Baldwin, SOU scoot by Simon Fraser
BURNABY, B.C. — Junior running back Brandon Baldwin rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns to lead Southern Oregon to a 31-18 victory over Simon Fraser Saturday at Terry Fox Field.
SOU improved to 2-0 for the first time since the 2001 season. The Raiders travel to Willamette next Saturday afternoon. Simon Fraser fell to 0-2.
Baldwin rushed 35 times, averaging 5.2 yards per carry. Also for the Raiders, Mike McDonald passed for two scores and 167 yards while completing 14 of 30 passes, and Vance Beach caught six passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns.
Simon Fraser took advantage of a pair of SOU turnovers in the first half to take a 6-0 lead until late in the second quarter.
The Raiders then took advantage of a bad punt by the Clan to get the ball inside the 50 with 48 seconds to play in the first half.
A 20-yard pass from McDonald to Justin Avriett set up a first down for the Raiders at the 2-yard line and, after a pair of incomplete passes, McDonald found Beach to give the Raiders a 7-6 lead with three seconds on the clock.
In the second half, the Raiders struck quickly.
A fumble by the Clan on the opening kickoff gave the ball back to the Raiders and Baldwin capped a five-play, 25-yard drive with a 1-yard plunge for a 14-6 lead.
After a SFU punt, McDonald and Beach hooked up again, this time from 35 yards to put the Raiders up 21-6.
The Clan found the end zone again in the third quarter, but the Raiders answered back with a 13-play, 78-yard drive that took 7:05 off the clock. The march ended with Tyler Crowley's 20-yard field goal, which gave the Raiders a 24-12 lead early in the fourth quarter.
The SOU defense stepped up late in the game, stopping the Clan on a fourth-and-goal from the SOU 3. Baldwin added another score late in the game.
Defensively for the Raiders, Austin Cantrell finished with a game-high nine tackles, while Josh McOmber finished with eight stops. Jake Becker had seven tackles and 21/2 tackles-for-loss, while Jarrod Moroni and Juwuan Brown both had a sack.
Southern Oregon 0 7 14 10 —31
Simon Fraser 0 6 6 6 —18
SF — Young 1 run (Biles kick blocked)
SOU — Beach 1 pass from McDonald (Crowley kick)
SOU — Baldwin 1 run (Crowley kick)
SOU — Beach 35 pass from McDonald (Crowley kick)
SF — Wilkinson 27 pass from Agosta (pass failed)
SOU — FG Crowley 20
SOU — Baldwin 5 run (Crowley kick)
SF — Bryant 3 pass from Agosta (pass failed)
First Downs 25 22
Rushes-Yards 49-262 41-238
Passing Yards 167 167
Comp-Att-Int 14-30-2 19-33-0
Total Yards 404 378
Punts 4-38.8 5-39.6
Fumbles-lost 1-0 3-2
Penalties-yards 7-50 6-50
SOU — Baldwin 35-182, Springer 5-28, Beach 1-19, McDonald 5-33, Sweeney 2-0, Friloux 1-0.
SFU — Ephard 15-155, Young 9-50, Palmer 7-23, Agosta 10-10.
SOU — McDonald 14-30-2 167.
SFU — Agosta 19-33-0 167.
SOU — Beach 6-92, Keenan 4-24, Avriett 3-49, Springer 1-2.
SFU — Wilkinson 5-68, Baumbach 5-53, Stanzel 3-14, Bryant 3-14, Ephard 2-17, Lind 1-1.
SOUTHERN OREGON 3, COLLEGE OF IDAHO 0 — At Ashland, Southern Oregon had four players with at least nine kills as the 16th-ranked Raiders swept No. 14 College of Idaho, 25-13, 25-20, 25-21, at McNeal Pavilion.
The Raiders improved to 7-2 overall and 4-0 in Cascade Conference play and travel to Northwest (Friday) and Evergreen State (Saturday) next weekend. The Coyotes fell to 5-4 and 3-1.
Leanne Stennett led the Raiders with 12 kills and 12 digs. Leah Bergstrom finished with 10 kills. Stennett and Bergstrom combined for 22 kills and only two errors.
Sarah Holgen and Megan Bartling had nine kills apiece.
Southern Oregon set the tone for the match early in the first game as back-to-back kills by Stennett gave the Raiders a 6-2 lead. Another kill by Stennett pushed the lead to 17-9 and after a Bartling kill at 20-11 the Raiders were cruising. Junior Lauren Swetland, who finished with three blocks, capped the first game with a kill.
The Raiders held the Coyotes to a minus-.079 attack percentage in the opener, while hitting .400.
Lindsey Stone, the reigning Cascade Conference setter of the week, finished with 40 assists. Through four conference matches Stone is averaging 12.1 assists per game.
Natalie Scheller finished with 11 digs for SOU.