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PHOENIX — Phoenix stuck with its game plan to the end, and it paid off handsomely.
Faced with a 19-6 deficit with less than six minutes to play, Pirates quarterback Andrew Reynoso ran the triple option to perfection and broke off two long touchdown runs for a 22-19 nonconference victory over Molalla.
Reynoso scored from 44 yards out with 5:45 to play, then provided an encore less than two minutes later, busting loose on a 51-yard scoring run.
The Pirates (2-1) ran for two on each point-after, and Tyson Morris and Aaron Pankowski converted, respectively.
"We just kept doing what we were doing in the first through third quarters and stuck with it," said Phoenix coach Toby Walker, whose team is quickly distancing itself from a 2011 campaign in which it was winless. "We ran the ball pretty consistently tonight and had a couple of big ones hit, and that's where we got two scores on the board."
Reynoso, a junior, ran for 134 yards on only nine carries, helping the Pirates to 375 yards on the ground.
"He made some great reads at the end of the game," said Walker.
Morris led the team in rushing with 167 yards on 23 carries.
Pankowski added 45 yards and gave the Pirates a short-lived, 6-0 lead on its first possession. Molalla answered immediately, and added scores in the second and third quarters.
For the second straight game, turnovers proved hazardous for Phoenix. Quarterback Reynoso attempted only three passes, and two were intercepted. The Pirates also lost two fumbles.In a 14-0 setback to Yreka, Calif., last week, Phoenix lost seven fumbles.
"Maybe we can get under two (next week)," said Walker. "That would make things easier."
Molalla 7 6 6 0 — 19
Phoenix 6 0 0 16 — 22
P — Pankowski 1 run (kick failed)
M — McGann 15 run (Olson kick)
M — McGann 1 run (kick failed)
M — Bilbrey 1 run (run failed)
P — Reynoso 44 run (Morris run)
P — Reynoso 51 run (Pankowski run)
DOUGLAS 27, HIDDEN VALLEY 20 — At Murphy, Douglas broke a 20-all tie to hand Hidden Valley its first loss of the season.
The Mustangs (3-1) open Skyline Conference play at Phoenix next Friday.
NORTH BEND 37, NORTH VALLEY 20 — At North Bend, North Valley led 14-0 in the second quarter and outgained North Bend 434 yards to 268, but three interceptions and 14 penalties for 128 yards proved costly in the nonconference loss.
North Valley (3-1) rushed for 245 yards, with Austin Neill gaining 125 yards on 16 attempts and Tristan Burke carrying 25 times for 120 yards.
Burke was 17 of 37 passing for 189 yards and two touchdowns.
JJ Chirnside was the Knights' leading receiver with eight catches for 108 yards.
North Valley 7 7 6 0 — 20
North Bend 0 23 14 0 — 37
NV — Rose 8 pass from Burke (Chirnside kick)
NV — Neill 17 run (Chirnside kick)
NB — Cunningham 15 pass from Mateski (Hobson kick)
NB — Mateski 1 run (Hobson kick)
NB — Safety, punt blocked out of end zone
NB — Lucero 4 pass from Mateski (Hobson kick)
NV — Guthrie 40 pass from Burke (Chirnside kick blocked)
NB — Lucero 44 run (Hobson kick)
NB — Mateski 10 run (Hobson kick)
ST. MARY'S 48, MYRTLE POINT 32 — At Myrtle Point, Calvin Roberts broke three long touchdown runs for undefeated St. Mary's in the nonconference route.
St. Mary's (4-0) led 41-14 at halftime.
Roberts, a senior running back, led the powerful Crusaders ground attack with 204 yards. The Crusaders have rushed for more than 400 yards in each of their first four victories.
Glenn Alvarez scored first-quarter touchdowns on a 28-yard run and 50-yard kickoff return. Dan Seus added a 79-yard TD in the opening period as the Crusaders jumped out to a 21-6 lead.
Cornerbacks Jake Isola and Jacob Smith each had an interception and middle linebacker Ryan Davidson was the Crusaders leading tackler.
