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KLAMATH FALLS — The Phoenix football team overcame adversity early and late to defeat Henley 20-12 Friday and pick up its first Skyline Conference win on the field in two years.
The Pirates (3-5, 1-4 Sky) collected a forfeit victory last season, but had not won on the field since Oct. 29, 2010, when they topped the Hornets 41-6.
Phoenix was led by junior quarterback Andrew Reynoso, who rushed for 127 yards and two touchdowns and passed for another score.
"It was a good one to end on," Phoenix head coach Toby Walker said.
Phoenix's final 65-yard drive was a dramatic one. With under six minutes left in the fourth quarter, Reynoso connected with Justin McCreadie for 21 yards on first-and-30. Tyson Morris next ran for 5 yards and then the Pirates drew an offsides penalty on the Hornets. Using some solid blocking, Morris rushed for 43 yards to put Phoenix at the Henley 1-yard line and then Reynoso punched in the game-winning score.
"Our kids made plays when they needed to that last drive," Walker said.
Morris ran for 124 yards on 13 attempts. Reynoso, who had 26 carries, completed three of his nine passing attempts for 76 yards, including a 46-yard touchdown strike to Morris that put Phoenix ahead 6-0 in the first quarter. Reynoso made it 12-0 on a 36-yard TD run.
Ronnie Bresser hauled in a 30-yard TD pass from Josh Overstreet in the second period, and Overstreet's 1-yard scoring plunge in the third evened things at 12 for the Hornets (2-7, 1-4).
The Pirates, who racked up 105 penalty yards, missed two chances to increase their lead in the first half after failing to cash in on a pair of opportunities in the red zone.
"We had some adversity but rose to the occasion," Walker said.
Phoenix held Henley to 27 rushing yards.
Ending the year a high note was important, Walker said.
"It's huge," he said. "They've worked hard all season. They deserved it tonight."
Phoenix 6 6 0 8 — 20Henley 0 6 6 0 — 12
P — Morris 46 pass from Reynoso (kick failed)
P — Reynoso 36 run (pass failed)
H — Bresser 30 pass from Overstreet (kick blocked)
H — Overstreet 1 run (kick failed)
P — Reynoso 1 run (Reynoso run)
NORTH VALLEY 49, HIDDEN VALLEY 7 — At Murphy, North Valley scored 14 points before Hidden Valley's offense touched the ball.
North Valley's Austin Neill scored his first of four touchdowns with just over 90 seconds gone. Then the Knights (8-1, 5-0 Sky) recovered an onside kick and turned it into a 14-0 lead with 5:51 left in the period.
The Skyline Conference champion Knights led 35-0 at halftime.
North Valley senior quarterback Tristan Burke was 10 of 14 passing for 198 yards and three touchdowns. Burke attempted just one pass in the second half.
Kyle Rose caught nine passes for 97 yards and one touchdown. Neill carried 11 times for 101 yards.
For Hidden Valley (5-4, 2-3 Sky), quarterback Tyler Gulbransen rushed for 50 yards and one touchdown. Gulbransen was 7-of-14 passing for 79 yards.
North Valley 21 14 14 0 — 49
Hidden Valley 0 0 0 7 — 7
NV — Neill 33 run (Chirnside kick)
NV — Rose 10 pass from Burke (Chirnside kick)
NV — Neill 39 pass from Burke (Chirnside kick)
NV — Roberts 4 pass from Burke (Chirnside kick)
NV — Burke 3 run (Chirnside kick)
NV — Neill 1 run (Chirnside kick)
NV — Neill 37 run (Chirnside kick)
HV — Gulbransen 3 run (Gulbransen kick)