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Prep football: Eaton’s five TD passes carry Crater

Crater quarterback Blake Eaton (11), shown in an earlier game. Mail Tribune file photo

ROSEBURG — Blake Eaton threw five touchdown passes, including three long ones, as Crater rolled to a 42-7 football victory over Roseburg Friday.

The Comets (3-2) opened a 28-0 halftime lead, then kick-started a running clock when they went ahead 35-0 midway through the third quarter.

Crater improved to 3-2 and will end its season next Friday with a home game against Canby.

The Comets dominated Roseburg in every facet, and they shined particularly on offense, where the senior Eaton upped his touchdown pass total to 13 on the season.

“We were highly concerned with the type of pressure that they brought and the coverage they played,” said Crater coach Berk Brown. “Our coaches got our offensive line dialed. We gave up zero sacks tonight and gave Blake a bunch of time in the pocket to make those throws he’s making up and down the field.”

After throwing three scoring passes in the first half, Eaton connected for two more after intermission.

He rolled right and found Payton Anhorn in the shallow right portion of the end zone for a 4-yard score to make it 35-0.

Then Anhorn broke free in the deep left third after an out-and-up caught the Indians off guard. Eaton turned it into a 66-yard touchdown to his senior receiver, making it 42-0 with 10:29 to play.

“Blake’s playing really, really well right now,” said Brown. “He’s playing with a lot of confidence and I’m really excited for him.”

After the long pass to Anhorn, Roseburg countered with its highlight play, an 88-yard return for a touchdown by Logan Klopfenstein on the ensuing kickoff.

Otherwise, the Indians were stymied by a defense led by Caden Lasater, who had a sack and a couple tackles for losses.

“We played hard on defense,” said Brown. “That’s kind of been our M.O. the last couple years. We take great pride in playing with unbelievable effort every play.”

In the first half, Eaton twice found Dawson Douglas on long scores to help craft a 28-0 halftime edge.

They hooked up at 4:17 of the first quarter for a 47-yard touchdown. Eaton hit Douglas in stride at the Roseburg 10 on a post pattern up the right side, and the senior Douglas did the rest.

The play was set up by a 14-yard first-down hookup between the two moments earlier.

The other long pass for the pair finished off the opening-half scoring. At the Comet 49, Eaton flipped a quick look-in pass to Douglas, who caught it at the line of scrimmage, veered to the right sideline, picked up a block from Anhorn and sped 51 yards with a minute left in the second quarter.

In between the two touchdowns, Crater senior Dylan Ennis hauled in a 19-yard scoring strike from Eaton, who threaded the pass between two defenders with 16 seconds left in the first quarter.

Lasater added a touchdown on the ground, weaving 30 yards up the middle and avoiding a tackle inside the 5. The touchdown at 8:55 of the second made it 21-0 and was set up by two receptions totaling 48 yards by Jaden Fliegel.

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C — Douglas 47 pass from Eaton (Eaton kick)

C — Ennis 19 pass from Eaton (Eaton kick)

C — Lasater 30 run (Eaton kick)

C — Douglas 51 pass from Eaton (Eaton kick)

C — Anhorn 4 pass from Eaton (Eaton kick)

C — Anhorn 66 pass from Eaton (Eaton kick)

R — Klopfenstein 88 kickoff return (kick good)

GRANTS PASS 49, EAGLE POINT 24: At Grants Pass, quarterback Hunter Gonzales connected for three first-half touchdown passes to wide receiver Devik Chiang to lead the way for Grants Pass.

Gonzales and Chiang connected on the second play from scrimmage for Grants Pass (3-2) for a 62-yard bomb. The two seniors combined for another big play early in the second quarter, this time on a 56-yard pitch-and-catch to double the Cavemen’s lead.

Grants Pass running back Spencer Sloan scampered down the sideline for a 45-yard score before Gonzales and Chiang capped their big first half with a 14-yard strike.

Gonzales recorded 193 of his 330 passing yards in the first half and finished 18-for-21 through the air.

Chiang had eight catches for 196 yards and three touchdowns, while wideout Jett Hood caught a pair of second-half TD passes from Gonzales.

Jayden Brown had eight carries for 83 yards and a touchdown for Grants Pass, which finished with 510 yards of total offense.

Eagle Point (1-4) got on the scoreboard midway through the second quarter on Jeremiah Cordle’s 28-yard field goal.

Sophomore running back David Brown finished with 145 yards rushing on 21 carries and a pair of touchdowns, including a 76-yard burst up the middle just before halftime.

Isaiah Hill added a late touchdown run for Eagle Point.

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GP — Chiang 62 pass from Gonzales (Anderson kick)

GP — Chiang 56 pass from Gonzales (Anderson kick)

EP — Cordle 28 kick

GP — Sloan 45 run (Anderson kick)

GP — Chiang 14 pass from Gonzales (Anderson kick)

EP — Brown 76 run (Cordle kick)

GP — Brown 1 run (Anderson kick)

GP — Hood 22 pass from Gonzales (Anderson kick)

EP — Brown 1 run (Cordle kick)

GP — Hood 21 pass from Gonzales (Anderson kick)

EP — Hill 8 run (Cordle kick)

NORTH VALLEY 21, PHOENIX 7: At Merlin, Phoenix was unable to hang with host North Valley, which closed its season with its lone victory.

Phoenix (0-5) scored its lone touchdown on a 1-yard pass from Ryan Watts to Marcello Valadez with 3:52 to go in the first half that tied the game at 7-7.

Phoenix running back Jair Ramirez carried the ball 13 times for 79 yards. Valadez had four catches for 33 yards and a touchdown.

The Knights finished with a 1-3 record.

The Pirates will wrap up their season at home against Douglas on Friday.

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NV — Twedell 2 run (Comyford kick)

P — Valadez 1 pass from Watts (Braun kick)

NV — Freedman 11 run (Comyford kick)

NV — Currier 2 run (Comyford kick)

DOUGLAS 54, ST. MARY’S 42: In its final game of the season, St. Mary’s was unable to keep pace with high-powered Douglas, which put up its highest point total of the year at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

The Crusaders (1-3), which were coming of their first victory of the campaign before a COVID-19 cancellation against Sutherlin last week, also scored the most points of their season in order to stay within striking distance of the Trojans, another one-win team.

Douglas improved to 2-2 with the win with just one more game left on the schedule against Phoenix on Friday.