PREP FOOTBALL: Lake Oswego too much for South Medford
South Medford knew it had its hands full facing third-ranked Lake Oswego on the road, but the Lakers rarely let the Panthers get their hands on them in a dominant first half Friday.
Lake Oswego (3-0) saw senior Gabe Olvera score on runs of 9, 19 and 44 yards in the first quarter alone and built a 34-7 halftime lead en route to a comfortable 41-14 victory.
South Medford’s lone scoring play of the first half proved to be as remarkable as it was unlikely.
Junior quarterback Deacon Edgar found himself falling backwards as he was being pulled down for a potential sack before getting a last-ditch pass off to junior Andrew Walker, who showed his speed on an 81-yard score.
Calvin Macy added an 80-yard TD run and Olvera scored on a 55-yard pass from Jack Layne to help the Lakers build its halftime edge, with Dylan Layne coming up with a pair of interceptions.
The Laynes connected on a 41-yard pass for the lone score of the third quarter.
South Medford fought back with a 25-yard catch over a defender by junior Ty Henry and subsequent penalty to get deep into Lakers territory at the 29-yard line late in the third quarter. Senior Carson Joe and sophomore Ryder Scheid did the damage thereafter in the red zone, with Scheid capping the drive with a 4-yard score.
Unofficially, Edgar ran 10 times for 39 yards, Joe had 32 yards on seven carries and Sche added 32 yards on 12 carries and junior Dylan Espinosa had 33 yards on three carries.
Walker finished with two catches for 116 yards and senior Colton Samis had two catches for 23 yards. Edgar completed 8 of 23 passes for 176 yards.
South Medford experienced a lengthy delay near Salem on its bus trip north, causing the game to start about 45 minutes later than scheduled.
South Medford 0 7 0 7—14
Lake Oswego 21 13 7 0—41
LO — Olvera 9 run (Henshaw kick)
LO — Olvera 19 run (Henshaw kick)
LO — Olvera 44 run (Henshaw kick)
LO — Macy 80 run (Henshaw kick)
SM — Walker 81 pass from Edgar (Parker kick)
LO — Olvera 55 pass from J. Layne (kick failed)
LO — D. Layne 41 pass from J. Layne (Henshaw kick)
SM — Scheid 4 run (Parker kick)
MCNARY 41, GRANTS PASS 0: At Keizer, Grants Pass was limited to 96 yards of total offense by McNary, which saw quarterback Tyler Copeland completed 15 of 20 passes for 228 yards and four touchdowns.
Jace Blanchard completed 12 of 23 passes for 62 yards with one interception for Grants Pass (0-3), while Asher Yriarte ran 10 times for 30 yards.
McNary improved to 3-0.
Grants Pass 0 0 0 0—0
McNary 7 20 7 7—41
M — Aicher 1 run (Ready kick)
M — B. Copeland 33 pass from T. Copeland (Ready kick)
M — Smedema 44 pass from T. Copeland (Ready kick)
M — Dunagan 1 run (kick failed)
M — Smedema 28 pass from T. Copeland (Ready kick)
M — B. Copeland 37 pass from T. Copeland (Ready kick kick)
ELMIRA 36, PHOENIX 30: At Elmira, Phoenix’s fourth-quarter comeback fell short and Elmira escaped to win the nonconference contest.
With about five minutes remaining, the Pirates (0-3) cut Elmira’s lead to 36-30 when sophomore quarterback Ryan Watts found senior tight end Trevor Sharrar on an 80-yard touchdown.
The Pirates’ Jair Ramirez scored a rushing touchdown and punched in a pair of two point conversions. At linebacker, he was active in the backfield and added a sack.
William Greenwood also supplied the Pirates with a rushing touchdown and a two-point conversion.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 44, YREKA 0: At Yreka, Triston Wallace did a little bit of everything for Cascade Christian, whose defense yielded just 89 total yards to Yreka while quarterback Keith Reed compiled four touchdowns to power the Challengers in their season debut.
Cascade Christian had its Week 1 game ruled a no-contest due to poor air quality in La Pine, then missed Week 2 due to a COVID situation in the program.
Wallace had eight carries for 113 yards and two TDs and defensively racked up three sacks and an interception. He led the Challengers (1-0) with five tackles.
Reed was 10-for-22 for 113 yards and threw three touchdowns to go with the Challengers’ first touchdown on an 8-yard scramble.
Not only did the Challengers’ JT Knobloch haul in a 27-yard TD from Reed but he drilled the third-longest field goal in school history with a 48-yarder in the third quarter. Marty Maurer, who went on to Oregon State fame, holds the record for Cascade Christian’s longest field goal at 51 yards.
On defense, the Challengers came up with three interceptions and stuffed Yreka for minus-20 yards rushing and just 109 through the air.
Cascade Christian 14 23 7 0—44
Yreka 0 0 0 0—0
CC — Reed 8 run (Knobloch kick)
CC — Wallace 6 run (Knobloch kick)
CC — Almasy 6 pass from Reed (Knobloch kick)
CC — Waits 11 pass from Reed (conversion failed)
CC — Knobloch 27 pass from Reed (Knobloch kick)
CC — FG Knobloch 48
CC — Wallace 28 run (Knobloch kick)
ST. MARY’S 20, PLEASANT HILL 14: St. Mary’s quarterback Eli Haynes threw for a pair of touchdowns as the Crusaders were able to hold off Pleasant Hill at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Haynes, a senior, gave St. Mary’s (2-1) an early lead with an 18-yard TD pass to sophomore receiver TJ Flowers. Senior running back Beau Aldrich followed it up with a 20-yard run to double the Crusaders’ lead.
Haynes put the Crusaders ahead 20-0 in the second on a 9-yard strike to junior Heemir Patel.
Haynes finished 11-for-23 for 144 yards with the two touchdowns and two interceptions. Flowers caught six passes for 104 yards and the TD, while Aldrich carried the ball 16 times for 59 yards.
Pleasant Hill (0-2) made things close in the fourth quarter with touchdowns on Charles Conrad’s 4-yard run and a 24-yard pass from quarterback Matt Dutton to Gabe Trafton, but the St. Mary’s defense held down the stretch.
St. Mary’s freshman safety Bradley Patten had a key interception late in the first half.
Pleasant Hill 0 0 0 14—14
St. Mary’s 13 7 0 0—20
SM — Flowers 18 pass from Haynes (Cougle kick)
SM — Aldrich 20 run (Cougle kick failed)
SM — Patel 9 pass from Haynes (Cougle kick)
PH — Conrad 4 run (Conrad kick)
PH — Trafton 24 pass from Dutton (Conrad kick)
PROSPECT/BUTTE FALLS 72, GILCHRIST 25: At Prospect, quarterback Jacob Jackson tossed five touchdowns and Boden Perkins scored four total touchdowns as Prospect/Butte Falls ran away with 40 second-half points to earn its first win of the season.
Perkins rushed for a pair of touchdowns and caught two of Jackson’s TD passes, including a 48-yard strike in the second quarter.
Justin McGonagle provided Prospect/Butte Falls (1-2) with a 39-yard touchdown catch and a second-half TD run.
Gilchrist 0 12 7 6—25
Prospect/Butte Falls 18 14 20 20—72