Canyon Country (Calif.) Canyon quarterback Ben Longshore has shook off a slow start to catch fire and now his team getting ready for the semifinal game against undefeated 12-0 Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake this Friday.
There are mitigating circumstances for Longshore's sluggish start. Not only was this year his first, as Canyon's starter, but he had to deal with the sudden death of his Dad.
It couldn't have been easy to shoulder the grief his Mom must of have been going through.
Though hard and painful, his two older brothers Nick Longshore (BYU) and Nate Longshore (Cal) were away at school and had other diversions.
The younger Longshore was at home dealing with the pain up front and everyday.
Canyon started off 1-2 and since then he has helped Canyon to eight straight wins. He has thrown for an impressive 2,264 yards and 20 touchdowns against 11 interceptions. Longshore has even rushed for and has scored seven rushing touchdowns.
"Ben is the best senior quarterback in California that doesn't have a D-I scholarship offer yet," Canyon coach Harry Welch said. "A lot of schools stopped recruiting him because of his slow start, but they're beginning come back now."
"Utah State was in his house last night," Welch said. "BYU is again showing interest. Nevada is also looking at him and Mike Riley from Oregon State has picked up some interest in Ben.
"Ben is getting a lot of D-I interest now," Welch said. "I bet a lot of schools wished that they never got off of him early with the he is playing right now."