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GRANTS PASS — Seemingly left for dead late in its Southwest Conference football game with Grants Pass Friday, South Medford scored 10 points in the final 36 seconds to force overtime, then lost on a gutsy decision by the Cavemen.
After South scored first in overtime, Grants Pass' Ben Dean answered with a TD run. Rather than kick the extra point for a tie, the Cavers ran in the two-point conversion for a 32-31 triumph.
"You have to give it to (Grants Pass coach John) Musser," said coach Bill Singler of the Panthers (2-5, 2-3 SWC). "He'd gone from the penthouse to the you know where. I think he felt he had to win the game right there. We had some momentum going."
Grants Pass had ground out more than 300 yards rushing and used that mode to put away the victory.
The Cavemen (5-2, 4-1) won the coin toss in overtime and chose defense.
South quarterback Nate Brammer, replacing starter Craig Contreras, who was out with an illness, twice hit Josh Baugh for passes to start overtime. The second was an 11-yarder to the back of the end zone for a touchdown. Riley Williams' kick made it 31-24.
"Geez," said Singler, "I was thinking maybe the stars are aligned. We come out of nowhere and now we're ahead."
Grants Pass wasted little time, however, scoring on two running plays, with the help of a penalty. Dean took it the final 6 yards. On the conversion, he did it again.
"They just gashed us," said Singler. "They ran it right down our throat on the two-point play."
South fell behind 24-14 with 5:47 left in regulation when Dean scored from the 2.
The Panthers took the kickoff and drove downfield. Mark Winans caught a key 40-yard pass, and Brammer hit Baugh at the Caveman 1 to set up a 1-yard run by Anthony Gomez with 36.6 seconds left.
Down 24-21, Williams executed a perfect onside kick — "It was as good as any he'd ever practiced," said Singler — and it was recovered deftly by teammate Blake Snyder.
A couple passes got the Panthers to the 28 with 1.3 seconds left, and Williams boomed a 45-yard field goal to tie it and force OT as time expired.
"Hey, it was a fantastic finish when, really, Grants Pass had the game in hand," said Singler. "Four of the five games we've lost have gone down to the wire. ... We're resilient. We continue to compete, and that's what I love about our team."
Brammer was 12 of 21 passing for 189 yards. Baugh caught seven passes for 103 yards and Winans four for 88.
5A Southern Oregon Hybrid
ASHLAND 50, SUTHERLIN 22 — At Ashland, Danial White threw three touchdown passes in the opening quarter as third-ranked Ashland jumped out to a 36-0 lead through one in the nonleague romp.
White completed 8 of 12 passes for 145 yards to lead the Grizzlies (7-0), who gained 358 yards of offense, including 172 on the ground. Ryne Robitz returned from a hip injury to rush for 91 yards and a touchdown to go with a TD reception, and Shashi Penn had 65 yards receiving and a score.
For Sutherlin (1-6), Wryland McKnight rushed for 117 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
After Ashland took a 50-0 lead at the break and the entire second half was played with a running clock.
KLAMATH UNION 41, PHOENIX 21 — At Klamath Falls, Gabe Ovgard scored four touchdowns and passed for another as Klamath Union capitalized on an effective ground game to hand Phoenix its second straight conference loss.
Ovgard, a 190-pound senior transfer from Triad, scored on first-quarter runs of 73 and 94 yards and led the Pelicans to 388 rushing yards.
Phoenix (4-3, 1-2 Skyline) finished with 298 yards in offense, with 206 coming through the air. The Pelicans (3-4, 2-1) amassed 497 yards in offense.
Phoenix 0 7 7 7 — 21
Klamath Union 13 8 14 6 — 41
KU — Ovgard 73 run (Hernandez kick)
KU — Ovgard 94 run (kick failed)
P — Morris 3 run (Bazan kick)
KU — Gettman 48 pass from Ovgard (Vallejos pass from Mitchell)
KU — Ovgard 84 kick return (kick failed)
P — Knight 11 pass from McCreadie (Bazan kick)
KU — Ovgard 23 pass from Mitchell (Navarro pass from Mitchell)
KU — Gettman 9 run (pass failed)
P — Pankowski 2 run (Bazan kick)
HENLEY 14, NORTH VALLEY 0 — At Merlin, North Valley was unable to produce offense against Henley's pass rush and the Hornets picked up a pair of second-half touchdowns from Josh Overstreet.
The Knights (4-3, 1-2 Skyline Conference) received 94 total yards from Jordan Hannah but North Valley as a team was only able to net 88.
Henley (4-3, 2-1 Skyline) had nine sacks in the contest — three from Stephen Noonan and two apiece from both Blake Crain and Kolton Peterson.
Knights junior defensive end Jordan Eskitgis played well with six tackles to help keep the Hornets scoreless until late in the third quarter.
