Chatsworth Knocks Off Canoga Park : Nonleague: Chancellors break tie with 31-point burst behind Muir's passing and hand Hunters first defeat, 38-15.


Chatsworth High scored 24 points in the third quarter against visiting Canoga Park on Friday night, turning a nail-biter into a 38-15 blowout in a nonleague game.

With the score tied, 7-7, at halftime, Chatsworth (2-1) rang up 31 consecutive points and sent Canoga Park (2-1) home with its first defeat.

Chatsworth senior quarterback David Muir, who played sparingly last season, performed like a seasoned veteran. Throwing from the pocket and on the run, Muir completed 14 of 18 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns.

Muir, who was nine of 11 for 108 yards in the first half, put together streaks of five and seven completions.

"He's just a very bright kid," Chatsworth Coach Myron Gibford said. "He knows the game and he knows what he has to do. Sometimes I have to get on him because he's like a coach out there."

It was Muir who got Chatsworth going in the second half. On the third play after intermission, Muir hit Desmond Armstrong with a short pass over the middle and Armstrong bolted for the end zone on a 47-yard play. It seemed to be just the boost Chatsworth needed.

"When I hit Desmond on that slant, it opened the door for everything else," Muir said.

Doug Sidwell converted a 24-yard field goal on the Chancellors' next possession for a 17-7 lead.

Chatsworth's ground game was dismal in the first half, netting just three yards, but Nestor Davila's 52-yard touchdown run with 2 minutes 3 seconds left in the third quarter helped balance the Chancellors' attack.

Davila, who also scored on a one-yard plunge midway through the fourth quarter, finished with 110 yards in 14 carries.

Canoga Park capitalized on Chatsworth's only turnover. The Hunters failed to make a first down on their opening series but got the ball back when Armstrong fumbled a punt at the Chatsworth 28.

Rashaud Vaughn's 21-yard carry helped set up David Kreider's keeper on a fourth down play from the one that gave Canoga Park an early 7-0 lead.

Vaughn, who entered the game with 313 yards, finished with 72 in 18 carries.

The Chancellors tied the score, 7-7, on Muir's 14-yard pass to Justin Simpson, who made a diving catch in the end zone despite tight double coverage.

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