How bad was the football game between Canyon and Woodbridge high schools Thursday at Irvine High?
Canyon did not make a first down the entire game, but the Comanches trailed by only a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter.
Woodbridge won, 14-0, only to lose its top rusher, Randy Ramos, to a knee injury. Ramos, who was averaging 117 yards per game, left with about two minutes left in the first quarter and spent the rest of the game on the bench. The seriousness of the injury was not known.
The teams combined for 8 fumbles, 3 interceptions and a blocked punt, which gave Woodbridge its first touchdown.
Canyon punter Dan Puskas, standing at his 3-yard line, attempted to get the kick away, but defensive lineman Eric Lekas blocked the ball and recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown. Justin Fisher’s kick gave Woodbridge a 7-0 lead with 9:53 left in the half.
Woodbridge figured to be scoring touchdowns all night, since the Warriors (5-0) have Orange County’s longest winning streak, now 12 games. And Canyon sits on the other end of the ledger with one of the county’s longest losing streaks, now 8 games.
But Woodbridge didn’t score again until 5:13 to go, when running back Scott Seymour scored on a 2-yard run. Fisher’s kick made it 14-0.
The Warriors did have a number of chances to pad that lead.
With time running out in the second quarter, quarterback Fred Schweer threw a pass that was tipped by Woodbridge wide receiver Ryan Nash and landed in the waiting arms of tight end P.A. Emerson. The play was good for 51 yards and gave Woodbridge the ball on the Canyon 7 with 7 seconds left.
But Schweer, attempting one quick pass before a field goal attempt, bobbled the ball and rushed forward, and time ran out.
Schweer finished the night completing 12 of 25 passes for 151 yards. Two were intercepted.