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Grants Pass cruises past Panthers, 52-0

GRANTS PASS — It was a historic victory for Grants Pass over South Medford Friday night.

Javan Appling passed for five touchdowns as No. 4 Grants Pass stunned unranked South Medford 52-0 in Southwest Conference football at Mel Ingram Stadium.

It was South Medford’s worst loss in the series that began in 1986. The previous biggest win for the Cavemen was 44-0 in 1997, while the Panthers’ largest margin of victory was 46-0 in 2011. South Medford had won 12 of the past 14 meetings.

The Cavemen (5-0, 3-0 SWC) certainly solidified their state ranking with the dominating performance. Grants Pass amassed 590 yards in offense to just 121 for South Medford and had 25 first downs to seven for the Panthers (3-2, 1-2).

Appling was 18 of 24 passing for 346 yards and one interception. The senior quarterback had four touchdown passes in the first half as the Cavemen led 31-0 at intermission.

Grants Pass rushed for 244 yards, with Zac Hannan leading the way with 94 yards on 10 carries. Appling adding 59 yards on the ground.

Keegan Weiss and Jeret Musser each caught a pair of touchdown passes in the first half.

South quarterback Craig Contreras, who was intercepted once, was 8-of-16 passing for 71 yards. The Panthers were limited to 50 yards rushing.

Grants Pass will host No. 3 North Medford in an important SWC matchup next Friday.

South Medford; 0 0 0 0 — 0

Grants Pass; 10 21 14 7 — 52

GP — Weiss 15 pass from Appling (Dinkins kick)

GP — FG Dinkins 23

GP — Musser 84 pass from Appling (Dinkins kick)

GP — Musser 10 pass from Appling (Dinkins kick)

GP — Weiss 41 pass from Appling (Dinkins kick)

GP — Dean 15 run (Dinkins kick)

GP — Bents 29 pass from Appling (Dinkins kick)

GP — Dean 17 run (Dinkins kick)

ASHLAND 45, CHURCHILL 7: At Eugene, Theo Whitcomb’s 15-yard interception return in the final minute of the first half gave Ashland some much-needed breathing room, and the Grizzlies pulled away in the second half during Midwestern League action.

Whitcomb stepped in front of a pass by Jacob Brothers intended for Skyler Rose and sprinted into the end zone with 51 seconds to go in the second quarter to give the Grizzlies a 17-7 lead.

Ashland then scored two more touchdowns in the third and two in the fourth to improve to 5-0 while dropping the Lancers to 2-3.

Ashland quarterback Kyle Weinberg bounced back from a hip injury suffered last week to complete 14 of 20 passes for 258 yards, including a 79-yard touchdown on a wide receiver screen to Shashi Penn late in the third quarter.

Penn had four catches for 137 yards and a 13-yard touchdown run, while Max Atteberry had four catches for 79 yards and a TD.

Defensively, Walker Shibley had a 44-yard interception return that set up Ashland’s final score, while Michael Pruitt, Andrew Stark and Stenley Graham each had a sack.

Ashland; 7 10 14 14 — 45

Churchill; 7 0 0 0 — 7

A — Penn 13 run (Graham kick)

C — Dunlap fumble recovery (Brigola kick)

A — FG 27 Graham

A — Whitcomb 15 interception return (Graham kick)

A — Jayne 1 run (Graham kick)

A — Penn 79 pass from K. Weinberg (Graham kick)

A — M. Atteberry pass from T. Atteberry (Graham kick)

A — Dow 21 run (Graham kick)

MARIST 26, CRATER 0: At Eugene, Crater wasn’t able to get much going against Marist’s stonewall defense as the Spartans held the Comets to just 31 yards on the ground in their Midwestern League opener at Marist High School.

When the Comets (2-3, 0-1 MWL) managed to force Marist into 3rd-and-long situations, the Spartans (3-2, 1-0 MWL) came through with big plays through the air.

Spartans quarterback Quinn Cota went 11-for-14 for 270 yards and three touchdowns, including scores of 51 and 25 to Trevor Vill and a 61-yard TD strike to Dustin Jones-Phillips, who racked up 125 yards on four catches.

Quarterback Matt Struck was 21-for-34 for 181 yards and was intercepted twice for the Comets.

Crater; 0 0 0 0 — 0

Marist; 7 12 0 7 — 26

M — Vill 51 pass from Cota (Patterson kick)

M — Jones-Phillips 61 pass from Cota (kick blocked)

M — Enseki-Frank 10 run (pass failed)

M — Vill 25 pass from Cota (Patterson kick)

SPRINGFIELD 55, EAGLE POINT 0: At Springfield, winless Eagle Point’s offensive woes continued as the Eagles were shut out for the second time in their last three games in the MWL opener for both teams.

The Eagles (0-5, 0-1 MWL) have scored just 26 points in five games this season.

Springfield, ranked fifth in the Class 5A state poll, improved to 4-1 on the year.