Grizzlies have no trouble taming Dragons
Ashland High football head coach Charlie Hall said before the season began that he wasn’t in favor of a two-quarterback system.
After Friday’s performance at Dallas, Hall may reconsider that notion.
Kyle Weinberg and Tucker Atteberry combined to complete 25 of 32 passes for 276 yards and Mason Dow rushed for another 103 as the Grizzlies torched the Dragons’ defense en route to a 40-16 nonconference win in Dallas.
Weinberg completed 15 of 20 passes for 171 yards and ran for a score, and Atteberry completed 10 of 12 for 105 yards and a touchdown and also ran for a TD, leading a Grizzly offense that racked up 534 yards of total offense against the Dragons of the Mid-Willamette Conference.
The runaway victory was the Grizzlies’ second straight lopsided win and sends them soaring into what may be their first real test of the season, next Friday’s home game against soaring Summit. The Storm of the Intermountain Conference are also 2-0 and have outscored their two opponents, Pendleton and Franklin, by a combined score of 127-20.
Against Dallas (0-2), Ashland scored three touchdowns in a six-minute span during the second quarter to take command. James Hutchings’ 1-yard plunge capped a 50-yard drive less than a minute into the quarter to get things started, and Weinberg’s 2-yard run capped a 25-yard drive less than two minutes later. Tucker Atteberry then found Walker Shibley for an 11-yard touchdown pass with 5:15 to go in the half.
Dallas closed the gap to 27-16 after scoring two touchdowns and converting a pair of two-point conversions in the third, but the Dragons couldn’t slow down the Ashland offense, which produced three players with 50 or more rushing yards and four with 40 or more receiving yards.
Ashland’s Issac Hyatt rushed for 74 yards on 11 carries and Malik Pippa 54 yards on seven carries. Shibley caught seven passes for 113 yards, Haydon Layton five for 52 yards and Shashi Penn six for 51 yards.
Layton and Shibley also had an interception apiece for the Grizzlies’ defense, which pulverized Dallas to the tune of seven sacks — three by Chance Swenson and two by Karter Cox. Swenson also led the Grizzlies with 12 tackles.
Dallas quarterback Harrison Boadus completed 20 of 36 passes for 291 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for a score and threw an interception. Aaron White had four catches for 86 yards, including a 64-yard TD catch late in the third quarter.
At Eugene, Marist defeated Ashland in straight sets in Midwestern League action Friday at Marist High School.
The Spartans won 25-16, 25-20, 25-16 to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in the MWL. Ashland fell to 6-3 and 1-1.
At Olympia, Wash., a first-set wakeup call and a balanced attack propelled the ninth-ranked Southern Oregon University volleyball team to a 25-20, 25-16, 25-19 win over Evergreen in Cascade Conference competition Friday night at CRC Gymnasium.
Emma Gasman popped 11 kills on 16 attacks, Laura Morse had 10 kills and nine digs, and Courtney Macklin and Tyana Andrews added nine kills apiece as the Raiders attacked at a .263 average.
They've won 10 straight to start the season, going to 3-0 in the CCC. They also extended their streak of consecutive sets won against the Geoducks (2-5, 2-1) to 58.
That number was in jeopardy in the first set, when Evergreen got out to a 17-15 lead. After a timeout, the Raiders closed the frame on a 10-3 run. They scored four straight in the second set to go up 12-6 – capped by a pair of Lauren McGowne service aces – before finishing it off by forcing sideouts after 15 of Evergreen's 16 points, and never trailed in the third.
McGowne totaled 42 assists. Gasman added a pair of service aces, Macklin assisted four blocks, and Andrews had eight digs. Freshman libero Ashlyn Flynn's 13 digs were a match-high.
At Caldwell, Idaho, the first Cascade Conference game in Southern Oregon's men's soccer history got out of hand early as College of Idaho did all of its scoring in the first half of a 4-0 victory Friday at Simplot Stadium.
Joe Bolin, an All-CCC senior forward, scored unassisted twice for the Coyotes (2-0 overall). His goals in the third and 35th minutes sandwiched Andres Idoeta's 17th-minute goal, which Bolin also assisted. Admir Selimovic tacked on the fourth goal with a 30-yard free kick in the 42nd minute.
SOU, which went 5-0 in nonleague play, will attempt to bounce back from the program's first loss against Rocky Mountain at 2:30 p.m. (MT) Sunday in Billings, Mont.
At Caldwell, Idaho, College of Idaho's Jamiece Yizar took over the Cascade Conference women's soccer opener early and Southern Oregon's second-half try fell short in a 2-1 loss Friday at Simplot Stadium.
Yizar scored twice in the first 27 minutes, pumping the Coyotes' record to 5-1 overall even though they didn't put a shot on goal in the second half.
In the 20th minute, Yizar received a through-ball and drove it home from the side of the box, and seven minutes later Hailey Boyd led Yizar with a long pass to the corner and she took advantage of a one-on-one matchup with her sixth goal of the season.
Lisa Elledge scored for the second time this season in the 53rd minute with a short liner from left of the goal for the Raiders (1-4-2).
SOU Sports Information contributed to this report.