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South Medford surges past Roseburg

ROSEBURG — Carson Joe’s bruising 22-yard touchdown run proved to be the difference as South Medford rallied to score 20 fourth-quarter points to claim its first football win of the season with a 28-14 triumph over Roseburg Friday.

The Panthers’ offense came alive in the fourth quarter, with Joe, quarterback Deacon Edgar and running back Garrett Henderson all scoring touchdowns on the ground to complete the comeback.

After Joe’s score put the Panthers (1-1) ahead, 15-14, Roseburg fumbled the ensuing kickoff and South Medford took possession at the Indians’ 1, setting up an Edgar plunge on the next play to make it 21-14.

Henderson capped the big fourth quarter with a 33-yard scamper to seal it.

Roseburg (0-1), playing its season opener after last Friday’s game against Eagle Point was canceled due to a positive COVID-19 test in the program, took an 8-0 lead in the first quarter when it recovered a fumbled snap in the end zone.

South’s Brycen Guches tied things up with 2-yard touchdown.

Defense was the name of the game in the first half, with the two teams combining for 11 punts. Seven of the first nine drives combined ended in punts.

South Medford08020—28

Roseburg8006—14

R — Recovers fumbled snap in end zone (run good)

SM — Guches 2 run (Edgar pass)

R — Schulz interception return (pass failed)

SM — Joe 22 run (Pannell kick)

SM — Edgar 1 run (kick failed)

SM — Henderson 33 run (Pannell kick)

TUALATIN 41, NORTH MEDFORD 28: At Tualatin, Tualatin took advantage of an interception in the end zone and followed with two third-quarter touchdowns to take control.

With the scored knotted at 21-21 and the Black Tornado facing a second-and-2 at the Timberwolves’ 9-yard line, quarterback Colby Neron tried to squeeze a pass in to AJ Pugliano in the end zone, but it was picked off.

Tualatin marched the other way for a touchdown pass from Jackson Jones to Kellen Hale, then added another strike of 54 yards from Jones to Cole Prusia to up its advantage to 35-21 entering the fourth.

The Jones-Prusia scoring connection was one of four for the pair.

North Medford threatened in the fourth when Devin Bradd carried to the 1, but a holding penalty and a personal foul call on the same play took the Black Tornado out of scoring range, and Neron was intercepted on a deep ball to the end zone on the next play.

Bradd pulled North Medford within 35-28 with a 3-yard score with 3:56 to play, but a big run on Tualatin’s next possession set up 9-yard pass from Jones to Prusia to seal it.

In the first half, North Medford got an 80-yard touchdown pass from Neron to Nolan Morris to begin the scoring.

After two Tualatin touchdowns, the Black Tornado tied it when Neron threw a high pass into the end zone and 6-foot-4 Bryce Dyer grabbed it over three defenders. The big plays on the drive were a 26-yard catch by Dyer and a 23-yard run around right end by Bradd.

After Tualatin regained the lead, Bradd ran it in from 1 with 12 seconds left before halftime to make it 21-21.

North Medford71407—28

Tualatin714146—41

NM — Morris 80 pass from Neron (Cossette kick)

T — Prusia 71 pass from Jones (Borges kick)

T — Prusia 16 pass from Jones (Borges kick)

NM — Dyer 18 pass from Neron (Cossette kick)

T — Ross 2 run (Borges kick)

NM — Bradd 1 run (Cossette kick)

T — Hale 12 pass from Jones (Borges kick)

T — Prusia 54 pass from Jones (Borges kick)

NM — Bradd 3 run (Cossette kick)

T — Prusia 9 pass from Jones (Borges kick blocked)

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 56, ST. MARY’S 6: Quarterback Sam Martin threw two of his five touchdown passes to Kristian Fralich and host Cascade Christian powered its way past St. Mary’s at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

Martin was 17-for-23 for 262 yards and Fralich hauled in three passes for 66 yards to go with 128 yards rushing and a touchdown on nine carries for the Challengers (2-0), who had a 42-6 halftime lead.

The Challengers’ Matthew McPheeters caught a touchdown in the first quarter and returned an interception 32 yards for a score in the third, while teammate Will Pierson came up with four receptions for 53 yards and a TD.

Andrew Rietmann gave the Crusaders (0-2) its lone score on an interception return in the opening period.

Cascade Christian212177—56

St. Mary’s6000—6

CC — Fralich 8 run (Knobloch kick)

SM — Rietmann 46 interception return (conversion failed)

CC — Fralich 31 pass from Martin (conversion failed)

CC — McPheeters 27 pass from Martin (McPheeters pass from Martin)

CC — Pierson 16 pass from Martin (Knobloch kick)

CC — Kleinsasser 5 pass from Martin (Knobloch kick)

CC — Fralich 29 pass from Martin (Knobloch kick)

CC — McPheeters 32 interception return (Knobloch kick)

CC — Rathburn 7 run (Knobloch kick)

South Medford's Garrett Henderson, shown in an earlier contest, had a key fourth-quarter run against Roseburg Friday. MT file photo