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Pirates fall prey to Vikings

PHOENIX — Last season Mazama broke its first play from scrimmage for a touchdown during a 42-7 romp over Phoenix.

The Vikings duplicated that first-play magic against Phoenix Friday at Jack Woodward Stadium. But the final result was a much closer as Mazama escaped with a 14-7 Skyline Conference football victory.

On Mazama's opening play, Robert Draper went through the left side on a power play and raced 65 yards for a touchdown.

We made a big mistake on the first play of the game, Phoenix coach Joe Hagler said. There was miscommunication.

Then the Vikings drove 68 yards in eight plays on their next possession, with Draper going the final eight yards for a touchdown. The big play in the drive was a 44-yard run by quarterback Brendan Quirke.

Mazama scored all 14 points in the first 6:38 of the game.

Our defense stepped up and did a great job, said Hagler. They didn't threaten much after that.

The Pirates cut the margin to 14-7 in the second quarter on Eric Kessler's 47-yard touchdown run on a fourth-down play.

Phoenix ended the first half on Mazama's 3-yard line. Then late in the game Phoenix drove to the Viking 28, but failed to cash in. Mazama failed to move the ball and Robert Humble blocked a Viking punt. Cody Rombach recovered on the Mazama 30 with 54 seconds, but the Pirates again couldn't capitalize.

Kessler finished as the game's leading rusher with 154 yards on 24 carries. Draper totaled 132 yards in the game.

Phoenix rushed for 285 yards and had 364 yard in offense to 236 for the Vikings.

In the second half, from our 20 to their 20 we drove the ball down their throats, said Hagler. We hurt ourselves with penalties. We didn't have that many penalties, but it was when we had them.

Mazama ..........................................14 0 0 0 — 14

Phoenix........................................... 0 7 0 0 — 7

M — Draper 65 run (Gansberg kick)

M — Draper 8 run (Gansberg kick)

P — Kessler 47 run (Kessler kick)

NORTH VALLEY 52, LAKEVIEW 7- At Merlin, North Valley ran for 407 yards and returned two interceptions for touchdowns against overmatched Lakeview in the Skyline Conference game.

Jess Stumbo led the ground attack with 174 yards on only 13 carries and one of three first-quarter touchdowns, a 25-yard scamper.

Colin Beard scored from 24 yards out and Paul Sutherland from the 8 as the Knights made it 21-0 after the first quarter.

Sutherland later added a 48 touchdown run, and K.C. Gilliland sprinted in from the 16.

The interception returns were by Ralph Santiago (72 yards) and Ray Wessels (28 yards). The Knights picked off four passes.

Lakeview......................................................... 0 7 0 0 — 7

North Valley........................................... 21 17 14 0 — 52

NV — Beard 24 run (Phelps kick)

NV — Stumbo 25 run (Phelps kick)

NV — Sutherland 8 run (Phelps kick)

NV — FG Phelps 34

L — Brazeal 18 pass Elder (Haverly kick)

NV — Gilliland 16 run (Phelps kick)

NV — Santiago 72 interception return (Phelps kick)

NV — Sutherland 48 run (Richardson kick)

NV — Wessels 28 interception return (Richardson kick)

— HIDDEN VALLEY 37, ROGUE RIVER 13 -At Rogue River, Nick Mason galloped for 205 yards before leaving early in the third quarter and the Hidden Valley defense limited Rogue River to 32 yards over the first three quarters.

Mason, who had scoring runs of 31 and 7 yards, didn't play after the opening series of the second half for the Mustangs (3-2, 2-1 Skyline).

Hidden Valley's other three touchdowns came on runs of 13 and 17 yards and a reception of 53 yards by receiver Josh Evans. The pass was thrown by Mason.

Evans carried three times for 23 yards, helping the Mustangs to 323 rushing yards.

Evans also had two of the Mustangs? four interceptions. Travis Robinson and T.J. Rose had the others.

Ryan Woodall scored both Rogue River touchdowns in the fourth quarter on runs of 20 and 5 yards.

