5 Scores by Peery Power Canyon

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A school-record streak was snapped Friday night, but a different school record was established and a remarkable record grew even more lustrous.

Canyon High receiver Clint Beauer, who had caught a touchdown pass in each of the Cowboys' first eight games to set a school record, was shut out by Palmdale.

Tailback Chris Peery picked up the slack, however, scoring a school-record five touchdowns to lead Canyon to a 42-6 Golden League victory over the Falcons at Palmdale.

"He was major league tonight," Canyon Coach Harry Welch said.

The win was the Cowboys' 37th in their past 38 league games and secured at least a share of the league championship, Welch's seventh in eight seasons as coach.

Peery, who gained only 21 yards in the first half, exploded for 118 in the second and finished with 139 in 20 carries. He scored on runs of 13, 18, 19, one and one yards.

Beauer could have used just one of those touchdowns to keep his streak alive.

"We sacrificed him the whole game," Welch said. "He didn't complain a bit. That's what kind of team player he is."

Beauer caught just one pass, but he fell one yard short of the end zone when he hauled in a 47-yard pass from Chris Spahr on a fake punt. One official raised his arms, indicating a touchdown, but another marked the ball at the one. Peery scored on the next play for the Cowboys (5-3-1, 4-0 in league play).

Palmdale tailback LaShante Parker scored on a one-yard run in the first quarter to give the Falcons (3-6, 2-2) a short-lived 6-0 lead. Parker finished with 99 yards in 23 carries.

Canyon also won the passing battle. Quarterback Tim Beidle completed six of 11 attempts for 104 yards.

A trio of Palmdale passers completed only seven of 39 for 102 yards.

The Falcons outgained the Cowboys, 131-118, in the first half, but still trailed at the half, 21-6.

Palmdale took the opening kickoff and marched 65 yards. Parker, who gained 70 yards in the half, finished the drive with a one-yard run for the 6-0 lead.

But the Falcons had to play defense, and it proved a chore. They were called for encroachment six times in the first half, including three times on Canyon's first drive.

Peery returned the ensuing kickoff to the 50, then Palmdale defenders jumped early on three of the next six plays. Fullback David McDivitt eventually scored from 14 yards and Chris Wilson's point after gave the Cowboys a lead they would never relinquish.

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