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COQUILLE — Tyson Morris scored three rushing touchdowns and Phoenix held Coquille to 31 yards — including minus-23 rushing — in a 41-0 nonconference football romp Friday.
The Pirates (2-0) scored 30 second-half points.
"In the first half, we had quite a few penalties that stopped our drives," said Phoenix head coach Toby Walker. "It was interesting, to say the least. I'm proud of the way the kids battled through some early adversity. They came out in the second half and believed in what we were doing and stuck to it."
Morris led Phoenix on the ground with 81 yards on 13 carries. His scoring runs were 4, 15 and 5 yards. Running back Aaron Pankowski had a solid game as well, rushing for 76 yards on 12 carries and scoring from 6 yards out.
Quarterback Justin McCreadie was a threat passing and running. He completed 11 of 19 passes for 140 yards and a 7-yard TD to Jose Deras, who caught seven balls for 89 yards. McCreadie added 57 yards rushing as the Pirates pounded out 247 yards on the ground.
"Our offensive and defensive lines played great," said Walker. "The defense was lights out. Kids flew around."
Nose guard Mao Masalosalo, a 350-pound junior, anchored the defense.
"They had a tough time dealing with him," said Walker.
Phoenix 3 8 16 14 — 41
Coquille 0 0 0 0 — 0
P — FG Bazan 28
P — Morris 4 run (Morris run)
P — Deras 7 pass from McCreadie (Bazan kick)
P — Safety
P — Morris 15 run (Bazan kick)
P — Morris 5 run (Bonilla kick)
P — Pankowski 6 run (Bonilla kick)
NORTH VALLEY 40, SOUTH UMPQUA 20 — At Merlin, North Valley sophomore quarterback Gary Jantzer went off for 244 rushing yards, 108 passing yards and four touchdowns to lead the Knights in nonleague action.
Jantzer had 24 carries for three scores and he completed 11 of his 17 passing attempts for another TD with an interception. His scoring runs were of 35, 24 and 4 yards. He found Austin Jackson for a 24-yard strike.
Kyler Smith rushed for 58 yards on 13 carries with a 13-yard TD run for North Valley (2-0), which led 22-6 at halftime.
Dakota Senger ran for all three of South Umpqua's scores.
South Umpqua 0 6 6 8 — 20
North Valley 8 14 13 5 — 40
NV — Jantzer 24 run (DeCourcey run)
NV — Smith 13 run (Jackson kick)
SU — Senger 51 run (kick blocked)
NV — Jackson 24 pass from Jantzer (Jackson kick)
NV — Jantzer 35 run (Jackson kick)
NV — Jantzer 4 run (kick failed)
SU — Senger 20 run (run failed)
SU — Senger 20 run (Senger run)
NV — FG Jackson 23
NV — Safety
HIDDEN VALLEY 21, BROOKINGS-HARBOR 12 — At Murphy, Mike Hults played a part in all three touchdowns for Hidden Valley which nearly let Brookings-Harbor sneak back in the game after posting a shutout for the first three quarters.
Hults threw a touchdown in the first quarter and ran for another in the third. Hidden Valley (1-1) also scored in the second quarter after Hults fumbled at the 2-yard line and the Mustangs recovered the ball in the end zone.
Trailing the Mustangs 21-0 to start the fourth quarter, Bruins quarterback Izak Ehlers responded with two touchdown passes to trim the margin to 21-12 with under three minutes to play.
Jackson Howard led the Mustangs with 83 yards on 19 carries.
Brookings-Harbor 0 0 0 12 — 12
Hidden Valley 6 8 7 0 — 21
HV — Campbell 7 pass from Hults (kick failed)
HV — Fumble recovery in end zone (Hults run)
HV — Hults 8 run (Hain kick)
BH — Darger 32 pass from Ehlers (run failed)
BH — Hooper 10 pass from Ehlers (run failed)
SIUSLAW 28, ILLINOIS VALLEY 13 — At Cave Junction, C.J. Manning threw two touchdown passes for Illinois Valley in the nonconference loss.
Siuslaw built a 21-7 halftime lead over the Cougars (1-1).
For Illinois Valley, James Thompson had 141 yards rushing on 22 carries, and Manning completed 13 of 29 passes for 166 yards. He was intercepted twice.
The Cougars' Dakota Fortney caught a 33-yard TD strike and Logan Miller a 19-yarder. T.J. Hughey had five catches for 51 yards.
Defensively, IV's John Britt had 10 tackles, one interception and one sack.
Siuslaw 7 14 7 0 — 28