Deven Cannon and William Corbin put on quite a show at Chuck Hughes Stadium on Thursday night.
The Johansen High running back duo combined to rush for 375 yards, scoring five touchdowns, as the Vikings vaulted to the top of the Modesto Metro Conference standings with a 40-28 victory over Enochs at Downey High School.
It was a wild game, one in which each team had its offensive moments. But no Eagles could stop Cannon (194 yards rushing, four total TDs) or Corbin (181 yards, one score).
Johansen improved to 4-3 overall, 2-0 in MMC play. Enochs fell to 3-4 overall, 1-1 in the conference.
Corbin and Cannon made their presence felt early.
On Johansen's first drive, Corbin broke a 42-yard run on their second play from scrimmage. Cannon capped the drive with a 31-yard scoring run.
It was Corbin's turn on the next possession. He broke a 30-yard touchdown run for a 14-0 Vikings lead with 11:52 left in the half.
After Enochs fumbled away the ensuing kickoff, Cannon turned a short screen pass into a 29-yard touchdown for a 21-0 Viking lead with 11:34 left in the half. He would add another scoring run for a 28-7 halftime lead.
The Eagles came roaring back in the second half. Cody Weaver caught a 28-yard halfback-option pass from Kolton Pico to make it 28-14, and JT Boles returned a blocked punt 40 yards to get his team within 28-21 with 2:38 left in the third quarter.
Cannon broke a 54-yard scoring run on the first play of Johansen's next possession for a 34-21 lead, but Enochs didn't go away, with Steven Guzman catching a 24-yard touchdown pass from Boomer Green to pull within 34-28 with 1:39 left in the third quarter.
That would be as close as the Eagles would get, though, as Johansen ground out two lengthy, time-consuming drives in the fourth quarter.
Bee staff writer Will DeBoard can be reached at 578-2300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.