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6A/5A/4A FOOTBALL: Gutsy DeVries inspires South Medford

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ROSEBURG — Beating Roseburg in Roseburg was uplifting enough for South Medford’s football team Friday.

To have senior running back Mason DeVries get into the 34-6 Southwest Conference victory and play a most meaningful role gave his coaches and teammates goosebumps.

DeVries has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in a knee. Rather than undergo surgery to repair it and miss his final year of high school football, he has worked strenuously to strengthen muscle around it so he could remain on the team.

His number was called for much of the second half after an injury knocked Brycen Guches out of the game, and DeVries delivered with big chunks of yardage and hard-nosed running — so much so he was called for an unusual targeting penalty when he barreled into a defender.

“Here’s a kid who has worked his butt off all summer and fall to get himself on the field,” said South coach Bill Singler. “And he got himself out here when we needed him. He stepped up and ran the ball downhill. I couldn’t be happier for him.”

DeVries nearly capped his storybook appearance with a flourish, breaking up the middle late in the game and charging close to the goal line before a jarring hit knocked the ball from him. Roseburg recovered.

“You know what,” said Singler, “to see that kid get in the ballgame and have success, boy, it’s just such a boost to not only him, but the whole team, and how everybody rallied around him after the game. I’m so proud of him and his courageousness and the fight he’s been going through to get on the field. To see him do that was just exhilarating for everybody.”

The game was the Panthers’ best all-around performance of the season, converting key plays to keep drives alive and leaning on a defense that seldom broke. The win was South Medford’s eighth straight over Roseburg.

Quarterback Toren Tuttle threw three touchdown passes, covering 25 yards to Carson Cota, and 9 and 27 yards to Austin Boster.

Zach Miller got the Panthers on the scoreboard with a 7-yard run on the team’s first possession, and he added another TD run of 6 yards in the third.

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Roseburg6000—6

SM — Miller 7 run (kick blocked)

R — Thompson 5 run (pass failed)

SM — Cota 25 pass from Tuttle (Allen kick)

SM — Boster 9 pass from Tuttle (Allen kick)

SM — Miller 6 run (Allen kick)

SM — Boster 27 pass from Tuttle (Allen kick)

ASHLAND 48, EAGLE POINT 0: At Ashland, fifth-ranked Ashland put up five touchdowns in the first half and breezed to the Midwestern League win.

The Grizzlies improved to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in league. The victory set up a huge showdown next Friday at third-ranked Crater.

Against Eagle Point (2-4, 0-2) DaMario Watson ripped off two long touchdowns to start the game and averaged 22.6 yards per carry on five attempts, giving him a total of 113 yards.

Quarterback Rieger Sayre completed 16 of 21 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns. He added a rushing score.

Watson had scoring runs of 58 and 32 yards in the first quarter.

Sayre connected with Logan Sanford for 14 yards and Nolan Rinefort for 18 yards on his TDs. The senior signal-caller’s scoring run was 1 yard.

Rinefort added a 16-yard scoring run, and Hayden Ellis recovered a fumble for a touchdown and led the Grizzlies’ defense with five tackles.

Austin Harris had six carries for 67 yards for Ashland, which rolled up 454 total yards.

Rinefort had three catches for 65 yards, and Nathan Carter nabbed six passes for 58 yards.

For the Eagles, Alex Smith completed 10 of 16 passes for 117 yards. He was intercepted twice.

Isaiah Hill led the rushers with 31 yards on nine carries.

Kyler Kendrick had two receptions for 47 yards and Jimmie Copeland five for 45.

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Ashland1322130—48

A — Watson 58 run (Rinefort kick)

A — Watson 32 run (kick blocked)

A — Sayre 1 run (Rodriguez pass from Sayre)

A — Sanford 14 pass from Sayre (Rinefort kick)

A — Rinefort 16 run (Rinefort kick)

A — Rinefort 18 pass from Sayre (Rinefort kick)

A — Ellis fumble return (Rinefort kick)

HENLEY 42, PHOENIX 27: At Phoenix, Zach Dungey’s third touchdown connection with Nik Goff completed a 99-yard drive to give the Pirates a 27-21 lead late in the third quarter but Henley scored three straight TDs in the fourth to secure the back-and-forth Skyline Conference battle.

The Pirates’ defense stuffed the Hornets at the goal line and moments later Phoenix answered and took the lead when Dungey found Goff for a 71-yard touchdown.

Goff had five catches for 200 yards and also had TDs of 32 and 49 yards. Dungey was 6-for-15 for 212 yards.

Pirates running back Michael Walker ran for 95 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. Defensively, Walker led Phoenix with seven solo tackles and two for loss.

Henley147021—42

Phoenix71460—27

P — Goff 32 pass from Dungey (Hernandez kick)

H — Stork 5 pass from Orr (Rasmussen kick)

H — Stork interception return (Rasmussen kick)

P — Walker 3 run (Hernandez kick)

P — Goff 49 pass to Dungey (Hernandez kick)

H — Tacchini 2 run (Rasmussen kick)

P — Goff 71 pass from Dungey (kick failed)

H — O’Connor 14 run (Rasmussen kick)

H — Tacchini 1 run (Rasmussen kick)

H — O’Connor 1 run (Rasmussen kick)

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