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RAIDER ROUNDUP: SOU stumbles in home finale

ASHLAND — Darius-James Peterson passed for 320 yards and five touchdowns in seventh-ranked College of Idaho’s first-ever win at Raider Stadium, 42-14 over Southern Oregon in Frontier Conference play on Saturday afternoon.

While moving within one win of clinching at least a share of their first Frontier title, the Yotes (7-0 overall, 7-0 FC) zapped the slim postseason hopes to which the Raiders (3-5, 3-4) were clinging and ended their winning streak at three games.

SOU saw outstanding performances from the receiving duo of Jordan Suell, who totaled 126 reception yards with slick touchdown catches of 59 yards in the first quarter and 32 in the second, and Christian Graney, who pulled in eight receptions for 101 yards.

But the Raiders’ upset bid took a major hit in the turnover department — they had three in the first half, wrapping with four — and they were unable to slow down a Yotes offense that compiled 537 total yards, the highest for an SOU opponent in conference play since 2016.

SOU trailed 21-14 before the Yotes took over with 1:24 left in the first half and traveled 60 yards, scoring on Peterson’s 10-yard pass to Keegan Crafton with 10 seconds to spare.

The teams then went scoreless until C of I put the game away with 8:12 to play, when a receiver pass from Bo Stevens to Dominic Garzoli made it 35-14.

Peterson completed 19 of 30 passes and added a team-high 83 rushing yards. Crafton collected a pair of TD passes and Hunter Juarez had two, finishing with 144 yards on five catches.

Taeson Hardin headlined the Yotes’ defensive efforts with two interceptions. He also recovered a fumble in the end zone that appeared initially to be a Raider touchdown and could have tied the score at 14-all early in the second quarter.

SOU quarterback Wyatt Hutchinson went 19 of 32 for 258 yards.

Raider linebacker Collin Crown led the team with 11 tackles and was credited with half a sack. Gerald Green (6 tackles) and Tre Holmes both recovered fumbles, and Alejandro Sanchez forced one.

SOU will play its final home game at 1 p.m. next Saturday against 20th-ranked Montana Tech before finishing with two on the road.

Men’s Cross Country

SOU RUNNER-UP: At Rocklin, Calif., eighth-ranked Southern Oregon put four individuals in the top 14 of a 135-person race at William Jessup’s Warrior Invite, climbing to second in the team standings and beating out No. 4 The Master’s (Calif.).

Finishing within a half-second of each other, junior Alex Harbert-Castro placed ninth in 24 minutes, 53.2 seconds, and senior Brandon Kelsey was 10th in 24:53.7 to lead the Raiders on Johnson-Springview Park’s 8,000-meter course.

SOU’s next three scorers were 11th-place Gabe Loader (25:02.3), 14th-place Kevin VanDyke (25:09.7) and 23rd-place Isaac Fernandez (25:09.7). The Raiders put their top-four ahead of all but one runner for The Master’s.

Second-ranked College of Idaho, the defending Cascade Conference champion, captured the team title with 36 points to SOU’s 67, putting four individuals among the top-eight finishers.

Women’s Cross Country

RAIDERS SECOND: At Rocklin, Calif., Sydnee Kizziar, Shayla Potratz and Ariana Toland helped 11th-ranked Southern Oregon to second in the team standings with top-16 finishes at William Jessup’s Warrior Invitational.

Kizziar, a sophomore from Folsom, Calif., paced the Raiders for the fourth time in as many races by completing the 5,000-meter course in 18 minutes, 31.7 seconds for 14th place at Johnson-Springview Park.

Potratz (18:33.0) and Toland (18:42.5) were the next finishers in the 112-person race, which was SOU’s last before it heads to Cottage Grove for the Cascade Conference Championships on Nov. 8.

SOU compiled 82 points, landing only behind third-ranked College of Idaho’s 53 in the 12-team affair. Among the teams the Raiders beat out were 23rd-ranked Eastern Oregon, which was third with 104 points, and 10th-ranked Oregon Tech, which was fourth with 114.

Southern Oregon junior Hykeem Massey attempting to run the ball past College of Idaho defenders at Raider Stadium on Saturday.(PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR)
Southern Oregon junior Hykeem Massey fights his way through College of Idaho defenders at Raider Stadium on Saturday.(PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR)