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PHOENIX — After Jose Deras' interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter, the Phoenix football team appeared to be in control and advancing toward a much-needed Skyline Conference victory over Henley on Friday.
Quarterback Josh Overstreet and the second-place Hornets, however, responded with 26 unanswered points as Henley derailed the Pirates 26-16 at Jack Woodward Stadium.
It was the fifth straight loss for the Pirates (4-5, 1-4 Skyline), who began the season with a 4-0 record.
Deras' 35-yard score off an errant pass by Overstreet gave the Pirates a 16-0 lead midway through the second period.
But Overstreet, who amassed 295 yards of total offense in the contest, marched the Hornets (6-3, 4-1) down the field and his goal-line touchdown plunge capped the drive with 1 minute, 33 seconds left in the first half.
The Hornets quickly got the ball back and set up James Goheen for a successful 35-yard field goal as time expired to cut Phoenix's lead to 16-10.
Overstreet gave the Hornets the lead for good with another touchdown run late in the third quarter and padded their advantage with a TD toss to Kelly Greif in the fourth.
Pirates quarterback Justin McCreadie connected with Triston Hay for a 26-yard touchdown in the opening quarter. McCreadie was 12-for-26 for 193 yards.
Deras hauled in seven passes for 96 yards and Logan LaBelle added four catches for 71 yards for the Pirates.
Overstreet was 11 of 27 for 150 yards through the air and gained 145 rushing yards on 26 attempts.
Henley 0 9 7 10 — 26
Phoenix 6 10 0 0 — 16
Pho — Hay 26 pass from McCreadie (conversion failed)
Pho — FG Bazan 28
Pho — Deras 35 interception return (Bazan kick)
Hen — Overstreet 1 run (conversion failed)
Hen — FG Goheen 35
Hen — Overstreet 2 run (Goheen kick)
Hen — Greif 7 pass from Overstreet (Goheen kick)
Hen — FG Goheen 41
NORTH VALLEY 20, HIDDEN VALLEY 6 — At Merlin, Jordan Hannah had the go-ahead touchdown run for North Valley in Skyline Conference action.
Hannah, who finished with 82 rushing yards, scored on a 3-yard sprint in the third quarter.
Quarterback Robbie Stalford found Austin Jackson for a 20-yard TD strike in the fourth for the Knights (6-3, 3-2 Sky).
Hidden Valley took the lead when QB Mike Hults connected with Andrew Aguilar for a 6-yard touchdown for Hidden Valley (2-7, 0-5), which entered halftime tied at 6.
Austin Jackson booted in a pair of field goals (17 and 27 yards) for North Valley.
Hidden Valley 0 6 0 0 — 6
North Valley 0 6 7 7 — 20
NV — 17 FG Jackson
HV — Aguilar 6 pass from Hults (pass failed)
NV — 27 FG Jackson
NV — Hannah 3 run (Jackson kick)
NV — Jackson 20 pass from Stalford (Jackson kick)
SHELDON 45, GRANTS PASS 25 — At Grants Pass, Sheldon's Yadie Dunmore ran for 221 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries and Mitchell Herbert caught 12 passes for 139 yards and two scores to help the Irish finish second in the SWC.
Sheldon and Grants Pass entered the regular season finale with identical records of 6-2 overall and 5-1 in SWC play but the Irish opened a 28-17 lead by halftime and used a 10-0 surge in the third quarter to pull away.
Javan Appling completed 22 of 35 passes for 377 yards and two TDs to Keegan Weiss to pace the Cavemen. Zac Hannan added 88 yards on 19 carries and Kirkland Meadows caught six passes for 107 yards.
Southern Cascade Hybrid
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 51, LOST RIVER 7 — At Merrill, Seth Knox passed for two touchdowns to Cooper Clark and Jake Brown ran for two TDs in the nonleague game for Cascade Christian.
