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Brotherhood lifts Hockinson to win over Prairie (video)

Canon and Sawyer Racanelli shine for Hawks in 41-14 win

By , Columbian High School Sports Reporter
Published: September 8, 2016, 11:17pm

BATTLE GROUND — They played like they have known each other for a lifetime.

Oh yeah. They have.

Canon Racanelli, a junior quarterback, and freshman wide receiver Sawyer Racanelli put on a show Thursday at District Stadium, leading the Hockinson Hawks to a 41-14 victory over the Prairie Falcons in non-league high school football.

Canon threw for 429 yards and five touchdowns, while Sawyer caught 10 passes for 188 yards and three scores.

Sawyer caught a touchdown pass last week in the season opener, but this was his first real big game with his big brother, with Hockinson (2-0).

Not a surprise, according to Canon.

“His eighth-grade year, wow, we could have used him,” Canon said. “We knew he was going to be one of the best kids on the team because he’s one of the best athletes in Clark County.”

Sawyer was not as sure as his older brother.

“It’s shocking,” Sawyer said. “It’s a privilege to be on varsity and play with him. I don’t know what to say.”

Sawyer caught a 20-yard pass on fourth-and-13 to set up the first touchdown of the game — a Ganon Kytola 3-yard run — and then the rest of the Hockinson scoring came via the pass.

There was a 39-yard Racanelli-to-Racanelli connection, then another from 27 yards out to make it 21-0 late in the first half.

After a Prairie (0-2) turnover, Canon Racenelli found Matt Henry with a 25-yard TD pass with 9 seconds left in the first half.

At the break, Canon had 292 yards passing. His younger brother had 146 yards receiving.

“Every time I throw to him, he’s going to go up and compete for the ball,” Canon said. “I know he’s going to catch it.”

Sawyer, wise beyond his years, opted to give credit elsewhere.

“I thought our line gave him enough time to throw the ball,” the freshman said. “Everybody did their job, and it paid off on the scoreboard.”

It’s certainly not just Sawyer who has made a lot of big plays early this season for Hockinson. Canon named seven Hawks who he expects to catch passes, score touchdowns, do some damage.

Nicholas Frichtl caught a 40-yard TD pass from Canon to open the second-half scoring.

Prairie’s Kevin Aguirre scored on a 15-yard run late in the third quarter, and later scored from a yard out to make it 34-14.

The Racanelli brothers put the finishing touches on their night with a 9-yard touchdown pass.


Hockinson 7 21 6 7–41

Prairie 0 0 8 6–14

First quarter

H — Ganon Kytola 3 run (Canon Racanelli kick)

Second quarter

H — Sawyer Racanelli 39 pass from C. Racanelli (C. Racanelli kick)

H — S. Racanelli 27 pass from C. Racanelli (C. Racanelli kick)

H — Matt Henry 25 pass from C. Racanelli (C. Racanelli kick)

Third quarter

H — Nicholas Frichtl 40 pass from C. Racanelli (kick blocked)

P — Kevin Aguirre 15 run (Aguirre run)

Fourth quarter

P — Aguirre 1 run (pass failed)

H — S. Racanelli 9 pass from C. Racanelli (C. Racanelli kick)

Individual statistics

RUSHING — Hockinson: Kytola 10-43, C. Racanelli 6-13, Colton Wheeler 5-27, S. Racanelli 1-4, Aidan Mallory 1-2, Kyle Nute 4-7. Prairie: Aguirre 15-74, Alec Gawley 3-2, Tyler Feeney 9-108, Carson Slagle 7-54, Aaron Brumley 4-28.

PASSING — Hockinson: C. Racanelli 28-55-5-429. Prairie: Aguirre 7-16-2-103.

RECEIVING — — Hockinson: Frichtl 3-73, S. Racanelli 10-188, Devan Riggs 4-28, Henry 2-32, Kytola 1-2, Peyton Brammer 1-0, Bailey Jones 3-70, Wyatt Jones 1-19, Mallory 3-17. Prairie: Slagle 1-8, Feeney 2-54, Gawley 1-10, Jaelen Stephen 1-18, Nick Bobst 1-6, Jake Holmes-Bobst 1-7.