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Diamante Burton, Dexter Hammond lead Canyon Springs over Rancho

Diamante Burton and Dexter Hammond each took turns at quarterback for Canyon Springs on Thursday, accounting for all five scores as the Pioneers finished their Northeast League schedule undefeated with a road win over Rancho.

Hammond finished the Pioneers’ opening drive on a 1-yard sneak to get in the end zone. Burton scored on a 28-yard run on the next drive, and Keyon White brought in a Hammond pass from 13 yards out on the first play of the second quarter to put the fourth-ranked Pioneers (8-1, 4-0 Northeast League) up 21-0 early.

Burton then started taking snaps at quarterback, eventually leading the Pioneers on a 46-yard touchdown drive that culminated with a 32-yard pass to Lazarus Kyle.

Burton led another touchdown drive on the team’s first drive on the second half, connecting with Joseph Haulcy on a 43-yard catch-and-run play for a score.

Haulcy sealed the shutout on the penultimate play of the game, intercepting a Rancho pass in the end zone and returning it into Rams territory.

Gentry Roberts caught five passes for 36 yards, and Jonathan Gunter rushed for 31 yards for the Rams (0-9, 0-4).

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