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Boots runs for 231 yards in Phoenix rout

PHOENIX ' The Phoenix football team came into the season wanting to mix the pass into its playbook a little more.

But with Max Boots in the backfield, the ground game is where the Pirates continue to turn.

Boots rushed for 231 yards on 13 carries and scored four touchdowns as Phoenix steamrolled Creswell, 55-0, in nonconference play Friday.

Boots scored on runs of 6, 54, 32 and 25 yards as the Pirates rolled up 35 points in the first quarter and led 55-0 at the half.

Phoenix (2-0) finished with 441 rushing yards on 37 attempts.

— It was the first home game and the kids were fired up, said Phoenix assistant coach Neill Carvalho. We came out and got after (Creswell).

Boots' 54-yard burst put Phoenix up 14-0 early in the first quarter. Quarterback Matt Hagert kept the second scoring drive alive when he escaped a heavy rush deep in his own backfield and turned upfield for a 12-yard gain.

Linebacker Riley Gibson set up the Pirates' fourth score with an interception. Boots cashed in on the turnover with his third TD.

Defensive end Justin Pecor's two sacks led a stingy Phoenix defense that allowed only 16 yards rushing and 37 through the air.

Hagert was an efficient 4-for-6 passing for 76 yards, while Tyler Hammon added 62 yards on the ground on only three carries.

Creswell..............................................0 0 0 0 ' 0

Phoenix.........................................35 20 0 0 ' 55

P ' Boots 6 run (Harvey kick)

P ' Boots 54 run (Harvey kick)

P ' Ritchie 19 pass from Hagert (kick failed)

P ' Boots 32 run (Locken pass from Hagert)

P ' Kennedy 2 run (Harvey kick)

P ' Boots 25 run (Harvey kick)

P ' Six 14 run (Harvey kick)

P ' Hammon — run (kick failed)

ROGUE RIVER 28, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0 ' At Rogue River, the Chieftains earned their second shutout in two years in the win over Class 2A Cascade Christian (0-2).

Rogue River (2-1) had 323 yards of total offense, allowed only 68 yards and was plus three in turnovers.

Keith Hull led a balanced rushing attack with 86 yards and two touchdowns. Nate Kinman added 63 yards on only nine carries. Joey Parrillo scored on a 40-yard misdirection play up the middle.

Cascade Christian..............................0 0 0 0 ' 0

Rogue River....................................13 8 0 7 ' 28

RR ' Hull 4 run (Loop kick)

RR ' Parrillo 40 run (kick failed)

RR ' Hull 12 run (Loop run)

RR ' Suarez — run (Artoff kick)


At Merlin, North Valley came up short on fourth-and-goal in the third overtime of the nonconference game.

Dylan Price put Pleasant Hill on the board first with a second-quarter touchdown.

North Valley's Josh Makepeace tied it 52 seconds before halftime when he hooked up with Anthony Spain for a two-yard TD that knotted the score.

Neither team scored again until the second overtime. North Valley's Greg Richardson tallied from the 6.

In the final period, Spain was ruled out of bounds in the back corner of the end zone on North Valley's final play. The Knights' defense managed to hold until Tyrell Poggemeyer nailed a 27-yard field goal to clinch the win.

North Valley...............................0 7 0 0 0 0 0 ' 7

South Medford..........................0 7 0 0 0 0 — '26

PH ' Price 2 run (Poggemeyer kick)

NV ' Spain 2 pass from Makepeace (Reinhart kick)

PH ' Barry Daemion 12 run (conversion failed)

NV ' Greg Richardson 6 run (kick failed)

PH ' FG Poggemyer 27

SUTHERLIN 26, ILLINOIS VALLEY 7 ' At Sutherlin, Sutherlin scored three third-quarter touchdowns to spoil Illinois Valley's season-opener.

Ian Moore gave Illinois Valley the early lead with a 74-yard TD run.

With starting wingback Zach Pagnotta out with an injury, Moore carried most of the offensive load, racking up 170 total yards ' 134 rushing and 36 on a reception.

Illinois Valley7000' 7

South Medford60200 '26

IV ' Moore 74 run (kick failed)

S ' Marshall 6 run (kick failed)

S ' Pacini 13 pass from Osborn (kick failed)

S ' Osborn 13 run (Scroggins kick)

S ' Osborn 21 run (Scroggins kick)

KLAMATH UNION 27, MAZAMA 19 ' At Klamath Falls, Klamath Union held off a late Mazama rally for its first Canal Bowl win since 2000.

The Pelicans (3-0) led 20-6 at halftime thanks to a pair of Daniel Bennett rushing touchdowns, but the Vikings put together back-to-back scoring drives in the third quarter.

Mazama's Jared Caulfield ran for two touchdowns, and Josh Thornton caught a 26-yard pass from halfback Bryce County. The Vikings failed on two extra-point conversions.

Bennett, who accounted for 165 yards of total offense, scored from 4 yards out to clinch the game.

Mazama..........................................6 0 13 0 ' 19

Klamath Union................................7 13 0 7 ' 27

KU ' Bennett 11 run (Foster kick)

M ' Thornton 26 pass from County (run failed)

KU ' Anderson 2 run (Foster kick)

KU ' Bennett 7 run (kick blocked)

M ' Caulfield 2 run (Campos kick)

M ' Caulfield 9 run (kick failed)

KU ' Bennett 4 run (Foster kick)

Skyling A League

POWERS 38, PROSPECT 8 ' At Prospect, halfback Matt Shorb and quarterback Brannon Monaco each scored a pair of rushing touchdowns to lead Powers over the Cougars.

Prospect (0-2) scored its lone touchdown in the third quarter on a 26-yard run by Brandon Bailey.