Henley 0 0 7 7 — 14
North Valley 0 0 0 0 — 0
H — Dykstra 3 pass from Overstreet (Goheen kick)
H — Overstreet 3 run (Goheen kick)
MAZAMA 70, HIDDEN VALLEY 26 — At Klamath Falls, Hidden Valley couldn't contain Mazama's rushing attack, which compiled 404 yards in a Skyline Conference rout.
Donneal Hyde ran for two touchdowns and McKinnon Bennett had two TD receptions for the Mustangs (2-5, 0-3 Skyline). Quarterback Jacob Fields passed for two scores, one of which was caught by Tyler Campbell, who had a TD pass of his own.
Jonathan Munoz rushed for 182 yards and four touchdowns for the Vikings (5-2, 3-0) while Joey Lancaster scored by way of reception, run and punt return. The Vikings accumulated 509 total yards.
Hidden Valley 6 14 0 6 — 26
Mazama 22 28 14 6 — 70
M — Lancaster 63 pass from Devry (Munoz run)
M — Munoz 20 run (Lancaster run)
HV — Campbell 63 pass from Fields (run failed)
M — Munoz 30 run (pass failed)
M — Lancaster 7 run (run failed)
HV — Bennett 25 pass from Campbell (run failed)
M — Hyde 1 run (Munoz run)
M — Munoz 9 run (Lancaster pass from Devry)
HV — Castro 67 run (Aguilar pass from Fields)
M — Devry 18 run (run failed)
M — Lancaster 67 punt return (run failed)
M — Hyde 7 run (Hall run)
HV — Bennett 16 pass from Fields (pass failed)
M — Munoz 63 run (run failed)
Southern Cascade Hybrid
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 36, BURNS 14 — At La Pine, Cody Parker scored two touchdowns and Jake Brown had a long TD run and a big interception for Cascade Christian in the nonconference game.
Parker had a 47-yard TD run and rushed for 68 yards, and he caught a 17-yard scoring strike from Alec Furst.
Treyson Robbins ran for 100 yards on seven carries, including a 63-yard TD for the final points for the Challengers (5-2).
Brown's scoring run was 40 yards. His interception came after Burns (3-4) made it 29-14, then recovered an onside kick inside the final three minutes.
Furst was 18 of 28 passing for 179 yards and two scores.
Dante Olson had seven tackles and two pass deflections and David Sellers two sacks.
Cascade Christian 15 14 0 7 — 36
Burns 6 0 0 8 — 14
B — Nonnenmacher 19 run (run failed)
CC — Brown 40 run (C. Parker kick)
CC — C. Parker 47 run (C. Parker run)
CC — Joffer 13 pass from Furst (run failed)
CC — C. Parker 17 pass from Furst (T. Parker pass from Furst)
B — Nonnenmacher 1 run (Davies pass from Recanzone)
CC — Robbins 63 run (C. Parker kick)
ILLINOIS VALLEY 38, ST. MARY'S 7 — At Cave Junction, Illinois Valley junior running back James Thompson scored five touchdowns and rushed for 252 yards as the Cougars snapped St. Mary's four-game winning streak in the nonleague contest.
The Cougars (4-3) led 21-7 at halftime.
Anthony Bonsi's 5-yard touchdown run capped a 78-yard first-quarter drive for the Crusaders (4-2). A 22-yard halfback pass from Bonsi to quarterback Denten Edwards was the big play on the scoring march.
Bonsi finished with 61 yards on 27 carries and Jacob Smith had two rushes for 48 yards.
St. Mary's 7 0 0 0 — 7
Illinois Valley 7 14 14 3 — 38
PROSPECT 48, NORTH LAKE 20 — At Silver Lake, Will Hatley had 142 yards rushing on 14 carries and returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown in Prospect's District 2 rout.
Quarterback Darren Stillwagon had 94 yards passing and accounted for four touchdowns — three coming via the run — for the Cougars (4-3, 3-2 Dist. 2).
Prospect 14 22 12 0 —48
North Lake 6 6 0 8 —20
NL — McCord 2 run (run failed)
P — Stillwagon 16 run (pass failed)
P — Hatley 6 run (Munsell pass from Stillwagon)
P — Stillwagon 40 run (pass failed)
NL — Murphy 55 pass from McCord (run failed)
P — Driskell 20 pass from Stillwagon (Hatley pass from Stillwagon)
P — Hatley 100 interception return (Munsell pass from Stillwagon)
P — Stillwagon 15 run (pass failed)
P — Hatley 21 run (pass failed)
NL — Gilbert 3 run (Henkel run)
HOSANNA CHRISTIAN 46, BUTTE FALLS 14 — At Butte Falls, Butte Falls picked up a couple of quick scores but wasn't able to hang with Hosanna Christian.
Jarred McGonagle returned a kickoff 60 yards for a touchdown and Will Bateman ripped off a 33-yard touchdown run for the Loggers (0-6, 0-7 Mountain Valley League) in the opening period.
Hosanna Christian 22 12 12 0 — 46
Butte Falls 14 0 0 0 — 14