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ROSEBURG — After three weeks of nail-biter football games, third-ranked South Medford got bit.
Roseburg put on a dominant display in all phases of the game and routed the Panthers, 48-7, in Southwest Conference play Friday at Finlay Field.
In the process, South Medford (6-2, 3-1 SWC) lost a chance to win the outright SWC title next Friday at top-ranked and unbeaten Sheldon of Eugene, and it might have lost star quarterback Josh Milhollin for an undetermined period.
Milhollin suffered a foot injury in the first quarter and left the game. He returned for a couple series in the second quarter before aggravating the foot again. He was replaced by Allen Fitzsimmons.
Coach Bill Singler said he hopes Milhollin's foot can be X-rayed by Monday.
The loss of Milhollin was only part of the problem against a surging Roseburg (6-2, 3-1) team.
After one quarter, the Indians led 14-0 and had amassed 150 yards of rushing.
By halftime, the Panthers trailed 24-0, and through three it was 45-7.
"We just weren't there tonight at all in any way," said Singler. "We seem to be a team that is searching at this point to find out who we are. We've had some internal things to deal with the last couple of weeks. They've been simmering and have come to a head. We have to re-identify ourselves."
Singler said missed class time and practices by some players have been a distraction.
The Panthers had won three previous games that went down to the wire.
"We've been on the edge the last couple weeks and now we need to regroup," he said. "I just want to see some fight in our team, especially in the first half. We're a worn-out team, physically and mentally, right now."
Josh Weaver had 187 rushing yards on 22 carries for Roseburg. Included was a TD run of 25 yards to get the Indians started.
Lucas Corder had three short scoring runs for Roseburg.
Mario Sainez ran for 53 yards for South Medford.
The Panthers completed only 3 of 21 passes and were outgained 507 yards to 182.
"It was one of the those back-alley, behind-the-barn-door, kick-butt type of deals," said Singler.
SHELDON 57, SOUTH EUGENE 7 — At Eugene, top-ranked Sheldon stayed unbeaten and clinched at least a share of the SWC title with the rout.
The Irish (8-0, 4-0 SWC) will host South Medford next Friday. South Eugene (3-4 overall) fell to 0-4 in the SWC and out of playoff contention.
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EAGLE POINT 26, HIDDEN VALLEY 13 — At Eagle Point, Austin Marlia scored one touchdown and passed for another for Eagle Point in the nonconference contest.
The Eagles took a 12-0 halftime lead, fell behind 13-12 early in the fourth, then rallied for the victory to improve to 3-6 on the season.
Marlia scored on a 1-yard run for the go-ahead points, and Steven Josephson provided insurance with a 4-yard touchdown run.
Marlia had 140 yards rushing on 19 attempts. He completed only four passes, but one went for a 2-yard score to Loren Nesberg.
Aaron Foster added a TD run from the 2 for the Eagles.
Josephson had 84 yards on 13 carries and was active on defense, recording 12 tackles, six assists and intercepting a pass.
Taylor Bars rushed 10 times for 91 yards and a score for Hidden Valley, and teammate D.J. Morse added 68 yards and a score on 14 carries.
Eagle Point ran for 316 yards and Hidden Valley 263.