Knights nip Hidden Valley
MERLIN ' Josephine County football rivals North Valley and Hidden Valley hooked up in a backyard brawl at Knights Stadium Friday.
And for the sixth straight year North Valley came out on top.
A late fourth-quarter touchdown turned out to produce the only points as North Valley posted a 7-0 Skyline Conference victory.
It was a hard-fought defensive battle for sure, North Valley coach Todd Willaman said. One big play made the difference. I'm just glad we made it.
North Valley (6-2, 4-1 Skyline) began the nine-play winning drive on its 35-yard line with about 4&
189; minutes remaining in the game.
The Knights used eight straight running plays to get the Hidden Valley 36. On second down, quarterback Nate Ellis rolled out and found junior Matt Malinoff-Ford on a crossing route for a touchdown with 2:46 left.
— Something needed to break, said Willaman. It could have been them or us. Luckily it was us.
After the Knights scored, Hidden Valley picked up one first down. But Tim Smith ended any comeback hopes for the Mustangs with an interception on the North Valley 45 and the Knights ran out the clock.
Hidden Valley (6-3, 4-2 Skyline) was limited to 183 yards in offense, with 114 coming on the ground.
Mustangs senior running back Sam Dollarhide provided most of the attack with 117 yards on 23 carries.
One of the big keys was the way we handled Dollarhide, said Willaman. Everyone knows what is going to happen but he still gets yards. We swarmed to the ball and played great team defense.
Hidden Valley quarterback L.B. Draper was 7-of-16 passing for 64 yards and two interceptions. Ryan VanCleave was Draper's favorite target with four catches for 40 yards.
Tim Stickler was the Knights main weapon with 79 yards on 17 carries and Duane Ogden added 49 yards on the ground.
NV ' Malinoff-Ford 36 pass from Ellis (Murphy kick)
PHOENIX 53, ILLINOIS VALLEY 8 ' At Phoenix, Ben Foster rushed for 178 yards and scored three touchdowns, helping Phoenix clinch the Skyline Conference title.
Pirates' quarterback Matt Hagert threw for 164 yards and two touchdowns.
Jacob Ellis had Illinois Valley's lone touchdown on a 47-yard run. The extra point kick was blocked but was recovered by Illinois Valley in the end zone for a two-point conversion,
Phoenix (7-1, 5-0 Skyline) held the IV offense to 178 total yards total.
IV ' Ellis 47 run(Moore recovered blocked kick)
P ' Foster 6 run (kick failed)
P ' Foster 5 run (kick failed)
P ' Giron 5 run (Wilson kick)
P ' Hammon 13 pass from Hagert (Wilson kick)
P ' Ritchie 21 pass from Hagert (Wilson kick)
P ' Foster 55 run (Wilson kick)
P ' Walker 5 run (kick failed)
P ' Joseph 15 pass from Ritchie (Wilson kick)
HENLEY 28, ROGUE RIVER 7 ' At Rogue River, Henley scored four second-half touchdowns in defeating Rogue River in the Skyline contest.
After going scoreless in the first half, the Hornets (3-6, 2-3 Skyline) got a big break when Kyle Blair returned a Chieftain fumble for a 2-yard score, triggering a 28-0 run to end the game.
Luis Horal led Rogue River (1-5 Skyline) with 101 yards on 19 carries, including an 87-yard TD run in the opening quarter.
RR ' Horal 87 run (Moore kick)
H ' Kessler 2 fumble return (Pratt kick)
H ' Deese 8 run (Pratt kick)
H ' Eccles 24 pass from Stock (Pratt kick)
H ' Brewster 12 run (Pratt kick)
MAZAMA 27, ARCATA (Calif.) 0 '
At Klamath Falls, Jordan Nelson scored two touchdowns to lead Mazama in the nonconference game.
Nelson finished with 16 carries for 140 yards, while Hunter Lange added 59 rushing yards, including a 45-yard score.
Larry Wagner was 10-for-13 passing for 187 yards and one touchdown for Mazama (3-6 overall).
M ' Nelson 8 run (kick failed)
M ' Larson 34 pass from Wagner (Padgett pass from Wagner)
M ' Nelson 4 run (Pelton kick)
M ' Lange 45 run (run failed)
Southern Cascade League
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 62, RIDDLE 0 ' At White City, Cascade Christian clinched the Southern Cascade League title after running over Riddle in the conference game at V.A. Domiciliary.
The fifth-ranked Challengers were led by Danny Sha and Daniel Kinney, who finished with over 120 yards rushing and two scores each.
Cascade Christian (8-0, 6-0 SCL) set the tone early in the game, scoring on a 45-yard run by Andrew Soltis and a 46-yard scamper by Kinney, giving them a 16-0 first-quarter advantage.
The Challengers' defense, led by Kyle Campbell and Aaron Grissom, notched 11 sacks, while holding the Riddle offense to only 21 net yards.
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CC ' Soltis 45 run (Sha run)
CC ' Kinney 46 run (Kinney run)
CC ' Burchfiel — run (run failed)
CC ' Wipf 8 run (pass failed)
CC ' Sha 45 run (run failed)
CC ' Heidegger 20 pass from Davis (Soltis run)
CC ' Sha — run (Davis run)
CC ' Kinney 8 run (run failed)
CC ' Burchfiel 2 run (run failed)
Skyline A League
PROSPECT 52, GILCHRIST 6' At Prospect, Darryl Swearingen scored three touchdowns as Prospect (7-1 Sky A) held a strong Gilchrist team to six points, enacting the 45-point mercy rule.
Devon Zeller and Brandon Baily each had two touchdowns for the Cougars.
G ' Wilson 4 run (run failed)
P ' Baily 42 run (Swearingen run)
P ' Zeller 5 run (Swearingen run)
P ' Swearingen 5 run (Zeller run)
P ' Swearingen 7 run (pass failed)
P ' Baily 27 run (run failed)
P ' Zeller 35 interception return (Schultz pass)
P ' Swearingen 12 run (Swearingen run)
BUTTE FALLS 52, PAISLEY 6 ' At Paisley, Butte Falls senior quarterback Dillon Ross ran for two touchdowns, three 2-point conversions and gained 117 yards on the ground.
The Loggers (4-4, 4-3 Sky A) ended the game due to the 45-point mercy rule on Daniel Smith's 15-yard TD run and Mike McClauchlan's 2-point conversion run with 6:33 left in the third quarter.
Senior running back Brandon Zartman scored the Loggers' first touchdown on a 4-yard run and added a 15-yard TD run in the third quarter.
Chris Stephenson rushed for 91 yards and tossed a 15-yard scoring pass to Joey Knighton, who also scored on a 55-yard interception return that gave Butte Falls at 38-6 lead at the half.
The Loggers amassed 309 yards in offense while limiting the Broncos to 147.
Butte Falls......................................16 22 14 ' 52
Paisley..............................................0 6 0 ' 6
BF ' Zartman 4 run (Stephenson run)
BF ' Ross — run (Ross run)
P ' Davis 76 run (run failed)
BF ' Knighton 15 pass from Stephenson (Ross run)
BF ' Ross 5 run (Ross run)
BF ' Knighton 55 interception return (run failed)
BF ' Zartman 15 run (run failed)
BF ' Smith 15 run (McClauchlan run)