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PREP FOOTBALL: St. Mary’s loses nail-biter to North Valley

SUTHERLIN — North Valley was able to tip wide a potential go-ahead 25-yard field goal by Gavin Cougle and fend off St. Mary’s for a 21-20 victory in a back-and-forth battle played at Sutherlin High due to poor air quality in Medford.

“It was a good back-and-forth battle,” said St. Mary’s head coach Jamie Young. “We kind of matched each other pretty well, there were just a few big plays that kind of made the difference.”

St. Mary’s senior quarterback Eli Haynes passed for a pair of touchdowns and ran for another, but North Valley took the lead for good with just under seven minutes to play on a 35-yard TD pass from Jaydon Twedell to Brady Huff.

Haynes guided the Crusaders downfield before St. Mary’s bogged down at the North Valley 11 to force a field goal attempt with 50 seconds to play.

Haynes completed 13 of 18 passes for 178 yards, with a 37-yard TD to Tyson Delplanche and 12-yard TD to Heemir Patel. Delplanche also rushed for 31 yards on six carries, while Patel led the team with three catches for 47 yards.

Beau Aldrich ran 16 times for 65 yards and had a key fumble recovery to slow the Knights, while AJ Borovansky added a key sack and was joined by Kyan Hidde with five unassisted tackles.

North Valley0966—21

St. Mary’s7706—20

StM — Delplanche 37 pass from Haynes (Cougle kick)

NV — Love 12 run (run failed)

NV — FG Comyford 25

StM — Patel 12 pass from Haynes (Cougle kick)

NV — Huff 25 pass from Twedell (pass failed)

StM — Haynes 3 run (fun failed)

NV — Huff 35 pass from Twedell (pass failed)

BEND 27, GRANTS PASS 7: At Bend, Grants Pass was unable to contain Bend’s ground attack, which piled up 289 yards as the Cavemen came up short in their season opener.

Quarterback Jace Blanchard was 18-of-30 passing for 189 yards and scored on a 5-yard run in the second quarter for the Cavemen (0-1).

Jayce Jordan had six catches for 75 yards and Jackson Tunick added six grabs for 66 yards.

Although Grants Pass struggled stopping the run, its defense limited Bend (1-0) to just 5 yards through the air and Tunick snagged an interception.

Lava Bears running back Malakai Nutter ran for 193 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 30 carries.

Grants Pass0700—7

Bend7776—27

B — Castillo 1 run (Castillo kick)

B — Nutter 19 run (Castillo kick)

GP — Blanchard 5 run (Anderson kick)

B — Nutter 8 run (Castillo kick)

B — Sorenson 6 run (Castillo kick)

CHURCHILL 35, EAGLE POINT 28: At Eugene, Eagle Point nearly dug itself fully out of a 21-point, first-half hole but saw its rally fall just short in a season-opening loss to Churchill.

Churchill running back Austin Mills scored four touchdowns on the ground, including a pair of 1-yard runs to put the Lancers (1-0) back in front after the Eagles tied it right before halftime.

Mills, who had 102 yards rushing, also scored on runs of 26 and 41 yards to help Churchill build a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter.

Eagle Point (0-1), however, responded with 21 unanswered points to close the first half, getting touchdown runs from Isaiah Hill and David Brown and a 19-yard TD strike from quarterback Caiden Lacey to receiver Wyatt Graves.

Lacey, making his Eagle Point debut after transferring from North Medford, finished 27-for-40 for 322 yards with two touchdown passes and four interceptions. Graves caught nine passes for 103 yards and a TD, while Hill also caught five passes for 57 yards to go with his rushing touchdown.

Brown rushed for 48 yards on nine carries.

Eagle Point02107—28

Churchill14777—35

C — Mills 26 run (2-point good)

C — 75 pass from Pence (kick no good)

C — Mills 41 run (kick good)

EP — Hill 8 run (Cordle kick)

EP — Brown 3 run (Cordle kick)

EP — Graves 19 pass from Lacey (Cordle kick)

C — Mills 1 run (kick good)

C — Mills 1 run (kick good)

EP — 26 pass from Lacey (Cordle kick)

HENLEY 35, ASHLAND 14: At Eugene, Ashland’s re-introduction to varsity football didn’t get off to the greatest of starts, as the Grizzlies fell behind 20-0 in less than a quarter and lost to Class 4A Henley in a game played at Willamette High School due to poor air quality.

