Prep Football: South Medford powers past Eagle Point
South Medford showcased its strengths and rolled to a 34-7 football victory over Eagle Point Friday at Spiegelberg Stadium.
The Panthers’ second straight win after a season-opening loss was the result of a powerful ground game — four of its five touchdowns were rushes — and stout defense.
South Medford entered the game leading area teams in rushing offense and total defense, and those traits were on display.
“I thought we got off to a good start,” said South Medford coach Bill Singler, whose team scored two first-quarter touchdowns for a 13-0 lead. “Our defense played well early and our offense had a couple nice drives.”
A second quarter of missed opportunties ensued, said Singler, but the Panthers righted the ship after the scoreless period and pulled away in the second half.
“We talked at halftime about re-establishing ourselves mentally and physically, and I thought the third quarter was a really good quarter for us again. We re-established ourselves with a couple TDs, then we hit a long pass.”
South Medford churned out 268 yards on the ground, led by Carson Joe’s 174 and two touchdowns on 19 carries.
Joe ran for touchdowns of 13 and 11 yards, Brycen Guches added a 2-yard plunge and Garrett Henderson rushed for a 4-yard score.
The exception was a 58-yard scoring strike from Deacon Edgar to Garrett Smith that gave the Panthers a 34-0 advantage with 9 1/2 minutes remaining.
“We finally hit a long pass,” said Singler. “We missed a few this year and we finally got one, which was good to see, especially with us running the ball. People will start creeping up on us a little bit.”
The sophomore quarterback Edgar was 15 of 21 for 167 yards. Guches was his leading receiver with five catches for 28 yards.
“I thought our quarterback had his best game,” said Singler, “so it’s nice to see him settling down a little bit in the position. We need that these last two weeks.”
The South Medford defense set its offense up in prime position early, stopping Eagle Point on its first series. The Eagles went for it on fourth-and-1 at their 34 but lost yardage.
The Panthers took over at the 32 and Guches scored with only 3 1/2 minutes elapsed.
Leading 20-0 in the third quarter after a 68-yard drive and Henderson’s score, Joe set himself up for the next touchdown, bolting up the middle 36 yards to the Eagles’ 22.
After Edgar converted a fourth-and-2 sneak to the 11, Joe rambled around left end to make it 27-0.
The Panthers limited Eagle Point to 192 yards of offense and recovered a fumble. Singler credited defensive coordinator Chris Parnell for its development and “for having them play really hard.”
South Medford is allowing 10 points per game.
Eagle Point (1-2) avoided being shut out with less than 3 minutes left when quarterback Anthony Milian launched a long pass down the middle to Wyatt Graves, who was tackled at the South Medford 1. Isaiah Hill punched it over on the next play.
Josh Jackson had a productive game for the Eagles, catching six passes for 57 yards.
SM — Guches 2 run (Pannell kick)
SM — Joe 13 run (kick failed)
SM — Henderson 4 run (Pannell kick)
SM — Joe 11 run (Pannell kick)
SM — Smith 58 pass from Edgar (Pannell kick)
EP — Hill 1 run (Turcios kick)
GRANTS PASS 45, ROSEBURG 6: At Roseburg, Jayden Brown rushed for a pair of first-half touchdowns and quarterback Hunter Gonzales threw for another as Grants Pass built a 29-point halftime lead.
Grants Pass (2-1) racked up 533 yards of total offense, including 275 on the ground. Brown rushed for 89 yards, while Spencer Sloan carried the ball 14 times for 128 yards and a touchdown.
Gonzales completed just 9 of 23 passes, but recorded 212 yards through the air, including TD passes of 49 and 38 yards to Devik Chiang and Noah Martinez, respectively.
Chiang finished with three catches for 111 yards.
GP — Brown 9 run (Anderson kick)
R — Klopfenstein 58 pass from Tatone (kick blocked)
GP — Brown 1 run (Anderson kick)
GP — Chiang 49 pass from Gonzales (Anderson kick)
GP — Sloan 3 run (Anderson kick)
GP — Martinez 38 pass from Gonzales (Anderson kick)
GP — Anderson 31 kick
GP — Miner 3 run (Anderson kick)
KLAMATH UNION 20, PHOENIX 9: At Klamath Falls, Phoenix quarterback Ryan Watts made things interesting when he connected with Justin Wilcox for a touchdown with six minutes remaining, but host Klamath Union responded with a quick score to hold off the Pirates.
Watts found Wilcox for 35 yards to slice the Pelicans’ lead to 14-9. The Pelicans responded less than a minute later when Nathan Gettman ripped off a 38-yard TD that gave the Pelicans a 20-9 advantage.
Watts finished 7 of 14 for 108 yards while Will Greenwood ran for 52 yards on 16 carries and Alexis Manzano added 45 yards on 13 totes for the Pirates (0-3).
The Pelicans (1-2) picked up their first victory of the season.
P — FG Braun 27
KU — Dutra 17 run (Macias kick)
KU — Macias 14 pass from Dutra (Macias kick)
P — Wilcox 35 pass from Watts (conversion failed)
KU — Gettman 38 run (Macias kick)
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 54, DOUGLAS 8: Senior Kristian Fralich rushed nine times for 83 yards and a pair of first-half touchdowns as Cascade Christian scored on every possession in the opening two quarters to roll past Douglas.
The Cascade Christian offense amassed nearly 400 yards of total offense, with 205 of those coming on the ground. Brody Sample, who rushed for 67 yards, and Everett James also scored rushing touchdowns.
Cascade Christian quarterback Sam Martin went 8 of 14 for 147 yards and a pair of touchdowns through the air, one each to Will Pierson and Matt McPheeters. McPheeters, a senior, caught four pass for 81 yards.
The Challengers (3-0) limited the Trojans (0-2) to just 163 yards of total offense.
Cascade Christian’s Cody Reece recorded one of the Challengers’ two interceptions, returning it 34 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. McPheeters accounted for the other pick.
CC — Kristian Fralich 4 run (kick miss)
CC — McPheeters 19 pass from Martin (Martin run)
CC — Kristian Fralich 28 run (Martin pass)
CC — Sample 14 run (Martin pass)
CC — Reece 34 INT return (Fralich run)
CC — Pierson 24 pass from Martin (Martin pass)
D — Lane 35 pass from Christian (Christian run)
CC — James 4 run (Reed run)
ST. MARY’S 28, BROOKINGS-HARBOR 6: At Phoenix, senior running back Will Heycke was St. Mary’s workhorse, carrying the ball 21 times for 96 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Crusaders to their first win of the season.
St. Mary’s quarterback Eli Haynes accounted for the Crusaders’ other two scores, throwing a pair of touchdown passes. He finished 9 of 17 for 173 yards.
Wideout Jonah Hadley caught six of Haynes’ completions, finishing with 104 yards and hauled in both touchdown passes.
Defensively for the Crusaders (1-2), junior linebacker Beau Aldrich led an effort that limited the Bruins to just 8 yards of total offense in the first half. St. Mary’s also recovered a pair of first-half fumbles.
The game was played at Phoenix High School due to heavy rains causing Brookings-Harbor’s home field to flood.