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With as smothering as its defense has been thus far, for whatever reason, the Cascade Christian football team can't seem to keep opposing teams out of the end zone on their opening drives.
No matter. All that minor hitch has done is kept the Challengers from recording two straight shutouts.
The Challengers used big plays on offense from Brandon Williams to overwhelm Brookings-Harbor in a 41-6 romp at U.S. Cellular Community Park on Friday.
Led by Daniel Grissom, Dante Olson and Dane Scott, the Challengers (3-0) yielded only 83 yards of total offense in the contest, giving up just 35 in the first half.
The Bruins' C.J. Paxton returned the game's opening kickoff 96 yards. The Challengers also allowed a quick opening drive score last week to Henley.
Cascade Christian's star running back Williams had a mere two carries in the game but he made them count as they both went for touchdowns — the first was a 17-yard scamper to pay dirt in the second quarter. Williams took his next tote to the house as well, streaking 50 yards to the end zone.
Williams finished his night off with an 88-yard kickoff return in the third quarter that put the Challengers up 35-6.
Quarterback Daniel Scottow was an efficient 9-for-11 for 127 yards and two touchdowns.
Scottow connected with Tim Martin for a 26-yard TD and had a 38-yard scoring strike to Cody Parker.
Josh Brite also scored for the Challengers on a 16-yard run in the second quarter.
Levi Girardot pitched in with 10 carries for 65 yards.
Grissom had six tackles — three for loss — with a pass deflection while Olson led the Challengers with eight tackles, two for loss, and Martin had six tackles.
Cascade Christian 14 14 7 6 — 41
Brookings-Harbor 6 0 0 0 — 6
BH — Paxton 96 kickoff return (kick failed)
CC — Martin 26 pass Scottow (Parker kick)
CC — Williams 17 run (Parker kick)
CC — Williams 50 run (Parker kick)
CC — Brite 16 run (Parker kick)
CC — Williams 88 kickoff return (Parker kick)
CC — Parker 38 pass form (kick failed)
YREKA 14, PHOENIX 0 — At Yreka, Phoenix lost seven fumbles in the nonconference game and dropped to 1-1 on the season.
The Pirates gained 284 yards rushing, led by Tyson Morris' 133 on 27 carries and Kyle Bradfield's 67 on six carries.
But the fumbles — one inside the 5-yard line and another inside the 15 — were too much to overcome.
The Pirate defense played well but was hurt by two big pass plays.
Phoenix 0 0 0 0 — 0
Yreka 0 6 0 8 — 14
Y — Culp 2 run (kick failed)
Y — Culp 2 run (Wilson run)
NORTH VALLEY 34, DOUGLAS 28 — At Merlin, Tristan Burke passed for four touchdowns and North Valley held off a comeback attempt by Douglas to gain the nonleague victory.
Burke completed 16 of 31 passes for 240 yards and was intercepted for the first time this season. Austin Neil had TD catches of 55 and 34 yards, the latter proving crucial because Douglas scored with 1:53 to go to close the gap.
Douglas recovered an onside kick after its final TD but four incomplete passes halted any hopes of a dramatic rally.
Curtis Roberts and JJ Chirnside also caught TD passes, with Chirnside adding field goals of 47 and 24 yards for the Knights (3-0).
Douglas 0 13 7 8 — 28
North Valley 3 21 3 7 — 34
NV — FG Chirnside 47
NV — Neil 55 pass from Burke (Chirnside kick)
D — Simmons 35 run (Duncan kick)
D — Labin 29 pass from Shaffar (kick failed)
NV — Roberts 59 pass Burke (Chirnside kick)
NV — Chirnside 2 pass from Burke (Chirnside kick)
D — Simmons 2 run (Duncan kick)
NV — FG 24 Chirnside
NV — Neil 34 pass from Burke (Chirnside kick)
D — Shaffer 1 run (Watson pass from Shaffer)
HIDDEN VALLEY 42, SOUTH UMPQUA 20 — At Murphy, Hidden Valley senior quarterback Tyler Gulbransen passed for three touchdowns and rushed for 112 yards and one TD in the nonconference victory.
Hidden Valley jumped out to a 28-6 second-quarter lead.
Gulbransen was 13 of 20 passing for 184 yards and had two interceptions. Joe Wardle hauled in TD receptions of 6 and 70 yards from Gulbransen.
Bryce Ausland accounted for two Hidden Valley touchdowns — one rushing and one receiving.
The Mustangs (3-0) totaled 410 yards in offense, while South Umpqua had 280.