PREP FB: No. 1 Challengers crush No. 9 Coquille
COQUILLE — In a matchup of top-10 teams in Class 3A, the state’s top-ranked team left little doubt about living up to their new ranking.
Putting forth a dominant display on both sides of the ball, No. 1 Cascade Christian rolled to a 48-0 win over ninth-ranked Coquille on Friday night to remain unbeaten on the season.
The Challengers (4-0, 4-0 Far West League) gained 440 yards of total offense and limited the previously undefeated Red Devils (3-1, 3-1) to just 22 yards on the night.
“Our defense was awesome,” said Cascade Christian head coach Jon Gettman. “Giving up 22 yards on 30 plays, they executed really well and it was good to see across the board. It was every single guy going against a wing-T kind of offense, it’s a matter of discipline and how you approach it, and the guys really did a great job.”
The offense wasn’t too shabby, either, as the Challengers built a 21-0 lead before the end of the first quarter.
Cascade running back Kameron Rague scored on runs of 45 and 68 yards before quarterback Ashton Moody found receiver Brody Sample from 10 yards out with 23 seconds left in the first quarter.
It was the start of a huge night for Rague, who finished with 194 yards on just 13 carries — an average of nearly 15 yards per attempt — and three touchdowns.
“He’s a pretty talented back and it’s good to have him,” said Gettman. “He made some great cuts tonight. He’s tough to bring down and has the speed to get to the end zone, so it was a good night for him.”
Moody finished 11 of 18 for 139 yards and a pair of touchdown passes.
Sample caught nearly half of those passes, recording five receptions for 79 yards. He also had a sack and three tackles for loss on defense.
Coquille, which had outscored its opponents 99-6 entering Friday night’s game, had just one first down the entire night.
“We just want to be tested as much as we can,” said Gettman. “so it was good to have a test and be able to look at film and improve week-by-week and see where our weaknesses are.”
CC — Rague 45 run (Hoffman kick)
CC — Rague 68 run (kick failed)
CC — Sample 10 pass from Moody (Moody run)
CC — Almasy 4 pass from Moody (Hoffman kick)
CC — Moody 20 run (Hoffman kick)
CC — Rague 25 run (kick failed)
CC — Turiton 1 run (Hoffman kick)
GRANTS PASS 27, WEST SALEM 25: At Grants Pass, senior quarterback Jace Blanchard passed for three touchdowns — two to Jackson Tunick — and Grants Pass withstood a late push by West Salem to earn the South/Central Football Conference win at Mel Ingram Field.
Trevor Reeves opened the scoring with a 1-yard TD run for Grants Pass (3-1, 1-1 SCFC), but West Salem got two TD passes from Kaden Martirano to take the lead.
The Cavemen went up 27-18 with 3:34 to play on a 4-yard TD pass from Blanchard to Tunick, who finished with 11 catches for 189 yards. Blanchard was 21-for-39 for 267 yards.
West Salem (0-4, 0-2) scored its final TD with 13 seconds remaining.
GP — Reeves 1 run (Leach kick)
WS — Lathen 76 pass from Martirano (kick failed)
WS — Oertel 28 pass from Martirano (pass failed)
GP — Tunick 30 pass from Blanchard (kick failed)
WS — Evenson 9 run (run failed)
GP — Dietz 21 pass from Blanchard (Tunick pass from Blanchard)
GP — Tunick 4 pass from Blanchard (kick blocked)
WS — Oertel 12 pass from Hansen (Oertel kick)
THURSTON 42, CRATER 21: At Springfield, Crater did its best to storm back in the fourth quarter but its slow start proved too much to overcome and a controversial call midway through the fourth quarter squashed the Comets’ hopes of a rally in the Midwestern League duel.
With Thurston leading 35-6 entering the fourth quarter, the Comets’ wide receiver Scott Price scored back-to-back touchdowns — the first was a jump ball from four yards out from quarterback Ben Higginson in the corner of the endzone with 11 minutes and 21 seconds left and, about two minutes later, Price gathered a punt, shed a tackle and raced 75 yards down the right sideline to pay dirt and cut the Colts’ lead to 35-21.
With about five minutes remaining, a high snap over the head of Thurston quarterback Noah Blair caused a fumble that would have been recovered by Crater inside the Colts’ 5-yard line if not for an inadvertent whistle by a referee that caused the play to be wiped away and replayed, deflating the Comets’ momentum.
