North Valley gives coach first win over Mazama
MERLIN ' Mazama has been a real nemesis for North Valley coach Todd Willaman.
Willaman had lost all three previous meetings against Mazama before Friday's Skyline Conference matchup at Knights Field.
This time North Valley used a powerful ground game headed by Tim Stickler and Duane Ogden and an opportunistic defense that forced four turnovers to come away with a 28-0 victory over the Vikings.
We were pretty much clicking on all cylinders tonight, said Willaman. We had our backs to the wall early and stopped them. We got our offense rolling and that was pretty much it.
The Knights first touchdown followed a first-quarter goal-line stand.
After stopping Mazama on downs at its own 1-yard line, North Valley drove the length of the field and scored on Stickler's 28-yard run with 7:21 to go in the second quarter.
— Stickler added another second quarter touchdown on a 1-yard run with 2:02 left. The score was set up by an 18-yard diving catch by Jordan Makepeace that put the ball on the Vikings 1.
Touchdown runs by Kyle Buth and Jordan Makepeace in the third quarter completed the scoring for North Valley (5-1, 2-1 Skyline).
Stickler led the Knights ground game with 14 rushes for 87 yards, while Ogden added 78 yards on 11 carries.
Our blast and trap were effective tonight, said Willaman. Duane (Ogden) had some tough yards.
The North Valley defense came up with three fumble recoveries and one interception. The defense was bolstered by the performances of senior inside linebacker Zack Giesen and defensive backs Josh Makepeace and Matt Malinoff-Ford.
Defensively the team just swarmed to the football, said Willaman. (Giesen) was reading real well and getting around the ball. He's such a heady player, he makes a lot of plays.
North Valley gained 224 yards on the ground. Quarterback Nate Ellis completed three passes for 42 yards and Stickler had one completion to Ellis for 35 yards.
Mazama gained 150 yards on the ground and 134 yards passing. John Larsen rushed for 79 yards and caught five passes for 38 more.
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NV ' Stickler 28 run (Murphy kick)
NV ' Stickler — run (Murphy kick)
NV ' Buth 20 run (Murphy kick)
NV ' Jor. Makepeace 5 run (Murphy kick)
KLAMATH UNION 7, PHOENIX 6 '
At Klamath Falls, Klamath Union scored on a last-minute touchdown strike to hand Phoenix its first loss of the season in the nonconference contest.
With under three minutes to play, Pelicans' quarterback Tory Snyder lobbed a pass to Aaron Foster, who reached the end zone to tie the game at 6-all with the extra point looming.
Alex Foster then converted the kick, enabling Klamath Union to pull ahead for what would be the final score.
The fifth-ranked Pirates got on the board first in the third quarter on a 44-yard touchdown scamper by senior running back Tyler Hammon, but the extra point failed.
Despite the loss, Phoenix (5-1 overall) held an advantage in nearly every aspect of the game, including rushing yards (216-145) and passing yards (67-22).
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KU ' Aa. Foster 44 pass from Snyder (Al. Foster kick)
HIDDEN VALLEY 59, HENLEY 30 ' At Klamath Falls, Sam Dollarhide and the Hidden Valley rushing attack ran all over Henley in the Skyline victory.
Dollarhide finished with 37 carries for 361 yards and six touchdowns, including scores of 66 and 42 yards.
Dollarhide, a senior, also caught two passes for 92 yards, including a 72-yard touchdown reception from quarterback L.B. Draper.
The Mustangs (3-1 Skyline) finished with 510 rushing yards compared to 54 for Henley (1-2 Skyline).
Collin Stock led the Hornets' potent passing attack, completing 27 of 44 passes for 417 yards and five touchdowns.
Wide receiver Jesse Brewster caught eight passes for 244 yards and three touchdowns for Henley.
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HV ' Dollarhide 7 run (Nielson kick)
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ILLINOIS VALLEY 49, ROGUE RIVER 6 ' At Rogue River, Ian Moore rushed for a game-high 112 yards and caught a touchdown pass as Illinois Valley registered its first Skyline Conference win.
The Cougars (5-2, 1-2 Skyline) used two touchdown passes from quarterback Zach Pagnotta and an Adam Miller 3-yard TD run to take a 19-0 halftime lead.
Jacob Ellis added two second-half touchdown runs for IV.
Rogue River (1-5, 0-3 Skyline), which was missing seven starters for various reasons, managed 218 yards of offense. Senior quarterback Jace Harlacher rushed for a team-best 40 yards and completed six passes for 71 yards.
The Chieftains avoided the shutout with Mike Christie's 2-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.
Illinois Valley amassed 298 yards on the ground and 71 more through the air.
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PROSPECT 52, PAISLEY 6 ' At Prospect, Darryl Swearingen scored the first of his four touchdowns on a 70-yard kickoff return to lead Prospect to Skyline A victory.
After the Cougars (5-1, 4-1 Sky A) forced a three-and-out on Paisley's ensuing possession, Swearingen followed up his kickoff return with a 50-yard punt return for a TD. He scored his third touchdown of the game later in the quarter on a 35-yard run.
The game ended due to the 45-point mercy rule when Jimmy Slaton scored on a 5-yard run in the third quarter.
Matt St. Louis connected with Leo Babb on a 45-yard strike to score Paisley's lone TD on the evening.
Freshman lineman Dakota Gordon had two fumble recoveries, four tackles and a sack for Prospect.
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BUTTE FALLS 36, NORTH LAKE 6 ' At Silver Lake, seniors Dillon Ross and Chris Stephenson both rushed for over 200 yards and combined for five touchdowns to lead Butte Falls (2-3, 2-2 Sky A).
Ross scored three touchdowns and gained 213 yards on the ground, while Stephenson carried the ball 26 times for 229 yards and two touchdowns.
All of the Loggers 472 yards in offense came on the ground.
North Lake totaled 238 yards in offense.
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