6A/5A FOOTBALL: Guches, South scoot past McNary
With a depleted backfield corps, South Medford coach Bill Singler intended to get sophomore running back Brycen Guches more involved in the offense when the Panthers faced McNary in nonconference football Friday at Spiegelberg Stadium.
The 5-foot-5, 150-pound Guches scooted for 164 yards on 19 carries, and South Medford took control with a 21-point second quarter en route to a 31-9 victory.
The Panthers improved to 4-1 in their final preseason game before opening Southwest Conference play next Friday at Roseburg.
Guches didn’t find the end zone, but he came close with a long fourth-quarter jaunt. He covered 73 yards before being tackled inside the 10-yard line with about five minutes to play.
While Guches was handling the ground chores — the Panthers were without injured seniors Isaac Dillon and Jamal Parnell — South Medford quarterback Toren Tuttle did his thing through the air, throwing three touchdown passes while completing 10 of 17 passes for 162 yards with one interception.
His scoring strikes were 8 yards to Trey Alvarez, 55 yards to Austin Boster and 11 yards to Carson Cota.
The Panthers got a big defensive play from Mitchell Walker, who returned an interception 50 yards for a score.
South Medford’s defense limited the Celtics (0-5), from Salem, to 70 yards on 30 rushing attempts. McNary had 167 yards through the air.
The Panthers had 191 yards on the ground.
M — Lelack 3 pass from Barker (kick blocked)
SM — Alvarez 8 pass from Tuttle (Allen kick)
SM — Boster 55 pass from Tuttle (Allen kick)
SM — Cota 11 pass from Tuttle (Allen kick)
M — FG Mood 32
SM — Walker 50 interception return (Allen kick)
SM — FG Allen 20
GRANTS PASS 42, ROSEBURG 21: At Grants Pass, Grants Pass quarterback Chase Coyle was 17 of 24 for 383 yards and five touchdowns as the Cavemen surged past visiting Roseburg in the Southwest Conference opener for both teams.
After a scoreless first quarter, Joel Valadez pulled in a pass from Coyle and took it 80 yards. Valadez finished with 117 yards receiving on five catches.
After Roseburg answered with a 59-yard TD run by Carson Thompson, the Cavemen opened up the offense and torched the Indians’ defense for 383 yards. Grants Pass (3-2, 1-0 SWC) had 417 total yards to deny Roseburg (2-3, 0-1).
Grants Pass receivers Jett Hood (60 yards) and Devik Chiang (141 yards) each had two touchdown catches.
GP — Valadez 80 pass from Coyle (Sloan kick)
R — Thompson 59 run (Christner kick)
GP — Hood 34 pass from Coyle (Sloan kick)
GP — Chiang 23 pass from Coyle (Sloan kick)
R — Thompson 1 run (Christner kick)
GP — Hood 19 pass from Coyle (Sloan run)
R — Kaul 23 run (Christner kick)
GP — Chiang 85 pass from Coyle (Sloan kick)
GP — Hart fumble recovery in end zone (Sloan kick)
CRATER 61, NORTH EUGENE 0: At Central Point, Crater quaterback Trever Davis had an extremely efficient game and the fourth-ranked Comets took care of business in their Midwestern League opener.
Davis completed 14 of 17 passes for 174 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions as Crater improved to 4-1 overall.
Davis and Chase Sherer hooked up three times, and all three went for touchdowns. The first two, of 15 and 31 yards, helped build a 21-0 first-quarter lead. The other was for 14 yards.
Gavin Acrey ran seven times for 89 yards, with touchdowns of 7 and 15 yards.
Cameron Kramer added 57 yards rushing on six carries, with a 4-yard score.
Sherer’s three receptions covered 60 yards, while Robert Amoson had three catches for 48.
C — Jaasko 8 pass from Davis (Davis kick)
C — Sherer 15 pass from Davis (Davis kick)
C — Sherer 31 pass from Davis (Davis kick)
C — Brock 25 fumbler recover (Davis kick)
C — Acrey 7 run (pass failed)
C — Sherer 14 pass from Davis (kick failed)
C — Acrey 15 run (Davis kick)
C — Perez 11 run (Davis kick)
C — Kramer 4 run (Davis kick)
ASHLAND 66, CHURCHILL 27: At Ashland, Rieger Sayre threw five touchdown passes as fifth-ranked Ashland rolled in its Midwestern League opener at Walter A. Phillips Field.
The Grizzlies improved to 5-0, while Churchill dropped to 0-5
Sayre, a senior, completed 16 of 27 passes for 289 yards. His scoring strikes were 14 and 17 yards to Logan Sanford, 77 yards to Austin Harris, 12 yards to Gabe Ekwall and 23 yards to Nolan Rinefort.
Sayre added 75 yards rushing on only seven carries to lead the team. DaMario Watson gained 72 yards on 11 carries and scored from 5 and 8 yards.
With the help of his long TD, Harris paced the receivers with 122 yards on two catches. Sanford had seven catches for 74 yards.
A — Harris 77 pass from Sayre (kick failed)
A — Sanford 14 pass from Sayre (Sanford pass from Sayre)
A — FG Rinefort 25
A — Ekwall 12 pass from Sayre (Rinefort kick)
C — Carson 10 (Dexter kick)
A — Watson 5 run (Rinefort kick)
C — Yates 38 pass from Carson (Dexter kick)
A — Watson 8 run (Rinefort kick)
C — Jones 52 run (Dexter kick)
A — Sanford fumble recovery in end zone (Rinefort kick)
A — Rinefort 23 pass from Sayre (Rinefort kick)
A — Gander 12 run (Rinefort kick)
C — Benavente 11 run (kick failed)
SOUTH EUGENE 56, EAGLE POINT 20: At Eagle Point, Eagle Point opened the Midwestern League with a setback after South Eugene took control early in the contest.
Eagle Point is 2-3 overall. The Eagles have lost three straight.
South Eugene is 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the MWL.