’s passing game enjoyed success in the early going, with quarterback LaVar Seay connecting on 6 of 14 aerials for 120 yards. Brandon Seay was on the receiving end of three for 62 yards.
The Wolves’ biggest problem was committing five turnovers against a program they hammered 54-19 last season.
“That’s what we did to them last year,” American Canyon head coach Larry Singer said. “You don’t win football games by turning it over five times. You just don’t. Mentally, we were not tough enough tonight. The coaches and I will go back to the drawing board. We have a tough road ahead. I have to find guys that are willing to buy in completely and do what we want them to do.”
Inderkum led 13-0 after one quarter, 27-0 at halftime and 39-0 after three periods. Because of the 35-point margin in the fourth quarter, the game reached the running clock stage.
D’Angelo Morgan scored two rushing touchdowns for the Tigers (3-0), covering 2 and 11 yards. Davion Ross scored on a 47-yard run and a 41-yard interception return, Raymond Brown scored from 17 yards away, Tim Gay and Isaiah Ward scored on touchdown runs of 77 and 51 yards, respectively, and Ward connected with Isaiah Crocker – who is being recruited by various Division I colleges – from 47 yards out.
Defensively for American Canyon, Kama Aalona, Darius Thomas and Alec Hoover each recorded a tackle for a loss. Lucas Gramlick, Adrian Anicete and Hunter Snyder each had two impact tackles (gains resulting in 0-3 yards) and Nikolai Tobias and Angel Cazares each had one.
The Wolves host Wood (1-2) next Friday and Mission-San Francisco on Sept. 22 before seeking their sixth Solano County Athletic Conference title.
“I need to see mental fortitude,” Singer said. “When the chips are down, we need to know that it’s not the end of the world. You can’t check out.”
Inderkum JV 34, American Canyon 0
Quarterback Nate Countoriotis had 47 yards on 13 carries and James Larson added 41 yards on 11 attempts for the Wolves (1-1) in Friday night’s loss.
Defensively, Vance Eschenburg had an interception, Larson added a tackle for a loss and two impact tackles, and Ezekiel Anderson, Ronald Hamilton and Matthew Santiago each had one impact tackle.