GILCHRIST — In a game that could go a long way in determining the Mountain Valley League champion, Butte Falls blanked Gilchrist in the second half and posted a 22-20 football victory Saturday.

GILCHRIST — In a game that could go a long way in determining the Mountain Valley League champion, Butte Falls blanked Gilchrist in the second half and posted a 22-20 football victory Saturday.

"We played well on defense," said Loggers coach Randy Stephenson, whose team is off to a 3-0 start — all league games.

Butte Falls held the Grizzlies to minus 14 yards in the fourth quarter.

"I think that probably was the turning point," said Stephenson, adding that his defense appeared to slack off in the first half after building a 16-6 lead. "At halftime, we told them it's up to you guys. It's your game if you want to win it, and the defense really stepped it up."

At one point, Gilchrist had a holding penalty and four false starts in a row.

"I think we had them frustrated at the end of the game," said Stephenson.

Joey Knighton was a force on both sides of the ball. He ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries, threw a touchdown pass to Josh McGonagle and made nine tackles on defense.

Josh Dyck added 81 yards on 21 carries, and Harley Casillas had 61 on seven carries.

Casillas led the Loggers with 10 tackles. McGonagle had nine tackles and eight assists.

Butte Falls 8 8 6 0 —22

Gilchrist 6 14 0 0 —20

G — Erwin 12 pass from R. Smith (run failed)

BF — McGonagle 12 pass from Knighton (Knighton run)

BF — Knighton 21 run (Dyck run)

G — T. Smith 10 run (run failed)

G — T. Smith 1 run (R. Smith run)

BF — Knighton 30 run (run failed)

Nonconference

ST. MARY'S 28, GASTON 6 — Brian Adesman did the job on both sides of the ball as St. Mary's stretched its winning streak to four games to open the season with the nonconference victory against the Northwest League opponent at Spiegelberg Stadium.

Adesman scored three touchdowns and rushed for a team-high 121 yards on 17 carries. The senior also keyed the Crusaders' defense from his middle linebacker spot, along with senior defensive ends Lane Littlefield and Franco Console.

Tony LoMonaco added 84 yards on the ground for St. Mary's (4-0), which rushed for 210 overall. Senior quarterback Max O'Sullivan completed five passes in nine attempts for 89 yards and had one interception.

Gaston 6 0 0 0 —6

St. Mary's 7 7 14 0 —28

SM — Adesman 2 run (Butler kick)

G — 4 run (pass failed)

SM — Adesman 5 run (Butler kick)

SM — LoMonaco 7 run (Butler kick)

SM — Adesman 6 run (Butler kick)

Water Polo

MEDFORD FARES WELL — At Eugene, Medford's boys team posted a 13-12 win over South Eugene and the girls team played Marist to a 7-7 tie after dropping a 13-5 matchup with the Axemen in tournament play Saturday.

Josh Silver had seven goals and Zach Haveman added four goals for Medford's boys against South Eugene, with Kyle Sletmoe and Clark Snyder also finding the net. Michael Hill had three saves in goal for Medford.

Emily Daly had six saves and Hannah Gilder four saves against South Eugene, with Medford picking up three goals from Nilsa Gibson and one goal apiece from Melissa Ghiglieri and Jenny Doll. Against Marist, Daly had eight saves, Gibson added three goals and Ghiglieri and Doll each scored twice.