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November, 6, 2011
By Tim Haddock | ESPNLosAngeles.com
GRANADA HILLS -- Sierra Canyon’s Reggie Prince scored three touchdowns, two on long interception returns, and led the Trailblazers to their first win over Alpha League rival Paraclete, 36-26, at Granada Hills High School on Saturday night.
Prince scored on interceptions returns of 70 and 72 yards. He also caught a 27-yard pass for a touchdown. But after the game, he said it was teammate Brian Tucker who was the player of the game.
Tucker caught the eventual game-winning touchdown for Sierra Canyon, a six-yard toss from quarterback Tyler Stewart, with a little more than three minutes to play in the game.
Tucker’s touchdown gave Sierra Canyon a one-point lead, 27-26. Stewart ran in the two-point conversion to put the Trailblazers up 29-26.
It was the first time in three meetings that Sierra Canyon (9-0) beat Paraclete (7-2). The two teams met twice last season, including in the CIF Southern Section East Valley Division championship game. Paraclete won that game, 14-7.
“Our confidence is very high,” Sierra Canyon coach Jon Elinghouse said. “Our backs were against the wall and our defense had our backs.”
Prince gave Sierra Canyon an early 7-0 lead with an interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter. Paraclete was facing fourth-and-4 from the Sierra Canyon 34-yard line when quarterback Tyler Carvalho was picked off by Prince.
Sierra Canyon took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on a one-yard touchdown on a quarterback sneak by Stewart.
Paraclete cut the lead to 11 points, 14-3, on a 38-yard field goal by Andrew Jimenez early in the second quarter. The Spirits scored a safety when Sierra Canyon, pinned deep in its own territory, snapped the ball out of the end zone on a punt.