The College of the Canyons Cougar football team is playing championship quality football. The Cougars (4-1, 2-0) look to defend their home turf against a non-conference rival in Antelope Valley College (2-2, 2-0).
The Cougars are riding a four-game win-streak, and are having no trouble buying into first-year head-coach Ted Iacenda’s system.
The system exactly: lean on the defense, play smart, and dont lose at home.
The Cougars are doing just that, winning two of two at home, and have the conference leading defense in every category.
They are allowing just 16 points, only 264 yards per game, and a total of 15 turnovers forced in this young season.
The Cougars are also second in fewest penalties committed.
Their run heavy offense has them leading the conference with 9 rushing touchdowns, led by quarterback Tony Dawson and running back Matt Bowen.
Antelope Valley, on the other hand, is not playing as great defense as COC.
Giving up over 35 points per game and allowing over 415 yards of total offense, the Marauders are going to have a tough time hanging with the Cougars run game. Especially since they allow about 188 yards on the ground per game.
Keys to victory for COC are staying away form penalties, which is what they have been doing so far this season, and to establish the play action game to keep the Marauders off balance.
If the Cougars do what they have been doing during this 4-game win-streak, they should have no problem handling Antelope Valley.
With only two interceptions between Cougar quarterbacks Jake Dashnaw and Dawson, both signal callers should be able to move the ball smoothly if they keep making great decisions.
Then again, anything can happen in a rivalry game.
Last year in Antelope Valley, the Cougars squeaked by in a double overtime thriller, beating the Marauders 62-61.