PREP FOOTBALL: Bradd, Neron power North past Sheldon
EUGENE — Devin Bradd scored three rushing touchdowns and Colby Neron threw three scoring passes as North Medford concluded its football season with a 48-16 shellacking of Sheldon Friday.
The Black Tornado finished with a 4-2 record, while Sheldon ended up 2-2.
“Our kids rebounded well from a tough loss last week,” said North Medford coach Steve Turner, whose team fell to rival South Medford. “It was good to see them have fun and enjoy each other and the victory. It was really a great way to end the year for us.”
Bradd’s touchdowns gave him 12 for the shortened season.
The senior scored on a 4-yard run to put the Black Tornado in front 20-0 in the second quarter.
He added touchdowns of 2 and 7 yards in the second half.
Sheldon managed a 36-yard field goal by Jay Kartub to make it 20-3 at halftime, then scored the first points of the second half when Larson Helikson hauled in a pass from Brock Thomas at the North Medford 45 and turned it into a 59-yard score to make it 20-10.
The Black Tornado responded with a 49-yard strike of its own from Neron to Nolan Morris, who shook off a tackle at the Sheldon 40 and enjoyed clear sailing to the end zone.
“Our balance on offense really helps us,” said Turner. “Devin Bradd is an outstanding running back, but we also got a lot of big plays in the passing game from several different guys. We spread the ball around on offense, and when you put 48 points up on a team like Sheldon, you’ve got things going pretty good.”
After Bradd sandwiched his final two scores around a TD by the Irish, North Medford’s Ty Pugliano scampered 40 yards to complete the scoring.
A fumble recovery in the first minute by the Black Tornado’s Devan Blankenship set up Neron’s first TD, a 13-yarder to AJ Pugliano.
Neron next found Jayden Sandusky for a 14-yard score for a 14-0 advantage after one quarter.
NM — A. Pugliano 13 pass from Neron (Cossette kick)
NM — Sandusky 14 pass from Neron (Cossette kick)
NM — Bradd 4 run (kick failed)
S — FG Kartub 36
S — Helikson 59 pass from Thomas (Kartub kick)
NM — Morris 49 pass from Neron (Cossette kick)
NM — Bradd 2 run (Cossette kick)
S — Line 4 pass from Thomas (pass failed)
NM — Bradd 7 run (Cossette kick)
NM — T. Pugliano 40 run (Cossette kick)
DOUGLAS 40, PHOENIX 0: At Phoenix, Douglas used a powerful rushing attack to build a 34-point halftime lead in the season finale for both teams at Jack Woodward Stadium.
Douglas quarterback Seth Christian scored a pair of touchdowns on the ground and added a 26-yard TD pass to wideout Jacob Fay to power the Trojans (3-2) to a 34-0 advantage at halftime.
Christian rushed for 206 yards and added 140 yards through the air to power a Douglas offense that out-gained Phoenix 463-79. He added a 16-yard TD pass to Landen Lane in the second half to account for four of Douglas’ six scores on the night.
Douglas running backs Leevi Brown — who rushed for 104 yards — and Gio Boyle scored rushing touchdowns in the first half, the latter coming on a bruising 11-yard run right before halftime.
Jackson Seldon recorded a second-half interception for the Pirates (0-6), which accounted for the only turnover in the game.
Phoenix running back Will Greenwood finished with a team-high 41 yards on 12 carries.
D — Christian 14 run (Christian run)
D — Brown 10 run (run fail)
D — Christian 2 run (Christian pass)
D — Fay 26 pass from Christian (run fail)
D — Boyle 11 run (Christian pass fail)
D — Lane 16 pass from Christian (pass fail)
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 13, SANTIAM CHRISTIAN 10: At Cottage Grove, Cascade Christian prevailed in a battle of two of the top Class 3A programs in the state, scoring the winning touchdown on a long pass midway through the fourth quarter.
Santiam Christian is the reigning 3A state champion, claiming the 2019 title. Cascade Christian was state runner-up the year before.
Both teams were unbeaten entering the season-ending game, Cascade Christian at 4-0 and Santiam Christian at 5-0.
Cascade Christian trailed 10-7 in the fourth quarter when it forced the Eagles into a fourth-and-14 in its own territory. Santiam Christian tried a fake punt that came up short, and the Challengers immediately took advantage.
On the next play, quarterback Sam Martin lofted a pass up the right side to Matt McPheeters, who caught it between two defenders at the 20 and breezed into the end zone with 6:22 left. The extra-point kick was no good, but the Challengers held on the rest of the way.
Cascade Christian struck first on a Martin-to-Kristian Fralich 4-yard pass early in the second quarter.
Santiam Christian tallied the next 10 points before the Challengers’ game winner.
Martin was 23 of 36 for 194 yards and the two TDs. He wasn’t intercepted.
Fralich was the team’s leading rusher with 38 yards on 13 carries.
McPheeters had eight catches for 92 yards and the score, Tyler Almasy had six receptions for 28 yards and Will Pierson five for 52.
McPheeters led the defense with eight tackles, Bryson Cannon had six and a sack and Elijah Nehf five and a sack. Cody Reece made an interception for the Challengers.
CC — Fralich 4 pass from Martin (Knobloch kick)
SC — Fullbright 1 run (Cowan kick)
SC — FG Cowan 32
CC — McPheeters 43 pass from Martin (kick failed)
GRANTS PASS 42, NORTH BEND 13: At North Bend, Grants Pass wrapped up its season by winning four of its final five games with the big win.
The Cavemen closed their season with a 4-2 record while North Bend finished 3-3.