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LAKE OSWEGO — A rally by South Medford in the fourth quarter fell short, and the Panthers dropped a 30-17 decision to Lakeridge in the first round of the Class 6A football playoffs Friday.
South Medford ended the season with a 3-7 record. Lakeridge (8-2) earned a second-round date at Southridge next week.
The Panthers gave up touchdowns to Lakeridge on the Pacers' first three possessions, and it appeared South Medford was going to have a long night trying stop quarterback Erik Dungey and Co.
But the defense stiffened, and when Anthony Gomez scored on a 2-yard touchdown run with 5:49 to play to make it 30-17, and Nate Brammer followed by recovering a South Medford onside kick, there was a glimmer of hope. It was snuffed, however, when the Panthers failed to convert a fourth-and-one at the Lakeridge 31.
Dungey sandwiched scoring runs of 2 and 5 yards around a 34-yard field goal by South Medford's Riley Williams to give the Pacers a 14-3 lead through one quarter.
Dungey threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Vontrell Mills in the second to make it 21-3, but the Panthers answered with a 5-yard TD pass from Craig Contreras to a leaping Mark Winans with 2:06 to go before halftime.
Lakeridge had 254 yards on 41 plays in the first half alone.
Late in the third quarter, South Medford was pinned at its own 1 on fourth down and took a safety, making it 23-10. It then kicked to the Pacers, who turned the possession into a 5-yard Dungey TD run on the first play of the fourth quarter for a 30-10 edge.
Dungey ran for 90 yards on 13 totes and the three scores. He completed 18 of 26 passes for 215 yards and a score.
JESUIT 56, CRATER 21 — At Portland, Chase Morrison ran for 283 yards and five touchdowns behind Jesuit's big offensive line to pace the Crusaders in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs.
Jesuit (8-2) is the top-ranked team in the playoffs. Crater ended its season with a 3-8 record.
Morrison opened the game with a 49-yard TD scamper for Jesuit's first touchdown and added a 63-yarder in the third quarter to cap the Crusaders' scoring.
Jesuit, which piled up 419 yards on the ground on 58 rushes, faces Lake Oswego in the second round.
Crater's Ty Fox threw for 265 yards and scores of 27 and 16 yards to Kory Bennett. He was 22 of 55 with one interception.
Fox also led the Comets in rushing, going for 74 yards on 15 carries, including one for a 7-yard touchdown.
Bennett had six catches for 117 yards and Dallin George seven for 88 yards.
GRANTS PASS 54, WESTVIEW 7 — At Grants Pass, Zach Hannah's monster performance vaulted the Cavemen past Westview in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs at Mel Ingram Field.
Hannah amassed 290 total yards and five touchdowns for the Cavemen (7-3), who take on Tigard in the second round next week.
Hannah rushed for 173 yards on 11 carries and had touchdown runs of 33, 76 and 55 yards. He had four catches for 104 yards and two TDs — the second going for 73 yards in the third quarter.
Grants Pass quarterback Javan Appling was 11-for-18 for 222 yards and three touchdowns. Appling also ran for 48 yards.
Ben Dean churned out 79 yards on 18 totes for the Cavemen, who compiled 342 rushing yards.
RIDGEVIEW 41, NORTH VALLEY 12 — At Redmond, after North Valley's Doug Dahl returned a kickoff for a 94-yard touchdown, fourth-ranked Ridgeview responded with 28 unanswered points in the Class 4A first-round state playoff contest.
Boomer Fleming accounted for 144 of the Ravens' 393 rushing yards, and quarterback Jacob Johnson was 9 of 13 passing for 163 yards and a touchdown.
North Valley was held to 160 yards in offense, while the Ravens totaled 556.
Jordan Hannah paced the Knights with 118 yards rushing, with a large chunk coming on a 77-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter.
North Valley 6 0 6 0 — 12
Ridgeview 14 13 8 6 — 41
RV — Johns 2 run (Rodman kick)
NV — Dahl 94 kick return (kick failed)
RV — Rollins 61 pass from Johnson (Rodman kick)
RV — Simpson 4 run (kick failed)
RV — Fleming 4 run (Rodman kick)
RV — Stevens 1 run (Simpson run)
NV — Hannah 77 run (run failed)
RV — Stanton 3 run (kick failed)