Knox was 18 of 28 for 234 yards for the Challengers (7-2) and also scored on a 4-yard run. Clark had six catches for 87 yards, and Brown carried 16 times for 83 yards.
Defensively, Cascade Christian's Dante Olson had 13 tackles, including two for losses, a sack and a fumble recovery. Trace Walker had five tackles, with three for losses, and David Sellers five with two for losses and a safety.
Cascade Christian 15 20 9 7 — 51
Lost River 0 0 0 7 — 7
CC — Brown 1 run (C. Parker run)
CC — Knox 4 run (C. Parker kick)
CC — C. Parker 23 interception return (kick failed)
CC — Clark 22 pass from Knox (C. Parker kick)
CC — Clark 14 pass from Knox (C. Parker kick)
CC — Safety, Sellers tackle punter in the end zone
CC — Brown 13 run (C. Parker kick)
CC — Robbins 7 run (C. Parker kick)
LR — Ramos 6 pass from Cobian (Hynes kick)
ILLINOIS VALLEY 30, LAKEVIEW 21 — At Lakeview, Logan Miller hauled in a pair of touchdown passes from CJ Manning and James Thompson went over 100 yards rushing as Illinois Valley kept its playoff hopes alive.
If Cascade Christian beats Lakeview (6-3, 1-1 Southern Cascade Hybrid) next week, the Cougars (6-4, 2-1) earn a playoff berth. If Lakeview wins, there will be a three-way tie for first place. A tiebreaker would decide which two teams reach the postseason.
TJ Hughley recovered a fumble for a touchdown and found the end zone again on a run for the Cougars.
Thompson is about 50 yards away from breaking Illinois Valley's single-season rushing record of 1,649 yards set by Mike Melton in 1999. He will have a chance to do so in a makeup game against Regis on Nov. 2.
ROGUE RIVER 34, CHILOQUIN 33 — At Rogue River, host Rogue River secured its first win of the season by holding off Chiloquin in nonleague action. The Chieftains, who have been forced to forfeit two of its last three games due to low player numbers, improved to 1-8 overall.
Chiloquin dropped to 3-4 overall.
ELKTON 46, PROSPECT 26 — At Prospect, Tyler Sky scored four touchdowns, John Evoniuk three and the Elks took advantage of Prospect mistakes in the final quarter of the District 2 game.
Darren Stillwagon ran for 144 yards on 29 carries and scored three touchdowns for Prospect (4-5, 3-4 Dist. 2). Roo Driskell carried 13 times for 129 yards.
Stillwagon had a tough game passing the ball. He was intercepted four times while completing 6 of 25 passes for 38 yards.
Prospect, which trailed only 34-26 with 6:15 to play, lost a fumble, then was intercepted and turned the ball over on downs in the final period.
Elkton 14 8 0 24 — 46
Prospect 6 6 8 6 — 26
Pro — Stillwagon 28 run (run failed)
Elk — Sky 29 run (Sky pass from Evoniuk)
Elk — Sky 45 run (pass failed)
Elk — Evoniuk 1 run (Hulsey pass from Evoniuk)
Pro — Stillwagon 3 run (pass failed)
Pro — Munsell 15 pass from Stillwagon (Stillwagon run)
Elk — Sky 3 run (pass failed)
Elk — Sky 55 run (pass failed)
Pro — Stillwagon 64 run (pass failed)
Elk — Evoniuk 25 run (pass failed)
Elk — Evoniuk 30 run (pass failed)
GILCHRIST 76, BUTTE FALLS 6 — At Gilchrist, retiring Gilchrist coach Steve Hall led the Grizzlies for a final time in the District 2 game. He was the head coach for 15 years over two stretches and has been at the school 32 years.
It was the most points Gilchrist (4-4, 4-4 Dist. 2) scored this season. Tucker Boone threw three touchdown passes and caught one for a score, and Jonny Heitzman and Gabe Bernabe each accounted for a passing touchdown.