Eagle Point knocks off Mazama
EAGLE POINT — The bottom line was Austin Marlia and the defense did the job for Eagle Point Friday night.
Marlia, who couldn't play quarterback the last two games because of a thumb injury, returned as the signal caller and sparked the Eagles to a 28-20 upset victory over Mazama at Eagles Stadium.
And the Eagle defense, led by leading tackler Steven Josephson, held the Vikings (4-3, 0-2 SSC) scoreless in the second half to preserve the Southern Sky Conference win.
The 165-pound senior quarterback passed for two touchdowns and exploded for a 68-yard scoring run that gave Eagle Point (2-5, 1-1 SSC) the lead for good.
After Mazama broke a 14-14 tie on 29-yard touchdown pass from Daniel Mathis to Greg Hall with 3:12 left in the second quarter, Marlia took off on the long touchdown run off a quarterback draw that tied the game 20-all. Then he completed a two-point conversion pass to Aaron Foster that put the Eagles ahead 22-20 with 2:16 remaining before halftime.
Marlia accounted for the game's only score after intermission on an 8-yard pass to Loren Nesberg with 4:34 to go in the third quarter.
"When we had to have plays, (Marlia) was able to make them," said Eagle Point coach Jacob Schauffler. "It wasn't always pretty but he was able to get it done."
Marlia finished as the Eagles' leading rusher with 101 yards on 12 carries. And he was 11-of-19 passing for 101 yards.
Josephson, who scored the Eagles' first touchdown on a 5-yard run, spearheaded a determined defensive effort. The senior linebacker paced the Eagles with six tackles — three for loses — and six assists.
"(Josephson) may have had his best game of the season," said Schauffler. "Every time we needed a play, he came up with it."
The Vikings moved the ball into Eagle Point territory four times in the fourth quarter, but on each occasion came up empty.
"Our defense stepped up tonight," said Schauffler. "It was one of those field position games and we couldn't seem to get out of the hole. Our defense kept making stands and stood their ground when they had to."
KLAMATH UNION 37, MADRAS 7— At Madras, Klamath Union registered its fifth win in six games in the nonconference outing.
SHELDON 63, GRANTS PASS 18 — At Eugene, Grants Pass simply couldn't contain Sheldon quarterback Jordan Johnson, who threw six touchdown passes to lead the top-ranked Irish to a Southwest Conference victory.
Johnson threw two touchdown passes apiece to Curtis White and John Campbell. Johnson's longest TD was a 74-yarder to Campbell in the opening quarter and Sheldon (6-0, 2-0 SWC) was ahead 37-0 at halftime.
Johnson threw for 319 yards on14-for-22 passing. He also rushed for 58 yards on eight carries.
Also for the Irish, Cameron Abeene had two touchdown runs in the second half. He had 94 yards on only six attempts.
Alex Albright ran 14 times for 63 yards to lead the Cavemen (2-5, 0-2 SWC). He had a 20-yard touchdown scamper in the third quarter and Jordy Romick scored on a 28-yard run.
GP's Todd Woodrum had a 97-yard kickoff return for a score in the fourth quarter.
ROSEBURG 49, SOUTH EUGENE 27 — At Eugene, Lucas Corder had four touchdowns as Roseburg (4-2, 1-1 SWC) earned its first SWC victory.
Trailing 28-21, the Axemen returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter.
After that, the Indians held South Eugene scoreless.
Corder, filling in at tailback for Josh Weaver, scored on runs of 34, 2, 31 and 21 yards.
The Axemen (4-2, 0-2 SWC) were led by running back Keenan Jordan, who had three rushing TDs.
Roseburg 14 0 7 28 —49
South Eugene 7 0 14 6 —27
Ros — Huff 62 pass from Davis (Tovey kick)
Ros — Corder 34 run (Tovey kick)
SE — Jordan 1 run (kick good)
SE — Jordan 65 run (kick good)
SE — Jordan 41 run (kick good)
Ros — Corder 2 run (Walker kick)
Ros — Goirigolzarri 2 run (Walker kick)
SE — 95 kickoff return (kick failed)
Ros — Corder 31 run (Walker kick)
Ros — Davis 45 run (Walker kick)
Ros — Corder 21 run (Walker kick)