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North comeback falls short against Fortuna

FORTUNA, Calif. — North Medford fourth-year coach Mike Mitchell knew his team would go through some growing pains after graduating 33 seniors off last year's squad.

And Mitchell's feeling proved correct in a season-opening 21-14 loss to Fortuna High on Friday.

The Black Tornado trailed 14-0 going into the fourth quarter, then made a late comeback but came up short against the Northern California school.

"I thought we had a good chance to win at the end," said Mitchell. "We made some young mistakes early. We fumbled after a 40-yard run. We played some good defense to force a punt but had a roughing penalty."

The Huskies, who began the season with a victory last week, led 7-0 at halftime on a 3-yard second-quarter touchdown run by quarterback Jonathan Lewis. Fortuna went up 14-0 in the third quarter on a Ben Flackus 4-yard rush.

Black Tornado senior quarterback Greyson Wolff tossed a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown passes to make the game close. Wolff found Cory Reece on a 13-yard TD pass to cut North's deficit to 14-6.

Fortuna added a 2-yard touchdown run by Dante Viggers, then Wolff hit receiver Preston Johnson on a 50-yard scoring pass.with 58 seconds remaining.

The Black Tornado recovered an onside kick but got stopped on downs on its final possession.

"Wolff played a good game for his first start," said Mitchell. "And our pass protection most of the time was pretty good."

Wolff was 17 of 33 passing for 212 yards and one interception.

Will Spence led North's ground game with 114 yards on 17 carries.

Mitchell was pleased with the performance of the Black Tornado defense, especially the play from linebacker Derek Kinsey.

"There were lots of positives," said Mitchell. "Our tackling was really good. We pursued and got to the ball real well.”

"You're always disappointed when you lose," he added. "We're retooling this year. We just have to hang in there and develop as a team."

North Medford;0;0;0;14;—;14


F — Lewis 3 run (Lewis kick)

F — Flaukus 4 run (Lewis kick)

NM — Reece 13 pass from Wolff (kick failed)

F — Viggers 2 run (Lewis kick)

NM — Johnson 50 pass from Wolff (Westfall run)

SHERWOOD 53, GRANTS PASS 29: At Grants Pass, Easton Bents tossed three touchdown passes but defending Southwest Conference champion Grants Pass couldn’t keep pace against Sherwood at Mel Ingram Field.

Jake Stoffel ran for 136 yards on 18 attempts and scored a touchdown for the Cavemen (0-1).

Sherwood’s Emmett Floyd caught two of Adam Vasquez’s four touchdown passes and the Bowmen opened a 28-7 lead in the second quarter.

Sherwood 53, Grants Pass 29

At Mel Ingram Field


Grants Pass;0;15;6;8;—;29

S — Floyd 28 pass from Vasquez (Rutschman kick)

S — Rutschman 53 fumble return (Rutschman kick)

GP — Lopez 30 pass from Bents (Clark kick)

S — Nixon 33 pass from Vasquez (Rutschman kick)

S — Floyd 89 pass from Vasquez (Rutschman kick)

GP — Musser 59 pass from Bents (Zeltvay pass from Clark)

S — FG Rutschman 37

S — Shadbolt 2 run (Nixon pass from Vasquez)

GP — Hanley 31 pass from Bents (pass failed)

S — Morris 25 pass from Vasquez (Rutschman kick)

GP — Stoffel 8 run (Stoffel run)

S — Rutschman 26 run (Rutschman kick)



First Downs;26;18


Passing Yards;217;183


Total Yards;527;417






Sherwood — Eisenbeiss 11-87, Rutschman 5-60, Higgins 6-52, Morris 7-39, Eckenberg 3-35, Shadbolt 5-12, No. 39 1-10, No. 36 1-9, Flannery 1-9, Fuller 1-8, Buchanan 2-2, Crowell 1-1, Vasquez 3-(-14).

Grants Pass — Stoffel 18-136, Bents 13-83, Jarvis 2-8, Appling 1-3, Aguilar 1-2, Hanley 1-2.


