Mustangs hang around for OT win
MURPHY ' Hidden Valley took a workmanlike approach in its 22-14 overtime victory against Phoenix Friday in Skyline Conference football.
It relied on a relentless running game, a stingy defense and outstanding field position ' the product of fine punting ' to even its records at 2-2 overall and 1-1 in league.
Those qualities enabled the Mustangs to be around at the end, when big plays in overtime on offense by Sam Dollarhide and on defense by Ryan VanCleave decided it.
Hidden Valley got the ball first in overtime, and Dollarhide broke through for 20 yards to the 5 on the first play. Another run to the — by him set up Nick Orozco's TD plunge, and Dollarhide ran in the conversion.
— That was a huge psychological lift for the kids, said Mustangs coach Jim Figoni of the quick-strike score.
Phoenix tried its hand, but an incomplete pass on first down and a crunching tackle on quarterback Matt Hagert forced a fumble. VanCleave recovered to end the game.
Until then, all the scoring had come in the first half.
Actually, it was a great defensive game by both teams in the second half, said Figoni, who noted his special teams' work.
Punter VanCleave continually put the Pirates in a hole in the second half.
It was the difference in the ballgame, said Figoni.
Tyler Wallace carried 19 times for 113 yards, and Dollarhide had the same number of carries for 106 yards.
We're fairly conservative by nature, by personnel, said Figoni. We try to keep ourselves within our limitations. We've got a pretty good ground game going.
Dollarhide scored on a 6-yard run for the Mustangs' first score, then tackled Jimi Lockheed in the end zone for a safety following a nifty VanCleave punt.
In between, Lockheed, the Pirates' fullback, got in his say, scoring on runs of 11 and 40 yards as Phoenix took a 14-6 lead.
Hidden Valley's Nick Hayter hauled in a 6-yard touchdown pass from Orozco with 27.8 second left until halftime, and the Mustangs failed to convert the two-point conversion, leaving the scored knotted at the break, 14-14.
Lockheed rambled for 186 yards on 29 carries.
Phoenix........................................0 14 0 0 0 ' 14
Hidden Valley................................6 8 0 0 8 ' 22
HV ' Dollarhide 6 run (kick failed)
P ' Lockheed 11 run (Harvey kick)
P ' Lockheed 40 run (Harvey kick)
HV ' Safety, Dollarhide tackles Lockheed in end zone
HV ' Hayter 6 pass from Orozco (run failed)
HV ' Orozco — run (Dollarhide run)
MAZAMA 26, ROGUE RIVER 0 ' At Klamath Falls, Mazama took over first place in the Skyline Conference ' if only for a few hours ' with the convincing victory.
The Vikings (3-1, 2-0 Skyline) are ahead of North Valley and Illinois Valley, both 1-0 in league heading into their — p.m. matchup today on the latter's field.
Mazama scored twice in the first quarter, then called on its defense to make it stand up.
Ryan McGraw scored Mazama's first touchdown to cap the opening drive of the game, running in from the 15-yard line.
He then set up the second score with a screen pass to Kyle Slezak that went for 62 yards. Aaron Larson's 1-yard plunge with 3:23 left in the quarter made it 13-0.
A Garrett Poetsch run from the 6 and field goals of 25 and 23 yards capped the scoring.
Rogue River (2-2, 0-1 Skyline) was forced into four turnovers and gained 114 yards rushing and 138 passing.
Larson carried 14 times for 76 yards, and McGraw completed 6 of 11 passes for 129 yards.
For Rogue River, Charlie Davis carried seven times for 70 yards and Matt Frederick was 14 of 32 passing with two interceptions.
Rogue River........................................0 0 0 0 ' 0
Mazama........................................13 10 0 — ' 26
M ' McGraw 15 run (Gansberg kick)
M ' Larson — run (kick failed)
M ' FG Gansberg 25
M ' Poetsch 6 run (Gansberg kick)
M ' FG Pena 23
CENTRAL VALLEY 35, HENLEY 13 ' At Shasta Lake City, Calif., Matt Cropley rushed for two touchdowns and had two interceptions to lead Central Valley (1-3) to its first win of the season.
