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North scores big win over South Eugene

EUGENE — North Medford spotted South Eugene six points, then reeled off 10 unanswered touchdowns en route to a 69-6 victory in Southwest Conference football Friday.

Nick Janakes scored on touchdown runs of 16 and 47 yards in the opening period to put the third-ranked Black Tornado ahead for good, 12-6.

North (4-0, 2-0 SWC) led 20-6 at the end of the first quarter.

“We didn’t start with the emotion I would have liked,” North Medford coach Mike Mitchell said. “It kicked into gear about halfway through the first quarter and we started being us.”

Jared Evans caught an 11-yard TD pass from quarterback Troy Fowler with 1:34 remaining in the second period, then six seconds later Josh Hansen, scooped up an Axeman fumble and went 12 yards for a touchdown to give the Black Tornado a 48-6 halftime lead.

After North took the opening kickoff of the second half and scored three plays later on a Fowler 31-yard pass to Isaac Grether, Mitchell pulled the starters.

“We played almost everybody we took on the trip,” said Mitchell.

Janakes paced the ground attack with 192 yards on 11 carries.

“When you watched (Janakes) tonight you could see he spent a lot of time in the weight room in the offseason,” said Mitchell. “He was a strong runner who broke lots of tackles and stayed on his feet.”

Fowler was 11 of 15 passing for 208 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

“Our quarterback (Fowler) was very efficient,” Mitchell said. “He made good decisions and threw the ball really well.”

North Medford amassed 557 yards in offense compared to 171 for South Eugene.

“We were aggressive and got pressure on the their quarterback as the game went on,” said Mitchell. “Our defense was just dominant.”

North Medford;20 28 14 7 — 69

South Eugene; 6 0 0 0 — 6

SE — Orsinger 24 pass Duncan (kick failed)

NM — Janakes 16 run (kick failed)

NM — Janakes 47 run (pass failed)

NM — Hansen 4 pass from Fowler (Janakes run)

NM — Barry 57 interception return (Grether kick)

NM — Fowler 5 run (Grether kick)

NM — Evans 11 pass from Fowler (Grether kick)

NM — Hansen 12 fumble recovery (Grether kick)

NM — Grether 31 pass from Fowler (Grether kick)

NM — Spence 6 run (Grether kick)

NM — Freda 15 run (Grether kick)

GRANTS PASS 49, THURSTON 10: At Springfield, Grants Pass quarterback Javan Appling completed 19 of 24 passes for 279 yards and three touchdowns to lead the No. 4 Cavemen to the SWC victory.

Zac Hannan returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a score and also threw a TD pass to go with 65 rushing yards for Grants Pass (4-0, 2-0 SWC). Ben Dean added 60 yards rushing and two TDs on 13 carries to help the Cavemen outgain Thurston (1-3, 1-1), 598-208.

Grants Pass;21 14 7 7 — 49

Thurston;3 7 0 0 — 10

GP — Hannan 90 kickoff return (Dinkins kick)

GP — Meadows 22 pass from Appling (Dinkins kick)

GP — Lopez 36 pass from Appling (Dinkins kick)

T — FG LeVesque 39

GP — Meadows 12 pass from Appling (Dinkins kick)

T — Patterson 1 run (LeVesque kick)

GP — McKinley 38 pass from Hannan (Dinkins kick)

GP — Dean 15 run (Dinkins kick)

GP — Dean 10 run (Dinkins kick)

CRATER 43, EUREKA 10: At Central Point, junior quarterback Matt Struck passed for 463 yards and three touchdowns in the nonleague game against the Northern California school.

Crater (2-2) scored on its first two possessions and built a 29-0 second-quarter lead.

The Comets went 64 yards in six plays to score after taking the game’s opening kickoff. An 11-yard TD pass from Struck to Dylan Morgan completed the drive.

On Crater’s next possession, Cavin Gillispie scored from 1 yard out when Crater marched 60 yards in 10 plays.

Struck was 30 of 39 passing with one interception.

Jake Ireland led the receiving corps with nine catches for 172 yards and one touchdown. Spencer Cyr caught six passes for 115 yards and Morgan had 91 yards on seven receptions and two touchdowns.

The Comets, who had 502 yards in offense, held Eureka to a total of 283.

Eureka; 0 10 0 0 — 10

Crater; 15 14 7 7 — 43

C — Morgan 11 pass from Struck (Gillespie pass from Struck)

C — Gillespie 1 run (Santoni kick)

C — Struck 2 run (Santoni kick)

C — Morgan 45 pass from Struck (Santoni kick)

E — Finney 97 run (Thompson kick)

E — FG Thompson 30

C — Ireland 17 pass from Struck (Santoni kick)

C — Gillespie 6 run (Santoni kick)

ASHLAND 16, RIDGEVIEW 14: At Ashland, Kyle Weinberg’s 24-yard field goal attempt was partially blocked but still had enough to skip off the crossbar and through the uprights with four seconds to play for No. 2 Ashland in the nonleague victory.

Ryne Robitz ran for 141 yards and one touchdown for the Grizzlies (4-0) while Weinberg rushed for 98 yards and also completed 24 of 37 passes for 245 yards. Weinberg’s 19-yard TD pass to Michael Pruitt with 7:27 to play trimmed Ashland’s deficit to 14-13.

The Grizzlies outgained Ridgeview, 511-322, in total offense but were slowed by five turnovers (three fumbles, two interceptions).

Ridgeview;6 8 0 0 — 14

Ashland;7 0 0 9 — 16

R — Shaw 4 run (kick blocked)

A — Robitz 23 run (Weinberg kick)

R — Stevens 1 run (O’Neal pass from Johnson)

A — Pruitt 19 pass from Weinberg (kick failed)

A — FG Weinberg 24

YREKA (Calif.) 48, EAGLE POINT 13: At Eagle Point, Yreka romped to a nonleague victory to improve its overall record to 4-1 while host Eagle Point dropped to 0-4 with the homecoming loss.