6A/5A Football: Eagles explode for 82!
EUGENE — Devin Bradd got Eagle Point rolling early, then Noah Page demonstrated his explosiveness in a wild, high-scoring Midwestern League football game Friday at North Eugene High.
After all the scoring came to a halt, the Eagles were standing with an 82-56 victory over the Highlanders.
Eagle Point led 61-28 at halftime but, even with a 33-point lead, Eagles coach Seth Womack was not putting this one in the scoring column yet.
“I told the kids, we are only up four scores,” said Womack in the locker room at intermission. “Sure enough North Eugene got the ball in the second half and scored on us. It was back-and-forth. They kept scoring and we had to match it.”
The 138 points scored by both teams is not a state record. The record of 147 points was tied last year when Oregon City defeated Sunset, 75-72. The previous record was established with an Aloha 84-63 victory over Lakeridge in 2012.
Bradd, a sophomore running back, scored the Eagles’ first four touchdowns — all in the opening quarter.
Eagle Point (5-3, 2-3 MWL) was trailing 14-12 when Bradd put the Eagles ahead for good on a 74-yard TD run and a two-point conversion run. Bradd followed that with a 30-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Cameron Morgan, then Page scored the first of his six touchdowns as Eagle Point finished the period with a 33-14 lead.
Bradd rushed 19 times for 281 yards and four touchdowns and caught one pass for a score.
“Devin was hitting the hole at the right time and the offensive line played their butts off,” said Womack.
Page’s numbers were nothing less than spectacular. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound senior caught eight passes for 351 yards and five touchdowns.
When North Eugene cut the Eagles’ lead to 19 points on Drew Williams’ 5-yard run early in the fourth, Page ended the Highlanders momentum by returning the ensuing kickoff for a 76-yard touchdown.
“(Page) was double- and triple-teamed all night,” said Womack, “and he was able to come down with some big catches. Noah has such a high acceleration no one can run with him. And he has good moves and agility as well.”
Morgan was on top of his game too. The senior passed for 416 yards and seven touchdowns on 11-for-15 passing.
CHURCHILL 58, CRATER 20: At Eugene, fourth-ranked Churchill used its prolific, quick-strike offense and a defense that forced five turnovers to dominate No. 8 Crater and win the Midwestern League South Division title.
The sixth straight win for Churchill (7-1, 5-0 MWL) sets up a battle against North Division winner Thurston next Friday. Crater (5-3, 4-1) plays Ridgeview, the No. 2 team in the North.
Crater’s scoring plays were an 85-yard kickoff return by Gavin Acrey, Dylan Kinney on a 49-yard pass from Trever Davis and Payton Anhorn on a 5-yard pass from Ethan Scott.
Kinney had three catches for 54 yards.
Lancers running back Deonte Jones rushed for 225 yards and four touchdowns on just 14 carries, quarterback Demontre Thomas II threw for 284 yards and three touchdowns and wide receiver Elijah Fields had touchdown receptions of 41 and 24 yards, and also returned a kickoff for a score.
On defense, the Lancers held the Comets out of the end zone until the fourth quarter — Crater’s first score came on the kickoff return — and also had four interceptions, recovered a fumble and forced turnovers on three straight possessions between the end of the second quarter and start of the third.
SOUTH EUGENE 27, ASHLAND 17: At Eugene, quarterback Bryce Boettcher scored four touchdowns on the ground to lead South Eugene to a comeback win over Ashland in the final Midwestern League South Division game of the season for both teams.
Ashland (3-5, 1-4) took a 17-14 lead midway through the third quarter when quarterback Rieger Sayre threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to wideout Nathan Carter.
South Eugene (5-3, 3-2) didn’t trail for long, as Boettcher ran it in from 28 yards out to put his team back in front 20-17.
Boettcher’s 5-yard TD run with 4:52 to go put the game out of reach.
The Axe recorded 283 of their 352 yards of total offense on the ground.
Sayre finished 20-of-29 passing for 230 yards and a touchdown. He also led Ashland with 43 yards rushing. Nolan Rinefort, who kicked a 28-yard field goal, caught five passes for 74 yards and Gabe Ekwall finished with 84 yards receiving.
Isaac Evans scored on a punt return for the Grizzlies’ first touchdown less than a minute into the second quarter.