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Pirates romp past Hornets to win Skyline

PHOENIX — The moment was surreal.

In fact, if it wasn't for the cold temperature and a loud cannon booming after every score, Justin Bohn could have continued dreaming Friday night at Jack Woodward Stadium.

The Phoenix junior scored all three of the Pirates' first-half touchdowns and finished with four combined scores on offense, defense and special teams en route to Phoenix's 54-6 route of Henley.

"Words can't describe how I feel right now," said Bohn, who finished with five receptions for 76 yards and two touchdowns — all in the first half.

"It's so surreal. I didn't expect it. Never."

The victory earned the Pirates their first Skyline Conference football championship since 2005. Phoenix (6-2, 4-0 Skyline) also garnered the conference's top seed in the Class 4A state playoffs, starting with a second-round home game against Junction City on either Nov. 20 or Nov. 21.

"Our kids rose to the occasion," first-year Phoenix coach Toby Walker said. "We've worked hard all year to establish some tradition here and bring back good football to Phoenix High School.

"Our season goals were to compete, get better each week, play more as a team. We stayed focused on those goals each week and we told the kids that wins and losses take care of themselves."

The win was the Pirates' fourth consecutive and snapped a three-year losing streak to Henley (5-5, 3-1), which will also host a second-round playoff game against Sutherlin after finishing as the Skyline runner-up.

Friday's contest was close after the first quarter, when the only scoring was on a 60-yard punt return by Bohn — his first career. However, on the first play of the second quarter, quarterback Chris Kammel hooked up with Bohn on a near-perfect touch pass down the Phoenix sideline, and Bohn raced 14 yards for the score to put the Pirates ahead 14-0.

Bohn then capped his magical first half with a 35-yard touchdown reception, which ended an eight-play, 97-yard drive midway through the quarter. More importantly, it gave Phoenix a 21-0 lead and took the breath away from Henley after the Hornets were stopped three times inside the 3-yard line on the previous possession, which they turned over on downs.

Henley quarterback John Cullen rushed for a 1-yard touchdown in the final minute of the first half to cut the deficit to 21-6 at halftime, which was the closest the Hornets would get.

After the second-half kickoff, Bohn intercepted the Hornets on their first play and returned it 29 yards for the score.

"Justin Bohn had a great game," Kammel said. "He's a baller. He comes out and plays every game, and he doesn't let things bother him."

That started the snowball.

Henley went three-and-out on its next three possessions. Meanwhile, Kammel tossed a touchdown on the Pirates' three intervening possessions to push the lead to 47-6 after the third quarter.

"Our personnel is great as far as linemen, skill guys," said Skyler Reagan, who caught a game-high six passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns.

"Our quarterback was putting it up there for us and trusting us. We came up with catches today."

With Bohn, Kammel and Reagan each sitting out offensively in the fourth quarter, the Pirates added a late touchdown on an 11-yard run by backup quarterback Will Luhan.

Kammel was 20-of-30 passing for 302 yards and five touchdowns. He also rushed for a game-high 59 yards on seven carries.

Henley 0 6 0 0 —6

Phoenix 7 14 26 7 —54

Pho — Bohn 60 punt return (Hernandez kick)

Pho — Bohn 14 pass from Kammel (Hernandez kick)

Pho — Bohn 35 pass from Kammel (Hernandez kick)

Hen — Cullen 1 run (pass failed)

Pho — Bohn 29 interception return (Hernandez kick)

Pho — Reagan 58 pass from Kammel (kick failed)

Pho — Reagan 13 pass from Kammel (kick failed)

Pho — Toney 18 pass from Kammel (Hernandez kick)

Pho — Luhan 11 run (Hernandez kick)

Reach reporter Shawn Miller at 776-4469, or e-mail smiller@mailtribune.com

Phoenix's Chris Kammel (4) breaks a tackle by a Henley defender during Friday's Skyline Conference win. - Sean Jeter