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No. 19 Montana Tech beats shorthanded Raiders

ASHLAND — Shorthanded Southern Oregon stayed competitive against 19th-ranked Montana Tech for most of the afternoon with a makeshift offense, but four turnovers doomed the Raiders in a 28-14 Frontier Conference loss at Raider Stadium.

Down their top two quarterbacks due to injuries, the Raiders (3-6 overall, 3-5 FC) turned to redshirt-sophomore Trent Banner, who was recruited to the team as a quarterback but had since converted to running back. He was solid considering the circumstances, completing 18-of-39 attempts for 304 yards, including touchdown passes to Jordan Suell of 22 yards in the first quarter and 39 in the fourth.

The Diggers (6-2, 6-2) got him for four sacks and picked him off three times though, cementing their win with interceptions by Justin May and Tucker Rauthe that stopped SOU’s last two drives.

They also amassed 205 rushing yards. Tyler Folkes ran 10 times for 89 yards and a pair of scores, and Blake Counts netted 96 rushing yards on 22 attempts.

Jet Campbell completed half of his 20 pass attempts for 157 yards, hitting Trevor Hoffman for a 39-yard TD that gave the Diggers a 14-7 lead before halftime and Hoffman again for a 28-yard TD that made it 28-7 two minutes into the fourth quarter.

The Raider defense got to Campbell for five sacks, led by Noah Johnson’s two. Both Johnson and Murphy McDowell had three tackles for losses, and Collin Crown recorded a team-high 10 tackles — hitting double figures for the fifth time this year.

Suell’s TD catches gave him nine on the season and 24 in his career. He now ranks sixth on SOU’s all-time list.

Banner also rushed for 85 yards, but 46 of those were erased on sacks.

The Raiders will finish their schedule on the road, playing next Saturday at Montana-State Northern and Nov. 16 at Montana Western.

Southern Oregon University senior Jason Shelley tries to keep his balance has he races past Montana Tech defender at Raider Stadium on Saturday. (PHOTO BY: Larry Stauth Jr)
Southern Oregon University redshirt senior Parker Randle gets hit has he catches the pass against Montana Tech at Raider Stadium on Saturday.(PHOTO BY: Larry Stauth Jr)