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Spartans stave off No. 6 Grizzlies

EUGENE — The Marist football team used a late-game interception to help seal its 14-8 win over No. 6 Ashland during Midwestern League action on Friday night.

The Grizzlies (6-2, 2-2 MWL) must beat Eagle Point next Friday to secure the league’s third and final automatic entry into the OSAA’s 16-team Class 5A bracket.

Trevor Vill’s interception at the Ashland 41-yard line for the Spartans came on fourth-and-12 with 1:17 to go. Prior to that, Ashland quarterback Kyle Weinberg had been sacked for a loss of 9 yards.

The Grizzlies — who have lost two straight — began their last drive at their 35.

The victory sets up a Halloween night matchup between Marist (6-2, 4-0) and Springfield (7-1, 4-0) for the MWL title. The Millers beat Crater, 39-21, on Friday.

The Spartans scored first on Quinn Cota’s 16-yard touchdown pass to Vill with 7:11 left in the first quarter. Ashland responded two minutes later when Weinberg ran in a TD from 1 yard out. Weinberg then connected with Parker Layton for the two-point conversion, giving the Grizzlies an 8-7 advantage.

Austin Tyner’s 43-yard TD reception from Cota late in the second quarter put Marist ahead for good. Neither team scored in the second half.

The Ashland defense held the Spartans to 202 yards and forced three turnovers, but the Grizz offense was contained to 150 yards.

Weinberg finished 12-for-25 passing for 90 yards and he ran the ball 14 times for 31 yards.

Ryne Robitz had 10 carries for 24 yards for the Grizzlies, while Shashi Penn made four catches for 31 yards and Max Montgomery had four catches for 29 yards.

Colin McGuire and Seth Cowan had two sacks apiece, while Karter Cox recorded six tackles and Cowan five tackles for Ashland.

Justin Enseki-Frank rushed 23 times for 86 yards for Marist.

Ashland;8;0;0;0;—;8

Marist;7;7;0;0;—;14

M — Vill 16 pass from Cota (Patterson kick)

A — Weinberg 1 run (Layton pass from Weinberg)

M — Tyner 43 pass from Cota (Patterson kick)

SPRINGFIELD 39, CRATER 21: At Central Point, quarterback Matt Struck completed 35 of 48 passes for 281 yards and two touchdowns and Justin Huff had 13 catches for 102 yards and a score for Crater during Midwestern League action.

Garret Dey recorded four receptions for 52 yards and a TD and Cavin Gillispie rushed in a 2-yard score for the Comets (3-5, 1-3 MWL), who trailed 19-7 at halftime.

Springfield QB Trever Watson was 19-for-25 passing for 338 yards and three TDs. He ran 15 times for 78 yards and a score, while Braydon Haas made four catches for 167 yards for the Millers (7-1, 4-0).

Springfield;12;7;20;0;—;39

Crater;0;7;0;14;—;21

S — Thomas 42 pass from Watson (kick blocked)

S — Haas 56 pass from Watson (kick failed)

S — Watson 13 run (Squires kick)

C — Gillispie 2 run (Santoni kick)

S — Wilson 5 run (kick failed)

S — AhSam 1 run (Umenhofer kick)

S — Haas 54 pass from Watson (Umenhofer kick)

C — Dey 31 pass from Struck (Santoni kick)

C — Huff 4 pass from Struck (Santoni kick)

CHURCHILL 42, EAGLE POINT 19: At Eagle Point, Nate Paige and Jordan Castro connected for a pair of touchdowns to keep Eagle Point in contention before Churchill’s rushing attack was able to wear down the Eagles.

Castro hauled in a 42-yard TD pass from Paige to tie the score at 13-all heading into halftime. The two linked up again in the fourth quarter from 30 yards out.

The Lancers (3-5, 1-3 Midwestern League) began to pull away early in the second half with two straight touchdown plunges by Jonathan Moran.

Moran rushed for 204 yards and four TDs as the Lancers rumbled for 382 on the ground. Tyson Bennion ripped off a 76-yard touchdown run late in the game and finished with 123 yards on just three carries.

The Eagles’ Ra’eed Sowell dropped off a 4-yard TD toss to Tanner Lonning for the game’s first touchdown.

Sowell added 51 yards on the ground while Bryan O’Neil led the way for the Eagles (0-8, 0-4 MWL) with 65 yards on 11 totes.

Churchill;6;7;12;17;—;42

Eagle Point;6;7;0;6;—;19

EP — Lonning 4 pass from Sowell (kick failed)

C — Moran 6 run (run failed)

C — Bryant 43 pass from Brothers (Friedman kick)

EP — Castro 42 pass from Paige (Fincher kick)

C — Moran 1 run (run failed)

C — Moran 5 run (kick failed)

C — FG Brigola 36

C — Moran 60 run (Brigola kick)

C — Bennion 76 run (Friedman kick)

EP — Castro 30 pass from Paige (kick failed)

Southwest Conference

GRANTS PASS 70, SOUTH EUGENE 14: At Grants Pass, Easton Bent’s game-opening 81-yard kickoff return for a touchdown ignited a 10-touchdown first half by third-ranked Grants Pass.

Javan Appling went 10-for-12 passing for 130 yards and three touchdowns — including two to Keegan Weiss during a 42-point first quarter — for the Cavemen (8-0, 6-0 Southwest Conference).

Weiss hauled in three passes for 49 yards and ran for a touchdown. Kirkland Meadows also caught a TD while Zac Hannan and Ben Dean had two rushing touchdowns apiece.

The Axemen dropped to 0-8 overall and 0-6 in SWC.

South Eugene;0;0;0;14;—;14

Grants Pass;42;28;0;0;—;70

GP — Bents 81 kickoff return (Dinkins kick)

GP — Weiss 20 pass from Ja. Appling (Dinkins kick)

GP — Meadows 15 pass from Ja. Appling (Dinkins kick)

GP — Hannan 11 run (Dinkins kick)

GP — Ja. Appling 10 run (Dinkins kick)

GP — Weiss 9 pass from Ja. Appling (Dinkins kick)

GP — Dean 4 run (Je. Appling kick)

GP — Dean 18 run (Je. Appling kick)

GP — Weiss 17 run (Je. Appling kick)

SE — Dixon 1 run (No. 5 kick)

SE — Saylor 64 pass from Duncan (No. 5 kick)