Thurston grinds out victory over Crater
SPRINGFIELD — After being held scoreless through the first three quarters, the Thurston football team scored all 10 of its points in the fourth quarter to forge a 10-3 victory over Crater in a Southwest Conference football game Friday night.
With the win, the Colts improved to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in league play heading into consecutive road games at Roseburg and Grants Pass.
Crater, which hosts South Medford next Friday, dropped to 2-1 and 0-1.
"It's not the way you want to win," Thurston coach Justin Starck said. "But a win's a win, you know, we'll take it. Our kids battled and they figured out a way to finish the game."
With starting running back Tyler Johnson sitting out this week with a concussion suffered against South Salem, the Colts got two 100-yard rushing performances from juniors Trevor Westover and Marquis Jackson. Westover paced Thurston with 24 carries for 116 yards and one touchdown, while Jackson gained 108 on 22 carries.
The Colts amassed 284 yards on the ground in rainy conditions.
"It was a real donnybrook," Crater coach John Beck said. "That's a good term to use. It was just a great fight. We couldn't get in a rhythm and those guys no-huddled us; their linemen got after us in the second half and they got one more score than us. That's the name of the game.
"Mostly, it was them keeping us off the field."
The lone touchdown came with less than six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter when Westover found the end zone on a 5-yard scamper. Westover's third scoring run of the season broke a 3-3 tie, and Crater wasn't able to recover.
"Obviously they played their tails off," Starck said. "Kids played well, kids blocked well up front. Obviously, we still have some thing to work on, but we're going to do what it takes to win."
Crater's score came with 7:26 remaining in the second quarter when senior Austin Siegel connected on a 33-yard field goal to put the Comets up 3-0.
Senior quarterback Tyler Turituri led the Crater offense with 103 yards rushing on 17 carries. He was kept mostly in check through the air as he completed 3 of 11 passes for 11 yards.
Thurston junior Bryce Denney was 1-for-2 on field goal attempts. His first attempt was blocked by a Crater defender midway through the second quarter, while his second split the uprights from 24 yards out early in the fourth quarter to tie the game.
Crater 0 3 0 0 — 3
Thurston 0 0 0 10 —10
C — FG Siegel 32
T — FG Denney 23
T — Westover 6 run (Denny kick)
First Downs 7 20
Rushes-Yards 32-174 60-284
Passing Yards 11 72
Comp-Att-Int 3-11-0 12-23-1
Total Yards 185 356
Punts 6-38.7 2-33
Fumbles-lost 1-0 4-1
Penalties-yards 7-25 6-40
Crater — Turituri 17-103, Cartwright 9-15, Van Housen 1-24, Morgan 2-17, Barden 2-11, Wynant 1-4.
Thurston — Jackson 22-108. Westover 24-116, Halcott 12-62, Olson 1-(-6), Akins 1-4.
Crater — Turituri 3-11-0 11.
Thurston — Jackson 7-13-1 37, Olson 5-10-0 35.
Crater — Van Housen 1-11, Wynant 1-4, Cartwright 1-(-4).
Thurston — Westover 3-23, Chappel 3-12, Drake 2-18, Halcott 3-18, Rhoades 1-11.