COOS BAY — It was a hard-nosed, seesaw battle for a pair of highly regarded football teams on Friday at Marshfield High School.
Phoenix took control early with consecutive touchdowns, but fourth-ranked Marshfield responded when it counted with a pair of fourth-quarter scores to rally for a 25-18 nonconference victory.
“It came down to a couple of plays, and they made just a couple more than we did,” said Phoenix coach Jered Gail. “In any close game, that’s how it goes. It was a good ol’ fashion slugfest. We came up short, but we battled. I’m super proud of our kids’ effort.”
One in particular was a fourth-quarter, fourth-and-3 that run-heavy Marshfield plowed ahead for 3½ yards to keep a scoring drive alive. Marshfield’s Tristan Lemmons soon after scored the second of his three second-half touchdowns and put his squad up, 19-18.
Lemmons later solidified Marshfield’s triumph with another trip to the endzone from 3 yards out.
Phoenix allowed just 63 yards through the air, but Marshfield stopped Phoenix’s ground attack, holding it to 15 yards.
In the second quarter, Phoenix’s Michael Walker scored from the 3 and Cori Romig from the 4 for a 12-0 lead.
Zach Kellar gave Phoenix its final lead late in the third after recovering a muffed punt in the end zone.
Phoenix’s Javan Gail was 17-for-26 for 141 yards. Dylan Knudson had eight catches for 53 yards.
P — Walker 3 run (kick failed)
P — Romig 4 run (pass failed)
M — Banks 3 run (kick blocked)
M — Lemmons 2 run (kick good)
P — Kellar blocked punt return (pass failed)
M — Lemmons 2 run (kick failed)
M — Lemmons 3 run (conversion failed)
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 34, YREKA 7: At Yreka, Calif., Haiden Schaan aired it out for 166 yards and three touchdowns for Cascade Christian, and Ian Fralich came up with a pair of second-half interceptions to lead the Challengers’ stifling defense in the nonconference rout.
After Yreka got on the scoreboard first, Schaan connected with Benn Dunn twice in the first half on touchdowns of 48 and 35 yards. Schaan was 14-for-18 in the contest and added 45 yards on the ground, while Dunn reeled in four passes for 92 yards.
After the Challengers (2-0) capped the opening drive of the second half with a Caleb Jordan 1-yard rushing touchdown to go up 21-7, Fralich’s interception on Yreka’s ensuing drive stopped the Miners’ momentum.
Fralich was later rewarded with an 18-yard touchdown pass from Schaan.
Luke Smith, who led the Challengers with nine tackles, added a 15-yard TD run with just over a minute to go before Fralich’s second interception sealed the victory.
Y — O’Gorman 1 run (Robustillini kick)
CC — Dunn 48 pass from Schaan (Dunn kick)
CC — Dunn 35 pass from Schaan (Dunn kick)
CC — Jordan 1 run (Dunn kick)
CC — Fralich 18 pass from Schaan (Dunn kick)
CC — Smith 15 run (conversion failed)
HARRISBURG 54, ST. MARY’S 20: At Coquille High, junior quarterback Cody Conner threw three touchdowns to junior Jake Sieg in the second half for St. Mary’s (1-1), which trailed 41-0 at halftime.
Harrisburg (1-1), the defending 3A state champion, piled up 519 yards of total offense, including 363 rushing, in addition to an 81-yard kickoff return for touchdown to cruise past the Crusaders in the first half.
Conner finished 17 of 27 passing for 238 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions, while Sieg hauled in six receptions for 139 yards.
Jake Reynolds, a junior, gained 62 yards rushing on eight carries for St. Mary’s, which finished with 354 yards in total offense.
Defensively for the Crusaders, senior Garrett Arman recovered a fumble.
H — 48 run (kick good)
H — 55 pass (kick good)
H — 18 run (kick good)
H — 5 run (kick good)
H — 30 pass (kick good)
H — 20 pass (kick failed)
S — Sieg 46 pass from Conner (Rajagopal kick)
H — 81 kickoff return (kick failed)
S — Sieg 64 pass from Conner (kick failed)
H — 15 run (kick good)
S — Sieg 3 pass from Conner (Rajagopal kick)
CHILOQUIN 36, PROSPECT 6: At Chiloquin, Brendan Reins rushed for 112 yards, including a 45-yard scamper that set up his own 2-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter as Prospect avoided the shutout in its season opener.
Prospect (0-1) lost its starting quarterback, senior Shane Lawler, to a possible concussion near the end of the second quarter. Lawler is expected to miss at least one week, Cougars coach Jimmy Slaton said. Michael Cripps, a sophomore, replaced Lawler.
Cripps had an interception to highlight Prospect’s defense.
James Lawler added 87 yards rushing for Cougars, who lost two fumbles in the red zone in the first half.
BUTTE FALLS 32, BONANZA 12: At Bonanza, Isaac Tiry ran for two touchdowns, threw for one and returned an interception for a score as Butte Falls used a big second half to win its season opener.
Kai Hansen caught two touchdown passes, one from Tiry and another from Dalton Lester, to help Butte Falls (1-0) pile up all 32 of its points in the second half. Lester also ran in a two-point conversion.
The Loggers, who trailed 12-0 at halftime, held Bonanza (0-1) scoreless in the second half.