PREP ROUNDUP: Crater cruises past North Bend in season opener
COOS BAY — Getting out of the smoke and making it over to the coast proved to be just what the Crater Comets needed to open their season in quality fashion.
Senior Caden Lasater scored a touchdown on both offense and defense and sophomore quarterback Shane Wood threw for three scores as Crater toppled Midwestern League foe North Bend 31-0 at Marshfield High School Saturday night.
Lasater, who had three interceptions and knocked down two other first-half pass attempts on the night, picked off North Bend quarterback Cole Hansen and returned it 90 yards untouched to give the Comets (1-0 overall, 1-0 MWL) their first touchdown of the season. Lasater, who saw time at quarterback and running back on Saturday, also caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from Wood, as he tip-toed along the sideline to sneak inside the pylon in the final minute of the third quarter.
Crater opened the scoring just moments before Lasater’s pick-6 courtesy of a North Bend (0-1, 0-1) miscue early in the first quarter, recording a safety after a botched snap on a punt sent the ball into the end zone where Luke Higginson tackled the punter for the safety.
Wood threw a pair of touchdown passes to tight end Kayden Gardner, the first coming from 32 yards out to put the Comets ahead 16-0. The two connected again for an 8-yard strike in the third quarter to put the Comets ahead 23-0.
Along with Lasater, Crater senior defensive lineman Jimmy Jordahl was instrumental in the first half, recording a sack and three tackles for loss.
In total, North Bend was forced to punt six times in the first half.
Crater’s Jaden Andre also had an interception.
C — Safety
C — Lasater 90 interception return (Perez kick)
C — Gardner 32 pass from Wood (Perez kick)
C — Gardner 8 pass from Wood (Perez kick)
C — Lasater 16 pass from Wood (deVilleneuve run)
THE ULTIMOOK RACE: At Tillamook, South Medford senior Michael Maiorano set the standard in the 6A/5A boys race, crossing the finish line first in 16 minutes, 5.01 seconds to help the Panthers place second overall among 16 teams on the 5,000-meter Hydrangea Ranch course.
Maiorano finished nine seconds ahead of his nearest competition, The Dalles junior Juan Diego Contreras.
South Medford’s Chase Wallace finished 15th (18:00.80) and fellow senior Adam Cannon was 18th (18:03.84) to help the Panthers score 90 points and finish runner-up to Lakeridge at 78 points.
Rounding out the scoring for the Panthers was Connor Singer (28th, 18:39.77) and Richard Parkes (43rd, 19:26.94).
TEAM SCORES: Lakeridge 78, South Meford 90, Cleveland 121, The Dalles 140, Hood River Valley 161, Crescent Valley 191, Kelso 197, Sprague 222, Lake Oswego 234, Scappose 257, Glencoe 278, West Linn 284, Centennial 285, Skyview 289, West Salem 429, Liberty 442.
RICHARDSON PARK INVITE: At Eugene, Phoenix senior Elwood Hosking paced the Pirates with a ninth-place showing at the eight-team event, finishing in 16:58.01 on the 5,000-meter course.
With support from Kael Feeley (37th, 19:17.97) and Marcelo Camargo (42nd, 19:36.66), the Phoenix boys placed sixth in a meet dominated by Sheldon. The Irish won with 24 points behind first-place finisher Jonah Donde (15:54.81), while Phoenix finished with 174 points.
Kyla Potratz, a junior, and Sophia Stubblefield, a senior, gave the Phoenix girls a boost with top-20 showings. Potratz finished 15th in 21:27.82, while Stubblefield was 19th in 21:46.02.
Ava Robinson placed 36th (23:41.87) to help the Pirate girls secure sixth place with 138 points.
South Eugene freshman Ansley Johnston won the race in 19:28.77 over Grants Pass senior Madison Wilt (19:33.18) to help the Axe claim the team title with 25 points.
TEAM SCORES: Sheldon 24, South Eugene 42, Grants Pass 84, Cottage Grove 115, Marist 131, Phoenix 174, Klamath Union 178, Junction City 218.
TEAM SCORES: South Eugene 25, Sheldon 74, Grants Pass 81, Marist 111, Klamath Union 128, Phoenix 138, Cottage Grove 171, Junction City 190.
CATLIN GABEL 8, ST. MARY’S 0: At Portland, Catlin Gabel had a span of four goals in five minutes and was able to secure the win by halftime due to the eight-goal mercy rule.
Freshman goalkeeper Davis Jones was under fire from the first minute and fared well with some big saves but the Eagles’ pressure ultimately proved too much.
Sophomore Yejun Choi provided St. Mary’s (0-1) a couple scoring opportunities in its season opener.
CATLIN GABEL 8, ST. MARY’S 0: At Portland, Catlin Gabel asserted its dominance early and used four goals in each half to force the game to be called with 25 minutes remaining due to the eight-goal mercy rule.
St. Mary’s (0-2) had a couple breakaway scoring opportunities by Whitney West and another good shot by Ryker Rothfus, but otherwise was put on its heels by the Eagles (1-1).
Goalkeeper Katelynn Balsiger made a few big saves before needing to exit at halftime due to a health issue. Freshman Bella Mussio came on in her place for the second half.