St. Mary's 21 20 7 0 — 48
Myrtle Point 6 8 6 12 — 32
SM — Alvarez 28 run (VanValkenberg kick)
MP — Guzman 25 run (kick failed)
SM — Alvarez 50 kickoff return (VanValkenberg kick)
SM — Seus 79 run (VanValkenberg kick)
MP — Nathan 70 pass from Newton (Newton run)
SM — Roberts 49 run (VanValkenberg kick)
SM — Roberts 92 run (VanValkenberg kick)
SM — Seus 29 run (kick failed)
MP — Guzman 1 run (run failed)
SM — Roberts 52 run (VanValkenberg kick)
MP — Nathan 33 run (run failed)
MP — Newton 5 run (pass failed)
ROGUE RIVER 54, GLENDALE 6 — At Glendale, Alex Valencia rushed for 195 yards and three touchdowns to help Rogue River to its first victory.
Valencia scored on runs from 71, 60 and and 45 yards for the Chieftains (1-2), who passed the ball just two times.
Rogue River's Jarrod Hopkins added 95 yards on 12 carries and a pair of touchdowns and Andrew Smith punched in a pair of TDs.
Middle linebacker DeAndre Harris led the Chieftain defense with 13 tackles and Smith, who also plays linebacker, added 11. Outside linebacker Cody Wright added two sacks.
Rogue River 20 28 6 0 — 54
Glendale 6 0 0 0 — 6
RR — Hopkins 15 run (run failed)
G — Dickson 70 kickoff return (run failed)
RR — Valencia 71 run (Valencia run)
RR — Smith 16 run (run failed)
RR — Valencia 60 run (Smith run)
RR — Smith 24 run (Valencia run)
RR — Hopkins 1 run (run failed)
RR — Valencia 45 run (run failed)
RR — Roohr 4 run (run failed)
GLIDE 38, ILLINOIS VALLEY 24 — At Cave Junction, Glide scored 14 unanswered points after entering the fourth quarter even at 24 with Illinois valley in nonleague action.
Brandon Halter threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 107 to lead Glide (4-0).
Illinois Valley quarterback CJ Manning kept pace with 234 yards on 12-of-23 passing while also picking up 100 yards and a TD on the ground.
Mack Epple recorded seven catches for 123 yards and a score for the Cougars (1-3).
Nick Hoelzle scored on a 55-yard strike from Manning, and Jovany Sanchez kicked a 21-yard field goal for Illinois Valley.
HOSANNA CHRISTIAN 50, PROSPECT 28 — At Prospect, Prospect scored on the first play of the game on an 80-yard pass from Boston Ehlers to Scotty Kennedy, then Hosanna Christian reeled off 38 unanswered points to take command.
Lions quarterback Ryan Lockwood passed for two touchdowns and scored on a 28-yard third-quarter run that gave Hosanna a 50-14 lead.
Ehlers completed seven passes on 18 attempts for 183 yards and two touchdowns. Darren Stillwagon was the Cougars' (3-1, 1-1 Dist. 2) leading receiver with three catches for 90 yards and one TD.
Hosanna Christian 22 8 20 0 — 50
Prospect 8 0 6 14 — 28
P — Kennedy 80 pass from Ehlers (Baker pass from Ehlers)
HC — Esteb 38 run (Lockwood run)
HC — Jefferson 30 pass from Lockwood (pass failed)
HC — Esteb 25 run (Esteb run)
HC — Moses 5 run (Lockwood run)
HC — Jefferson 70 pass from Lockwood (Jefferson pass from Lockwood)
P — Stillwagon 57 pass from Ehlers (run failed)
HC — Balin 1 run (pass failed)
HC — Lockwood 28 run (run failed)
P — Kennedy 3 run (Kennedy pass from Ehlers)
P — Ehlers 11 run (run failed)
ELKTON 44, BUTTE FALLS 14 — At Butte Falls, James Ramirez rushed for two touchdowns and 137 yards in a losing effort for Butte Falls.
Elkton's John Evoniuk passed for three touchdowns and scored one on the ground. Evoniuk was 9-for-18 passing for 249 yards and one interception. The junior quarterback passed for two touchdowns and 174 yards in the first quarter.
The Loggers (0-4, 0-3 Dist 2) rushed for 202 yards and had 93 yards passing.
Elkton 14 16 14 0 — 44
Butte Falls 8 0 0 6 — 14
— Sky 33 pass from Evoniuk (Sky run)
BF — Ramirez 47 run (Ramirez run)
BF — Ramirez 41 run (no PAT attempted)