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Dodge has big game as Raiders rout C of I

CALDWELL, Idaho — Fans at College of Idaho’s Simplot Stadium were introduced to the right arm of Austin Dodge Saturday. After seventh-ranked Southern Oregon’s 66-16 win, the good news is they’ll never have to see it again.

The Raiders (7-1 overall, 6-1 Frontier Conference) got loose in a hurry with touchdowns on each of their first six drives, four of which lasted less than one minute. Dodge aired it out often, going 23-for-29 for 443 yards and four touchdown passes in leading SOU to a 693-260 yardage advantage over the Coyotes (4-4, 3-4).

By halftime Dodge was 10-for-13 for 308 yards, Ryan Retzlaff and Dylan Young had five catches and two touchdowns apiece and the Raiders led 42-10.

SOU and third-ranked Carroll remain tied for first place, now two games ahead of 13th-ranked Rocky Mountain, which was a 20-17 loser Saturday at Montana Western. Rocky Mountain, the only Frontier team SOU hasn’t defeated since joining the circuit in 2012, will visit Raider Stadium next Saturday for a 1 p.m. tilt.

The Raiders pounced on the Coyotes starting with the first play from scrimmage, a 65-yard strike from Dodge to Retzlaff for a touchdown.

SOU’s tailbacks got to work next — first Keegan Lawrence, who made it 14-0 by ending a short drive with a 9-yard run, then Sean Tow, whose 7-yard run capped a three-play, 63-yard drive for a 21-10 lead.

The fourth play of SOU’s next drive was a 73-yard bomb from Dodge to Young. The first play of the drive after that was a screen pass to Retzlaff, who took it 50 yards for the score. Retzlaff totaled 199 receiving yards and Young had 186, season bests for both players.

Melvin Mason led the ground game with 12 carries, 80 yards and one TD. Tow scored twice with 63 yards, and Lawrence ran three times for 57 yards and a TD.

Laurence Calcagno headed the Raider defense again with 12 tackles, three for losses, and a fumble that he forced and recovered. Isiah Carter and Heston Altenbach had 10 tackles apiece, and Julius Rucker intercepted C of I quarterback Teejay Gordon.

Gordon was 15-for-26 with 124 yards through the air and netted 52 yards on 23 rushes.

The Raiders’ 693 yards were their most since racking up 694 against Montana Western on Oct. 26 of last season.