Grants Pass clips North Medford
GRANTS PASS — Although its defense has shown signs of improvement, the North Medford football team's offense has stalled most of the season.
It was no different in a 14-7 Southwest Conference loss to Grants Pass Friday.
The Black Tornado plowed right down field and scored on its opening drive but failed to generate points thereafter, allowing the Cavemen their first SWC win.
With about six minutes remaining, the Black Tornado (1-5, 1-3 SWC) moved to the GP 22-yard line and had a chance to cut into the 14-7 margin with a 39-yard field goal try. But Grants Pass' Dustin Randall dove in and blocked Tyler Webber's kick.
It was the closest the Black Tornado got to scoring since Darren Cossette's 2-yard touchdown run on North's opening possession.
"I'll tell you, it was a tough game," said Tornado coach Nate Becksted. "I thought our kids played a lot better. Our 'D' played lights out all game, and our staff did a heck of a job and it showed. But the offense didn't play well again. That's my side of the ball and I'll take 100 percent of the blame."
North's defense kept the Cavemen (2-4, 1-3 SWC) scoreless in the second half as well, but Chad Lowe's 4-yard touchdown reception from Ben Geith with 3:33 to play in the first half proved to be the game-winner.
After North scored its TD, Anthony Mattie answered on Grants Pass' ensuing possession with a 2-yard run.
Evan Hisey paced the Black Tornado on the ground with 97 yards on just 12 carries, and quarterback Zach Tanner added 79 on 18 attempts.
Grants Pass' Alex Albright ran for 157 yards on 29 carries.
SHELDON 42, CRATER 0 — At Eugene, top-ranked Sheldon scored on every possession of the first half in building a 42-0 lead by intermission of the Southwest Conference contest.
It was the third shutout for the Irish (6-0, 4-0 SWC) and the fifth time in six games they've allowed a touchdown or less.
Crater (3-3, 1-3 SWC) managed one first down and 27 total yards.
For the Irish, Dillon Miller was 23 of 28 passing for 219 yards and three touchdowns, and Ryan Land had 117 yards and two scores on seven carries — one a 67-yard TD.
ASHLAND 51, NORTH EUGENE 0 — At Eugene, Jon Volz led a rushing attack that amassed 304 yards and six touchdowns, carrying Ashland to an easy Midwestern League victory.
Volz rushed for 97 yards and a touchdown and also caught four passes for 36 yards and another score for the Grizzlies (5-1, 4-1 MWL), who have won four games in a row and remain one game behind league-leading Marist.
The Highlanders (0-5, 0-5 MWL) were held to 140 yards of total offense, while Ashland gained 465 and did not punt.
Ashland sophomore quarterback Danial White completed 12 of 18 passes for 129 yards. His lone touchdown pass gave Ashland a 6-0 lead less than four minutes into the game. The Grizzlies surged ahead 21-0 by the end of the first quarter after two more TDs — a 25-yard burst by White and a 1-yard plunge by Volz.
The Grizzlies eventually led 31-0 at the half and Ashland tacked on 20 more points in the third quarter.
Sophomore linebacker Mason Montgomery finished with seven tackles to lead an Ashland defense that stuffed North Eugene all night, holding the Highlanders' quarterbacks to a miserable 4-for-16 passing game.
SPRINGFIELD 35, EAGLE POINT 34, OT — At Springfield, Eagle Point scored first in overtime but was stopped on its two-point run attempt, and then Springfield marched down, scored and booted in the extra point to clinch the Midwestern League contest.
Snow's 8-yard run gave the Eagles the lead in OT, which Springfield forced after scoring with under a minute left in regulation on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Britton Auxier to Dylan Piquette. But it was Eagle Point's failed two-point conversion that proved most costly.
Down by just six, Auxier scored on a 3-yard run in overtime and Ashton Summers kicked the game-winning PAT.
Earlier, Jorge Quintero found Carlos Flores for a 5-yard TD strike and Jakob Combs registered a 9-yard scoring run to give the Eagles (2-4, 2-3 MWL) a 14-0 lead by the end of the first quarter.
Snow finished with 149 yards on 27 carries and Combs carried the ball 18 times for 90 yards and two touchdowns against Springfield (2-4, 2-3 MWL).