COC hopes to keep winning

first_imgWinning never gets old. Or does it? The College of the Canyons football team can go undefeated in the regular season for the third straight year with a victory in tonight’s Western State Conference finale against visiting Valley at 7. “Finishing undefeated is important. Those types of seasons are hard to come by,” Canyons coach Chuck Lyon said. “We’re right where we want to be.” Sierra College of Rocklin had its 37-game winning streak snapped last week, meaning Canyons (9-0, 6-0) now has the longest current run of victories by a JC team in the state with 23 in a row. The Cougars have also won 48 straight conference games, 37 consecutive during the regular season and the last 26 at home. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Our goal is to be perfect every season. It’s a high priority around here,” sophomore linebacker Joey La Rocque said. “We expect to win. It’s a tradition, if you will.” Valley (2-7, 2-4) is on the opposite end of the spectrum and has struggled throughout this season. Its offense averages 289 yards per game, ranking 54th among 71 teams playing JC football in California. The defense isn’t much better, giving up more than 364 yards per outing, 50th in the state. Meanwhile, Canyons is as balanced as it comes. The offense totals a conference-best 449 yards from scrimmage per game. Opposing teams have only been able to generate 270 yards per contest against the Cougars, the seventh-best defense in the state. “Canyons is as tough as they come. They have no weaknesses,” Hank Ives, editor of the J.C. Grid-Wire, said. Ultimately, Valley could be in for a long day, particularly when considering Canyons has revenge on its mind after narrowly winning last season’s game 48-45 on the road. “We’ve been talking about that one all week,” Lyon said. Practices have been more focused this week, according to Lyon. The emphasis has been on fundamentals and execution. No letdowns, not with another perfect season within grasp. “It’s not likely that we’re going to lose,” La Rocque said. Canyons hasn’t done so in quite sometime. Sean Ceglinsky, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] w=18.5AT A GLANCE VALLEY AT CANYONS Kickoff: 7 p.m., Cougar Stadium. Radio: 1220-AM. Outlook: Canyons, the defending state champions, enters the game ranked No. 3 in the nation, according to J.C. Grid-Wire. Valley has won just twice in nine games this season. A Cougars victory in the regular-season finale today could secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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