Hidden Valley.......................................... 0 28 7 2 — 37

Rogue River............................................. 0 0 0 13 — 13

HV — Mason 31 run (Combe kick)

HV — Mason 7 run (Combe kick)

HV — Evans 13 run (Combe kick)

HV — Evans 53 pass from Mason (Combe kick)

HV — Evans 17 run (Combe kick)

HV — Safety, Rogue River penalty in end zone

RR — Woodall 20 run (kick failed)

RR — Woodall 5 run (Bowers kick)

— HENLEY 35, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 ?

At Klamath Falls, Kirk Cunningham dashed for two touchdowns and Frank Gauntz ran for one and threw for another as the fourth-ranked Hornets rolled in the Skyline Conference.

Henley pounded out 218 yards the ground in handing the Cougars (3-2, 2-1 Skyline) their first conference loss.

Cunningham carried five times for 65 yards and scored from 47 and — yards. Brian Kinsman led the rush attack with 87 yards on nine carries; he had a 13-yard touchdown run.

Illinois Valley ran for 162 yards and passed for 52 but was hurt by three interceptions.

Illinois Valley................................................ 0 0 0 0 — 0

Henley.......................................................... 7 7 14 7 — 35

H — Gauntz 8 run (Gauntz kick)

H — Kinsman 13 run (Gauntz kick)

H — Cunningham 47 run (Gauntz kick)

H — Cunningham — run (Gauntz kick)

H — Nunes 27 pass from Gauntz (Gauntz kick)

MAPLETON 42, BUTTE FALLS 18 -At Butte Falls, Rick Simmington scored five second-half touchdowns and rushed for 213 yards as Mapleton outscored Butte Falls 36-12 after intermission.

The Loggers played to a 6-6 halftime tie and limited Simmington to just three yards in the opening half.

Butte Falls (1-4, 0-2 Skyline A) couldn't stop Mapleton's option in the second half, and the 5-foot-11, 180-pound senior found plenty of running room.

Mark Lunsford was the Loggers? best offensive weapon. The senior running back rushed 16 times for 99 yards and hauled in two passes for 86 more and two touchdowns.

Mapleton .................................................. 6 0 22 14 — 42

Butte Falls.................................................0 6 6 6 — 18

M — Siewert 4 run (run failed)

BF — M. Lunsford 41 run (pass failed)

M — Simmington 17 run (Simmington pass from Deskins)

M — Simmington 5 run (run failed)

BF — M. Lunsford 51 pass from Rodgers (pass failed)

M — Simmington 52 run (Simmington run)

M — Simmington 22 run (run failed)

BF — M. Lunsford 35 pass from Rodgers (run failed)

M — Simmington 10 run (Simmington run)

— PROSPECT 28, PAISLEY 22 -At Paisley, Zach Gordon's 2-yard quarterback sneak for a touchdown with 10 seconds left gave the Cougars their third straight win.

Gordon's plunge and a sterling defensive effort, particularly in the second quarter, boosted Prospect (3-2, 2-0 Skyline A League).

Paisley bolted to a 14-0 lead and gained 112 yards in the first quarter. But a defensive adjustment that put more Prospect players close to the line of scrimmage stifled the Broncos.

Paisley lost — yards in the second quarter, and Gordon scored on a 2-yard run to make it 14-8 at halftime. Time ran out with Prospect at the Paisley 1.

On the first offensive play of the third, Gordon returned a Bronco fumble 10 yards for a score, and Nolan Lenderman added a 25-yard TD catch from Gordon for a 22-14 lead through three quarters.

After Paisley tied it at 22, Gordon and David Maloy hooked up on a 40-yard pass to Paisley's — with 38 seconds remaining. Gordon punched it in two plays later.

Prospect.................................................... 0 8 14 6 — 28

Paisley..................................................... 14 0 0 8 — 22

Pai — Watkins 10 run (run failed)

Pai — Wallace 40 pass from Watkins (Withers run)

Pro — Gordon 2 run (Lenderman pass from Gordon)

Pro — Gordon 10 fumble return (run failed)

Pro — Lenderman 25 pass from Gordon (Maloy run)

Pai — Wallace 50 pass Watkins (McCellan run)

Pro — Gordon 2 run (pass failed)