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Roseburg wastes no time in rolling over Grants Pass

ROSEBURG ' The game got off to a slow start, but Roseburg didn't in a 38-7 football rout of Grants Pass Friday.

A bus hauling part of the Caveman team was delayed by a freeway accident, causing the Southern Oregon Conference game to start a little more than an hour after its scheduled 7 p.m. kickoff.

Fans milled around in the stadium, and the Roseburg players waited in their locker room before going through a normal warm-up routine.

Once the contest began, the Indians made up for lost time, scoring on their first two possessions, taking a 17-0 halftime lead and giving every indication they're ready for a showdown next week against fifth-ranked North Medford.

— North and Roseburg are tied atop the SOC standings with 4-0 records and each is 6-1 overall.

We got after it pretty quick, said Roseburg coach Thurman Bell.

Were it not for a couple of lost fumbles, it might have been a faster start.

We played well, said Bell. Grants Pass I'm sure was skipping a few beats because of their delay and their scramble to get here. It had to affect their play. At the same time, I have to compliment our players after sitting in the locker room for two hours and waiting.

Austin Shoptaw, the SOC's leading rusher, rambled for 187 yards on 18 carries and scored on runs of 10, 50 and 41 yards.

He just broke a couple and had a good game, said Bell.

Quarterback Brodie Harvey complemented the ground game with fine passing, hitting 9 of 13 for 89 yards, including a 19-yard score to Kevan Gerretsen.

Aaron Hill and Kyle Loomis capped the Indians' scoring, Hill returning an interception 29 yards and Loomis kicking a 33-yard field goal.

There was little worry on Bell's part about his team looking ahead to North Medford.

Gosh, no, he said. We had to get Grants Pass. That's where all of our focus was. We just needed to win and play better. I felt we did. Each week we seem to have gotten better on both sides of the ball. The defense did a great job.

Now, the Indians can look ahead.

It sounds like they are a very good football team, Bell said of North. We'll do our best to give them a battle.

KLAMATH UNION 32, CRATER 28 ' At Klamath Falls, a furious second-half comeback attempt fell short for Crater in a non-conference game against Klamath Union (3-4).

Dan Whitehead caught a 26-yard touchdown pass from Nick Rose with 1:48 to play, pulling Crater (0-7) within four points. But the Pelicans recovered the ensuing onside kick attempt and ran out the clock.

Klamath Union built a 26-8 lead at the half after Sean Anderson took the game's opening kickoff 88 yards to pay dirt and later broke away for a 91-yard touchdown run.

Crater began the rally in the third quarter on a 10-yard pass from Donovan Gomes to Whitehead.

The Comets pulled within four points after Gomes' 1-yard scamper and Cody Ponder's two-point conversion run.

But the Pelicans answered with Anderson's third score of the night, a 4-yard run.

Whitehead finished with 100 yards receiving and Gomes passed for 90.

Klamath Union's Daniel Bennett passed for 141 yards, 137 of which went to Anderson.