PREP FOOTBALL: South struggles to slow Westview
BEAVERTON — Ninth-ranked Westview scored two touchdowns in its first four plays from scrimmage and kept the pressure on Friday in storming to a 42-7 victory.
South Medford junior quarterback Deacon Edgar helped his team avoid a shutout with a 1-yard touchdown run with about 8 1/2 minutes remaining in a second half played entirely with a running clock.
Friday’s game marked the fifth time South Medford (1-7) has played a top-10 team this season.
Unofficially, Edgar completed 11 of 20 passes for 118 yards and ran 11 times for 40 yards in his return after a one-week absence due to injury.
South Medford senior Carson Joe also gave his team a lift with nine carries for 62 yards, and Brycen Guches had five catches for 40 yards while Andrew Walker hauled in three passes for 55 yards.
The Panthers were able to break into Westview territory on each of their first four drives but had zero points to show for it. A touchdown pass from a scrambling Edgar to Phillips was negated by penalty, and South turned the ball over on downs on two other drives near the red zone.
Westview (7-1) had no such troubles, using a 71-yard pass from Sam Leavitt to Brock Jolie on the Wildcats’ first play help set the tone for the evening. Leavitt found Drew Bennett for a 10-yard score moments later to cap a three-play drive, then connected with Darrius Clemons for a 62-yard TD on the first play of their second drive.
Jordan Fisher added a 7-yard TD run to kickstart a 21-point second quarter for Westview that saw Leavitt connect with Jolie for a 20-yard score before Fisher eked in from 1 yard in the final 15 seconds of the half for a 35-0 lead.
Even when South Medford had Westview on its heels it didn’t matter, with Clemons hauling in a one-handed jump ball effort for a 25-yard TD on third-and-10 to put the Wildcats up 42-0 after the first drive of the third quarter.
Leavitt passed for 398 yards and Clemons, who is the state’s top recruit, finished with six catches for 169 yards.
Due to no available bus drivers, South Medford was forced to caravan up north for a game that was rescheduled for 5 p.m. to accommodate travel plans.
W — Bennett 10 pass from Leavitt (Mahin kick)
W — Clemons 62 pass from Leavitt (Mahin kick)
W — Fisher 7 run (Mahin kick)
W — Jolie 20 pass from Leavitt (Mahin kick)
W — Fisher 1 run (Mahin kick)
W — Clemons 25 pass from Leavitt (Mahin kick)
SM — Edgar 1 run (Parker kick)
EAGLE POINT 41, NORTH BEND 6: At Eagle Point, Isaiah Hill churned his way to 155 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries en route to a near shutout for Eagle Point on senior night.
Hill’s touchdowns all came in the first half where the Eagles (4-4, 4-3 Midwestern League) established a 27-0 halftime lead.
In the second half, quarterback Caiden Lacey connected with Jimmie Copeland for both of the Eagles’ third-quarter touchdowns, the first from 3 yards and the second from 20.
Copeland finished with eight catches for 114 yards and Lacey went 15-for-21 for 183 yards and two touchdowns with one interception.
Eagle Point’s defense limited North Bend (2-5, 2-4) to 137 yards of total offense and did not surrender points until a fourth quarter TD run by Sidon Green.
EP — Hill 1 run (Cordle kick)
EP — Hill 6 run (Cordle kick)
EP — Hill 2 run (Cordle kick)
EP — Hill 18 run (kick failed)
EP — Copeland 3 pass from Lacey (Cordle kick)
EP — Copeland 20 pass from Lacey (Cordle kick)
NB — Green 6 run (kick failed)
THURSTON 44, ASHLAND 6: At Springfield, second-ranked Thurston proved too much for Ashland as the Grizzlies remained winless at 0-7 overall and 0-6 in Midwestern League play.
The unscathed Colts bumped their record to 6-0 overall and 6-0 in the MWL, clinching at least a tie for the conference title.
MAZAMA 68, PHOENIX 6: At Klamath Falls, fifth-ranked Mazama returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, added a safety, scored on a one-play drive and then, after a defensive stand, added a punt return TD by Aidan Kindt to build a 23-0 lead in the opening four minutes of play.
The Vikings (6-2, 4-0 Skyline) led 50-0 midway through the second quarter over Phoenix (0-7, 0-4) and 62-6 at halftime.
Phoenix’s lone score of the first half came on a 2-yard run by Will Greenwood.
Due to a lead of at least 35 points, the second half was played with a running clock.
Pirates quarterback Ryan Watts was 8-for-19 for 121 yards with an interception.
ST. MARY’S FORFEITS: Due to injuries leaving St. Mary’s without enough players to safely compete, the Crusaders were forced to forfeit Friday’s game against Sutherlin in a decision announced Thursday night by athletic director Jamie Young.
“We’re very disappointed in it and this is not a decision we take lightly but it wouldn’t be a safe situation for us to (play),” said Young, who also serves as the St. Mary’s football coach.
With the forfeit, St. Mary’s dropped to 4-4 overall and 0-3 in Far West League play and Sutherlin moved into third place in the league at 5-2 and 1-1.
Young said the Crusaders are hoping to get a few players back next week to be able to play their final game at Douglas.
EDDYVILLE 54, PROSPECT 0: At Eddyville, Prospect was unable to get anything going on offense against unbeaten Eddyville in what will be the final game of the season for the Cougars unless they’re able to fill an open date on their schedule next week.
Prospect dropped to 3-5 with the loss, while Eddyville improved to 6-0 in six-man football.