Sherwood — Vasquez 9-15-0 217.

Grants Pass — Bents 7-13-0 183, England 1-2-0 0.


Sherwood — Floyd 2-117, Nixon 1-33, Toivonen 3-31, Morris 2-26, Higgins 1-10.

Grants Pass — Musser 2-69, Stoffel 2-39, Hanley 2-31, Lopez 1-30, Castle 1-14, Zeltvay 0-0.

CRATER 57, DALLAS 34: At Central Point, senior quarterback Matt Struck threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more to propel Crater past Dallas at Dutch Meyer Field.

Struck connected with Austin Kramer for a 58-yard touchdown. Kramer also had an 80-yard interception return for a score in the fourth quarter.

Cavin Gillispie found paydirt twice on the ground for the Comets (1-0), the second being a 42-yard dash to the end zone.



C — Ireland 24 pass from Struck (Santoni kick)

C — Gillispie 4 run (Santoni kick)

D — White 18 pass from Blair (White kick)

C — Struck 7 run (Santoni kick)

C — Gillispie 42 run (Santoni kick)

C — Struck 7 run (kick failed)

C — Kramer 58 pass from Struck (Gillispie pass from Dey)

D — White 25 pass from Blair (White kick)

D — Hensley 67 fumble return (White kick)

D — Earhart 2 run (kick blocked)

D — White 3 pass from Blair (White kick)

C — Kramer 80 interception return (Dey run)

C — Winningham 2 run (Santoni kick)

EAGLE POINT 48, GLENCOE 20: At Hillsboro, Jaxson Jones rushed for 81 yards on 13 carries and Casey Zakowski ran in a pair of touchdowns for Eagle Point in the nonleague victory.

Jordan Castro and Nathaniel Page also had big offensive nights for the Eagles, who like Glencoe went winless last year. Eagle Point outscored the Crimson Tide 27-6 in the second half.

Eagle Point;6;15;14;13;—;48


ASHLAND 61, KLAMATH UNION 0: At Ashland, Shashi Penn returned the opening kickoff for a 90-yard touchdown and the rout was on at Walter A. Phillips Field in nonconference play.

The Grizzlies scored 34 points in the first quarter and led 61-0 with 3:53 left before halftime.

Ashland quarterback Kyle Weinberg ran for one touchdown and passed for another.

The Class 5A Grizzlies totaled 340 yards in offense and limited Class 4A Klamath Union to 91 yards.

Ashland 61, Klamath Union 0

At Walter A. Phillips Field

Klamath Union;0;0;0;0;—;0


A — Penn 90 kickoff return (K. Weinberg kick)

A — Shibley 30 pass from K. Weinberg (K. Weinberg kick)

A — K. Weinberg 6 run (K. Weinberg kick)

A — Dow 16 run (kick failed)

A — Robinson fumble recovery in end zone (K. Weinberg kick)

A — Pippa 7 pass from Atteberry (K. Weinberg kick)

A — Joss-Bentley fumble recovery in end zone (K. Weinberg kick)

A — Hyatt 4 run (K. Weinberg kick)

A — Hyatt 57 run (kick failed)



First Downs;8;21


Passing Yards;43;119


Total Yards;91;340






Klamath Union — Miller 23-50, Sellars 5-5, Fonseca 2-5, Weitzel 1-(-5), Forrester 1-(-7).

Ashland — Hyatt 6-85, K. Weinberg 2-12, Swanson 1-5, Reichert 3-(-8), unknown 2-(-2), Team 1-0.


Klamath Union — Miller 8-20-1 43.

Ashland — K. Weinberg 5-10-0 97, Atteberry 3-5-0 22, Swanson 0-1-0 0.


Klamath Union — Fonseca 4-15, Forrester 1-15, Weitzel 1-9, Carter 1-5, unknown 1-(-1).

Ashland — Shibley 3-51, Pruitt 1-26, N. Weinberg 1-15, Dow 1-11, Penn 1-9, Pippa 1-7.