Cropley scored on runs of 6 and 5 yards.
Central Valley quarterback Alex Bonnet was 10-of-13 passing for 158 yards, including a 27-yard TD pass.
Winless Henley fell to 0-4 on the season.
LAKEVIEW 20, ST. MARY'S 7 ' At Lakeview, St. Mary's committed four turnovers and couldn't dent the scoreboard until late in the fourth quarter in suffering a nonconference defeat.
The Crusaders (3-1) lost two fumbles and also threw two interceptions, while Lakeview (1-3) coughed up the ball just once.
Ryan Nash hauled in a 38-yard scoring pass from quarterback Craig Mills in the first quarter and added a fourth-quarter TD run of 12 yards.
Cody Chartier's 5-yard scamper came in-between.
St. Mary's, which had its punishing ground attack largely shut down by a well-prepared Honkers' defensive scheme, finally found the end zone on Keith Butts' 2-yard plunge late.
St. Mary's .......................................... 0 0 0 7 ' 7
Lakeview ......................................... 6 0 8 6 ' 20
LV ' Nash 38 pass from Mills (kick failed)
LV ' Chartier 5 run (Mills run)
LV ' Nash 12 run (kick failed)
SM ' Butts 2 run (Kulig kick)
LOST RIVER 26, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0 ' At Merrill, Lost River's offense was fueled by an effective ground attack.
The Raiders led 17-0 at halftime.
Cascade Christian had difficulty defending the Lost River (2-2, 1-1 SCL) option play as quarterbacks Matt Trotman and Kaylan Taylor, along with running back Luis Valadez and Kraig Beasly, were responsible for most of Lost River's yardage on the ground.
Cascade Christian dropped to 0-2 in the SCL and 1-3 overall.
Skyline A League
CAMAS VALLEY 43, BUTTE FALLS 0 ' At Camas Valley, Kyle Kievet scored twice as part of a balanced rushing attack for Camas Valley.
Kievet carried four times for 64 yards and scored on runs of 20 and 38 yards in the Skyline A League contest.
Tyler Plikat accounted for 74 ground yards on 11 carries, including an 18-yard score, and led the league-favorite Hornets' defense with 17 tackles.
Butte Falls (1-2, 1-1 Sky A) rushed for 160 yards, seven more than Camas Valley, but turned the ball over twice on interceptions and twice on fumbles.
Butte Falls.........................................0 0 0 0 ' 24
Camas Valley................................16 6 0 21 ' 43
CV ' Kievet 20 run (Kievet pass from McBee)
CV ' Judd 15 interception return (McBee run)
CV ' Kievet 38 run (pass failed)
CV ' McBee 37 run (run failed)
CV ' Plikat 18 run (Wolfe pass from McBee)
CV ' Wolfe blocked punt recovery in end zone (Sabin kick)
POWERS 58, PROSPECT 8 ' At Powers, Prospect averted a shutout when Dustin Hammer scored on a long pass play in the second quarter of the Skyline A League game.
Hammer hauled in a 55-yard strike from Daniel Scull, then Scull ran in the two-point conversion as the Cougars fell to 0-4 overall, 0-2 Sky A.
Brannon Monaco scored three ways for Powers: on a 13-yard pass from Emilio Cano, on a 55-yard punt return and on a 31-yard run.
Prospect............................................... 0 8 0 ' 8
Powers...........................................16 30 12 ' 58
Pow ' Monaco 13 pass from Cano (Allred pass from Monaco)
Pow 'Monaco 55 punt return (Monaco run)
Pow ' Shorb 51 run (Allred pass from Monaco)
Pow ' Shorb 9 run (pass failed)
Pow 'Allen — run (Allred pass from Monaco)
Pro ' Hammer 55 pass from Scull (Scull run)
Pow ' Cano 19 run (Monaco run)
Pow ' Hamlett 20 run (run failed)
Pow ' Monaco 31 run (no kick)