Mail Tribune football forecast
Roseburg at North Medford: Tonight, 7:30 p.m., at Spiegelberg Stadium.Radio Broadcast, KRTA (610 A.M.). North Medford would like nothing betterthan to avenge last season's 50-0 shellacking to the Indians and catchesthem at an opportune time. Roseburg returns just three starters from lastseason's state championship team and, even though its JV club went 8-0 lastyear, will need a game or two to smooth out imperfections. North QB K.C.Rumrey is still recovering from a hand injury suffered in summer baseballbut has been cleared to play. His presence alone gives the Tornado an edge.
North Medford by 7.
Ashland at Grants Pass: Tonight, 7:30, at Mel Ingram Field. Radio Broadcast,KCMX (580-AM) and KAGI (930). Two of the state's highly ranked teams meetin the SOC opener. This matchup has often featured offensive fireworks andtonight could be more of the same. Top-ranked Ashland has a major weaponin wide receiver Cy Aleman, who burned the Cavemen for 236 yards on 10 catchesin last season's 23-20 victory. Throwing to Aleman will be Erik Nagel, whohas won the QB battle with Elijah Jordan. Grants
Pass QB Trent Thompson passed for 147 yards and — TDs during last week'sseason-opening win over Milwaukie. Grants Pass, ranked No. 8, has the homefield but Grizzlies have the tradition: They've beaten the Cavemen 11 ofpast 12 meetings. Ashland by 4.
South Medford at Crater: Tonight, 7:30 at Dutch Meyer Field. Radio Broadcast,KTMT (880-AM). Crater coach Hal Rose is 0-3 against the Panthers but hasan excellent chance to end the streak tonight. The Comets could start anall-sophomore backfield but are experienced and rugged up front. South Medfordreturns just two starters from last season's 5-4 club and has question marksat several positions. Crater by 6.
Bend at Eagle Point: Tonight, 7:30, at Eagle Stadium. Radio Broadcast,KOPE (103.5 FM). Eagle Point received the No. 5 ranking in the preseasonpoll and it's well-deserved. The Eagles return 11 of 22 starters from lastseason's state playoff team, including wide receiver/free safety Luke Scott,thought by many to be the best player in the SOC. Bend traditionally contendsfor the Intermountain Conference championship and is expected to do so againstthis year. Lava Bears tackle Mike Kuykendall is one of the state's best.Eagle Point by 14.
Klamath Union at Mazama: Tonight, 7:30, at Viking Stadium. Both teamshave fought to stay out of the SOC cellar for the past several years buthave staged some entertaining games when they've met each other. This gamemarks the Klamath Union coaching debut of Wayne Amos, who has already loggeddozens of hours getting the Pelicans in the weight room. Klamath Union by6.
Phoenix at Yreka: Tonight, 7:30, at Yreka. Optimism abounds in Phoenixthis fall as the Pirates set their sights on the Skyline Conference championship.Quarterback Eric Esselstrom and RB Grant Puhl headline an outstanding groupof skill position players. Phoenix by 7.
Creswell at Hidden Valley: Tonight, 7:30, at Jo. Co. Fairgrounds. HiddenValley has beaten Creswell the past two seasons and has a better team thisyear under veteran coach Jim Figoni. The Mustangs feature a strong runningattack led by junior Tim Orr. Hidden Valley by 13.
North Valley at Gold Beach: Tonight, 7:30 at Gold Beach. North Valleylost its season-opener to the Panthers last season but got revenge in theplayoffs with a 28-8 victory. The Knights have a balanced attack led byQB Scott Stickler, a three-year starter, and all-purpose back Brad Kudlac.Gold Beach underwent a coaching change in the off-season. North Valley by8.
Glendale at Rogue River: Tonight, 7:30, at Beck Field. Glendale openedits season with 44-0 romp over Chiloquin last week but meets a much tougherfoe in Rogue River, which beat the Pirates 14-8 last year. Rogue River coachJohn George has the Chieftains pointed in the right direction. Rogue Riverby 6.
Brookings-Harbor at Illinois Valley: Tonight, 7:30, at Cave Junction.Brookings hammered Illinois Valley 55-18 in last season's opener. The Cougarshave lost 19 straight games dating back to 1995 season. Brookings by 35.
ELSEWHERE IN THE SKYLINE CONFERENCE Douglas by 7 over South Umpquaat Winston; Henley by 6 over Burns at Klamath Falls; Lakeview by 7 overModoc, Calif., at Lakeview.
Happy Camp, Calif., at Cascade Christian: Tonight, 8, V.A. Domiciliary,White City. Happy Camp is a perennial playoff contender in Northern California'sEvergreen League, while Cascade Christian has yet to establish such a reputationin Oregon. The Indians were 5-6 last season, losing in the first round ofthe section playoffs. Cascade Christian has a good crop of returning linemen,but it might take the Challengers several games to fill the offensive voidleft by the graduation of quarterback Marty Maurer and running back ChadPrins. Happy Camp by 14.
St. Mary's at Nestucca: Saturday, — p.m. St. Mary's defense should keepthe Crusaders in this game, but putting points on the scoreboard will bethe problem. St. Mary's scored only six points in its first three gameslast year and the offensive situation doesn't appear much more promisingthis season.
Nestucca by 10.
ELSEWHERE IN THE BIG FIR LEAGUE: Oakland by 8 over Bandon at Oakland;Yoncalla by 21 over Crow at Crow; Oakridge by 28 over Riddle at Riddle;North Douglas by 6 over Gilchrist at Drain.
Paisley at Butte Falls: Today, 4 p.m. The outcome of this game coulddetermine which team finishes last in the Skyline A League. Paisley defeatedButte Falls in a 64-36 shootout in 1996. The Loggers' first priority isto bolster last year's porous defense that gave up over 40 points a game.Paisley by 12.
Days Creek at Prospect: Tonight, 7:30, at Ralph Goode Field. Playingthe state Class 1A runner-up is a difficult opener for Prospect, which iscoming off a winless season. Prospect should play the Wolves a lot closerthan last year's 58-8 loss, but how much closer? Days Creek by 19.
ELSEWHERE IN THE SKYLINE A LEAGUE Mapleton by 12 over Elkton atElkton; Powers by 45 over North Lake at Silver Lake.
North Texas at Oregon State: Saturday, — p.m., at Parker Stadium. RadioBroadcast, KRTA (610 A.M.). The Mike Riley era in Corvallis kicks off witha non-conference tilt with the Eagles. Quarterback Tim Alexander returnsto an Oregon State attack that will look nothing like the option offensethat was the bread and butter of former coach Jerry Pettibone. One of Alexander'sprime targets will be former Cascade Christian standout Martin Maurer, whowill start at tight end for the Beavers in his first collegiate contest.
Though Riley's Beavers are probably not ready to post their first winningseason since 1970, they should have enough to get past North Texas. OregonState by 10.
ELSEWHERE IN THE PAC 10 Stanford by 21 over San Jose State at PaloAlto, Calif.; Tennessee by 17 over UCLA at Pasadena; Florida State by 14over USC at Los Angeles; California by 7 over Houston at Houston; Washingtonby 10 over BYU at Provo, Utah.