Phoenix runs past South Umpqua
PHOENIX — Phoenix used an explosive running game fueled by Zach Atteberry and Justin Knight en route to a 23-12, season-opening victory over South Umpqua in a battle of ranked teams at Jack Woodward Stadium Friday.
The eighth-ranked Pirates led 9-0 at halftime.
Atteberry broke a 60-yard touchdown run in the third quarter after the Lancers scored to cut the Pirates' lead to 9-6.
The Pirates answered a South Umpqua threat when Knight scored from 2 yards out in the fourth quarter to preserve the lead against the ninth-ranked Lancers.
"Offensively I was very impressed with Justin Knight and Zach Atteberry the way they ran the football," said veteran Phoenix coach Toby Walker. "They were breaking tackles and getting into the open field."
Phoenix rushed for 269 yards and added another 28 passing.
Atteberry led the ground game with 138 yards on 18 carries and Knight contributed 92 yards on 11 rushes.
Phoenix sophomore quarterback Dylan Knudson was 6-of-9 passing for 28 yards and rushed for another 23, including a 15-yard TD.
"As a sophomore going against a solid defense, Knudson showed good composure throughout the game," said Walker
Defensively, Phoenix came up with three interceptions and made a goal-line stand.
"We wore them down on the line," said Walker. "As a defensive unit, the kids made plays when we had to."
Pho — Safety, ball hiked out of end zone
Pho — Knudson 15 run (Bazan kick)
SU — Thompson 16 run (run failed)
Pho — Atteberry 60 run (Bazan kick)
SU — Merritt 1 run (pass failed)
Pho — Knight 2 run (Bazan kick)
CRESWELL 20, ST. MARY'S 10: At Creswell, St. Mary's took a 10-7 on Nick Van Valkenburg's 42-yard field goal in the fourth quarter before Creswell scored 13 unanswered points in the season opener.
Tanner Smith's 3-yard touchdown run evened the game at 7 in the third.
Van Valkenburg and Brady Robison each made interceptions for the Crusaders.
HENLEY 35, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 34: Cascade Christian opted to go for the win in overtime but its two-point conversion pass attempt fell short and Henley completed its comeback at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
The Hornets (1-0) rallied from a 21-point deficit to knot the score 28-all in the fourth quarter to force the extra period. After Kyle Hadwick’s touchdown run put Henley up 35-28 in overtime, the Challengers matched the touchdown on Jake Booker’s 25-yard catch from Haiden Schaan before the failed overtime gamble.
Schaan threw for 279 yards tossed two touchdowns to Booker and rushed for another score for the Challengers (0-1), who also picked up a pair of rushing touchdowns from Zack Fralich.
The Hornets’ Hadwick threw four touchdowns — three were caught by Darren Brown — and ran for another TD.
CC — Schaan 5 run (Dunn kick)
CC — Fralich 1 run (Dunn kick)
CC — Booker 22 pass from Schaan (Dunn kick)
H — Brown 9 pass from Hadwick (conversion failed)
H — Brown 6 pass from Hadwick (Brown reception)
H — Brown 59 pass from Hadwick (conversion failed)
CC — Fralich 1 run (Dunn kick)
H — Sturgeon 17 pass from Hadwick (Hay. Rasica reception)
H — Hadwick 7 run (Gonzales kick)
CC — Booker 25 pass from Schaan (pass failed)