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Cody Parker scored four straight touchdowns in three different fashions to lead the Cascade Christian football team in one of its best all-around performances of the season Friday.
The Challengers surrendered the game's opening touchdown to Illinois Valley, but kept the Cougars out of the end zone the rest of the way in a 55-10 Southern Cascade Hybrid rout at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
The Challengers (6-2, 2-0 SCH) held a 14-7 edge after the first quarter, but Parker single-handedly distanced Cascade Christian from IV in the second quarter by scoring all three of the team's touchdowns.
Parker had touchdown runs of 13 and 24 yards, then capped the half with a 13-yard touchdown catch from Seth Knox.
Parker put the Challengers up 41-7 at the beginning of the third period with his fourth touchdown of the game — a 20-yard interception return.
"He's a talented kid," said Challengers coach Jon Gettman. "We use him all over the field. He's got great speed, great hands, great vision with the ball. He's done a great job and he's explosive when he gets the ball in his hands."
Parker finished with seven carries for 95 yards and added six catches for 57 yards.
Jake Brown ran for 71 yards and a 34-yard TD scamper. He also had four catches for 59 yards to go with a 28-yard touchdown grab on a screen pass from Knox.
Knox was 18-for-33 for 227 yards and three touchdowns. Cooper Clark added six catches for 79 yards and two touchdowns.
On defense for the Challengers, David Sellers had nine tackles and two sacks, T.J. Alvarez added eight tackles and a couple of sacks while Dante Olson recorded 12 tackles and a fumble recovery.
Illinois Valley 7 0 0 3 — 10
Cascade Christian 14 21 13 7 — 55
IV — Jarrett 3 pass from Manning (Lewin kick)
CC — Brown 34 run (Clark pass from Joffer)
CC — Clark 33 pass from Knox (run failed)
CC — C. Parker 13 run (C. Parker kick)
CC — C. Parker 24 run (T. Parker pass from Joffer)
CC — C. Parker 13 pass from Knox (pass failed)
CC — C. Parker 20 interception return (pass failed)
CC — Brown 28 from Knox (C. Parker kick)
CC — Clark 6 pass from Furst (C. Parker kick)
IV — FG Lewin 23
LOST RIVER 41, ST. MARY'S 15 — At Merrill, Lost River led 28-0 at halftime as the squad jumped on St. Mary's quickly with two first-half fumble recoveries and a dedicated run game that saw three different rushers score.
In the fourth quarter, St. Mary's mounted a couple of scoring drives that resulted in touchdown runs by Tanner Smith of 7 yards and Anthony Bonsi of 34 yards.
St. Mary's 0 0 0 15 — 15
Lost River 20 8 7 6 — 41
LR — Reyes 73 run ( Reyes kick)
LR — Taylor 44 run (Reyes kick)
LR — Alonzo 48 run (kick failed)
LR — Alonzo 11 pass from Taylor (Alonzo run)
LR — Arceo-Bigoni 26 fumble return (Reyes kick)
SM — T. Smith 7 run (T. Smith kick)
LR — Todd 86 kickoff return (kick failed)
SM — Bonsi 34 run (J. Smith run)
NORTH VALLEY 27, PHOENIX 21, OT — At Phoenix, North Valley quarterback Gary Jantzer ran 1 yard for the game-winning score in overtime during Skyline Conference action.
Phoenix tied the game at 21 with 2:14 left in the fourth quarter when QB Justin McCreadie found Logan LaBelle for a 10-yard touchdown pass.
McCreadie finished 15-of-37 for 239 yards with three touchdown passes — he hit Triston Hay for scoring receptions of 37 and 43 yards — and two interceptions.
Hay had three grabs for 85 yards and teammate Jose Deras five catches for 84 yards for the Pirates (4-4, 1-3 Sky).
Jantzer completed 9 of 18 passes for 158 yards with a TD and an interception for the Knights (5-3, 2-2). He carried the ball 17 times for 19 yards and a pair of scores.
North Valley's Jordan Hannah had four receptions for 86 yards and nine carries for 64 yards. Austin Jackson made four catches for 76 yards.
North Valley 6 8 7 0 6 — 27
Phoenix 0 14 0 7 0 — 21
NV — Smith 24 interception return (kick failed)
NV — Hannah 30 pass from Jantzer (Jantzer run)
P — Hay 37 pass from McCreadie (Bazan kick)
P — Hay 43 pass from McCreadie (Bazan kick)
NV — Jantzer 2 run (Jackson kick)
P — LaBelle 10 pass from McCreadie (Bazan kick)
NV — Jantzer 1 run