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Boomer roughed up in first Raider appearance

The quarterback question that plagued the Southern Oregon — coaching staff through spring training and on into summer camp may be — unresolved, following the Raider' 16-9 loss to Azusa Pacific, Saturday — at Raider Stadium.

Although senior Brandon Griffith has played the starting — role for the Raiders (2-2) through four games this fall, early in the — fourth quarter of play against Azusa, head coach Jeff Olson sent in redshirt-freshman — Boomer Marshall to run the offense.

"We were just looking for a spark," Olson said. "Sometimes — a change in a certain spot can make a difference."

The switch came after a Griffith fumble at midfield. The — Cougars picked up the ball, returned it to the Southern 13-yard-line and, — after a Raider defensive stand, kicked a 20-yard field goal that gave — Azusa a 13-9 lead with 13:49 remaining.

"At that point in the game, it was just to see if we could — get a jump-start," Olson said, pointing out how the substitution of senior — running back Antar Mahasin for the injured Bill Jolin early in the game — boosted the Raider offense.

Up until the switch, Griffith had connected on 11 of 24 — attempts with one interception, tallying 103 yards and a touchdown.

"He did a great job," Olson said. "And he handled it really — well (being taken out), said 'Anything I can do to help this team.' He — hates to lose."

Griffith, the No. 2 Raider quarterback for the past two — seasons, earned starting honors after the spring intrasquad game, where — three others vied for the position, including Marshall.

The fourth quarter —

Marshall, a South Medford record-breaking all-star, took — control with the momentum clearly belonging to Azusa.

"Under the circumstances, I think he played well," Olson — said. "Brandon was beat up. I think emotionally, he was a little spent."

Marshall finished out the final quarter for the Raiders, — although he and the offense couldn't find that elusive score Southern — Oregon needed to get back in the game.

Marshall completed just four of 15 passes for 33 yards — and threw two interceptions, including a last-second bomb to the end zone — that missed receiver Bobby Poeltl's grasp and was snagged by Cougar Cameron — Tucker.

"We had to be one-dimensional at the time," Olson said, — explaining the need for a touchdown and the short clock required the Raiders — look to the air to move downfield and skimp on the running game. "We had — to throw the football to move the ball."

Unanswered —

As of press time, Olson would not comment on the possibility — of a permanent change to the Raider starting offensive lineup, stating — he needed to tell the team what would happen first.

"During camp, Brandon earned the opportunity," Olson said. — "We're still evaluating film from last (Saturday) night. I'm not sure — yet."

The decision will have to come fast, as the Raiders bus — south to the University of San Diego this Saturday. A year ago, the Toreros — scored 17 straight in the second half to squeeze past Southern 24-19 in — San Diego.