ROSEBURG — Vincente Borja’s kickoff return for a touchdown changed the momentum and North Medford came from behind to defeat Roseburg, 30-27 in overtime, in Southwest Conference play Friday at Finlay Field.
After rallying to tie the game 24-all on a fourth-down scoring throw with about 20 seconds left in regulation, the Black Tornado (2-4, 2-2 SWC) won the game in overtime on quarterback Josh Robbins’ fourth touchdown pass of the night.
The Black Tornado trailed 24-6 after Stephen Lake’s 30-yard field goal for the Indians (2-4, 1-3) in the third quarter. Then Borja broke a 98-yard kickoff return to begin the comeback.
“That really sparked us,” said North Medford coach Mike Mitchell. “That was a big play.”
Robbins connected on fourth-quarter touchdown passes to Tyler Evans and Isaac Manuel to force overtime.
Robbins’ 10-yard TD toss to Manuel to tie the game capped a long, sustained drive after taking over with about two minutes remaining.
In overtime, Roseburg took the lead on Lake’s 30-yard field goal.
But the Black Tornado answered when Evans caught a slant on a fourth-down play and fought his way into the end zone. It was the senior wide receiver’s third TD reception in the game.
“It was a great throw and a great catch,” said Mitchell.
Robbins completed 12 of 16 passes for 178 yards and had one interception. Evans was Robbins’ favorite target with six catches for 95 yards.
“(Robbins) made some big throws when it was time to make them,” said Mitchell.
Manuel had a breakout game rushing for North. The 200-pound senior gained 135 yards on 21 carries.
“We found a running back tonight in Isaac Manuel,” said Mitchell. “He ran tough and got positive yardage.”
THURSTON 63, CRATER 40: At Central Point, Crater was stung by losing six turnovers in a wild shootout against No. 9 Thurston that saw the two teams combine for more than 1,000 yards in total offense in a Midwestern League game.
Sophomore quarterback Trever Davis had a massive offensive performance with six touchdowns — three rushing and three passing — completing 22 of 49 attempts for 391 yards, while rushing for a game-high 111 yards on 18 carries.
But Davis also threw three interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns by Tyson Haas and Trevor Duran. The Comets (3-3, 2-2 MWL) also lost all three of their fumbles to the Colts (4-2, 3-1), who outgained them 564-527 in total offense.
Bailee Robles was the top target for Davis, with eight receptions for 129 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown, while Jesse Fisher and Nate Horton each had a touchdown catch.
EAGLE POINT 34, ASHLAND 27: At Ashland, Eagle Point freshman Devin Bradd ran for two touchdowns and quarterback Cameron Morgan passed for two more as the Eagles held off a late surge by Ashland for the Midwestern League win at Walter A. Phillips FIeld.
Ashland (2-4, 1-3 MWL) rallied to cut a 21-point deficit to seven late in the fourth quarter but couldn't get the stop it needed as Eagle Point (3-3, 2-2) held on for the victory.
Bradd finished with 63 yards rushing on 22 carries and Morgan was 8-for-9 passing for 239 yards, with touchdowns of 19 yards to Braxton Barnes and 29 yards to Casey Zakowski. The latter connection to Zakowski, who had four catches for 144 yards, gave the Eagles a 34-14 lead with seven minutes to go.
Ashland QB Rieger Sayre came off the bench to complete 13 of 25 passes for 215 yards and three TDs with one interception. Anthony Swanson caught two fourth-quarter TDs and finished with seven catches for 118 yards.
PHOENIX 50, NORTH VALLEY 3: At Phoenix, senior quarterback Javan Gail threw a pair of touchdowns and ran for two scores as Phoenix breezed past North Valley in a Skyline Conference game.
Michael Walker added a pair of touchdown runs for Phoenix, which blew the game wide open with a 20-point fourth quarter.
Nik Goff caught three passes for 76 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown, and Chase Courtney hauled in four receptions for 57 yards, including a 14-yard score, for the Pirates (4-2, 2-1 Skyline), who outgained the Knights (2-4, 1-2) in total yards 498-144.
Gail accounted for the majority of Phoenix’s offense, finishing with a game-high 108 yards rushing on 11 carries, while going 15-of-29 passing for 208 yards.
Walker, Mason Firestone and Ismael De La Torre were the leading tacklers for the Pirates, who recovered a pair of fumbles.
P — Courtney 14 pass from Gail (Halligan pass from Samis)
NV — FG Bergquist 30
P — Walker 4 run (Hawkins pass from Samis)
P — Goff 53 pass from Gail (Espana kick)
P — Gail 9 run (Espana kick)
P — Gail 3 run (Espana kick)
P — Walker 12 run (Espana kick)
P — Romig 1 run (kick failed)
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 47, SANTIAM CHRISTIAN 0: Cascade Christian put together a dominant, eye-opening victory over visiting Santiam Christian — ranked No. 1 in the Class 3A power rankings entering the game at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Senior quarterback Haiden Schaan ran for three touchdowns in the first half and threw for another in the second half for Cascade Christian, No. 6 in the power rankings, as the Challengers doubled up Santiam Christian in total yards, 460-230.
Cascade Christian (5-1) set the tone defensively with an interception by Ben Dunn on the opening possession by the Eagles (4-2), and capitalized with a 6-yard touchdown run by Caleb Jordan. Jordan rushed for a game-high 83 yards on 14 carries, most of which came in a dominating first half in which Cascade built a 27-0 halftime lead.
A 40-yard interception return for a touchdown by Ian Fralich in the fourth quarter highlighted the defensive surge for the Challengers.
Linebacker/defensive end Cristian Flores Alatorre had eight tackles, including three for loss, to lead Cascade’s defense.
CC — Jordan 6 run (PAT failed)
CC — H. Schaan 53 run (PAT failed)
CC — H. Schaan 5 run (Dunn pass from H. Schaan)
CC — H. Schaan 1 run (Dunn kick)
CC — McLemore 11 pass from H. Schaan (Dunn kick)
CC — K. Schaan 29 run (PAT failed)
CC — I. Fralich 40 interception return (Hoffman kick)
ROGUE RIVER 52, BONANZA 12: At Rogue River, junior quarterback Derek Nelson passed for four touchdowns and ran for two more in the nonconference victory.
Nelson was 13-of-16 passing for 145 yards and had 150 yards rushing.
The Chieftains (5-1), who are playing an independent schedule, totaled 425 yards in offense.
RR — Nelson 50 run (Smith run)
RR — E. Canoe 17 pass from Nelson (Nelson run)
RR — Nelson 2 run (E. Canoe pass from Nelson)
B — Touchdown run
RR — Hooker 50 pass from Nelson (run failed)
RR — E. Canoe 30 pass from Nelson (pass failed)
RR — A. Canoe 40 pass from Nelson (E. Canoe pass from Nelson)
B — Touchdown run
RR — Chavez 10 run (Echaide run)
POWERS 60, PROSPECT 0: At Prospect, Prospect had the ball deep inside Powers territory five times but came away empty in the District 2 home loss.
The Cougars (0-4, 0-3 Dist 2), who had six turnovers, trailed 32-0 at halftime.
Prospect senior running back Brendan Reins accounted for 140 yards in offense, 87 on the ground and 53 in receptions.
James Lawler, a junior running back, rushed for 91 yards for the Cougars and quarterback Shane Lawler picked up 54 on the ground.