6A/5A FOOTBALL: Crater nails down MWL title
CENTRAL POINT — Third-ranked Crater shut down Churchill’s standout running back, Deonte Jones, and wrapped up the Midwestern League football championship Friday with a 48-0 victory over Churchill at Dutch Meyer Field.
The Comets’ seventh straight victory improved their overall record to 8-1 and the MWL South mark to 5-0.
They open the Class 5A state playoffs next Friday at home against an opponent to be determined. Pairings weren’t available at press time.
“Our defensive line and linebackers did a great job,” said Crater coach Randy Waite of the Comets’ run-stopping approach. “Coach (Berk) Brown had a good defensive game plan and had good calls on defense and did a great job.”
Robert Amoson and Tyler Enis led the effort on defense for Crater, as the Lancers’ Jones finished with just 39 yards on 14 carries.
In the first half, Crater scored on its first play when Dawson Douglas caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Chase Sherer.
After Churchill fumbled the ensuing kickoff, the Comets immediately captured another touchdown on a quick-strike, 27-yard pass from Trever Davis to Trevor Jaasko.
The Comets continued to impose their will offensively for the rest of the first half as Trever Davis was on his way to 95 yards passing (10-for-16) and a touchdown.
In the second half, Crater kept the ball on the ground on each of their three possessions of the entire half.
Gavin Acrey handled most of the workload with eight carries for 104 yards and three touchdowns.
Acrey scored on touchdown runs of 3, 6 and 42 yards.
Cameron Kramer added a 12-yard run in the fourth quarter.
C — Douglas 22 pass from Sherer (T. Davis kick)
C — Jaasko 27 pass from D. Davis (T. Davis kick)
C — Brock 2 run (T. Davis kick)
C — Acrey 3 run (T. Davis kick)
C — Acrey 6 run (T. Davis kick)
C — Acrey 42 run (kick failed)
C — Kramer 12 run (T. Davis kick)
ASHLAND 42, SOUTH EUGENE 21: At Ashland, Ashland quarterback Rieger Sayre played a near-flawless game and the sixth-ranked Grizzlies earned an automatic berth to the Class 5A state playoffs with the Midwestern League victory.
It was the final regular season game for Ashland (8-1, 4-1 MWL), which placed second in the MWL South Division. It opens the playoffs next Friday against a team to be determined.
Sayre continued his outstanding senior season, completing 82 percent of his passes while throwing for three touchdowns.
He was 23 of 28 for 366 yards without an interception. On the ground, aided by a 59-yard touchdown run to begin the scoring, he gained 59 yards on four carries.
Sayre’s scoring passes were 23 yards to Nolan Rinefort, 37 yards to Nathan Carter and 12 yards to Gabe Ekwall.
The Axe is 5-4 and 2-3.
DaMario Watson didn’t have a big rushing day for Ashland, but he scored twice. He gained 30 yards and tallied on runs of 10 and 3 yards.
Ekwall hauled in eight passes for 111 yards, and Rinefort had 77 yards as one of four players with three catches.
A — Sayre 59 run (Rinefort kick)
SE — Boettcher 2 run (Thompson kick)
A — Rinefort 23 pass from Sayre (Rinefort kick)
A — Carter 37 pass from Sayre (Rinefort kick)
A — Watson 10 run (Rinefort kick)
A — Watson 3 run (Rinefort kick)
SE — Nelson 6 pass from Boettcher (kick failed)
SE — Boettcher 5 run (Garcia pass from Boettcher)
A — Ekwall 12 pass from Sayre (Rinefort kick)
NORTH EUGENE 42, EAGLE POINT 19: At Eagle Point, visiting North Eugene handed Eagle Point a Midwestern League loss in its last game of the season.
The Eagles ended the season 2-7 overall, 0-5 in league action. North Eugene got its first win of the season.
SHELDON 42, GRANTS PASS 32: At Grants Pass, quarterback Chase Coyle and Grants Pass put Sheldon on the ropes with a late first-half surge but the Irish rallied after halftime and capture the Southwest Conference title.
After Sheldon (5-4, 4-0 SWC) swooped in to take a 28-7 lead early in the second quarter, the Cavemen (4-5, 1-3), who finished fourth in the conference, used four straight touchdown passes from Coyle to pull ahead, 32-28.
The Irish grabbed the lead for good late in the third quarter.
Coyle found Devik Chiang for three consecutive TDs, including the brief go-ahead score. Coyle amassed 445 yards on 34 of 59 passing.
Chiang had 10 catches for 157 yards while Joel Valadez grabbed 13 for 196 and a touchdown.
Defensively, Dante Haven put GP on the scoreboard with a fumble return for a touchdown in the first quarter.
The Irish rushed for 406 yards, led by Lane Shields’ 233-yard evening.
S — Shields 53 run (Kartub kick)
GP — Haven 26 fumble return (Anderson kick)
S — Loesch 84 kickoff return (Kartub kick)
S — Mehlhaff 20 run (Kartub kick)
S — Line 43 run (Kartub kick)
GP — Valadez 30 pas from Coyle (Anderson kick)
GP — Chiang 12 pass from Coyle (Anderson kick)
GP — Chiang 15 pass from Coyle (conversion failed)
GP — Chiang 21 pass from Coyle (run failed)
S — Neuman 9 pass from Line (Kartub kick)
S — Mehlhaff 8 run (Kartub kick)