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PREP FOOTBALL: Cascade turns back St. Mary’s challenge

Once quarterback Keith Reed got going in the second half, there was no slowing down the Cascade Christian football team in the Holy Bowl Friday night.

Reed racked up four total touchdowns — three in the second half — as the Challengers were able to find their stride offensively and pull away for the 35-7 Far West League victory at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

The win ran Cascade Christian’s series lead to 21-1.

“He really did a good job coming back,” said Cascade Christian coach Jon Gettman of Reed. “In the first half, he missed some opportunities early but we challenged him at halftime and he was able to come back and he did a good job responding. He was able to run the ball and that got him going. It was great to see him respond the way that he did.”

The run game seemed to pick up in the second half as well starting with Triston Wallace, who ripped off a pair of big runs on the Challengers’ opening possession, the second rush was a 15-yard scamper into the end zone that put them up 14-7.

With 3:47 to go in the third quarter, the Challengers (2-2, 1-1 FWL) marched from its own 15-yard line and, despite tight coverage from the St. Mary’s defensive back, Reed placed the ball only where JT Knobloch-Scott could have grabbed it for a 17-yard touchdown to bolster the lead to 21-7.

In the fourth quarter, Reed linked up with Brody Sample on a 33-yard TD strike with 9:31 to go, and Reed punched one into the end zone himself with about three minutes left in the game.

Wallace rushed for 110 yards on 13 carries, while Sample ran for 77 yards on eight totes and added three catches for 47 yards.

“As a crosstown rivalry, to be in that football game and to feel like we had a chance to win that game, that’s when it feels like a rivalry,” said St. Mary’s coach Jamie Young, whose team trailed only 14-7 in the third quarter. “It was a great game for us coming off our last game.”

The Challengers’ defense stonewalled the Crusaders’ run attack all night, limiting them to a net total of 63 yards on 34 attempts. St. Mary’s senior Beau Aldrich accounted for 64 yards on 16 carries, as well as a second quarter touchdown that tied the game at 7-all.

“The defensive front did a good job setting the edge and getting some stops,” said Gettman. “Wallace and (Cole) Shields did a good job being physical and getting off blocks to slow down the run game. Aldrich is a big kid and they did a job.”

St. Mary’s quarterback Eli Haynes went 13-for-17 for 142 yards but faced a lot of pressure from the Challengers’ defensive front and was stopped for minus-13 yards and sacked three times. Tyson Delplanche hauled in five passes for 81 yards for the Crusaders (3-3, 0-2).

“I’m really proud of our kids, we executed our game plan perfectly,” said Young. “Our numbers are so low, we didn’t have any subs and our kids are fit and ready to play, but it’s asking a lot of them. Fatigue set in and we missed tackles and made errors offensively that put us in a deep hole that wasted a couple of possessions.”

St. Mary’s0700—7

Cascade Christian071414—35

CC — Almasy 22 pass from Reed (Knobloch-Scott kick)

SM — Aldrich 5 run (Cougle kick)

CC — Wallace 15 run (Knobloch-Scott kick)

CC — Knobloch 17 pass from Reed (Knobloch-Scott kick)

CC — Sample 33 pass from Reed (Knobloch-Scott kick)

CC — Reed 2 run (Knobloch-Scott kick)

ROSEBURG 38, NORTH MEDFORD 20: At Roseburg, North Medford rallied within one score after facing a 28-0 deficit but Logan Klopfenstein’s 87-yard kickoff return immediately thereafter clipped the Black Tornado’s momentum in the Southwest Conference contest.

Colton Marsters ran for three touchdowns and Dominic Tatone added another to push No. 8 Roseburg up 28-0 early in the second quarter, but Ty Pugliano’s 10-yard TD run with 1:56 to go in the first half gave North Medford (3-2, 0-1 SWC a lift into the locker room.

In the second half, the Black Tornado’s defense stiffened and senior quarterback Mason Warren scored on runs of 5 and 3 yards to pull his team within 28-20 with 9:26 to play in the fourth quarter.

