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Kennedy's field goal boosts Phoenix


-- Kyle Kennedy's 27-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining lifted Phoenix to a 10-7 non-conference football win over Douglas of Winston Friday at Jack Woodward Stadium.

For the second straight week, Phoenix used a fourth-quarter score for a come-from-behind victory. Last week, the Pirates downed Yreka, Calif., 13-12.

Phoenix began the winning drive on its own 41 after a Douglas punt with 1:42 left. A 24-yard pass from Bobby Dawson to Eric Kessler put the ball on the Douglas 11 with 24 seconds to go.

Eric made a great catch, Phoenix coach Joe Hagler said. There were two people all over him and he made a diving catch right on the sideline.

After one running play, Kennedy converted from the left hash mark.

Douglas scored its only touchdown and gained 144 of its 204 rushing yards in the opening period.

In the first half, our offense stunk, said Hagler. They really dominated.

We were lucky to go in at halftime only down 7-0.

Phoenix tied the game 7-all in the third quarter. Dawson orchestrated the drive with three straight completions, the final being a 14-yard scoring strike to sophomore Floron McGee.

Dawson was 11-for-18 passing for 101 yards. Chris Loftin had 92 of the Pirates' 104 rushing yards.


...............7 0 0 0 -- 7 Phoenix

.............0 0 7 — -- 10

D -- Weaver 54 run (Dwight kick) P -- McGee 14 pass from Dawson (Kennedy kick) P -- FG Kennedy 27

HIDDEN VALLEY 28, COQUILLE 13-- At Murphy, speedster Ryan Wilson scored two touchdowns, intercepted two passes and accounted for 226 all-purpose yards for ninth-ranked Hidden Valley in its non-conference opener.

All the scoring came in the first half.

After Coquille took a 7-0 lead on Chris Guern's 2-yard touchdown run, the Mustangs answered with 21 straight points.

Hidden Valley quarterback Matt Kennedy threw for 183 yards and three touchdowns in the opening half but was 1-for-11 after halftime.

Dereck Horning led the Mustangs' receiving corps with four catches for 103 yards and one TD, while Wilson snagged four passes for 80 yards.

Hidden Valley, which forced seven turnovers, amassed 257 yards in offense in the first half, but finished the game with only 261.


................7 6 0 0 -- 13 Hidden Valley

.....7 21 0 0 -- 28

C -- Guern 2 run (Gardner kick) HV -- Wilson 19 pass from Kennedy (Combe kick) HV -- Mason 5 run (Combe kick) HV -- Wilson 27 pass from Kennedy (Combe kick) C -- Vie 4 run (pass failed) HV -- Horning 40 pass from Kennedy (Combe kick)

SOUTH UMPQUA 14, NORTH VALLEY 7-- At Merlin, South Umpqua pushed across the final score with 2:20 remaining to hand North Valley a non-conference loss.

The Knights' only score came in the third quarter when quarterback Luke Godfrey hooked up with Derek Wright on a 12-yard touchdown pass to tie it at 7-7.

Chuck Milburn led the North Valley ground attack with 92 yards on 22 carries. The Knights amassed 210 yards rushing.

South Umpqua

.....0 7 0 7 -- 14 North Valley

.........0 0 7 0 -- 7

SU -- Holts 10 run (Holts kick) NV -- Wright 12 pass from Godfrey (Milburn kick) SU -- Holts 40 run (Holts kick)

MODOC 36, LAKEVIEW 7-- At Lakeview, Modoc of Alturas, Calif., spoiled Honkers coach Owen Sandine's debut by scoring in every quarter.

Defensive lineman Joe Havley accounted for all of Lakeview's scoring, returning a fumble 45 yards and then kicking the PAT.

Modoc led 10-0 at the half and widened its advantage to 23-7 after three quarters.

CULVER 8, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0-- At Cave Junction, Jeremy Benningfield's 2-yard plunge in the second quarter accounted for the game's only touchdown as the Class 2A Bulldogs chalked-up a non-conference victory.


...............0 8 0 0 -- 8 Illinois Valley

....0 0 0 0 -- 0

Cul -- Benningfield 2 run (Hagman pass from Macy)