Aidan Chenoweth put the Comets (1-3, 0-2 MWL) on the scoreboard first with a touchdown run off the right side from 9 yards out.
The Colts (2-2, 2-0) responded with the next five touchdowns while its defense created a lot of problems at the line of scrimmage for Crater’s offense in the first half.
C — Chenoweth no 1 9 run (kick blocked)
T — Dau 5 run (Nevin kick)
T — Halstead 4 run (Nevin kick)
T — Bonar 61 pass from Blair (Nevin kick)
T — Bonar 16 pass from Blair (Nevin kick)
T — Halstead 34 pass from Blair (Nevin kick)
C — Price 4 pass from Higginson (Bramucci pass from Higginson)
C — Price 75 punt return (Bramucci kick)
T — Halstead 20 run (Nevin kick)
EAGLE POINT 42, NORTH EUGENE 21: At Eugene, Eagle Point senior running back David Brown had another monster game, rushing 32 times for 251 yards and five touchdowns and adding a 55-yard TD reception as the Eagles ran away with the Midwestern League victory.
Brown scored on rushing touchdowns of 2, 14, 24, 3 and 25 yards. Bryton Livingston connected with Brown to open the fourth-quarter scoring and finished 6-for-8 for 132 yards.
The Eagles (3-1, 2-0 MWL) amassed 414 total yards on offense and limited North Eugene (1-3, 0-2) and playmaking QB Devon Anderson to 263 yards overall.
EP — Brown 2 run (Cordle kick)
NE — 1-yard run (kick good)
EP — Brown 14 run (Cordle kick)
EP — Brown 24 run (Cordle kick)
NE — 3-yard run (Johnson kick)
EP — Brown 3 run (Corle kick)
EP — Brown 55 pass from Livingston (Cordle kick)
EP — Brown 25 run (Cordle kick)
NE — Anderson 34 pass (Gonzalez kick)
ST. MARY’S 19, LAKEVIEW 18: At Lakeview, St. Mary’s forced an errant throw on a two-point conversion that would have given Lakeview the lead with 1:20 remaining as the Crusaders hung on for the Far West League victory.
The play of the Crusaders’ defense and special teams was crucial in the second half as Bradley Patten’s 55-yard interception return in the third quarter gave St. Mary’s (4-0, 4-0 FWL) a 14-12 lead. Later in the period, a blocked punt out of the back of the end zone stretched the advantage to 16-12.
After Noah Friesen nailed an 18-yard field goal to put St. Mary’s up 19-12, Lakeview (1-3, 1-3) drove down the field and punched in a goal-line TD with a quarterback sneak by Benny Alves, but instead of opting to tie the game 19-all, the Honkers went for the win with the two-point try and Alves’ throw was short of his target. The Crusaders had blocked Lakeview’s two previous extra point attempts.
The Crusaders, who overcame five first-half turnovers, were paced on the ground by junior Indiana Olson, who rushed 13 times for 84 yards and scored St. Mary’s first touchdown with a 10-yard run.
L — Granger 7 pass from Alves (kick blocked)
SM — Olson 10 run (Friesen kick)
L — Markus 4 run (kick blocked)
SM — Patton 55 interception return (Friesen kick)
SM — Safety, blocked punt out of endzone
SM — FG Friesen 18
L — Alves 1 run (pass failed)
DOUGLAS 28, PHOENIX 20: At Phoenix, quarterback Hunter Everhart connected with Jackson Selden for a 38-yard touchdown to give Phoenix a 20-14 lead with about six minutes remaining but Douglas returned the ensuing kickoff to tie the game before a successful two-point conversion gave the Trojans the lead for good.
Tied 8-all in the fourth quarter, Everhart found Shane Gordon for a 20-yard TD strike that put the Pirates (0-4, 0-4 FWL) up 14-8 in the fourth quarter.
Phoenix’s Jair Ramirez scored the first touchdown of the game on a run from 2 yards out.
P — Ramirez 2 run (Everhart pass)
D — Willis 20 run (Willis run)
P — Gordon 20 pass from Everhart (run failed)
D — Willis 48 pass from Richardson (Metianu pass from Ausdemore)
P — Selden 38 pass from Everhart (run failed)
D — Willis 72 kickoff return (Willis run)