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Challengers rout Chieftains in Sunset opener

CENTRAL POINT — Top-ranked Cascade Christian complemented a stone wall of a defense with a prolific offense to rout Rogue River, 43-7, in the Sunset League football opener for both teams Saturday night.

The Challengers (3-0, 1-0 Sunset) allowed only 66 yards of total offense by the visiting Chieftains and countered with 394 total yards of their own at Dutch Meyer Field.

The only real setback on the night for Cascade Christian was the five fumbles lost in an otherwise dominant effort.

Colton Cochran was especially impressive on defense for the Challengers, blocking a punt on Rogue River's first offensive series to go with around eight tackles and a forced fumble.

The Chieftains (3-1, 0-1) held Cascade to a 28-yard field goal by Tyler Beard on its initial series, but the Challengers picked up steam from there to eventually lead 43-0 in the fourth quarter.

Quarterback Jake Gettman completed only 3 of 4 passes for the Challengers, but all went for touchdowns. Tyler Marshall hauled in scoring strikes of 19 and 4 yards, and Brandon Grissom caught a 27-yard TD pass.

Grissom also reached pay dirt on a 26-yard run that helped his team to a 23-0 halftime lead. Tyler Stickler added a 7-yard TD run and Beard a 1-yard run to account for the Challengers' scoring.

Chrystian Johnson hauled in a 22-yard pass from Rogue Burman for Rogue River's lone score in the fourth quarter.

The Challengers rushed 44 times for 344 yards, led by Stickler's 91 yards on eight carries. Austin Wipf added 75 yards on 13 carries, and Cameron Tooker notched 69 yards on four carries. Grissom had seven carries for 49 yards.

Christian Reyes led the Chieftains with 63 yards rushing on 25 carries, but his team totaled only 24 yards rushing overall. Rogue River also passed for 42 yards.

Rogue River 0 0 0 7 — 7

Cascade Christian 10 13 14 6 — 43

CC — FG Beard 28

CC — Marshall 19 pass from Gettman (Beard kick)

CC — Grissom 27 pass from Gettman (kick failed)

CC — Grissom 26 run (Beard kick)

CC — Stickler 7 run (Beard kick)

CC — Marshall 4 pass from Gettman (Beard kick)

CC — Beard 1 run (kick failed)

RR — Johnson 22 pass from Burman (Donahue kick)

BLANCHET 57, ST. MARY'S 6 — Blanchet took advantage of the height advantage by its wide receivers to dominate action at Spiegelberg Stadium.

The Cavaliers (2-2) scored seven touchdowns through the air and one on the ground and limited St. Mary's to 76 yards of total offense.

Connor O'Boyle kept the Crusaders (0-3) from being shut out when he intercepted a pass with about one minute to go and returned it 82 yards for a touchdown.

Blanchet 21 14 13 9 — 57

St. Mary's 0 0 0 6 — 6

Cross Country

NORTHWEST CLASSIC — At Eugene, Crater won the boys and girls team titles in the 17th annual event at Lane Community College.

Four Crater boys placed among the top 16 and three Crater girls were among the top 20, led by third-place showings from Max Runia and Jessica Vig in their respective races.

Rogue River's Cole Watson won the 5-kilometer boys race in 15 minutes, 46 seconds, and South Medford's Lauren Morgan placed second at 19:26 in the girls race.

Paced by Runia (16:12), Jon Obeso (16:21, sixth place), Tony Barrett (16:55, 15th) and Hunter Sanders (17:01, 16th), the Crater boys easily outdistanced their competition. The Comets finished with 77 points, well ahead of Brea Olinda (98) and Ashland (122).

South Medford's Ryan Perry finished fourth in 16:17, while Ashland's Wilder Schaaf was fifth (16:20) and Cascade Christian's Hudson Eustace placed 17th in 17:06.

Vig's time of 19:44 trailed only that of Morgan and Milwaukie's Erin McLaughlin, who won with a time of 19:13. The Comets scored 80 points to edge Siuslaw (84) for the girls title. Damaris Remigio (20:10, sixth place) and Jasmyn Andrews (20:55, 19th) helped set the pace for the Comets.

Ashland's Mia O'Dougherty finished ninth in 20:19 and teammate Camelia Mayfield (20:36) was 15th. South Medford's Kelsey Bradshaw placed 12th in a time of 20:30 to help the Panthers finish fourth as a team.

Jenna George (22:43, 61st) led the way for Cascade Christian, which had the top boys team in the Class 3A-2A-1A division and second-best girls team in that category.

Complete results are available at www.goodrace.com.