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LAPINE — Brandon Williams had quite the performance for the Cascade Christian football team Saturday.
The speedy senior running back accounted for six touchdowns as the Challengers demolished Nyssa 52-14 in a nonconference game on a neutral field at LaPine High.
Williams scored on runs of 23, 62, 6 and 76 yards, returned a fumble for a 69-yard TD and had a 77-yard interception return for a score.
Williams carried the ball only six times but gained 192 of Cascade's 261 yards on the ground.
"(Williams) continues to make plays," said Cascade Christian coach Jon Gettman. "He really capitalizes when he gets the ball in his hands. When he's in space, it's tough to bring him down. He's elusive."
The Challengers (4-0) scored three touchdowns on just eight plays in less than eight minutes of the first quarter.
Cascade scored with under a minute gone in the game after Clayton Lee recovered a fumble at Nyssa's 26 on the opening play and Williams went 23 yards for a TD two snaps later.
The Challengers built a 45-6 halftime lead and their defense limited Nyssa to 91 yards in the first two quarters.
Dante Olson, a sophomore linebacker, played a key role in bottling up the Bulldogs.
Nyssa 6 0 0 8 — 14
Cascade Christian 21 24 7 0 — 52
CC — Williams 23 run (Parker kick)
CC — Williams 62 run (Parker kick)
CC — Parker 34 run (Williams kick)
— Wagstaff 1 run (run failed)
CC — Williams 6 run (Parker kick)
CC — Williams 69 fumble return (Parker kick)
CC — Williams 76 run (Parker kick)
CC — FG Parker 39
CC — Williams 77 interception return (Parker kick)
— Escobedo 33 pass from Wagstaff (Smith run)
ASHLAND PLACES SEVENTH — At Roseville, Calif., Ashland defeated Oakdale, 9-8, to place seventh in the 16-team Roseville Tournament.
Earlier Saturday, the Grizzlies (3-2) lost to Amador Valley, 5-3. On Friday, they beat Oakmont, 9-6, and lost to Foothill, 9-2.
Against Oakdale, Taos Cadarette-Stewart scored five goals, Jericho Walker-Roberts had two and goalkeeper Miles Furuichi had 12 blocks.
Against Amador Valley, Furuichi had six blocks and six steals and Walker-Roberts scored twice.
MEDFORD FALLS TWICE — At Salem, Medford (0-4) lost to West Salem 7-5 and South Salem 15-12 at the Kroc Center.
Against West Salem, Calvin Buchholz and John Walker each had two goals and goalie Geoffrey Pine 13 saves.
Against South Salem, Buchholz had six goals and Reid Gibson five. Pine made seven saves.
MEDFORD GOES 0-2 — At Salem, Medford suffered losses to West Salem, 15-8, and South Salem (15-11), dropping its record to 0-4.
Against West Salem, Alisha Gaffney scored five goals and Kaylee Cooper two. Goalie Alexa Lowe notched nine saves.
Againts South Salem, Gaffney matched her five-goal total, and Cooper and Carly Freda had two each. Lowe made five saves.