The Grizzlies, who played a JV-only schedule in the spring, last fielded a varsity team in 2019.

Henley (1-0), out of the Skyline Conference, scored on its first three possessions, taking advantage of a pair of Ashland (0-1) turnovers. Senior running back Tulson Higgins scored on a 2-yard run after an Ashland fumble to cap a five-play, 70-yard drive, then the Hornets double their lead when quarterback Shaw Stork connected with Colton Smith on a 10-yard pass.

Stork capped Henley’’s early surge with a 2-yard touchdown run of his own. He also threw his second touchdown pass of the first half to Smith, this one from 11 yards out, on the final play from scrimmage before halftime.

Stork finished with two touchdowns on the ground and two more through the air.

Freshman quarterback Jojo Harrower — one of three Ashland signal callers to appear in the game — led the Grizzlies on their first scoring drive of the season. Harrower tossed a lateral to receiver Attikus Hayes, who then threw it to fellow wideout Noah Shrader for a 66-yard TD with three minutes to go in the third quarter.

Harrower recorded his first career touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter on a 15-yard screen pass to sophomore running back Gavin White.

Henley20780—35

Ashland0068—14

H — Higgins 2 run (Cheyne kick)

H — Smith 10 pass from Stork (Cheyne kick)

H — Stork 2 run (Cheyne kick blocked)

H — Smith 11 pass from Stork (Cheyne kick)

H — Stork 9 run (Stork run)

A — No. Shrader 66 pass from Hayes (Harrower pass fail)

A — White 15 pass from Harrower (Harrower pass)

SUTHERLIN 46, PHOENIX 6: At Sutherlin, Phoenix and Sutherlin traded first-quarter touchdowns before the Bulldogs began to pull away at halftime.

Phoenix junior Will Greenwood broke a 78-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter to tie the game, which was originally scheduled to be played at Phoenix before it was moved north due to poor air quality in the Rogue Valley.

Sutherlin responded with two touchdowns in the final two minutes of the opening quarter. Riley Harris ran in a score from 45 yards away and quarterback Ely Palm connected with receiver Waylon McKnight for a 40-yard touchdown with two seconds left in the opening quarter.

With a 28-6 lead at halftime, Sutherlin’s Adan Diaz returned the second-half kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, putting the Bulldogs ahead 34-6.

Phoenix6000—6

Sutherlin206180—46

S — Mentes 21 run (run failed)

P — Greenwood 78 run (pass failed)

S — Harris 31 run (Mentes run)

S — McKnight 40 pass from Palm (run failed)

S — Diaz 2 run (Mentes run)

S — Diaz 100 kickoff return (run failed)

S — Mentes 5 run (run failed)

S — Mentes 2 run (pass failed)

CASCADE CHRISTIAN-LA PINE CANCELED: At La Pine, Cascade Christian led La Pine 7-0 at halftime but due to worsening air quality conditions in central Oregon the game was suspended and then later ruled a no-contest.

The game was initially suspended and both teams believed they would resume the second half Saturday morning, but it was called off altogether later Friday evening as conditions were not expected to improve overnight.

Junior running back Triston Wallace scored the Challengers’ touchdown in the first quarter on a 70-yard run. Cascade Christian also forced two turnovers, with junior Cole Shields recovering a fumble and junior Brody Sample grabbing an interception.

Junior quarterback Keith Reid completed 5 of 12 passes for 65 yards before the game was called.

When Cascade Christian arrived in La Pine, the sky appeared to be mostly clear, but the situation detoriorated leading up to kickoff and visibility decreased during the game.

At halftime, both teams left the field as usual, but after a conference between coaches and officials, the game was officially called off for the night.

POWERS 39, PROSPECT/BUTTE FALLS 6: At Powers, Prospect/Butte Falls trailed only 6-0 at halftime but the Powers lead increased shortly therafter as the visiting team ran out of gas, Prospect/Butte Falls coach Scott Thompson said.

Junior running back Johnny Larson scored the lone touchdown for Prospect/Butte Falls, and also led the team with seven tackles on defense. Junior tight end Boden Perkins had a team-high 70 rushing yards.

Prospect/Butte Falls (0-1) will next play host to North Douglas Sept. 11 in Prospect.

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