PREP FOOTBALL: Eagle Point runs through Ashland in rout
ASHLAND — For an offense that has leaned on its passing game for much of the season, the Eagle Point football team turned to its rushing attack — and particularly senior Isaiah Hill — to score points in bunches Friday against Ashland.
Hill accounted for seven of the Eagles’ eight touchdowns, with 177 rushing yards, including six in the first half, while helping Eagle Point’s defense ground Ashland in what was ultimately a 56-6 win.
Eagle Point (3-4, 3-3 Midwestern League) scored on each of its first three possessions, two runs from Hill inside of the 10-yard line in addition to a 2-yard plunge from Ethan Moody, who added 56 rushing yards on 12 carries. Quarterback Caiden Lacey completed 6-of-8 passes for 88 yards.
The scoring barrage kept up into the second quarter, with the Eagles tacking on two more quick touchdowns to take a 35-0 lead. Then, Hill intercepted an Ashland pass from the Grizzlies’ own 30 and returned it inside the 5-yard line. Hill then finished off the drive with a 3-yard score to give the Eagles a 42-0 lead.
Ashland (0-6, 0-5 MWL) put together its best drive late in the second quarter after quarterback Ronin Kimbrough connected with receiver Attikus Hayes for a 35-yard gain, then drew a pass interference penalty against Eagle Point a couple plays later. That set up a 29-yard score hauled in by receiver Caden Negra from Kimbrough.
With a running clock in effect for the duration of the second half, Eagle Point turned to Hill one last time in the fourth quarter for a 4-yard rushing TD.
EP — Hill 2 run (Cordle kick)
EP — Moody 2 run (Cordle kick)
EP — Hill 10 run (Cordle kick)
EP — Hill 24 run (Cordle kick)
EP — Hill 25 run (Cordle kick)
EP —Hill 3 run (Cordle kick)
A — Negra 29 pass from Kimbrough (kick failed)
EP — Hill 31 run (Cordle kick)
EP — Hill 4 run (Cordle kick)
THURSTON 9, CRATER 0: At Springfield, Crater’s defense held down Thurston’s high-powered offense for most of the game but the Comets couldn’t generate any offense of their own in a Class 5A top-10 showdown.
Second-ranked Thurston used a 25-yard field goal by Gavin Levesque to score the lone points of the first half, with two Colts touchdowns called back due to penalty.
In the third quarter, Brycen Indell pushed over from 1-yard out to make it 9-0 for Thurston, which improved to 5-0 overall and in league play. That TD was set up by an interception from Miguel Perez, one of a handful of costly Crater turnovers in the contest.
The loss was the first in Midwestern League play for Crater, whih moved to 5-2 overall and 5-1 in league play.
Thurston entered the game averaging 47 points and 400 yards per game.
T — FG Levesque 25
T — Indell 1 run (kick failed)
BEAVERTON 36, GRANTS PASS 18: At Beaverton, Beaverton scored 20 unanswered points to claim the nonleague win over Grants Pass.
Running back Trevor Reeves rushed for 109 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns for Grants Pass (1-6), which held a 10-6 lead before Beaverton took the lead for good with 39 seconds to go in the first half on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Hunter Borter to Cooper Nesbitt.
Beaverton running back Jay Keuter carried the ball 21 times for 195 yards a pair of touchdowns. Borter was 12-of-26 for 188 yards and two touchdowns through the air.
Grants Pass quarterback Jace Blanchard went 24-of-43 for 255 yards and an interception.
GP — Reeves 7 run (Anderson kick)
B — Keuter 2 run (kick failed)
GP — FG Anderson 25
B — FG Hamilton 25
B — Nesbitt 4 pass from Borter (Vogelsang kick)
B — FG Hamilton 27
B — Hamilton 60 pass from Borter (Vogelsang kick)
GP — Reeves 11 run (Reeves pass from Blanchard)
B — Keuter 1 run (Vogelsang kick)
B — FG Hamilton 26
ST. MARY’S 35, ELMIRA 32: St. Mary’s rallied from 13 points down at halftime and took the lead for good in the fourth quarter to down 4A Elmira at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Not only were the Crusaders (4-3) playing from behind in the second half, but they were doing it without senior running back and linebacker Beau Aldrich, who went down with an ankle injury in the first half and did not return.
Senior quarterback Eli Haynes completed 13-of-19 passes for three touchdowns and rushed for two more, including the game-winning 15-yard TD with six minutes left that was set up by a big kickoff return from TJ Flowers.
The St. Mary’s defense came up with the stop on Elmira’s ensuing drive, with a sack from Rex Smith on third down inside Crusaders territory, before Bradley Patten picked off Elmira on 4th-and-19. The Crusaders were able to clinch the win after drawing Elmira offsides on a fourth-and-5 play with less than a minute left.
Tyson Delplanche led St. Mary’s with 106 receiving yards and two touchdowns, including a 71-yard score midway through the third quarter. Indiana Olson stepped in for Aldrich at running back and helped steady the ship.
For Elmira (2-6), quarterback Ian Drago scored on runs of 34 and 12 yards in the first quarter, but left the game early due to an injury.