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3A/2A/1A FOOTBALL: Aldrich guides St. Mary's to 'gutsy' win

On 48 hours notice before playing undefeated Brookings-Harbor, the St. Mary’s football team needed an emergency quarterback, and after Friday’s performance it was apparent coach Jamie Young made the correct choice.

Beau Aldrich, the Crusaders’ starting tight end, filled in admirably for starting quarterback Aliiloa Kaeo-Wailehua, who went down in the middle of the week with an injury, and helped lead St. Mary’s to a 14-3 victory at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

Kaeo-Wailehua’s injury came just days after Crusaders’ backup quarterback Eli Haynes broke his leg so Aldrich, who hadn’t taken a snap at QB since his days in youth football, had just two days to prepare for the game. Aldrich not only came in to successfully manage the game but put St. Mary’s in the driver’s seat in the first quarter with a 32-yard touchdown pass to Trevahn Foster.

“Beau did a fantastic job for us,” said Young. “We knew offensively we were going to have to change things. We needed to come up with a plan and this was our plan. Everyone bought into it and it was a very rewarding win for our program.”

Aldrich finished with 89 passing yards and was assisted by a potent running attack featuring Will Heycke and Brady Eiler that piled up 250 yards — although 55 came on Jonah Hadley’s second-quarter dash to the endzone which gave the Crusaders (4-2, 1-1 3A Dist. 2) a 14-0 lead.

The St. Mary’s defense was smothering throughout the contest, holding the Bruins to just 117 total yards. The defensive line proved to be particularly stout in the second half, stuffing Brookings-Harbor’s ground game over the final two quarters for minus-17 yards.

“Our defensive line just dominated the line of scrimmage,” said Young. “It was a gutsy performance by all our kids. We didn’t get rattled knowing we were playing an undefeated team.”

The Bruins dropped to 6-1 overall and 2-1 in league play.

Brookings-Harbor0300—3

St. Mary’s7700—14

SM — Beau Aldrich 32 pass to Trey Foster (Holdermann kick)

SM — Hadley 55 run (Holdermann kick)

BH — FG Holler

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 50, DOUGLAS 2: At Winston, fourth-ranked Cascade Christian jumped out to a 36-0 first-quarter lead and never looked back in the Class 3A District 2 clash.

Challengers quarterback Kiegan Schaan went 8-for-15 for 150 yards and four touchdowns to lift Cascade Christian to 6-1 on the season. Cade Sample, Smith, and Braedon Scaglione all caught touchdown passes in the offensive onslaught.

The ground game churned out 135 yards behind Schaan and Elijah Smith. The Cascade Christian limited Douglas 10 yards rushing and 51 yards passing.

Cascade Christian361400—50

Douglas0002—2

CC — Safety

CC — Fralich 38 pass from Schaan (kick)

CC — Smith 8 run (Knobloch-Scott kick)

CC — Schaan 6 run (Knobloch-Scott kick)

CC — Schaan 45 punt return (kick failed)

CC — Sample 46 pass from Schaan (Knobloch-Scott kick)

CC — Smith 40 pass from Schaan (Knobloch-Scott kick)

CC — Scaglione 5 pass from Schaan (kick)

DG — Safety

ROGUE RIVER 28, ILLINOIS VALLEY 26: At Cave Junction, visiting Rogue River improved to 3-4 overall and 2-1 in Southern Cascade League play to remain atop the league standings with the Chieftains’ second straight win.

Illinois Valley dropped to 1-6 and 0-2 in SCL play.