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Raiders try to stay alive in CFA race

Southern Oregon University's football team will try to get well when it plays north of the border today.

The Raiders, who have lost two straight games and three of their last four, still have a chance to win the Columbia Football Association title. SOU will take a 1-1 CFA record and 3-4 season mark into its game against Simon Fraser at Burnaby, B.C. The game will start at — p.m.

Western Washington leads the CFA at 2-0 and Central Washington is tied for second place with Humboldt State at 2-1. The Raiders play at Humboldt State on Nov. 7 and close the regular season on Nov. 14 against Western Washington at Raider Stadium.

SOU needs to beat Simon Fraser, Humboldt State and Western Washington during the next three weeks to at least share the Columbia Football Association title.

The Raiders also need to win all three games to finish with a winning record for the second straight year.

Simon Fraser has a 2-5 overall record and is winless (0-3) in the CFA. The Clan lost to Western Washington, 44-0, last Saturday.

Willamette shoved SOU's season record beneath the .500 level last Saturday with a 21-18 win over the Raiders at Raider Stadium.

Southern Oregon tailback Griff Yates has slipped from first to third in the nation in rushing during SOU's two straight losses. He continues to lead the CFA in rushing (1,176 yards) and scoring (90 points).

Yates rushed for 116 yards against Willamette and has gone over the 3,000-yard mark in career rushing. He is the first running back in SOU football history to crack the 3,000-yard mark.

Linebacker J.D. Callicoatt of SOU is attempting to become only the seventh Raider since 1979 to total 100 tackles or more in a season. Callicoatt has led SOU in tackles for eight straight games.

Linebacker R.J. Josephson of Eagle Point had eight tackles for the Raiders against Willamette, including two sacks and a tackle for a safety.

Southern Oregon's defense ranks first in the Columbia Football Association, allowing just 186.8 yards per game, second in total defense (337.3) and second in scoring defense (24.1).