Klopfenstein, however, returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown and Jackson Bartlett added a 30-yard field goal to answer for the Indians (6-0, 2-0).

Unofficially, Pugliano ran 18 times for 151 yards, while Warren was limited to 10-for-25 passing for 99 yards.

Marsters ran for 189 yards and Cayden Eckel added 112 to boost Roseburg.

North Medford0677—20

Roseburg217010—38

R — Tatone 1 run (Bartlett kick)

R — Marsters 51 run (Bartlett kick)

R — Marsters 1 run (Bartlett kick)

R — Marsters 48 run (Bartlett kick)

NM — T. Pugliano 10 run (kick blocked)

NM — Warren 5 run (Dominguez kick)

R — Klopfenstein 87 kickoff return (Bartlett kick)

R — FG Bartlett 30

WILLAMETTE 20, ASHLAND 14: At Eugene, Ashland’s missed opportunities and miscues led to big plays for Willamette, which was able to take advantage for its first win of the season.

Quarterback Ronin Kimbrough connected with Crosby Lehnerz for a touchdown and Jackson Kemper scored a rushing touchdown for the Grizzlies (0-5, 0-4 MWL).

The Wolverines moved to 1-5 overall and 1-4 in MWL play.

HENLEY 49, PHOENIX 6: At Klamath Falls, Jair Ramirez ran for a 4-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to avoid a shutout for Phoenix in Thursday’s Skyline Conference game.

Ramirez finished with 22 rushing yards on 10 carries, while Hunter Everhart completed 6 of 13 passes for 75 yards and an interception for the Pirates (0-5, 0-2 Skyline).

Tulson Higgins ran seven times for 107 yards and two TDs to lead Henley (5-1, 1-1).

Phoenix0006—6

Henley292000—49

H — Bennett 85 kickoff return (Smith pass from Shols)

H — Higgins 6 run (pass failed)

H — Stork 30 run (kick failed)

H — Safety

H — Northcutt 40 run (Cheyne kick)

H — Northcutt 2 run (Cheyne kick)

H — Higgins 66 run (Cheyne kick)

H — Stork 10 run (kick failed)

P — Ramirez 4 run (run failed)

LAKEVIEW 30, ROGUE RIVER 8: At Rogue River, Weston Foor scored on a 30-yard post pass from Charlie Smith to pace Rogue River, which was hurt by a rough start to the second half that saw Lakeview score two touchdowns in four minutes.

Smth passed for about 200 yards and Alleric Cosgrove, who hauled in a two-point conversion, finished with 10 catches for the Chieftains (2-3, 1-3 Dist. 4).

Lakeview led 13-0 at halftime after Rogue River advanced to the 4-yard line but couldn’t punch it in before the break.

A snap into the end zone recovered by Lakeview and a fumble on the ensuing possession that set up another score gave the Honkers a fast start to the second half. It was 27-0 when Foor finally broke the Chieftains’ drought.

Cosgrove, Foor and Sam Haag each had interceptions for Rogue River.

ELKTON 25, PROSPECT/BUTTE FALLS 0: At Prospect, mired by turnovers, Prospect was unable to get anything going offensively against Elkton, which took advantage and came away with the win.

Prospect dropped to 2-4 while the Elks improved to 4-2.

Gavin Cougle (6) goes up for a pass intended for Tyler Almasy (80) in the 3rd quarter between Cascade Christian and St. Mary's. The pass was incomplete. (Denise Baratta / for the Mail Tribune)
Tristan Wallace (22) of Cascade Christian breaks free from the pack for a long gain before being taken down near the 15 yard line midway through the 3rd quarter against St. Mary's. (Denise Baratta / for the Mail Tribune)
Gavin Cougle (6) goes up for a pass intended for Tyler Almasy (80) in the 3rd quarter between Cascade Christian and St. Mary's. The pass was incomplete. (Denise Baratta / for the Mail Tribune)