Big third quarter boosts Ashland
ASHLAND -- Led by a huge third-quarter effort and four touchdown passes from junior quarterback Rieger Sayre, Ashland ended its three-game losing skid in its final regular season home game at Walter A. Phillips Field, beating North Eugene, 42-21.
DaMario Watson carried the ball 22 times for 128 yards in the Midwestern League win for the Grizzlies (3-4, 1-3 MWL) against North Eugene (2-5, 0-4).
Ashland never trailed in the game, with Sayre throwing his first two touchdown passes in the first half — one each to Nagali Jackson and Nathan Carter, the latter giving the Grizzlies a 14-7 halftime lead.
The Sayre-Carter connection hooked up again on a 21-yard touchdown midway through the third quarter. Just over a minute later, Isaac Evans picked off a pass from North Eugene quarterback Drew Williams and returned it 20 yards for the pick-6.
Another Highlander turnover, this time a fumble recovered by Jackson, set up a 30-yard TD run by Nolan Rinefort to make it 35-7. Rinefort later added a 27-yard TD reception.
Sayre went 16-for-31 for 164 yards, while Carter finished with three catches for 72 yards and linebacker Myles Montgomery recorded a game-high 12 tackles.