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4A/3A/2A/1A FOOTBALL: Schaan shines as Challengers roll

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Kiegan Schaan can be dangerous with either his throwing arm or his legs.

On Friday, it was both.

The Cascade Christian senior quarterback was in on five of the Challengers’ six touchdowns — three runs and two passes — in a 42-0 nonleague football win over Pleasant Hill at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

The matchup of top-10 Class 3A teams was close through the first quarter, then Schaan made several big running plays to convert third downs, kept drives moving and helped build a 28-0 halftime lead.

The Challengers (4-0) are ranked second in the state coaches’ poll, and Pleasant Hill (2-2) is 10th.

“Kiegan made a lot of big plays offensively,” said Cascade Christian coach Jon Gettman. “He made a couple third-down conversions early in the game, key runs that we needed.”

Schaan was 17 of 28 passing for 138 yards and no interceptions.

He carried the ball nine times for 141 yards — a whopping 15.7 yards per carry.

Cascade Christian led only 6-0, on an Elijah Smith 5-yard run, after one quarter.

In the second, Schaan had 1- and 14-yard scoring runs and found Kristian Fralich for 8 yards for a comfortable halftime lead.

A key play came when it was 14-0 and the Challengers had a fourth down. They converted when Schaan found Matthew McPheeters on a screen pass.

“I felt like that kind of got us going,” said Gettman. “We went in and scored soon after that and I felt like the momentum changed for us at that point.”

Fralich and Schaan had a 40-yard TD connection in the third quarter, and Schaan a 38-yard touchdown run in the fourth.

Fralich had five catches for 80 yards.

Linebacker Smith spearheaded the defense as it recorded its second straight shutout. Cascade Christian blanked Harrisburg 49-0 last week.

“The defense played really well overall,” said Gettman. “Elijah did a great job of flying around the field. He was all over the place, from blitzing to getting stuff in the flat.”

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CC — Smith 5 run (kick failed)

CC — Schaan 1 run (McPheeters pass from Schaan)

CC — Fralich 8 pass from Schaan (Knoblach kick)

CC — Schaan 14 run (Knobloch kick)

CC — Fralich 40 pass from Schaan (Knobloch kick)

CC — Schaan 38 run (Knobloach kick)

MAZAMA 45, PHOENIX 0: At Phoenix, Mazama junior quarterback Tristan Lee and senior Charlie Baker scampered their way to 309 combined yards rushing to control Phoenix in the Skyline Conference opener for both teams.

The Pirates (1-3, 0-1 Skyline) could never get their running game going against a stiff Mazama defense. Phoenix rushed for minus-12 yards against the Vikings (4-0, 1-0).

Phoenix quarterback Zach Dungey was 8-for-18 passing for 71 yards.

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M — Hoegee 35 pass from Lee (Smith kick)

M — Ivy 6 run (Smith kick)

M — Ivy 6 run (Smith kick)

M — Lee 5 run (Smith kick)

M — Lee 51 run (Smith kick)

M — Baker 28 run (Smith kick)

M — FG Smith 28

ST. MARY’S 56, GOLD BEACH 6: At Gold Beach, Aliiloa Kaeo-Wailehua threw four touchdowns while Brady Eiler and the Foster brothers each scored two touchdowns, powering St. Mary’s past Gold Beach.

Senior Trevahn Foster hauled in two of Kaeo-Wailehua’s TD tosses and his freshman brother, Jaden, ran back both a punt return and kick return for the Crusaders’ final two touchdowns of the night.

Eiler ripped off touchdown runs of 58 and 32 yards and rushed for 149 yards on just eight carries for St. Mary’s (3-1).

The Crusaders’ defense allowed just 66 total yards of offense in the first half. Trevahn Foster notched 10 tackles — one for loss — and Connor Walker added four tackles, one went for negative yardage.

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SM — Eiler 32 run (Eiler run)

SM — Heycke 12 pass from Kaeo-Wailehua (Heycke run)

SM — Eiler 58 run (Covington run)

SM — T. Foster 1 pass from Kaeo-Wailehua (kick failed)

SM — T. Foster 15 pass from Kaeo-Wailehua (run failed)

SM — Co. Aldrich 9 pass from Kaeo-Wailehua (run failed)

SM — J. Foster 68 punt return (run failed)

GB — Rodriguez 6 run (run failed)

SM — J. Foster 76 kickoff return (Reed pass from Haynes)

LA PINE 34, ROGUE RIVER 20: At Rogue River, Gabe Tambellini rumbled for 148 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries but Rogue River was unable to hold off La Pine’s second-half surge.

The Chieftains (1-3) grabbed a 14-12 halftime lead after Diego Agosto found the end zone with a 75-yard kickoff return and Tambellini punched in his first touchdown.

In the second half, however, La Pine broke loose for three rushing scores.

Defensively, Tambellini had seven solo tackles and 15 assists while Caden Tognoni came up with four solo tackles and helped on 15 defensive stops.

Tognoni also rushed for 52 yards and added three catches for 36 yards to go with 20 yards passing.

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LP — Boysha run (run failed)

RR — Agosto 75 kickoff return (Gillette kick)

RR — Tambellini 10 run (Gillette kick)

LP — Boysha run (run failed)

LP — Plant 15 run (Boysha run)

LP — Steffens 2 run (pass failed)

RR — Tambellini 4 run (kick failed)

LP — Boysha 50 run (Hankey run)

Cascade Christian senior Elijah Smith (9) celebrates with teammate Gabe Pierson (74) after a first quarter Touchdown by Smith against Pleasant Hill at US Cellular Community Field on Friday. (PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR)
Cascade Christian senior QB Kiegan Schaan (10) scrambles past scrimmage against Pleasant Hill at US Cellular Community Field on Friday. (PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR)