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South Medford defense sparks win over Roseburg

ROSEBURG — South Medford didn’t have to rely on its dynamic offense against Roseburg in Southwest Conference football Friday night.

It was the Panthers’ defense that came up with the big plays en route to a 51-0 victory over the Indians at Finlay Field.

The defense had a hand in three of the four first-half touchdowns by South Medford (6-1, 4-0 SWC).

Trent Snyder blocked a Roseburg (2-5, 1-4) first-quarter field-goal attempt and Evan Dallas returned it about 70 yards to set up Jaylin Parnell’s 2-yard TD run with just under three minutes left in the opening quarter.

After South Medford went up 14-0 in the second period on Jaalen Owens’ 22-yard pass reception from quarterback Robbie Patterson, Peyton Shipley picked up a fumble by Roseburg’s Jaron Emerson and returned it 55-yards for a score.

Then the Panthers defense stopped the Indians on a fake field-goal attempt that led to a 21-yard Parnell TD scamper to give South a 28-0 halftime lead.

“We had a couple of nice defensive plays that set up touchdowns in the first half,” said South Medford coach Bill Singler. “We did give up some yards at times, but overall our defense played real well. Our linebackers and defensive backs are playing at a high level. And we tackled well in space.”

The sixth-ranked Panthers capitalized on a potent ground game led by Parnell, Snyder and Butler, who had touchdown runs of 36 and 24 yards to complete the scoring.

“Offensively we were crisp,” said Singler. “We didn’t throw the ball a lot but had some timely throws. We got ahead, so we ran the ball more.

“Overall it was just a good team win,” added Singler, whose squad will play at Sheldon next Friday with the SWC championship on the line. “I loved how our team responded on the road. It was a huge stepping stone.”

South Medford;7;21;16;7;—;51

Roseburg;0;0;0;0;—;0

SM — Parnell 2 run (Owens kick)

SM — Owens 22 pass from Patterson (Owens kick)

SM — Shipley 55 fumble return (Owens kick)

SM — Parnell 21 run (Owens kick)

SM — Parnell 3 run (Owens kick)

SM — Safety, Stoffal tackled in end zone by Schumack

SM — Butler 36 run (Owens kick)

SM — Butler 24 run (Shipley kick)

NORTH EUGENE 55, EAGLE POINT 6: At Eugene, North Eugene limited Eagle Point to 121 yards on the ground and rolled to the Midwestern League victory.

The Eagles (3-4, 2-3 MWL) entered the contest averaging 208 rushing yards per game.

It was the second straight win for North Eugene (2-5, 2-3).

Eagle Point’s Devin Bradd ran for 92 yards on 17 carries, including a long run of 50 yards.

Alex Carrillo added 42 yards on five carries.

Cameron Morgan was 5 of 6 for 70 yards, including the Eagles’ lone touchdown, a 44-yard pass to Casey Zakowski.

Eagle Point;0;0;0;6;—;6

North Eugene;20;7;20;7;—;54

PHOENIX 42, HENLEY 26: At Phoenix, running back Michael Walker made four trips into the end zone to power the Pirates in the Skyline Conference showdown, vaulting them into a three-way tie for first place with Mazama and Henley with one week left.

Phoenix visits Klamath Union next Friday.

Walker rushed for 91 yards on 22 carries while wide receiver Chase Courtney made eight receptions for 166 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown pass from Javan Gail.

Gail threw for 208 yards on 14 of 21 passing and scrambled for another 53 yards for the Pirates (5-2, 3-1 Sky), who rolled up 429 yards of total offense.

Henley;7;0;12;7;—;26

Phoenix;8;14;13;7;—;42

H — Conrad 5 run (Ledgerwood kick)

P — Walker 1 run (Courtney pass from Chase)

P — Courtney 26 pass from Gail (Espana kick)

P — Walker 1 run (Espana kick)

P — Walker 13 run (Espana kick)

H — O’Connor 30 pass from No. 7 (kick blocked)

P — Gail 3 run (Espana kick)

H — O’Connor 46 pass from No. 7 (pass failed)

P — Walker 7 run (Espana kick)

H — Conrad 20 run (Ledgerwood kick)

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 63, LAKEVIEW 6: Quarterback Haiden Schaan totalled four touchdowns while Cascade Christian’s defense began the game by forcing three consecutive turnovers to establish control early in their Southern Cascade League opener at Spiegelberg Stadium.

Schaan threw two touchdowns and ran for a pair of TDs while throwing for 194 yards on 11 of 16 passing and added 57 yards on the ground.

Ben Dunn and Kiegan Schaan both played well for Challengers (6-1, 1-0 Southern Cascade League). Dunn finished with a rushing touchdown, a receiving TD to go with four catches for 67 yards and two interceptions. Kiegan Schaan had two rushing touchdowns, an interception and a fumble recovery.

The Challengers, who piled up 324 yards on the ground, were led by Caleb Jordan’s 166 yards on 11 totes and a TD. Ian Fralich ran for a TD, caught another and finished with three catches for 97 yards.

Lakeview;0;0;6;0;—;6

Cascade Christian;28;14;21;0;—;63

CC — I. Fralich 5 run (Hoffman kick)

CC — Dunn 27 pass from H. Schaan (Hoffman kick)

CC — H. Schaan 4 run (Hoffman kick)

CC — K. Schaan 14 run (Hoffman kick)

CC — I. Fralich 22 pass from H. Schaan (Hoffman kick)

CC — H. Schaan 14 run (Hoffman kick)

LV — Shullanberger 5 run (conversion failed)

CC — Jordan 32 run (Hoffman kick)

CC — Dunn 25 run (Hoffman kick)

CC — K. Schaan 4 run (Hoffman kick)

ST. MARY’S 53, ILLINOIS VALLEY 15: At Cave Junction, St. Mary’s sophomore quarterback Aliiloa Kaeo-Wailehua filled in for injured Cody Conner, and Gavin Rajagopal had a big night carrying the ball for the Crusaders in the SCL opener for both teams.

Kaeo-Wailehua passed for three touchdowns and ran for another replacing Conner, who was lost for the season last week with a shoulder separation. Kaeo-Wailehua was 9 of 14 passing for 257 yards and no interceptions.

Rajagopal had 231 yards rushing on 15 carries and three TDs.

Cobey Aldrich was the Crusaders’ leading receiver with five catches for 124 yards and two touchdowns.

St. Mary’s (4-3, 1-0 SCL) amassed 644 yards in offense.

St. Mary’s;21;19;6;7;—;53

Illinois Valley:9;6;0;0;—;15

IV — FG 27

SM — Rajagopal 7 run (Rajagopal kick)

SM — Reynolds 55 pass from Kaeo-Wailehua (Rajagopal kick)

IV — 2 run (pass failed)

SM — Kaeo-Wailehua 23 run (Rajogopal kick)

SM — Rajagopal 21 run (kick failed)

IV — 92 kickoff return (run failed)

SM — Aldrich 5 pass from Kaeo-Wailehua (Rajagopal klick)

SM — Aldrich 13 pass from Kaeo-Wailehua (kick failed)

SM — Rajagopal 44 run (run failed)

SM — Aldrich 1 run (Eiler kick)

GLENDALE 62, PROSPECT 6: At Glendale, Shane Lawler’s 65-yard kickoff was all Prospect was able to muster in the District 2 contest.

For the Cougars (0-5, 0-4 Dist. 2), Lawler rushed for 104 yards, Brendan Lane finished with 140 yards of total offense and Michael Cripps passed for 102 yards and ran for 58.

Lakeview;28;24;10;0;—;62

Cascade Christian;0;0;0;6;—;63

ROGUE RIVER 59, CROW 14: At Eugene, junior quarterback Derek Nelson had a hand in five first-half touchdowns as Rogue River built a 44-8 lead at intermission in the nonconference game Thursday.

Nelson passed for four touchdowns and returned a fumble for a 30-yard TD — all in the first half for Rogue River (6-1) against winless Crow (0-6).

Nelson finished with 170 yards of the Chieftains’ 338 rushing yards and was 13 of 17 passing for 130 yards.

Rogue River;20;24;12;3;—;59

Crow;0;8;6;0;—;14

RR — Hooker 25 pass from Nelson (pass failed)

RR — J. Tambellini 12 pass from Nelson (J. Tamellini run)

RR — J. Tambellini 15 pass from Nelson (run failed)

RR — Nelson 30 fumble recovery (Nelson run)

RR — Chavez 15 pass from Nelson (Vandy pass from Nelson)

RR — Echaide 3 run (A. Canoe pass from Nelson)

C — Mathews 50 run (run good)

RR — Hooker 65 run (pass failed)

RR — Nelson 20 run (run failed)

C — Schwartz 12 run (run failed)

RR — FG J. Tambellini 33