Cardinals News · Football Preview: Season Opener, A Night of Firsts


August 26, 2017

Santa Clarita, CA

Tonight is Chazz Anderson’s first game as head coach of the Santa Clarita Christian Cardinal’s. Tonight is also quarterback Blake Kirshner’s first game taking over as the starter. However, both have been preparing for this moment over the last few years.

Coach Anderson stepped into the role as head coach earlier this year after learning of longtime head coach Garrick Moss’ departure. A change like this can often be challenging, but not for Anderson. He stepped in and stepped up to make this team his own. He continues Moss’ legacy of building boys into young men who love and honor the Lord, which falls in line with his own heart and in line with the school’s mission. He also looks to build a championship culture. Earlier this year Anderson said, “Our ultimate goal is Christlikeness…we want to be qualitatively different emphasizing quality discipleship. As a part of that, we’re going to score a lot of points, pitch a lot of shutouts, and win a lot of championships.”

Blake Kirshner has been on the sidelines for his freshman and sophomore years learning a complex, high-powered offense Anderson installed over the last few years. He relished every opportunity he had to step in for a few plays. Over the last 2 years, he has gone 6 for 15 for 64 yards with 3 of those completions thrown for touchdowns, and no interceptions. Now he gets his opportunity to step in as the starter and lead the offense he knows so well.

Tonight is more than just about these firsts for Anderson and Kirshner; they would be the first to tell you that. Tonight is about a group of young men who have been training diligently since January for this season. 5 a.m. workouts before school, practice in the blazing hot afternoons, and countless meetings getting to know their offensive, defensive, and special teams systems. This team has bonded and become brothers in Christ and brothers on the field. The upper classmen leading the lower classmen. Pushing each other and having fun together. They cannot wait to step on the field for each other, for the school, for the Cardinal fans, and ultimately for Christ.

We look forward to seeing all of you out there tonight, 7 p.m. at Canyon High School.