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Crater whips Pels, stays in playoff hunt

Crater whips Pels, stays in playoff hunt


-- The Crater Comets kept their playoff hopes alive as they won their second straight Southern Oregon Conference football game with a 40-6 victory over Klamath Union at Modoc Field.

Tailback Scott Toney had another big game for the Comets, rushing for 106 yards on 20 carries. He scored the first touchdown of the game, capping an eight-play, 60-yard drive.

The Comets then scored twice in the second quarter to take a 20-0 lead at the half.

Tanner Hillyer recovered a fumble to set up Crater's second TD. On the next play, quarterback P.J. Price hooked up with Ryan Urton for a 49-yard scored.

The first of two P.J. Pardee interceptions set up a 13-play, 51-yard drive for the Comets' third score.

Ryan Goff, who rushed for 68 yards, scored from the KU 2 and tacked on a 45-yard dash as Crater pulled away with three fourth-quarter TDs.

Crater outgained the Pelicans 315-166 in total offense and overcame 100 yards worth of penalties.

Sophomore David Sills' 47-yard punt return capped off the Comets' biggest scoring output of the season.

If Crater upsets second-ranked Roseburg Friday it will earn its first trip to the Class 4A since 1985. Even with a loss, the Comets could possibly advance if North Medford beats Ashland.