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Pirates take to the air to thwart Mustangs

PHOENIX ' The lights went out Friday night at Jack Woodward Stadium, so Hidden Valley had to make a return trip Saturday afternoon for the Skyline Conference football matchup against 10th-ranked Phoenix.

The Pirates used quarterback Matt Hagert's third touchdown pass of the game with just over two minutes remaining to rally for a 27-26 victory.

Hidden Valley had scored a little more than a minute earlier on Sam Dollarhide's 13-yard touchdown run to take a 26-21 advantage.

But Hagert found Joey Shepherd at the 10-yard-line and the junior wide receiver broke a tackle to make it into the end zone with 2:18 left to complete a 30-yard scoring play and 69-yard drive.

— We caught them in a man-to-man, Phoenix coach Gordy Crowston said of the winning TD. It's a double move for our receivers when that happens. Shepherd made a move on the inside and Matt (Hagert) read it perfect.

The Mustangs (3-2, 2-1 Skyline) led 14-6 at halftime. After neither team scored in the third quarter, Hagert found the mark for three TD passes in the fourth.

Matt made some real good decisions, said Crowston. The guys did a great job blocking up front. They were blitzing and we were able to pick up the blitzes. That gave Matt some time to throw.

Phoenix (4-1, 2-1 Skyline) had to make some changes in offensive philosophy with the loss for the season of star running back Max Boots with a knee injury against North Valley the week before.

We tried to complete addressing that issue on Monday and move forward, said Crowston. We expected to go to the air quite a bit more than in the past. (Hidden Valley) decided to take the run away by overloading in the box, so it gave us other opportunities.

Hagert completed 14 of 26 passes for 238 yards. Shepherd was his favorite receiver with seven catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns, while Marty Joseph had five catches for 112 yards and one TD. The Pirates rushed for 71 yards, with junior Tyler Hammon leading the team with 38 yards on 15 carries.

Dollarhide, a junior running back, was the workhorse for the Mustangs as he rushed for 116 of the team's 186 yards on the ground. Hidden Valley quarterback Timmy Urbanik passed for 180 yards and one touchdown on 10 completions.

Hidden Valley outgained Phoenix in total offense, 366-309, and had 15 first downs to six for the Pirates.

We're proud of our defense, said Crowston. They moved the ball on us, but we made some key plays when we had to.

Hidden Valley77012 ' 26

Phoenix60021 ' 27

HV ' Anderson 18 pass from Urbanik (Brooks kick)

P ' Six — run (kick failed)

HV ' Jiron 6 run (Brooks kick)

P ' Shepherd 53 pass from Hagert (Hammon run)

HV ' Dollarhide 2 run (kick failed)

P ' Joseph 55 pass from Hagert (Harvey kick)

HV ' Dollarhide 13 run (run failed)

P ' Shepherd 30 pass from Hagert (kick failed)

Southern Cascade League

LOST RIVER 35, ST. MARY'S 13 ' St. Mary's scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns on passes from quarterback Austin Anderson to wide receiver Ryan Greene but couldn't dent its 35-0 deficit any more against undefeated Lost River at Spiegelberg Stadium.

Greene had four receptions for 91 yards and also threw a 16-yard completion to Anderson on a fake punt.

Keith Butts gained 84 of the Crusaders' 111 yards on the ground, while Anderson completed 7 of 14 passes for 117 yards.

Lost River (5-0, 3-0 SCL) used a punishing ground attack to amass 269 yards and added another 115 through the air. Running back Kraig Beasly led the Raiders with 111 yards on 18 carries.

St. Mary's fell to 1-2 in the SCL and 3-2 overall.

Lost River714140 ' 35

St. Mary's00013 ' 13

LR ' Chavarin 8 run (Chavarin kick)

LR ' Hickey — run (Chavarin kick)

LR ' Chavarin 5 run (Chavarin kick)

LR ' Hickey — run (Chavarin kick)

LR ' Hickey 11 pass from Chin (Chavarin kick)

SM ' Greene 21 pass from Anderson (Kulig kick)

SM ' Greene 19 pass from Anderson (kick failed)