Singler leads Red victory in SOU finale
ASHLAND — Former South Medford quarterback Jack Singler threw three touchdown passes to lead his team to a 28-14 victory in the annual Red & White Game at Raider Stadium, the culmination of four weeks of spring practice for the Southern Oregon University football team.
Singler, representing the Red squad, completed 14 of 18 passes for 210 yards and touchdown strikes to Ben Bachman, Chase Cole and Keegan Weiss.
The passing game was on display for the White team, too, as Tanner Trosin — a senior-to-be and No. 1 on SOU's depth chart — went 24-for-40 with 209 yards and two TDs.
After playing a backup role in 2015, Singler got to work early with a scoring pass to Bachman that went for 44 yards on the first possession of the game. Singler's 8-yard TD strike to Cole was the only other score of the first half for either team.
Led by Austin Schmidt's six tackles, Ian Namu's five and a few pass break-ups by transfer senior-to-be Isiah Taylor, the Red defense shut out the White team until Trosin's 29-yard completion in the back of the end zone to Matt Retzlaff with 5:50 left in the third. Retzlaff, another South Medford product, totaled a game-high 74 receiving yards on four catches, including another score of 4 yards that trimmed a 21-7 deficit with 1:28 left in the game.
Melvin Mason led all rushers with 73 yards on six carries for the Red team. Fifty-five of those came on one play on the final possession, setting up Chidubem Nnoli's three-yard TD rush that sealed the outcome.
Weiss' touchdown catch was from 2 yards out midway through the fourth.
Cole (38 yards) and Mason (25) led the Red team with three catches each.
Sean Rogers led the White defense with four tackles and two sacks, and Alex Brown had four tackles and one sack. Keegan Lawrence — a junior-to-be who has made the move from running back to defensive back this spring — was impressive in the secondary with three tackles and two break-ups.
SOU, which was ranked No. 2 in the NAIA spring poll, opens the 2016 season on Sept. 3 at Frontier Conference rival Eastern Oregon.