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EAGLE POINT — Senior quarterback Jorge Quintero passed for two touchdowns and rushed for two more as Eagle Point defeated North Eugene 32-12 to post its first Midwestern League victory at Eagle Stadium Friday.
With the game tied 12-all at halftime, the Eagles outscored the winless Highlanders (0-5, 0-2 MWL) 20-0 after intermission.
"We let them stay in the game with our mistakes," said Eagle Point first-year head coach Seth Womack. "We just needed to stop the penalties. Offensively we knew we could run the ball and that was our focus in the second half."
The Eagles (2-3, 1-2) went to Donald Everett after halftime and the senior running back responded with 144 yards on 19 carries, including a 45-yard burst.
"(Everett) ran hard," said Womack. "He hit the holes and took what the defense gave him."
Quintero's 2-yard touchdown run in the third quarter gave the Eagles the lead for good.
In the fourth quarter, Quintero found Lucas Morris for a 9-yard TD strike and finished the scoring with a 1-yard plunge with five minutes remaining in the game.
Quintero was 9-of-18 passing for 183 yards and two interceptions. He also rushed for 26 yards.
"Jorge came out slow in the first half," said Womack. "He settled down and made proper reads and throws and had them there on time. He stayed poised and calm. He did everything we asked him to do."
The Eagles finished with 350 yards in offense.
Linebackers Hunter Hoeptner and Peyton Dole spearheaded a big effort by the Eagle defense.
"Our defense played physical," said Womack. "Hoeptner is a tough kid with a nose for the ball. Him and Peyton Dole did a great job shutting down the run inside."
Dole recorded two sacks, as did teammate Bryson Baker.
"More than anything our team came together and believed in ourselves," said Womack. "Our offense and defense responded. When things went bad we didn't let it affect us."
North Eugene 0 12 0 0 —12
Eagle Point 6 6 6 14 —32
EP — Flores 7 pass from Quintero (kick failed)
NE — Thompson 3 pass from Butterfield (pass failed)
EP — Arena 21 run (pass failed)
NE — Butterfield 1 run (kick failed)
EP — Quintero 2 run (kick failed)
EP — Morris 9 pass from Quintero (Fincher kick)
EP — Quintero 1 run (Fincher kick)
SHELDON 49, SOUTH MEDFORD 14 — At Eugene, quarterback Joseph Kuehn passed for three touchdowns and Yadie Dunmore scored three touchdowns for host Sheldon.
The No. 7 Irish jumped out to a 21-0 first-quarter lead and built a 35-0 margin by halftime.
South Medford (1-4, 1-3 SWC) totaled 286 yards in offense, with 226 coming on the ground.
The Panthers' rushing attack was paced by Josh Hall with 107 yards and Anthony Gomez added 93.
South Medford quarterback Craig Contreras was 4-for-18 passing for 34 yards and one interception.
The Panthers scored their first touchdown with 1:29 left in the third quarter when Bo Breeze recovered the ball in the end zone on a snap that went over the head of the Irish punter.
The Irish gained 259 yards passing and 213 on the ground, with Dunmore accounting for 255 total yards. The senior running back had 122 yards rushing, 38 receiving and 95 in returns, including a 71-yard punt return for a touchdown.
Kuehn was 19-of-26 passing for 259 yards.
South Medford 0 0 7 7 — 14
Sheldon 21 14 7 7 — 49
S — Herbert 30 pass from Kuehn (Starnes kick)
S — Dunmore 20 run (Starnes kick)
S — Strahm 11 pass from Kuehn (Starnes kick)
S — Dunmore 1 run (Starnes kick)
S — Dunmore 71 punt return (Starnes kick)
SM — Breeze fumble recovery in end zone (Williams kick)
S — Strahm 11 pass from Kuehn (Starnes kick)
S — Herbert 2 run (Starnes kick)
SM — Gomez 6 run (Williams kick)
GRANTS PASS 45, THURSTON 21 — At Grants Pass, Grants Pass running back Zac Hannan rushed for 193 yards and three long scores and the Cavemen jumped out to a 21-0 lead in Southwest Conference action.
Hannan, who carried the ball nine times, rushed for scores of 67, 50 and 43 yards. Ben Dean had 65 rushing yards on 15 carries and rumbled in Grants Pass' first two touchdowns.
Brendin Quinn's TD passes to Logan Tovey (8 yards) and Robert Connor (58 yards) drew the Colts (1-4, 1-2 SWC) to within a score before the Cavemen (3-2, 2-1) rattled off 21 unanswered points.
Grants Pass quarterback Javan Appling completed 17 of his 22 attempts for 187 yards, including a 23-yard TD strike to Kirkland Meadows late in the fourth quarter. He also threw an interception.