Challengers' Furst returns, throws seven TD passes
Following a five-game absence, senior quarterback Alec Furst showed no ill effects from the broken collarbone that forced him to the sideline, where he watched freshman Haiden Schaan perform at a high level in his place.
Furst threw seven touchdown passes and the Cascade Christian football team wrapped up the Southern Cascade League title and Class 3A state playoff berth with a 49-7 rout of St. Mary’s on Friday at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Next week, the Challengers (7-2, 3-0 SCL) host their first playoff opponent, yet to be determined. The Crusaders (5-4, 1-2) finished third in league, missing out on the second and final playoff berth occupied by Illinois Valley.
Furst was injured midway through the Challengers’ third game of the season against Burns, which notched a 46-19 win.
Even with Furst out, the Challengers hardly missed a beat with Schaan at the helm, posting a 4-1 overall record and 2-0 mark in the SCL. Cascade Christian head coach Jon Gettman said, in spite of several key injuries throughout the season, Cascade Christian has reached the playoffs and is getting healthy at the right time.
“Its neat to see a group of young men step up to the opportunities that they’re given and not to be fearful of that moment, and to step up and play well,” he said. “Haiden has been incredible, not just throwing the ball but emotionally and being a team leader. It’s just a blessing to coach these guys.”
Furst’s seven touchdown passes were the most since Seth Knox tossed nine in the Challengers’ quarterfinals game against Rainier last season.
Furst found Jake Booker with an 85-yarder for a touchdown to break the ice for the Challengers early in the first quarter. Booker finished with three touchdowns to go with eight catches for 158 yards. Jack Spence grabbed two TDs as well.
Dante Olson had 11 carries for 67 yards and on defense, he led the Challengers with 13 tackles. Zack Fralich and Matt Miller added five tackles apiece.
St. Mary’s quarterback Denten Edwards scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter to cut his team’s deficit to 14-7.
CC — Booker 85 pass from Furst (Thomas kick)
CC — Robbins 2 pass from Furst (Thomas kick)
SM — Edwards 1 run (Smith kick)
CC — Wager 23 pass from Furst (Thomas kick)
CC — Booker 12 pass from Furst (Thomas kick)
CC — Spence 28 pass from Furst (Thomas kick)
CC — Booker 48 pass from Furst (Thomas kick)
CC — Spence 24 pass from Furst (Thomas kick)
ILLINOIS VALLEY 62, LAKEVIEW 0: At Cave Junction, James Thompson scored all four of his touchdowns in the first half as Illinois Valley advanced to the state playoffs for the second consecutive year and fifth time in school history.
Illinois Valley (5-3, 2-1 SCL) led 48-0 at halftime.
Thompson rushed for 150 yards on 13 carries to pace the Cougars.
Quarterback C.J. Manning caught a touchdown pass and passed for another.
IV — Thompson 6 run (kick failed)
IV — Hostkoetter 2 blocked punt return (Manning kick)
IV — Thompson 11 run (Manning kick)
IV — Thompson 3 run (Manning kick)
IV — Manning 28 pass from McLanahan (Manning kick)
IV — Thompson 65 run (McLanahan pass from Manning)
IV — Lindell 18 run (kick failed)
IV — Miller 11 pass from Manning (McLanahan pass from Manning)
IV — McLanahan 1 run (kick failed)
RIDDLE 42, ROGUE RIVER 34: At Riddle, Rogue River quarterback Cody Wright threw four touchdown passes and returned the game’s opening kickoff for a TD but the Chieftains were unable to fulfill their comeback bid in pursuit of their first win.
After Tyler Sakraida hauled in Wright’s fourth touchdown pass of the contest to slice Riddle’s lead to 42-34 late in the fourth quarter, Alex Valencia made an interception to give the Chieftains’ offense another chance with about one minute remaining. The Irish, however, survived by forcing a turnover.
DAYS CREEK 70, PROSPECT 46: At Days Creek, Darren Stillwagon ran for three touchdowns and passed for one in a season-ending loss for Prospect in the Class 1A District 2 playoff contest.
Stillwagon, the Cougars senior quarterback, was 21 of 45 passing for 253 yards and rushed for 142 yards on 16 carries.
Days Creek quarterback Colton Fuller passed for five touchdowns, caught a TD pass and ran for one score.
Days Creek (7-1), the No. 2 team from the district west division, advances to the state playoffs, while Prospect, No. 3 in the east, finishes the season at 5-4.
DC — Fuller 1 run (Hays pass from Fuller
DC — Orrison 2 pass from Fuller (Fuller run)
P — Stillwagon 54 run (pass failed)
DC — Stever 25 pass from Fuller (run failed)
DC — Hays 64 pass from Fuller (pass failed)
DC — Hays 5 run (Mattos pass from Fuller)
P — Stillwagon 29 run (Raines pass from Stillwagon)
DC — Orrison 44 pass from Fuller (Stever pass from Fuller)
P — Raines 25 pass from Stillwagon (Hatley pass from Stillwagon)
DC — Fuller 40 pass from Mattos (pass failed)
P — Stillwagon 11 run (Hunsley pass from Stillwagon)
DC — Hays 30 pass from Fuller (Stever pass from Fuller)
DC — Orrison 60 punt return (run failed)
P — Hatley 38 pass from Stillwagon (Hatley pass from Stillwagon)
DC — Slater 2 run (pass failed)
P — Driskell 90 kickoff return (Hatley run)
GILCHRIST 34, BUTTE FALLS 26: At Gilchrist, Butte Falls came up short in the matchup of District 2 sixth-place teams.
The Loggers (1-8) finished at the bottom of the west division while Gilchrist (3-5) was last in the east division.
CRESCENT VALLEY 1, EAGLE POINT 0: At Corvallis, Eagle Point played a strong overall game but couldn’t capitalize on three dangerous scoring opportunities in the Class 5A boys play-in loss at Corvallis High.
Crescent Valley (8-3-4), the Mid-Willamette Conference No. 4 team, scored on a header off a corner kick late in the first half.
Eagle Point (9-5-1) senior goalie Jonel Quintero kept the score close with some key saves.
NORTH VALLEY 2, JUNCTION CITY 1, SO: At Junction City, North Valley pulled off the Class 4A play-in upset, making three penalty kick shots to Junction City’s two in the shootout.
Junction City (12-3) was No. 8 in the OSAA power rankings, while the Knights (7-8) are 22nd. North Valley plays a first round match Tuesday against an opponent to be determined.
In the shootout, the Knights got goals from Isabella Schrader, Rochelle Banta and Baylee Durham. The Tigers missed their fifth attempt, giving the win to North Valley, which made three of its first four tries.
Durham gave the Knights a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute with an assist from Baylee Duncan. Junction City tied it in the 36th.