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Lava Bears shut down Grizzlies in nonleague blowout

Ninth-ranked Bend out-gained Ashland 209 yards to 64 on the ground and scored two touchdowns in the last seven minutes to break open a tight prep football game and beat the Grizzlies 24-0 Friday at Bend.

The Lava Bears (4-2) went ahead 10-0 on Sam Fowlds 78-yard punt return with 5:53 to go in the third quarter, then put the game away on Tyler Bergrud's 10-yard run midway through the fourth.

Bergrud gained 103 yards on 22 carries and teammate Wilson McLain added 92 yards on 13 carries, as the Lava Bears handed Ashland (2-4) a lopsided loss in its last tune-up for next week's Southern Sky Conference opener against Crater.

The Grizzlies gained 129 of their 193 yards through the air as junior quarterback Jake Scarminach completed 11 of 25 passes with one interception. Ashland receivers Mason Costantino and Nick Hall each caught two passes for 40 yards.

The Grizzlies were shut out on the ground as Issa Shahin led the way with 28 yards on six carries.

Women's Soccer

Southern Oregon's Stephanie Carr netted a second half goal to lead the SOU women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Evergreen State Friday in Olympia, Wash.

The Raiders improved to 4-7-1 overall and 2-2 in Cascade Conference play. Evergreen State dropped to 1-6-4 overall and 0-5 in conference action. Southern Oregon travels to Northwest tomorrow afternoon.

After a scoreless first half, Carr found the net midway through the second half and the Raider defense held the Geoducks the rest of the way.

"I thought the team did a good job of stepping up in the second half," SOU head coach Jon Clement said. "And our defense was outstanding."

Clement also praised the play of Lauren Maserjian and Mo Costello.

"Lauren made very responsible and positive decisions," Clement said. "Mo played great defense in the middle of the field."

Tidings sports editor Joe Zavala can be reached at jzavala@dailytidings.com