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No. 4 Panthers rally past South Salem

SALEM — South Medford overcame a sluggish first half and a depleted roster to overtake South Salem for a 28-21 nonconference football victory Friday.

The fourth-ranked Panthers (3-1), playing their third game in four weeks in the Salem-Portland area, got four touchdown passes from senior quarterback Robbie Patterson and scored 21 points in the third quarter.

The Saxons (0-4) had scored on a 45-yard pass play with seven seconds left in the first half to go ahead 14-7 at intermission.

“You could tell we were tired, mentally and physically, to start the game,” said South Medford coach Bill Singler. “There was not much energy, no emotion, nothing.”

With four offensive line starters injured, the sledding was difficult against a Saxons team whose strength is in the trenches.

“We didn’t do much offensively,” said Singler. “We were searching for something. Their physicalness gave our line fits.”

Halftime adjustments seemed to do the trick. After getting a defensive stop to start the third quarter, Patterson found Chase Cota for an equalizing TD of 10 yards.

When the Panthers got the ball back, Jaylin Parnell made it 21-14 with a 57-yard scamper. On their third drive of the quarter, Patterson again hooked up with Cota, this time for 46 yards.

“That’s the sign of a good team,” said Singler. “Through the face of adversity, we came out and established ourselves in the third quarter on both sides of the ball, and that was good to see.”

Jaalen Owens, who scored South Medford’s initial TD on a 36-yard reception, sealed the win in the closing minute with an interception.

South Medford plays North Medford next Friday at Spiegelberg Stadium.

South Medford;0;7;21;0;—;28

South Salem;0;14;0;7;—;21

SS — 7 yard TD (kick good)

SM — Owens 36 pass from Patterson (Owens kick)

SS — 45 yard TD pass (kick good)

SM — Cota 10 pass from Patterson (Owens kick)

SM — Parnell 57 run (Owens kick)

SM — Cota 46 pass from Patterson (Owens kick)

SS — Delgado 2 run (kick good)

GRANTS PASS 33, WILLAMETTE 31: At Eugene, Vincent Washington ran for 186 yards and two 1-yard touchdowns as Grants Pass remained unbeaten in Southwest Conference play.

The Cavemen (4-0, 2-0 SWC) also got 185 yards and two touchdowns through the air from Blain Hobbs, who also ran for 79 yards and a 14-yard score.

Hobbs was 18-for-27 and was intercepted once. The workhorse Washington amassed his rushing total on 36 carries.

Willamette scored a late touchdown to pull within two points, but Grants Pass recovered the ensuing onside kick.

Zach Williams had eight catches for 92 yards for Grants Pass.

THURSTON 57, EAGLE POINT 0: At Eagle Point, Thurston quarterback Preston Fisher passed for six touchdowns overall, three to Ethan Powell and two to Tyson Haas, and the Colts jumped out to a 42-0 lead by halftime in the Midwestern League game.

Devin Bradd, a freshman, rushed for 98 yards on 14 carries to provide nearly all of the offense for Eagle Point (2-2, 1-1 MWL), which was limited to 126 total yards and six first downs, finishing 2-for-12 on third-down attempts and with no completed passes.

The Colts (3-1, 2-0), meanwhile, racked up 509 yards in total offense. Fisher finished 20-for-25 passing for 319 yards with no interceptions. Powell caught seven passes for 157 yards and JJ Sargeant, who also caught a touchdown, hauled in six passes for 104 yards.

Alex Carrillo had 10 tackles and Casey Zakowski had an interception to lead the Eagles’ defense.

CRATER 35, SPRINGFIELD 6: At Central Point, quarterback Trever Davis and running back Cade Weaver combined for four of Crater’s five touchdowns as the Comets established control in the first half.

Weaver had touchdown runs of 7 and 2 yards to finish with 48 yards on 11 carries. Davis trotted into the end zone from 2 yards out and had a 24-yard touchdown pass to Jesse Fisher late in the second quarter.

Davis was 16-for-28 for 178 yards and Gavin Acrey ripped off a 50-yard touchdown run to give the Comets (2-2, 1-1 Midwestern League) a 35-0 lead in the third quarter.

While they allowed 109 yards rushing by Springfield’s Arturo Diaz, the Comet defense limited the Millers (0-4, 0-2) to just one 19-yard pass completion.

MARIST 55, ASHLAND 22: Marist quarterback Reow Jackson ran for four touchdowns and passed for three more as the host Spartans scored the Midwestern League victory.

Marist (2-2, 2-0 MWL) denied Ashland (1-3, 0-2) a chance to cut into a 19-7 lead with a defensive stand inside the 15-yard line early in the second quarter and dominated the rest of the game, amassing 472 of its 587 yards of total offense on the ground.

Ashland QB Cade Swenson passed for touchdowns of 30 yards to DaMario Watson and 11 yards to Anthony Swanson, and Gabe Ekwall closed the Grizzlies’ scoring with a 4-yard pass from Rieger Sayre in the fourth quarter.

Ashland managed 258 yards of total offense, 164 coming through the air.