Week 9: Steele Canyon Cougars 21, Valhalla Norsemen 0

The action was fast and intense, but Mother Nature had other plans for Friday’s game between the Steele Canyon Cougars (6-2) and the Valhalla Norsemen (0-8) as inclement weather forced the game to be called at halftime.

The game started with a bang with the only thunder being provided by wide receiver Chris Carter, snagging a pass from quarterback Nathan Barnett and steamrolling ahead for a 55-yard touchdown.

The Cougars nearly scored again, but a holding penalty wiped out a 60-yard run that would’ve gone for a touchdown. Instead, they took their time and slowly churned up the field with a healthy diet of short passes, punishing runs, and fourth down conversions. Kenneth Watson would eventually punch in a 5-yard touchdown run to make the score 14-0.

With their backs against the wall, Valhalla was looking for a defensive stop and they got one, complete with a football-shaped bow. Barnett completed a pass to Cazz Trisby, but as soon as he cradled the ball in his arms, a desperation lunge from defensive back Kiare Worthy stripped the ball from Trisby’s arms.

Worthy pounced on the ball like a cat pouncing on yarn, and Valhalla had the ball on their one-yard line but had more importantly prevented the Cougars from expanding the lead.

The Norsemen equipped their shields and pushed the Cougars back with physical running plays that ate up chunks of yardage and gained first downs aplenty. However, on fourth down and in Steele Canyon territory, Coach Mike Kastan gambled and went for the first down. The gamble failed and the Cougars were able to regain possession.

Shortly after scoring another touchdown thanks to a five-yard pass from Barnett, the weather decided to take a turn for the worst and the rain came tumbling down. The rain turned into lightning and, as it was with many other games across San Diego County, the game was forced to be called due to lightning and resulted in a 21-0 win for Steele Canyon.

If the result stays the same, then the Norsemen will have lost their eighth straight game. They will travel to El Capitan to square off with the Vaqueros. Steele Canyon will look to keep the momentum up with their duel against the Grossmont Foothillers next week.

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PREVIEW

 Another week of Friday Night Lights is coming up and PPR is here to cover all the action. This week out of East County, the Steele Canyon Cougars (5-2) travel to Valhalla to square off with the Valhalla Norsemen (0-7).

It has been a terrific season for Steele Canyon, as many of their wins have come thanks to their big offense. Their two losses have come against Carlsbad High School and Granite Hills, whom they defeated last year in the CIF playoffs.

Steele Canyon will be led by dual-threat quarterback Nathan Barnett, who can sling the ball from the pocket or tuck the football and run. The senior has gone 34-69 with four touchdowns and has run 79 times for 536 yards and 12 touchdowns. Valhalla’s defense will be kept busy keeping him under control.

Valhalla has had quite the opposite season, as they are still looking for their first win of the year. They have been hit hard in the past two weeks, taking losses against Grossmont 51-7 and Helix 56-6. The Norsemen have only scored 47 points in the season and have allowed 286 points to score.

Luke Pillsbury will take command behind center as the quarterback and has shown great potential in making some impressive throws to his receivers.

If Valhalla wants to defend their home turf, their defense will have to find a way to contain the explosive Barnett and force him to make throws under pressure. If they do not, Steele Canyon will utilize their speed and run right past the Norseman.

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