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PHOENIX — Phoenix senior Justin McCreadie was called upon to replace Andrew Reynoso under center after Reynoso went down with a season-ending injury this summer.
On Friday, the quarterback answered the call with authority.
McCreadie accounted for three touchdowns as the Pirates routed Brookings, 45-0, in the nonleague season opener.
He rushed for 26 yards and two scores on seven carries and was 6-for-17 passing for 92 yards, including a 26-yard TD strike to Logan LaBelle.
"He did well," head coach Toby Walker said. "He learned a lot about the offense tonight. He got a lot more comfortable about what he is doing and made some good reads in the triple-option offense."
That offense produced quite a bit of production, including 241 yards rushing. The Pirates possessed the ball for 35 minutes, 19 seconds, pounding away at the Bruins en route to a 13-0 halftime lead and 32-0 advantage after three quarters.
Zach Kentner finished with 81 rushing yards and two touchdowns — one for 49 yards and another for 22 — on five carries. Triston Hay had seven carries for 59 yards, including a 16-yard score, and Tyler Hague ran the ball five times for 22 yards and a 7-yard TD.
McCreadie's scoring runs were from 16 and 11 yards out.
"We did a good job of spreading the ball around," Walker said.
Even with the shutout, Walker said his players still have plenty of room for improvement. He said the defense and special teams squad made several big plays that Phoenix's offense could not capitalize on.
"We played well at times and then we had some first-game sloppiness," Walker said. "We have quite a ways to improve, but I am excited with where we are at this point."
Brookings 0 0 0 0 —0
Phoenix 7 6 19 13 —45
P — LaBelle 26 pass from McCreadie (Bazan kick)
P — Kentner 22 run (kick failed)
P — Hague 7 run (Bazan kick)
P — McCreadie 16 run (kick failed)
P — McCreadie 11 run (kick failed)
P — Kentner 49 run (kick failed)
P — Hay 16 run (Bazan kick)
NORTH VALLEY 35, SUTHERLIN 0 — At Sutherlin, North Valley's Jordan Hannah scored three touchdowns and the Knights' defense did the rest.
Gary Jantzer had two touchdown runs to kickstart the Knights' opening quarter and Hannah capped the 21-point frame with a 34-yard scamper into the end zone.
Hannah continued by hauling in a 38-yard TD pass from Jantzer and scored again on a 48-yard heave from Cole DeCourcey.
Hannah had three catches for 99 yards and two carries for 39 yards, while Jantzer had 104 yards on nine totes for the Knights' offense that racked up 306 yards on the ground.
Kyler Smith added 12 carries for 97 yards for the Knights (1-0), who on defense forced five turnovers — four were interceptions.
North Valley 21 7 7 0 —35
Sutherlin 0 0 0 0 —0
NV — Jantzer 15 run (Jackson kick)
NV — Jantzer 9 run (Jackson kick)
NV — Hannah 34 run (Jackson kick)
NV — Hannah 38 pass from Jantzer (Jackson kick)
NV — Hannah 48 pass from DeCourcey (Jackson kick)
ILLINOIS VALLEY 26, HIDDEN VALLEY 23 — At Murphy, despite having to leave the game with an injury, James Thompson was the player of the game for Illinois Valley, which used three touchdowns from Thompson to stun Hidden Valley.
Thompson scored consecutive rushing touchdowns for the Cougars (1-0) in the first half, from seven and 10 yards. He also returned a fumble 80 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. He rushed for 135 yards on 19 carries and hauled in a 10-yard pass.
His big night, however, ended with about 11 minutes remaining in the contest when he injured his neck and had to be carted off the field.
The Mustangs' McKinnon Bennett snagged two 21-yard touchdown passes from quarterback Mike Hults — the second came with 53 seconds remaining and trimmed the Cougars' lead to 26-23.
Hults was 11-for-22 for 148 yards and three touchdowns for the Mustangs (0-1).
Illinois Valley 6 14 6 0 —26
Hidden Valley 0 15 0 8 —23
IV — Thompson 10 run (conversion failed)
HV — Bennett 21 pass from Hults (Hain kick
IV — Thompson 7 run (Manning run)
HV — Aguilar 41 pass from Hults (Bennett pass from Hults)
IV — Hodge 9 pass from Manning (conversion failed)
IV — Thompson 80 fumble return (kick failed)
HV — Bennett 21 pass from Hults (Bennett pass from Hults
SANTIAM CHRISTIAN 21, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0 — Cascade Christian gave up two touchdowns on turnovers and was shut out in its season opener at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Cascade Christian and Santiam Christian were scoreless at halftime.
Jordan Wobig intercepted an Alec Furst pass attempt and returned it 29 yards for a score with 6:19 to go in the third quarter. Nikolas Schlosser cashed in on a Furst fumble at the Santiam Christian 3-yard line with 7:41 remaining in the fourth to extend the Eagles' lead to 14-0.
Santiam Christian quarterback Keaton Corrado found Christian Fullbright for a 30-yard strike with 1:30 left in the game.
The Challengers, the 2012 Class 3A state runner-up, beat Santiam Christian, 33-7, in their opener last season.
DJ Knuth finished with 75 yards on 22 carries for the Eagles.
Defensively for Cascade Christian, Dante Olson had 15 tackles, including four for a loss, TJ Alvarez recorded six tackles and three sacks and Stephen Joffer chipped in an interception and two tackles.
The Challengers didn't get any closer than the Santiam Christian 13.
Santiam Christian 0 0 7 14 —21
Cascade Christian 0 0 0 0 —0
SC — Wobig 29 interception return (C. Stutzman kick failed)
SC — Schlosser 3 fumble recovery (P. Stutzman run)
SC — Fullbright 30 pass from Corrado (C. Stutzman kick)
CRESWELL 25, ST. MARY'S 20 — At Creswell, Anthony Bonsi scored two second-half rushing touchdowns for St. Mary's but Creswell was able to rally with a pair of TDs in the fourth quarter.
Benten Edwards also scored on a long touchdown run to put the Crusaders (0-1) up 7-0 in the first quarter.
Defensive lineman Riley O'Sullivan was a standout for the Crusaders' defense.
St. Mary's 7 0 6 7 —20
Creswell 0 0 13 12 —25
WEED 40, ROGUE RIVER 0 — At Rogue River, Rogue River (0-1) was limited to 186 yards of total offense while Weed's rushing attack accounted for five of its six touchdowns.
Weed, Calif. 12 6 22 0 —40
Rogue River 0 0 0 0 —0
W — Sanchez 21 run (run failed
W — Shaffer 4 run (kick failed)
W — Hagarty 1 run (kick failed)
W — Casorla 57 pass from Hagarty (Shaffer run)
W — Rashaan 6 run (Hagarty run)
W — Rashaan 15 run (kick failed)