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Pair of crucial plays helps Pirates pillage Sutherlin

PHOENIX ' What turned out to be a rout actually hinged on two crucial plays early in the second quarter.

The Phoenix football team stopped Sutherlin cold on its fourth-down play at the Pirates' goal line, then went 99 yards to seal a 40-14 victory in a season-opening, nonconference game on Friday.

Phoenix (1-0), which held a 14-0 lead after the first quarter, rolled up 403 yards rushing.

Max Boots ripped off a 71-yard touchdown scamper to cap the 99-yard drive and finished with a game-high 206 yards on 17 attempts.

— That was the turning point, said Phoenix coach Gordon Crowston of the defensive stop and near length-of-the-field burst by his offense. We'd moved the ball well, but I thought our ability to stop them there, then answer right back kind of broke their will.

Jimi Lockheed added 111 yards to the massive ground attack.

Phoenix scored right out of the gate, marching 74 yards on its first possession to grab a 7-0 lead on Simon Fraser's 7-yard run.

Boots added an 8-yard burst for a 14-0 advantage.

Martin Gonzalez sent the Pirates into the break with a 27-7 lead with a 52-yard TD catch from quarterback Matt Hagert.

Sutherlin used several different misdirection plays to rack up 213 yards rushing, but it could only cash in for two scores.

Sutherlin...........................................0 7 0 7 ' 14

Phoenix.........................................14 13 6 7 ' 40

P ' Fraser 7 run (Harvey kick)

P ' Boots 8 run (Harvey kick)

P ' Boots 71 run (Harvey kick)

P ' Gonzalez 52 pass from Hagert (kick failed)

S ' Marshall 60 run (Saltzman kick)

P ' Lockheed 5 run (pass failed)

P ' Lockheed 2 run (Harvey kick)

S ' Pacini 19 pass from Osbourne (Saltzman kick)

MAZAMA 17, KLAMATH UNION 14 ' At Klamath Falls, Isaac Gansberg kicked a 25-yard field goal midway through the third quarter to give Mazama a season-opening win.

Garrett Poetsch carried 17 times for 149 yards and a touchdown to pace the Vikings.

Klamath Union, which had a potential game-tying 27-yard field goal go awry in the fourth quarter, got a big game from the arm of Daniel Bennett, who completed 12 of 20 passes for 247 yards and a touchdown.

Klamath Union..................................7 7 0 0 ' 14

Mazama............................................7 7 — 0 ' 17

M ' Poetsch 15 run (Gansberg kick)

KU ' Wynn 55 pass from Bennett (Spiers)

KU ' Anderson 17 run (Spires kick)

M ' Larsen 2 run (Gansberg kick)

M ' Gansberg 25 FG

NORTH VALLEY 16, SOUTH UMPQUA 6 ' At Myrtle Creek, North Valley scored all of its points in the fourth quarter to pull out a win in the nonconference season-opener.

Drew Dechenne hauled in a 50-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Josh Makepeace, then kicked the extra point to give North Valley a 7-6 lead with 6:01 to play.

Four minutes later, Geoff Phelps ran in from the 9 to increase the lead, and a safety with 47 seconds showing sealed the outcome.

The Knights ran for only 52 yards on 22 tries but passed for 159 yards, completing 14 of 18 attempts.

South Umpqua...................................0 0 6 0 ' 6

North Valley....................................0 0 0 16 ' 16

SU ' Doud 12 run (kick failed)

NV ' Dechenne 50 pass from Makepeace (Dechenne kick)

NV ' Phelps 9 run (Dechenne kick)

NV ' Safety

HIDDEN VALLEY 18, SEASIDE 16 ' At Murphy, Matt Musselman's 28-yard touchdown run and Tyler Wallace's 2-point conversion jaunt with 8:31 remaining proved pivotal in Hidden Valley's nonconference victory.

After Musselman and Wallace gave the Mustangs a 16-14 edge, middle linebacker Ian Hallows stuffed Seaside's fullback for a safety with 2:42 left to make it 18-14.

Facing fourth down deep in its own territory, HV ran out the back of its own end zone for a Seagulls safety.

Seaside took the ensuing kickoff to its own 40-yard line with 31 seconds to play, but a desperation pass was intercepted by the Mustangs' Nick Hayter.

HV amassed 342 rushing yards on 54 carries, with tailback Wallace striking for 192 on 37 attempts.

The Seagulls' Brian Robison accumulated 169 yards in total offense, 95 rushing and 74 receiving. His 45-yard run early in the third quarter bumped Seaside to a 14-8 lead.

The Mustangs enjoyed a 457-309 advantage in total offense.

Seaside ............................................ 0 8 6 2 ' 16

Hidden Valley ............................... 8 0 0 10 ' 18

HV ' Hayter 10 run (Wallace run)

S ' Robison 33 pass from Latham (Sibley pass from Latham)

S ' Robison 45 run (pass failed)

HV ' Musselman 28 run (Wallace run)

HV ' Fullback tackled by Hallows for safety

S ' Orozco runs out back of end zone for safety

ST. MARY'S 24, HAPPY CAMP 0 ' At Happy Camp, Calif., Keith Butts carried the load to hand new head coach Tim Pflug his first victory in charge of St. Mary's.

Butts took 26 carries to compile 169 rushing yards, including a pair of 3-yard touchdowns. At middle linebacker, Butts made 11 tackles.

Quarterback Mike Rust threw for 85 yards and had a 13-yard TD scamper to go with two interceptions from his safety spot on defense.

Defensive tackle John Wing recorded three sacks, helping the Crusaders (1-0) hold Happy Camp to five first downs and 111 total yards.

James Kulig ran 13 times for 84 yard to augment Butts, and St. Mary's accumulated 264 rushing yards and 349 total.

St. Mary's ........................................ 7 — 7 7 ' 24

Happy Camp ..................................... 0 0 0 0 ' 0

SM ' Butts — run (Kulig kick)

SM ' Kulig 35 field goal

SM ' Rust 13 run (Kulig kick)

SM ' Butts — run (Kulig kick)

PAISLEY 34, PROSPECT 14 ' At Paisley, Jim O'Leary scored touchdowns on runs of 21, 35 and — yards to lead Paisley in the nonleague game to start the season.

Butte Falls had a long touchdown run by Daniel Scull called back and a potential scoring pass dropped.

Scull scored on an 11 yard run, and Oscar Lehman tallied on a 46-yard jaunt for the Cougars.

Defensively, Devon Schaffron played solidly for Prospect.

Prospect............................................8 0 6 0 ' 14

Paisley...........................................6 16 12 0 ' 34

Pai ' St. Louis — run (run failed)

Pro ' Scull 11 run (Hammer pass from Scull)

Pai ' O'Leary 21 interception return (Cannon run)

Pai ' O'Leary 35 run (Merchant pass from St. Louis)

Pro ' Lehman 46 run (pass failed)

Pai ' O'Leary — run (run failed)

Pai ' Carter 20 run (Richardson pass from St. Louis)