Regents edge Hunters for first win of the Season

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Zachary David caught the go-ahead 22-yard touchdown pass with 4:07 remaining in the game, and Emyr Franklin rushed for 166 yards and one touchdown as the Reseda Regents won their first game of the season 24-23 over the Canoga Park Hunters on Friday, October 20. The win also marks the first for head coach Austyn Ward since he took over the program in the summer of 2022. The Regents have flirted with victory before, including a one point loss to Bernstein in the second game of the season and a hard-fought comeback against Van Nuys that ultimately saw the Wolves score the winning touchdown with 3:24 left in the game.

The action started quickly for Reseda, as they forced and recovered a fumble on the first play from scrimmage. The Regents were unable to score on their first possession as the Canoga Park defense held their ground and ultimately forced a turnover on downs. The Hunters did find their way onto the scoreboard on the ensuing drive. Sophomore Dallas Lakey made up for his fumble earlier, taking a handoff 44 yards for the opening score of the game. The extra point snap and hold was mishandled, leaving Canoga with a 6-0 lead.

Reseda found their way into the end zone on a long rush themselves. Three minutes into the second quarter Franklin took one of his four 20-plus yard rushes for a 56-yard touchdown. Eduardo Martinez connected with Hector Monroy on the two-point conversion and the Regents held an 8-6 lead until the final minute of the half.

Canoga Park marched the field and scored with a 2-yard quarterback keeper with 40 seconds left in the second quarter. They were unable to convert the ensuing 2-point conversion, but the Hunters’ defense got them the ball back with an interception as Reseda tried to drive the field in the final seconds. A 35-yard field goal with seven seconds left on the clock gave Canoga a 15-8 lead going into halftime.

The Regents received the second half kickoff and scored on a drive lasting just under three and half minutes. Martinez and Monroy connected again, this time on a 20-yard pitch and catch. Franklin converted the 2-point conversion to give Reseda a 16-15 lead. The Hunters regained the lead at the end of the third quarter with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Juan Contreras. This time, they were able to convert the 2-point conversion and Canoga Park took a 23-16 lead going into the fourth and final quarter.

Both teams traded possessions in the fourth quarter before Reseda put together the drive that would ultimately see them go ahead for good. The Regents got the ball deep into Hunters’ territory, and, following a short rush by Franklin, Martinez found David in space just beyond the first down marker. David caught the pass despite tough coverage and was able to turn and keep his balance while running in for the score. Another successful 2-point conversion gave Reseda a 24-23 lead with 4:06 remaining in the game.

With plenty of time left in the game, Canoga Park was very much in position to go down the field and, at the very least, get into position to kick a game-winning field goal. Unfortunately for the Hunters, they were unable to capitalize on the drive. On the third play, their starting quarterback went down with apparent leg cramps. His replacement’s ensuing pass attempt was intercepted by Monroy and all that was left for the Regents to do was to run out the clock.

With the win, Reseda is now 1-8 on the season, while Canoga Park falls to 0-9. Both teams have difficult matchups to finish the season. On Friday night, the Hunters will travel to Panorama and the Regents visit San Fernando. Both games are scheduled for a 7:00 pm kickoff.

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