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St. Mary's just wanted to run out the clock and take their 35-0 lead into the half when Dan Seus took a handoff up the middle late in the second quarter.
But when it comes to the Crusaders this season, even innocent-looking dive plays can turn into long touchdown runs in a hurry.
St. Mary's scored four touchdowns in the second quarter, including Seus' 63-yard burst as time expired to pick up its second lopsided win over Chiloquin in three weeks, 49-0, Saturday at Spiegelberg Stadium.
Anthony Bonsi rushed for 127 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries and Seus added 107 yards rushing as the Crusaders (7-1) avoided complacency after an equally dominant win (61-6) over the Panthers on Oct. 5.
"The one thing I can say about this group is we don't get caught up at playing at the other team's level," St. Mary's third-year head coach Jamie Young said. "We play at our level, so we continue to get better. We've had some lopsided games this year, but when we've played some teams that are more of a challenge for us we consistently play to the best of our ability because we're still competing."
A 2-yard run by quarterback Denten Edwards gave the Crusaders the early lead, and Edwards later hit Sam Hough with a 40-yard touchdown pass to put St. Mary's ahead 14-0 heading into the second quarter.
St. Mary's then ran away from the Panthers (1-7) in the second quarter, with four different Crusaders notching touchdown runs of 50 yards (Glenn Alvarez), 45 yards (Bonsi), 27 yards (Calvin Roberts) and 63 yards.
The Crusaders' defense held up its end of the bargain, too, with Jake Isola coming up with an interception to help St. Mary's notch its first shutout in a season of blowouts.
"We literally played our substitutes starting in the second quarter and the entire second half and they still maintained the shutout," Young said. "Our kids kept playing hard ... we were just a better football team."
The independent Crusaders finish their season next week against Etna.
Chiloquin 0 0 0 0 — 0
St. Mary's 14 28 7 0 — 49
CC — Edwards 2 run (kick failed)
CC — Hough 40 pass from Edwards (Seus pass from Edwards)
CC — Alvarez 50 run (VanValkenberg kick)
CC — Bonsi 45 run (VanValkenberg kick)
CC — Roberts 27 run (VanValkenberg kick)
CC — Seus 63 run (VanValkenberg kick)
CC — Bonsi 53 run (VanValkenberg kick)
PROSPECT 3, CHILOQUIN 0 — At Prospect, Heather Lass had 28 digs and 22 assists as Prospect wrapped up its regular season schedule with a nonleague rout.
Also for the Cougars (16-4), who finished second in the Mountain Valley League to Hosanna Christian, Taylor Bernhardt had 10 kills and Lakota Sizemore five.
Chiloquin, which plays its regular-season finale Tuesday against St. Mary's, fell to 7-11.
ASHLAND BOYS SWEEP — At Salem, the Ashland High boys went 3-0 and the Ashland girls were 1-1 at the South Salem tournament, which used a round-robin format.
The Grizz boys beat Lake Oswego 7-4, Sprague 16-10 and Westview 9-1. Lewy Kurach led the way with six goals, including four against Sprague, while Tristan Gavin had five goals, one assist and a steal against Sprague. Goalie Miles Furuichi was also key for Ashland, notching 20 blocks on the day, including nine against Westview.
The Ashland girls fell to West Albany 12-3 before finishing strong with a 10-2 win over North Eugene. Aubrie Georgevitch had four steals and an assist against West Albany. Against North Eugene, Emma Frantz led the way with three goals, Maddy Longshore had two goals, three assists and a field block and Sadie Kasiah three goals, one assist and a steal. Goalie Kaya Boehm had five blocks.
MEDFORD BOYS SPLIT — At Eugene, the Medford boys water polo team beat Sprague 10-5 and lost to West Salem 16-7 at Amazon Pool.
The Medford girls fell to Sprague 13-4 and lost to West Salem, 14-3.
For the boys, Reid Gibson scored six goals and John Walker added two goals against Sprague, while goalkeeper Geoff Pine had 12 saves. Gibson recorded four goals and Calvin Buchholz added two goals against West Salem, while Pine registered six saves.
For the girls, Alisha Gaffney scored three goals and Kaylee Cooper added one goal versus Sprague. Goalkeeper Anne Walker had 15 saves. Gaffney, Alexa Lowe and Phoebe Whittington each turned in one goal and Anne Walker had nine saves against West Salem.