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PREP FOOTBALL: Cascade cruises to win over Sutherlin

Thanks to the big men along the offensive line, the eighth-ranked Cascade Christian football team turned in one of its finest all-around performances of the season Friday.

In their Far West League season finale against Sutherlin, the Challengers rolled up 491 yards of offense and scored eight rushing touchdowns in a 68-6 rout at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

Given the Challengers’ margin of victory over a higher ranked team in the OSAA rankings — Sutherlin was No. 6 and Cascade No. 12 entering the night — Cascade Christian (4-3, 2-1 FWL) should secure a more favorable matchup in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs, which begin next Friday.

The Challengers’ offensive performance not only included nine total touchdowns but quarterbacks Keith Reed and Ashton Moody, who earned snaps under center late in the game, combined to throw for 163 yards on a perfect 12-for-12 passing and were not sacked.

“The offensive line was outstanding tonight,” said Challengers coach Jon Gettman. “They were challenged and they responded. I thought they blew them off the ball. We went right down the field and ran the ball every time on that first drive and finished it off. That set the tone for the night. Then we (made an onside kick) and got the ball back to put them back on their heels. If we can do what we did tonight, we can play against anyone.”

The opening drive was capped by a Reed 3-yard touchdown run and following the Challengers’ recovered onside kick on the ensuing kickoff, Triston Wallace blazed to a 47-yard TD to give Cascade Christian a quick 14-0 lead. Both players scored again before Sutherlin’s lone touchdown trimmed the Challengers’ lead to 28-6.

Cole Shields scored two touchdowns in less than nine seconds for the Challengers in the second quarter. After rumbling in from 4-yards out on his lone carry of the game, on defense he intercepted a pass from Bulldogs quarterback Ely Palm and ran it back 22 yards to give Cascade Christian a 42-6 advantage.

Kameron Rague ripped off a 65-yard touchdown in the third quarter on his way to pacing the Challengers in rushing with 133 yards on seven carries. Wallace had 90 yards on five totes and Reed ran for 64 yards on seven attempts in addition to throwing for 133 yards on 10-for-10 passing.

Moody also ran for a touchdown and found Kristofer Fralich on a screen pass that went 21 yards for the final TD.

“The kids did a good job coming in with the right mentality,” said Gettman. “Their overall effort mentally, they were engaging and playing hard on every play.”

The Bulldogs (5-3, 1-2) dropped to third place in league.

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CC — Reed 3 run (Knobloch kick)

CC — Wallace 47 run (Knobloch kick)

CC — Reed 4 run (Knobloch kick)

CC — Wallace 10 run (Knobloch kick)

S — Cervantes 30 run (conversion failed)

CC — Shields 4 run (Knobloch kick)

CC — Shields 22 interception return (Knobloch kick)

CC — Sample 4 run (Knobloch kick)

CC — Rague 65 run (Knobloch kick)

CC — Moody 1 run (kick failed)

CC — Fralich 21 pass from Moody (kick failed)

SHELDON 38, GRANTS PASS 10: At Grants Pass, Trevor Reeves ran for 90 yards and one touchdown but Sheldon picked off quarterback Jace Blanchard four times to clinch the Southwest Conference championship.

Sheldon (8-1, 4-0 SWC) built a 28-0 lead on two TD runs apiece from Brock Thomas and Grafton Robinson before Reeves broke the drought for the Cavemen (1-8, 0-4) with an 18-yard score.

Blanchard completed 12 of 27 passes for 156 yards, with Josh Hart hauling in three passes for 70 yards.

Thomas, who was 14-for-23 passing for 128 yards, ran for 131 yards and Robinson added 100 yards on the ground.

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S — Thomas 1 run (Poole kick)

S — Thomas 68 run (Poole kick)

S — Robinson 4 run (Poole kick)

S — Robinson 5 run (Poole kick)

GP — Reeves 18 run (Anderson kick)

S — FG Poole 36

S — Mazziotti 1 run (Poole kick)

GP — FG Anderson 19 (kick)

NORTH VALLEY 35, PHOENIX 12: At Phoenix, Ryan Watts passed for a pair of touchdowns but a span of 28 straight points covering parts of the second and third quarters by North Valley was too much to overcome in the Skyline Conference finale.

Watts connected with Jackson Selden for a 77-yard touchdown in the second quarter to pull the Pirates (0-8, 0-5 Skyline) within two points at 8-6 before the Knights went on their run.

North Valley (6-4, 2-3) used a 5-yard TD run by Sam Campos, a 22-yard TD connection from Jaydon Twedell to Jaylin Jenkins and a 3-yard TD run by Twedell to break the game open.

Watts later found Trevor Sharrar for a 20-yard score on the game’s final play.

Watts finished 3-for-13 for 124 yards, while Jair Ramirez ran for 45 yards and William Greenwood added 27 on the ground.

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NV — Safety

NV — Freedman 2 run (pass failed)

P — Selden 77 pass from Watts (run failed)

NV — Campos 5 run (Comyford kick)

NV — Jenkins 22 pass from Twedell (kick failed)

NV — Twedell 3 run (Comyford kick)

NV — Campos 2 run (Comyford kick)

P — Sharrar 20 pass from Watts (run failed)

ST. MARY’S 41, DOUGLAS 0: At Sutherlin, St. Mary’s jumped out to a 35-0 lead at halftime and wrapped up the regular season with its most lopsided win of the season.

Tyson Delplanche caught passes of 19 and 23 yards from quarterback Eli Haynes, with Haynes adding a 1-yard keeper on the ground. Beau Aldrich added a 3-yard rushing touchdown and Indiana Olson scored on the ground from 15 yards out as part of a 28-point second quarter.

John Healey punched in the final St. Mary’s touchdown on a 4-yard run nearing the end of the fourth quarter.

Haynes finished 12-for-24 for 152 yards, with Delplanche making five catches for 67 yards to go with an interception on defense. Olson ran for 58 yards on nine carries, and Seth Baker led the Crusaders with six unassisted tackles.

St. Mary’s (5-4) was forced to forfeit its game last week against Sutherlin due to a number of injuries leaving the Crusaders with too few players to play safely. The Crusaders regrouped for Friday’s game and clinched their seventh winning season in the last 12 years under head coach Jamie Young.

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SM — Aldrich 3 run (Haynes kick)

SM — Delplanche 19 pass from Haynes (Haynes run)

SM — Haynes 1 run (Haynes kick)

SM — Olson 15 run (Haynes kick)

SM — Delplanche 23 pass from Haynes (run failed)

SM — Healy 4 run (no conversion attempt)

GLIDE 39, ROGUE RIVER 0: At Glide, Rogue River was unable to produce against Glide, which came out on top of the Special District 4 contest.

The Chieftains conclude their season with a 3-5 record and finished 1-5 in Special Dist. 4 play.

Glide moved to 5-3 overall and 3-2 in SD4.

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G — Damewood 60 pass from Ackerman (kick failed)

G — Ackerman 15 (kick failed)

G — Bucich 65 pass from Ackerman (Davis kick)

G — Dill 25 run (kick failed)

G — Damewood 40 pass from Ackerman (Davis kick

G — Dill 15 run (Davis kick)

Cascade Christian quarterback Keith Reed attempts to run the ball through South Umpqua defenders at U.S. Cellular on Oct. 22. (Larry Stauth Jr. / for the Mail Tribune)