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Challengers come up short against Mazama

CENTRAL POINT — Cascade Christian came within yards of springing an upset against Class 4A Mazama Saturday.

The Class 3A Challengers' final drive came up short as Mazama held on for a 10-6 victory in nonconference football action at Dutch Meyer Stadium.

After the teams played to a scoreless first half, the Vikings scored twice in the third quarter to take a 10-0 lead.

But the Challengers answered with a 14-play, 64-yard drive, capped by Tyler Stickler's 1-yard touchdown run to cut Mazama's lead to 10-6 with 7:07 remaining in the game.

Following the score, Cascade's onside kick was unsuccessful. But the Challengers forced a three-and-out and after a punt took over at their 13 with five minutes to go.

The Challengers again mounted a long drive, advancing to the Vikings 8 when Garret Banks broke off a 21-yard run with 20 seconds left. But quarterback Mikel Mann was sacked on a fourth-down attempt to end the game.

Cascade Christian's double-wing ground attack churned out 255 yards, with Stickler leading the way with 100 yards on 23 carries. Tyler Beard added 85 yards rushing and Banks chipped in 83. The Challengers had just 11 yards passing.

Mazama totaled 313 yards in total offense, with 259 coming on the ground.

Beard spearheaded the Challengers defense with eight tackles from his defensive back position. Defensive tackle Dustin Polan had two tackles for loses.

Cascade Christian will host another Class 4A school, North Valley, Friday at Dutch Meyer.

Mazama 0 0 10 0 — 10

Cascade Christian 0 0 0 6 — 6

M — FG Garrard 24

M — Hall 4 run (Garrard kick)

CC — Stickler 1 run (kick failed)

GLENDALE 22, ST. MARY'S 0 — Glendale finally broke through for a score in the second quarter and then capitalized in the second half as St. Mary's wore down in a season opener at Spiegelberg Stadium.

Taylor Freeborn led the young Crusaders by completing 15 of 32 passes for 168 yards with an interception, but St. Mary's struggled to cap off drives thanks to Glendale's increased pressure.

Conner Engle intercepted a Glendale pass in the third quarter to halt a drive and Dan Leavens recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter.

Glendale 0 6 8 8 — 22

St. Mary's 0 0 0 0 — 0

POMEROY (Wash.) 56, BUTTE FALLS 0 — At Dufur, Pomeroy built a 32-0 lead by halftime and maintained that dominance in the second half against turnover-prone Butte Falls in its season opener.

Girls Soccer

KLAMATH UNION 2, EAGLE POINT 0 — At Eagle Point, Klamath Union struck for two goals early in the second half of the nonleague game at Eagle Stadium.

Callie Porter tallied the first goal in the 50th minute, then four minutes later Alisha Luna converted on a breakaway.

Senior defender Cassi Boykin turned in a strong performance for the Eagles as did forward Sarah Lilley.

Eagle Point registered a 10-7 edge in shots.

THURSTON 2, GRANTS PASS 0 — At Grants Pass, Thurston broke a scoreless tie with a goal in the 55th minute then tallied on a counter with 30 seconds left.

Sydney Lawless had an opportunity to give Grants Pass the initial lead five minutes into the second half, but her penalty kick hit the post.


MINER MOUNTAIN BLAST — At Yreka, Calif., Hidden Valley turned away host Yreka 25-21, 25-18 to claim the championship of the 10-team tournament.

Bailey Bars was named most valuable player of the tournament and libero Sabrina Peckham was named to the all-tourney team for the Mustangs.

Hidden Valley went 8-0 in pool play and beat Henley 25-6, 25-11 in the semifinals to set up the matchup with Yreka. Henley ended up taking third after beating Central Valley in the third-place game.