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Blocked kick allows LC Canyon to hang on

09/07/2012, 11:32pm PDT
By Eric Shannon, Special to the U-T

One minor adjustment can make all the difference.

— One minor adjustment can make all the difference.

Cameron Worland simply switched sides lining up for a fourth-quarter field goal block, shutting down Poway’s best remaining chance at points and letting La Costa Canyon hold on for a 10-9 win on Friday night.

“Earlier when they scored that touchdown on that last (extra point) we tried the Edge Right, and I was shut down on that,” Worland said. “I said coach, ‘Let’s switch it up a little bit.’ Did the opposite side, and it paid off.”

Worland’s block on the 29-yard field goal attempt stopped all of the momentum for Poway (1-1), which came out after a lethargic first half to score 9 second-quarter points.

But if it wasn’t for another special teams play, LCC (2-0) could have lost the lead earlier.

Lining up for a punt in their own zone and up 10-7, LCC kicker Adam Allmaras had the snap fly over his head. He turned around and did not even try to pick it up as it bounced around the goal line, kicking it clear out of the end zone for a safety.

“Coach told me if it ever goes over my head and we’re inside the 10, just kick it out,” Allmaras said. “I’d rather them have 2 points than 7 there.”

The LCC defense dominated Poway’s offensive line in the first half, holding the Titans to just 30 total yards and 7 rushing yards.

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