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PHOENIX — Mazama played to its strength and managed to play keepaway from Phoenix, handing the Pirates a 34-27 Skyline Conference football defeat Friday at Jack Woodward Stadium.
The mammoth Vikings — four of their top offensive lineman range from 250 to 300 pounds — ran the ball all but two plays, piling up 351 yards on 57 carries and leaving Phoenix's offense on the sideline for long periods.
"They've got a big group of kids," said Pirate coach Toby Walker. "They dominated the line of scrimmage against us, quite honestly on both sides of the ball."
Mazama (4-2, 2-0 Sky) built a 20-7 lead then had the ball most of the third quarter.
Phoenix (4-2, 1-1), unable to make headway on the ground, began passing the ball in the second half, and did so successfully. Justin McCreadie ended up 12 of 16 for 214 yards and hit Jose Deras with a 10-yard TD pass and Tyler Hague with a 31-yard scoring strike.
The one to Hague accounted for the Pirates' final points with 5:03 to play. They kicked off and didn't see the ball again as the Vikings converted a fourth-and-one with a minute to go.
"We threw the ball real well," said Walker. "I was real impressed with the way our O-line blocked for pass protection and the way Justin threw it and our receivers caught it. The kids came out and battled and had a shot at the end."
Deras had five catches for 114 yards and Hague four for 41.
McCreadie scored on a run of 28 yards, and Tyson Morris had a 1-yard TD.
Mazama 6 14 6 8 — 34
Phoenix 7 0 7 13 — 27
M — Lane 7 run (PAT failed)
P —McCreadie 28 run (Bazan kick)
M — Lane 1 run (Lancaster run)
M — Hall 6 run (PAT failed)
P — Morris 1 run (Bazan kick)
M — Hall 6 run (PAT failed)
P — Deras 10 pass from McCreadie (run good)
M — Hall 53 run (PAT failed)
P — Hague 31 pass from McCreadie (Bazan kick)
NORTH VALLEY 41, KLAMATH UNION 35 — At Merlin, North Valley quarterback Robbie Stalford completed 13 of his 20 attempts for 170 yards and three touchdowns and ran in a 14-yard score, helping the Knights survive Klamath Union in Skyline Conference action.
Stalford, who had one interception, threw scoring passes of 18, 47 and 13 yards for the Knights, who made a stop at their own 9 with 51 seconds left to seal the victory.
North Valley opened a 41-21 lead by scoring 13 straight points in the third quarter, but the Pelicans made a push in the fourth with 14 unanswered before falling short.
Kyler Smith, who rushed for scores from 10 and 13 yards, carried the ball 13 times for 67 yards for the Knights (4-2, 1-1 Sky). Teammate Jordan Hannah had eight carries for 78 yards and made three receptions for 96 yards.
Gabe Ovgard led KU (2-4, 1-1) with 151 rushing yards and three touchdowns (8, 25 and 2 yards) on 20 carries. He made three catches for 53 yards.
Klamath Union 14 7 0 14 — 35
North Valley 7 21 13 0 — 41
KU — Ovgard 8 run (kick blocked)
KU — Ovgard 25 run (Vallejos pass from Mitchell)
NV — Smith 10 run (Jackson kick)
KU — Gettman 5 run (Hernandez kick)
NV — Jackson 18 pass from Stalford (Jackson kick)
NV — Hannah 47 pass from Stalford (Jackson kick)
NV — Durler 13 pass from Stalford (Jackson kick)
NV — Stalford 14 run (Jackson kick)
NV — Smith 13 run (kick failed)
KU — Vallejos 9 pass from Mitchell (pass failed)
KU — Ovgard 2 run (Ovgard run)
HENLEY 23, HIDDEN VALLEY 12 — At Klamath Falls, Hidden Valley quarterback Michael Hults threw a pair of touchdown passes and the Mustangs led until Henley posted a pair of fourth-quarter scores in Skyline Conference action.
Hults connected with Tyler Campbell on a 20-yard TD pass with 5:07 left in the third quarter. The signal caller's scoring strike to Jay Hain with 1:03 to go in the third gave Hidden Valley (2-4, 0-2 Sky) a 12-10 lead.
Henley (3-3, 1-1 Sky) rallied in the fourth.
Hults finished 10 of 22 for 104 yards. Campbell made five catches for 41 yards.
Brent Ottosen led the Mustangs with 10 tackles.
Hidden Valley 0 0 12 0 — 12
Henley 0 10 0 13 — 23
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LOST RIVER 29, ILLINOIS VALLEY 27 — At Merrill, a Lost River safety with 47 seconds left ruined an Illinois Valley comeback in the nonconference game.
A botched snap from center forced quarterback C.J. Manning to fall on the fumble in the end zone, giving the Raiders the winning points.
The Cougars (3-3) erased a 15-point deficit on a pair of second-half touchdown passes from Manning to Logan Miller. The second Miller TD reception tied the score 27-all with 4:45 remaining in the game.
The Cougars got first-quarter touchdowns on James Thompson's opening kickoff return and a Manning TD run.