13 Cougars Named All Conference Players

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Thirteen College of the Canyons football players were named to the 2010 Northern National Football Conference team. The Cougars had eight players on defense and five players on offense selected to the team.

The defense had five first team players including sophomore cornerback Torri Zeno, sophomore safety Antwan Smith, sophomore outside linebacker Justin Cudworth, sophomore defensive lineman DeShawn Cassell, and sophomore defensive end Jeremy Boone. Second team players were freshman safety Josh Irvin, sophomore insider linebacker Khalil Bass, and defensive lineman Emanuel Koleosho.

The Cougar defense was led this season by Khalil Bass who had 52 tackles, three interceptions, and two forced fumbles. Justin Cudworth was second on the team in tackles with 47 tackles, five sacks and one forced fumble. Antwan Smith had 46 tackles and was tied for the lead in interceptions with Josh Irvin with five.

The offense produced five conference players with only one making the first team in freshman quarterback Justin Arias. The Agoura graduate won the job at the beginning of the year after competing all summer with returning sophomore Justin Morales, and freshmen Chris Rini and Cameron Coon. Arias completed over 53 percent of his passes for 1,973 yards with 20 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Arias was also a key contributor on the ground with 329 yards on 119 attempts with three touchdowns.

Second team players on offense included sophomore running back Ryan Zirbel, freshman center Jackson Smith, freshman tackle Tavon Rooks, and freshman wide receiver Chris Rivas.

The offense struggled on the ground this season but Ryan Zirbel from Saugus high school led the team in rushing with 547 net yards on 109 carries with 3 touchdowns.

Chris Rivas from Canyon high school led the team in receiving even though he missed time with injuries. In eight games, Rivas had 30 receptions for 474 yards and six touchdowns.

The Cougars finished the season in third place in the National Division, Northern Conference with a 6-5 overall record and a 3-2 record in conference. COC finished the season with a disappointing loss in the Golden Empire Bowl in Bakersfield against Fullerton College 64-49.