Day 1 of the Bob Hawking Classic

Highlights of three games between Westlake and Golden Valley, Simi Valley vs Rio Mesa and Sierra Canyon vs San Marcos.

Sierra Canyon Takes Care of Business at Home Depot Center

Chatsworth Sierra Canyon (15-0) defeated Le Grand 34-13 Friday night for the Div. IV state championship at the Home Depot Center.

The Trailblazers raised the state trophy in only their third season as an 11-man program – the first ever San Fernando Valley team to accomplish this feat.

The Trailblazers jumped out to a quick start when Tyler Stewart led a 10-play, 80-yard drive to open the game. Stewart capped off the drive by finding Reggie Prince over the middle for a 13-yard touchdown pass to take a 7-0 lead. Stewart finished 13 of 25 for 163 yards and one touchdown.

Le Grand answered with two touchdowns, was clinging to a 13-7 lead and driving again in the second quarter when Brian Tucker’s redzone interception (his second in two weeks) stopped their momentum. It was all Sierra Canyon from then on.

The Trailblazers scored 27 unanswered points beginning with a 41-yard touchdown burst by Xavier Menifield.

“I just saw one of the receivers blocking downfield and I knew I had to cut off his block because he was doing his job, so I had to do my job,” said Menifield, who finished with 129 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries.

Sierra Canyon took a 14-13 lead into the half.

“The defense made some adjustments after halftime, and we got back to our brand of football,” said William Young, who forced two fumbles in the game.

In the second half, Reggie Prince swung the momentum for the Trailblazers by intercepting a pass on the first play from scrimmage. Sierra Canyon capitalized on the great field possession with a three-play 19-yard drive culminating in a Danny Jordan seven-yard touchdown dash extending the lead to 21-13.

“It was a great hole, I have to give all the credit to the line,” said Jordan, who rushed for 70 yards on 11 carries. “It was a great feeling. It felt like I blacked out. I scored and then I looked up and saw my mom and dad in the stands. It was one of the greatest feelings ever.”

Sierra Canyon’s defense stifled a Le Grand offense that was averaging 58.5 points a game, forcing three more fumbles and recovering two. Tucker and Sunny Helo recovered the fumbles.

Menifield sealed the deal with touchdown runs of 2 and 7 yards to give the Trailblazers a 34-13 lead in the third quarter. They finished with an impressive seven-plus minute drive to milk the clock.

“This program is in an incredible place and we’re very proud of what’s been built here,” said Coach Jon Ellinghouse. “Now we have a challenge to keep it going.”

Sierra Canyon Wins East Valley Championship

Sierra Canyon (14-0) defeated Paraclete 47-14 Saturday night in front of a crowd of about 2,000 in freezing temperatures at Antelope Valley College.

The Trailblazers hoisted up their first ever CIF trophy by avenging last season’s championship lost to Paraclete. The Spirits had previously won eight CIF titles in eight championship appearances before losing last night.

The Trailblazers got out to a quick start when Tyler Stewart connected with Xavier Menifield for a 71-yard bomb on the team’s first offensive play.

“I turned my burners on and got past number 14,” said Menifield. “When the ball was in the air, I had to fight for it for my teammates.”

Paraclete tied the game at 7-7, and was driving late in the second quarter, but after Brian Tucker’s redzone interception, it was all Sierra Canyon from there.

The Trailblazers scored 40 unanswered points beginning with a well-executed two-minute drill culminating with Menifield’s second touchdown of the day. Sierra Canyon took a 14-7 lead into the half.

In the second half, Menifield broke free on a 57-yard touchdown run, his third score of the game.

“Xavier did a phenomenal job for us tonight,” said Coach Jon Ellinghouse. “He ran the ball hard, and we put some of it on his back and he responded.”

Sierra Canyon continued its touchdown party when Danny Jordan found the crease and sprinted 78 yards to give the Trailblazers a 26-7 lead.

“I got to give everything to the linemen,” said Jordan. It’s a play we’ve been working on all year. I saw the cutback lane, hit it and the next thing I know, I’m in the endzone.”

Stewart added a 41-yard touchdown scamper to extend the lead to 33-7.

Menifield scored on runs of 35 and 44 to seal the deal.

“I just kept driving my legs and my teammates were making great blocks,” said Menifield. “A month ago, this team knocked me out in the first quarter, so I had to show them I could keep up with them.”

The win means Sierra Canyon will play at the Home Depot Center on Friday, Dec. 16 at 4 p.m for the Division IV State Championship.

Sierra Canyon Playoff Baseball

Highlights and interviews of the Trailblazers’ heartbreaking 3-2 extra inning playoff loss. Brian Tucker pitched the entire eight innings and remembers the season.

Sierra Canyon and Chatsworth Represented in Battle of the Valley All-Star Game

Highlights and interviews of the Wests’ 112-101 win. Derrick Hector, Michael Cohen and Daniel Cohen talk about their futures. Hector scored 13.

Wooton Shines in Girls Battle of the Valley All-Star Game

Highlights and interviews of the Wests’ 81-69 victory at the all-star game. Thomesha Smith, Tori Wells and the MVP of the game, Jasmine Wooton discuss their futures.

Sierra Canyon Hoops Loses at Buzzer in Regional Final

Highlights and interviews of Sierra Canyon’s heartbreaking 61-59 loss at the buzzer. Coach Silver, Michael Cohen and Jahmel Taylor put the season in perspective.

Sierra Canyon Basketball Advances to Regional Final

Highlights and interviews of the Trailblazers’ 74-64 state semifinal victory. Jahmel Taylor and Bryan Alberts talk about the victory.

Sierra Canyon Basketball Wins State Playoff Game

Highlights and interviews of the Trailblazers’ 83-35 state quarterfinal win. Ishan Patel and Julian Brooks talk about the team’s success.

Sierra Canyon Basketball Wins CIF Championship

Highlights and interviews of the Trailblazers’ 48-45 overtime victory. Coach Silver has the prelude to a championship. Silver, Jesse Howell, Jahmel Taylor and the Cohen brothers talk about the dream come true.