North no match for No. 1 Irish
EUGENE — North Medford coach Jeff Olson did not dispute Sheldon's top ranking in the state heading into Friday's game, and certainly didn't see anything to change his mind after the Irish dismantled the Black Tornado.
Jordan Johnson totaled 347 yards of offense and accounted for six first-half touchdowns as Sheldon romped to a 54-21 Southwest Conference football victory at Sheldon High School.
"They're a great football team," Olson said. "Well-coached, focused; they're going to go a long way. It's going to take a good football team to stay close to this team."
Johnson completed 14 of 16 passes for 238 yards and four touchdowns, and also rushed for 109 yards and two scores on eight carries. With the exception of a 6-yard pass in the third quarter, Johnson compiled all of his statistics in the first half as Sheldon (7-0, 3-0 SWC) stormed out to a 41-0 lead before the midway point of the second quarter.
Sheldon scored on its first seven possessions of the half.
"We came out playing some man, that didn't work, so we started playing some zone and made him run around," Olson said. "He broke a sweat finally, but the guy's a magician. Kids like that, that are the reigning player of the year, it looks like he's prepared himself for bigger things. I wish him well."
North Medford (4-3, 1-2 SWC) came into the game with the league's No. 1 defense in yards (244) and points (15) allowed per game and a history of playing well against the Irish, who needed overtime last season to beat the Black Tornado and a 15-point rally in the final 51/2; minutes to win in 2006.
Brian Reese threw touchdown passes to Jacob Altamirano (4 yards) and Fiki Silafau (13 yards), and Hector Alvarez scored on a 3-yard run for the Tornado.
ROSEBURG 35, GRANTS PASS 21 — At Grants Pass, Lucas Corder proved to be the difference in the game — scoring all five Roseburg touchdowns.
Corder's night got off to a rousing start when he broke a 90-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage at Mel Ingram Field.
Corder, a 200-pound fullback, finished with 184 yards on 21 carries.
After the Indians (5-2, 2-1 SWC) jumped out to a 14-0 lead, Grants Pass answered with a pair of touchdown passes by quarterback Jordy Romick.
Roseburg led 21-14 at halftime.
Todd Woodrum's 4-yard TD run for Grants Pass (2-6, 0-3 SWC) cut the Indians' lead to 27-21 midway through the fourth quarter.
The Cavemen had the ball with about three minutes remaining in the final period, but Romick's second interception in the game eventually led to Roseburg's final touchdown.
Romick was 14-of-25 passing for 216 yards and was Grants Pass' leading rusher with 70 yards.
Southern Sky Conference
ASHLAND 29, MAZAMA 21 — At Klamath Falls, Ashland overcame Mazama's quick start with 29 unanswered points fueled by quarterback Jake Scarminach's three touchdowns in a Southern Sky Conference triumph.
The Vikings (4-4, 0-3 SSC) were in total control going up 21-0 in the first quarter, but the Grizzlies (3-5, 1-1 SSC) chipped away and took a 22-21 lead on a 31-yard field goal by Mason Costantino in the fourth quarter.
Scarminach was 11-for-25 passing for 202 yards and ran 10 times for 70 yards. His 8-yard touchdown run put the Grizzlies on the board in the second quarter. He then added TD tosses to Costantino and Nick Hall.
Costantino hauled in five passes for 123 yards and Hall added four catches for 63 yards.
KLAMATH UNION 34, EAGLE POINT 24 — At Klamath Falls, Gary Fonseca-Fisher scored a pair of second-quarter touchdowns to lead host Klamath Union to a 27-0 halftime lead.
Fonseca-Fisher finished with 121 yards of total offense, including 91 rushing yards on 11 carries.
Eagle Point, which lost only one of its six fumbles, scored all 24 of its points in the fourth quarter.
Austin Marlia rushed for a game-high 96 yards on nine attempts. He also caught four passes for a game-high 55 yards, including a 45-yard TD from Johnathan Bolston to end the scoring.