We came out and played hard from the get-go. Our tailbacks played hard, our offensive line was playing well, and I think it was just a bad night for Westlake. They’re a better team than that. —Corner Canyon Coach Don Eck
DRAPER — Corner Canyon may still be relatively new to the scene, but the Chargers looked the part of a budding 4A powerhouse Friday night with a 38-10 pounding over visiting 5A upstart Westlake.
Corner Canyon used a quick start out of the gate, solid defense throughout, and exceptional play from quarterback Mike Ebeling to secure the win.
“We came out and played hard from the get-go,” said Corner Canyon coach Don Eck. “Our tailbacks played hard, our offensive line was playing well, and I think it was just a bad night for Westlake. They’re a better team than that.”
Corner Canyon set the tone early.
Following a big opening kickoff return from Jake Cahoon, the Chargers found themselves in prime position at the Thunder 43-yard line. One play later saw Ebeling hit tight end Izaac Brinton wide open in the flat for a touchdown.
“That was huge and I’m glad to see we did it throwing the ball because we’ve been running (a lot),” Eck said. “It’s good to get our pass game going. If we can get our pass game going like that we’re going to be extremely tough to defend.”
From there the Chargers kept their foot on the throttle and capitalized on a bevy of Thunder errors, including consecutive punts of just 1 and eight yards, to lead 21-0 after just one quarter.
Ebeling capped off the first-quarter scoring with a 9-yard run with 1:27 remaining. Running back Riley Ogden provided the other first-quarter touchdown on a run from 1 yard out.
In between each scoring play was a stout Charger defense that limited the Thunder and quarterback Chaz Ah You at every turn. The sophomore sensation had some big plays, but was limited severely from playing his usual game.
"He scared the heck out of me," Eck said of Ah You. "I told the kids, 'Don't give him nothing. Don't relax because anything can happen.' He's an oustanding player and I wish he was on my team."
Westlake did manage a field goal in the first half before a 22-yard touchdown run from Ogden gave the Chargers a commanding 28-3 lead at the break.
Corner Canyon played ball control on offense throughout the second half — running behind a dominant offensive line led by four-star recruit Branden Bowen to kill the clock and keep the Thunder at bay.
With the win, Corner Canyon improves to 3-0 on the year and now heads into Region 7 play with a lot of momentum.
“It should give us a lot of confidence going into our region,” Eck said. “Region is where our focus is now, but that’s a big win to beat a 5A team in a tough region, and like I said, they’re a better team than that and I think they’ll win some games in that region."
Corner Canyon travels to take on region foe Mountain View next Friday.
With the loss, Westlake falls to 2-1 and will next take on Lehi on the road.
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