Raiders steamroll Baker for first win
ASHLAND ' Shay McClure took a desk in an empty room and let out a sigh that had been over a year in the making.
It's about time, he said.
Southern Oregon scored five touchdowns in the second half and pulverized Baker on the ground en route to its first win of the season, 44-29, Saturday night at Raider Stadium.
The victory snapped SOU's 10-game losing streak dating back to last season and a six-game skid at home. It also allowed the Raiders (1-7) to sidestep the possibility of a winless campaign with two games left on their schedule.
There's no doubt it's huge, said McClure, SOU's interim head coach. Whether people want to say it or not, you think about that (a winless season) and it's not something that you want to think about.
— Jacobe Krizman and Micah Russell each rushed for more than 100 yards as the Raiders racked up 488 yards of total offense, including 350 on the ground.
SOU quarterback Boomer Marshall completed 13 of 25 passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns.
The Raiders trailed 23-16 after Baker's James Hensley returned a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown midway through the third quarter. But SOU answered with four straight touchdowns over the next 11 minutes, including a 79-yard interception return by Matt Beam and two long touchdown runs by Krizman.
On Krizman's second score, he leaped over a defender at the line of scrimmage, then bolted 36 yards to give Southern Oregon a 44-23 lead with 5:39 to go in the game.
The 'O' line came through big time, Krizman said. We started showing it last week, we show a little bit of it each week, and it's just getting better and better, and tonight it showed.
The game began as an ugly, penalty-ridden slugfest. Baker (2-7) turned the ball over twice in the first half, but still led 10-9 at the break on the strength of a six-play, 56-yard drive that culminated with Micah Mason's 1-yard plunge.
The Raiders gave Baker 45 of those yards on two pass interference penalties and a personal foul as the two teams combined for 19 penalties covering 197 yards.
Kicker Steve Palmer provided the Raiders with all of their first-half offense, booting through three field goals of 31, 22 and 31 yards.
Kendall Bradley threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Pitts to make it 16-9 early in the third. Baker kicker Ryan Smith blew two chances to increase that lead, missing the ensuing point after attempt before coming up short on a 46-yard field goal try on the Wildcats' next possession.
Marshall threw a perfect 37-yard bullet over the middle to Mike Olson ' who made a fingertip grab ' for a touchdown with 1:08 left in the third.
Hensley found an opening on the following kickoff, breaking a tackle in the process, to give Baker the lead back. The rest of the game belonged to SOU, which last won on Oct. 9, 2004.
For the first time, tonight I thought we rode the wave ' the ups and downs and things that happen throughout a football game, McClure said. Our kids just kept playing through it, and that's something that we've tried to instill in them and it came to fruition this evening.
At Raider Stadium
Baker73136 ' 29
Southern Oregon361421 ' 44
SO ' FG Palmer 31, 8:26
B ' Mason — run (Smith kick), 6:20
SO ' FG Palmer 22, 9:08
B ' FG Smith 38, 6:25
SO ' FG Palmer 31, 1:11
B ' Pitts 19 pass from Bradley (kick failed), 12:32
SO ' Hatchett 7 pass from Marshall (Palmer kick), 6:28
B ' Hensley 92 kickoff return (Smith kick), 6:15
SO ' Olson 37 pass from Marshall (Palmer kick), 1:08
SO ' Krizman 21 run (Palmer kick), 11:44
SO ' Beam 79 interception return (Palmer kick), 9:02
SO ' Krizman 36 run (Palmer kick), 5:39
B ' Williams — run (pass failed) , 1:35
' Williams 19-52, Mason 7-21, Sheppard 2-20, Owens 3-4, Bradley 1-(-4).
' Krizman 22-148, Russell 10-110, Stout 4-46, Marshall 7-23, Preyer 2-23.
' Bradley 15-35-2 196, Sheppard 6-14-0 62
' Marshall 13-25-2 138.
' Pitts 9-100, Hensley 5-56, Crosby 3-56, Kabbany 3-23, Foltz 1-23
' Greenidge 4-34, Leeper 3-27, Hatchett 2-15, Russell 2-(-1), Olson 1-37, Holtzman 1-23.