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NV tips Pirates; Boots hurt

MERLIN ' Phoenix can only speculate what might have been if Max Boots hadn't been injured during a 13-8 Skyline Conference football loss to North Valley on Friday night.

The Pirates go-to tailback suffered a first-quarter knee injury after picking up 53 yards on 13 carries, and never returned to the game.

Sixth-ranked Phoenix (3-1, 1-1 Skyline) couldn't muster much offense without its leading rusher in the game until putting together an 80-yard, nine-play drive to score with 10:43 left in the fourth quarter.

The Pirates used a 42-yard pass from quarterback Matt Hagert to Dan Ritchie to get out of a hole from their own 15-yard line.

The touchdown drive culminated with a 25-yard pass from Hagert to Marty Joseph. Tyler Hammon ran in the 2-point conversion to cut the North Valley lead to 13-8.

Our first-down defense was very good late in the game, North Valley coach Todd Willaman said. And our pass coverage on third-and-long was excellent.

— North Valley scored with 1:51 remaining before halftime to take a 7-0 lead.

Anthony Spain caught a short pass in the flat from Josh Makepeace and dashed in from 16 yards out to complete a seven-play, 43-yard drive.

Tim Stickler finished a 68-yard march in the third quarter with a 2-yard TD run to increase the Knights' margin to 13-0.

It was a frustrating game, said Willaman. We moved the ball well at times. But you have to give credit to Phoenix. They did a good job up front.

The Knights (2-2, 2-0 Skyline) finished with 278 yards in offense to 199 for Phoenix. Greg Richardson rushed for 75 of North Valley's 179 yards on the ground. Makepeace completed 5-of-10 passes for 99 yards, while Spain caught three passes for 60 yards.

Despite the injury, Boots still led the Pirates' ground attack that was limited to 100 yards.

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North Valley0760' 13

NV ' Spain 16 pass from Makepeace (Richardson kick)

NV ' Stickler 2 run (kick failed)

P ' Joseph 25 pass from Hagert (Hammon run )

HIDDEN VALLEY 47, ILLINOIS VALLEY 7 ' At Cave Junction, Hidden Valley won its third straight game while pounding out 413 yards on the ground.

Matt Stewart led all players with 103 yards on six attempts and two touchdowns and Ryan Van Cleave ran for 90 yards. Tim Urbanik completed 3-of-7 passes for 94 yards while accounting for two touchdowns.

Ian Moore ran for 90 yards for Illinois Valley.

After punting twice, the Mustangs (3-1, 2-0 Skyline) scored on their next seven possessions.

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Illinois Valley0007'7

HV ' Dollarhide — run (kick failed)

HV ' Brooks 46 pass from Urbanik (Dollarhide run)

HV ' Van Cleave 78 run (Brooks kick)

HV ' Dollarhide — run (Dollarhide run)

HV ' Urbanik 4 run (kick failed)

HV ' Stewart 27 run (kick blocked)

HV ' Stewart 43 run (kick failed)

IV ' Moore 15 run (Dierkes kick)

MAZAMA 17, HENLEY 6 ' At Klamath Falls, Garrett Poetsch rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries as Mazama slipped by cross-town rival Henley.

The Vikings (2-2, 1-1 Skyline) intercepted Henley quarterback Bryn Card three times and limited the Hornets (1-2, 0-2 conference) to 226 yards of total offense.

Card finished 12 of 28 through the air for 105 yards. Henley's Brian Ripetto rushed for 115 yards in the first half but was ejected early in the third quarter for unsportsmanlike conduct.

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M ' Caulfield — run (Campos kick)

M ' FG Campos 24

H ' Little 27 run (conversion failed)

M ' Poetsch 4 run (Campos kick)

Southern Cascade League

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 38, GLENDALE 27 ' At White City, Cascade Christian earned its first win of the season by stifling Glendale's pass-happy attack with four interceptions, including two for scores.

Jordan Okunza returned Glendale's first pass attempt 68 yards for a touchdown 17 seconds into the game and Kyle Hall returned another pass 56 yards to pay dirt to give the Challengers a 24-0 lead in the first quarter.

Glendale pulled within five points in the fourth quarter but quarterback Ty Boice scored on a 1-yard run to make it a two-score game.

T.J. Orton rushed for 102 yards to lead three players with over 90 yards.

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Cascade Christian24608 ' 38

CC ' Okunzer 68 interception return (Sha run)

CC ' Boice 17 run (Orton run)

CC ' Hall 56 interception return (Sha run)

Gle ' Fleming 25 pass from Snelling (run failed)

Gle ' Burkhalter 35 interception return (run failed)

CC ' Hall 56 interception return (Sha run)

Gle ' Fleming 40 pass from Snelling (Ehly pass from Snelling)

Gle ' Fleming 45 pass from Snelling (Burkhalter kick)

CC ' Boice — run (Heidegger run)

Skyline A League

CAMAS VALLEY 36, PROSPECT 12 ' At Prospect, Josh Sabin scored all five Camas Valley touchdowns in the Skyline A League win.

Sabin, who now has 10 TDs over the last two games, scored three times in the final five minutes to help the Hornets (2-1) pull away.

Prospect (0-4) tied the game at 12-all on a 55-yard pass from Nathan Crawford, the team's only senior, to Brandon Bailey late in the third quarter. But Bailey and offensive/defensive guard Danny Boyd both went down with injuries in the final period.

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CV ' Sabin 16 run (run failed)

P ' Shanklin 42 fumble return (run failed)

CV ' Sabin 6 run (run failed)

P ' Bailey 55 pass from Crawford (pass failed)

CV ' Sabin 50 pass from Hall (Sabin run)

CV ' Sabin 20 run (Klebit run)

CV ' Sabin 26 run (Sabin run)

POWERS 94, BUTTE FALLS 48 ' At Powers, Butte Falls scored on the first play of the game on a long pass from Dillon Ross to Chris Stephenson, but Powers responded with 32 unanswered first-quarter points.

Offensively, the Cruisers (4-1, 4-0 Sky A) were led by senior quarterback Brannon Monaco and senior running back Matt Shorb.

The Loggers fell to 0-2 in league play after a delayed start to the season.

Butte Falls..................................8 16 12 12 ' 48

Powers......................................32 26 20 16 ' 94

Independent

KLAMATH UNION 30, DOUGLAS 18 ' At Winston, Klamath Union improved to 5-0 with its fourth victory over a Class 3A opponent.