PREP FOOTBALL: Grizz start fast but fall to North Bend
ASHLAND — Senior running back Sidon Green rushed for four touchdowns and helped North Bend spoil Ashland’s first varsity football game at Walter A. Phillips Field in nearly two years with a 27-6 win in Midwestern League action Friday night.
It was the first home varsity game for Ashland since the opening round of the Class 5A state playoffs against Dallas on Nov. 8, 2019.
The Grizzlies, who were originally scheduled to play their first four games at home this season, were forced to move last week’s opener against Henley to Willamette High School due to poor air quality in the Rogue Valley.
All of Green’s touchdowns came after the Grizzlies (0-2, 0-1 MWL) scored on their first drive of the game to take a 6-0 lead within the opening three minutes.
Ashland was able to take advantage of a fumble recovery by defensive lineman Nathan Shrader, as freshman quarterback Jojo Harrower — who was making his first career start under center — tossed a 23-yard touchdown pass into the back corner of the end zone to receiver Caden Negra to put the Grizzlies ahead.
Green, however, scored the first of his touchdowns after a bad snap on an Ashland punt attempt put North Bend (1-1, 1-1) on the 1-yard line.
Green added his third score of the night late in the third quarter and then capped things off with a 38-yard TD run with 1:24 remaining.
For Ashland, freshman linebacker Jacob Ortega had a sack, while senior defensive lineman Colson Abel recovered a second-half fumble.
A — Negra 23 pass from Harrower (run failed)
NB — Green 1 run (pass failed)
NB — Green 1 run (Edera run)
NB — Green 1 run (kick failed)
NB — Green 38 run (Edera kick)
WEST SALEM 42, GRANTS PASS 20: At Grants Pass, after Grants Pass traded touchdowns with West Salem in the first half, the Titans continued to impose their will on the ground, rushing for 368 yards and six touchdowns and denied the Cavemen in their home opener.
Jackson Tunick had four receptions for 104 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown catch from Caleb Martinez for Grants Pass (0-2).
Quarterback Jace Blanchard was 15-for-25 for 154 yards and a touchdown, while Trevor Reeves led the Cavemen on the ground with 66 yards and Asher Yriarte had 57 yards and a touchdown.
The Titans improved to 2-0 with the win.
WS — Ferguson 1 run (Pinkerton kick)
GP — Hart 12 pass from Blanchard (Anderson kick)
WS — Withers 30 run (Pinkerton kick)
GP — Yriarte 8 run (Anderson kick)
WS — Giertych 6 run (Pinkerton kick)
WS — Withers 9 run (Pinkerton kick)
WS — Giertych 54 run (Pinkerton kick)
WS — Lathen 17 run (Pinkerton kick)
GP — Tunick 53 pass from Martinez (Anderson kick)
EAGLE POINT 24, SPRINGFIELD 7: At Springfield, Eagle Point junior quarterback Caiden Lacey passed for two touchdowns and David Brown ran for another as the Eagles earned a Midwestern League victory Thursday night.
Lacey connected with Jimmie Copeland for a 20-yard score in the first quarter and added a 15-yard strike to Kaden Huff in the second to help the Eagles (1-1 MWL) take a 17-7 lead into halftime.
Lacey completed 13 of 23 passes for 179 yards, while Brown rushed for 129 yards on 24 carries, including a 2-yard score to seal the victory in the fourth quarter.
EP — Copeland 20 pass from Lacey (Cordle kick)
EP — Huff 15 pass from Lacey (Cordle kick)
EP — FG Cordle 20
S — Springfield 12 pass (kick good)
EP — Brown 2 run (Cordle kick)
ST. MARY’S 21, ILLINOIS VALLEY 6: At Cave Junction, aside from allowing an Illinois Valley touchdown on the opening drive, the St. Mary’s defense shut out the Cougars the rest of the way and captured its first victory of the season.
St. Mary’s senior running back Beau Aldrich rushed for 91 yards on 16 carries and hauled in a 14-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Eli Haynes in the first quarter that give the Crusaders (1-1) the lead for good.
Haynes also trotted into the end zone from 7 yards out before Indiana Olson tacked on another third quarter TD with a 12-yard run that bolstered the Crusaders’ advantage to 21-6.
St. Mary’s junior strong safety Ethan Cano anchored the defense with his physical play and leadership while junior linebacker Kyan Hidde played a key role in stonewalling the Cougars’ offense.
The loss was Illinois Valley’s first action of the season.
IV — Wylie 5 run (run failed)
SM — Aldrich 14 pass from Haynes (Cougle kick)
SM — Haynes 7 run (Cougle kick)
SM — Olson 12 run (Cougle kick)