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McGrorty carries load as SOU rolls past Simon Fraser

McGrorty carries load as SOU rolls past Simon Fraser

BURNABY, British Columbia — — Southern Oregon entered the final month of the season realizing it had to win its remaining four football games to have a shot at the playoffs.

Step I accomplished.

The 19th-ranked Raiders, behind the running of Dusty McGrorty and a precise passing game, downed Simon Fraser 42-29 Saturday at Swangard Stadium.

We?ll take them one at a time, said Raider coach Jeff Olson, after his team improved to 3-3 and dropped the Clansmen to 1-6. But this was good place to start. I've never won in Canada before. It's been a very good road trip for our kids. They've handled it well.

And they handled Simon Fraser.

McGrorty rambled for 230 yards on 25 carries — mostly in the first half — including a 97-yard touchdown run, the longest run in school history. The previous record was 91 yards in 1996 by Casey Jackson.

McGrorty also had touchdown runs of 23, 15 and 5 yards.

It was only the third time in school history a back has rushed for four touchdowns in a game. Griff Yates had five against Pacific Lutheran in 1998 and four against Humboldt State in 1997.

We thought he could be a pretty good one coming out of high school, Olson said of the redshirt freshman from Warrenton. He certainly is a lot more confident, and he's learning every week.

Quarterback Dan Walters and the passing game pitched in as well. The Raiders were 17-for-21 passing for 208 yards, with no interceptions.

Walters was 11-for-14 for 149 yards, including a 5-yard touchdown strike to Adam Clinton.

We were clicking today, said Olson. For the most part, we were pretty good on offense.

McGrorty's long scoring jaunt midway through the second quarter put the Raiders up 28-0 and was a welcome sight, said Olson.

He broke a tackle or two at the line, then just outran everybody, said the coach. That's one thing that had been lacking this year, people making big plays for us.

Another big play was turned in by the defense when Erube Magana blocked a Simon Fraser punt, then scooped up the loose ball and returned it 39 yards for a touchdown with 3:05 left in the first quarter. That made it 21-0.

The only thing that kept this from being Southern Oregon's finest game of the season was fumbles.

The Raiders fumbled four times, losing all of them.

Simon Fraser recovered one in the end zone for a touchdown and the returned another 20 yards for a score.

Another of SOU's fumbles was into the Simon Fraser end zone. The Clansmen fell on it for a touchback.

We gave them 14 points, and that burst our bubble a little bit, said Olson. But it's nice to get back on track, that's for sure.

The Raiders visit Montana State-Northern at Havre, Mont., next Saturday.

— S. Oregon 42, Simon Fraser 29

At Swangard Stadium

Southern Oregon .........21 7 7 7 ?42 Simon Fraser .............0 7 10 12 ?29

SOU — McGrorty 23 run (Manning kick)

SOU — McGrorty 15 run (Manning kick)

SOU — Magana 39 blocked punt return (Manning kick)

SOU — McGrorty 97 run (Manning kick)

SFU — Vilimek — run (Devlin kick)

SFU — Vilimek 66 run (Devlin kick)

SFU — FG Devlin 13

SOU — Clinton 5 pass from Walters (Manning kick)

SFU — Kaleniuk fumble recovery in end zone (Devlin kick)

SOU — McGrorty 5 run (Manning kick)

SFU — Cheng 20 fumble recovery (pass failed)



Southern Oregon- McGrorty 25-230, Daniels 4-24, Wilson 9-7, Shrives 1-1, Walters 1-(-14), Jordan 2-(-25),.

— Simon Fraser

? Vilimek 23-199, Gabriele 7-6, Orris 1-5, Therrien 8-3, Todd 2-0, Power 3-(-5).



Oregon- Walter 11-14-0 149, Jordan 5-6-0 40, Rule 1-1-0 19.

— Simon Fraser

? Therrien 10-32-1-135, Powell 0-3-1 0.


Southern Oregon- Leo Stoddard 3-40, Dan Munoz 3-31, DeLeon 2-82, Clinton 2-19, Wilson 2-(-1), Daniken 1-19, Cox 1-12, Highland 1-8, Negra 1-6, McGrorty 1-(-8).

— Simon Fraser

? Robinson 5-68, Maheu 2-34, Vilimek 2-20, Orris 1-13.

— Women's Soccer

CONCORDIA 1, SOUTHERN OREGON 0- At Ashland, Southern Oregon played 27th-ranked Concordia even for 79 minutes before a miscue by the Raiders propelled the Cavaliers to the Cascade Conference victory at North Mountain Park.

Despite failing to convert four one-on-one shot attempts and outshooting the Raiders 27-5, Concordia finally was able to break the ice when Missy Clark stole an errant SOU pass, dribbled 20 yards and drilled a 10-yard shot past goalkeeper Emily Schifferling.

The first-place Cavaliers (11-4, 8-0) allowed only one Raider shot attempt in the second half — a 40-yarder by senior Anne Endrikat that was saved by goalie Shelley Butcher with five minutes to go.

SOU (5-7, 4-4) missed a pair of scoring chances in the first half, including a header by senior Monica Doshier that bounced over the left side of the Concordia goal midway through the first half, and an unsuccessful one-on-one effort by sophomore Courtney O'Kief in the second half.

Schifferling, a sophomore from Portland, finished with 17 saves.

The Raiders close out the regular season next weekend at Western Baptist and Evergreen State.

— Cross Country

SOUTHERN OREGON SWEEPS THREE-WAY -At Lake of the Woods, Sarah Kleppin led a Southern Oregon women's contingent that captured the first four places in a three-way meet.

The 12th-ranked Raiders fielded the only complete women's team against Oregon Tech and Cascade College. It's the first time SOU has been nationally ranked in seven years.

Kleppin posted a winning time for 5 kilometers of 19 minutes, 5 seconds. Liana Bernard placed second at 19:56.

In the men's event, Southern Oregon's Mike Randolph finished second and other Raider runners placed fourth through eighth to lead SOU to the team victory with 24 points. Cascade finished second with 51 and OIT totaled 56.

Former South Medford High runner Perry Custance, now competing for OIT, won the men's 8K race with a mark of 27:20.

Randolph's time was 28:14.