Big plays doom Grizzlies again in lopsided loss to Marist
Marist scored on the final play of the first half to break open a tight game en route to a 31-0 nonconference win over Ashland, Friday in Eugene.
Greg Park rushed for 201 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Spartans (2-0), who took a 17-0 lead on Silver Logan's 35-yard touchdown pass to Austin Baird at the end of the second quarter.
Ashland (0-2) was led by TJ Murphey, who caught four passes for 75 yards, and Jake Scarminach, who completed 10 of 20 passes for 81 yards.
The Grizzlies' home-opener is Friday against Churchill.
Park scored on a 13-yard run with 5:15 to go in the first quarter, capping an impressive opening drive for the Spartans.
Ashland's defense tried to keep the game close the rest of the half, but Baird's last-second TD catch in traffic deflated the Grizzlies as they headed into halftime.
"That was a killer," Ashland head coach Charlie Hall said. " We had some confidence after we hung with them for the first half, and we moved the ball a little, like last week. But when you give them a touchdown right before the half it's such a momentum-killer."
Marist needed less than two minutes in the second half to open up a 24-point lead, scoring on Park's 64-yard run with 9:54 to go in the third.
Marist dominated every facet of the game, out-gaining Ashland 441 yards to 183 in total offense, including 259 to 76 on the ground.
"Just consistency in all phases," Hall said, when asked what's No. 1 on the Grizzlies' priority list. "Defensively, we have to not give up the big play. We're just getting killed on big plays."
Sarah Holgen went for a career-best 23 kills to lead the 16th-ranked Southern Oregon volleyball team to a 23-25, 25-11, 25-16, 25-12 victory over Eastern Oregon Friday at McNeal Pavilion.
The Raiders improved to 6-2 overall and 3-0 in Cascade Conference play. The victory sets up a huge matchup with 14th-ranked College of Idaho tonight at McNeal Pavilion.
Holgen's 23 kills came with only five errors and the junior also added 11 digs. Megan Bartling finished with 12 kills and five blocks, while Leanne Stennett had 10 kills and 25 digs.
Eastern Oregon came out energized in the opening set and held the Raiders to a .189 attack percentage to take the upper hand on the hosts.
After that, the Raiders did most of the damage as they quieted the Mountaineers by holding them to 24 kills and forcing 22 errors over the last three sets.
Holgen almost single-handedly won the second set for the Raiders, scoring four of the final five SOU points with kills. In the third set, SOU went on a 7-3 run to start to pull away and in the third set the Raiders held Eastern to a minus-.059 attack percentage.
Lindsey Stone led the Raiders with 47 assists, while Renee Yomtob finished with 19 digs and Lauren Swetland had six blocks.
Jessica Lea led Eastern with 10 kills, 16 assists and 12 digs.
Prep Cross Country
Summit and North Medford tied for first in the boys race and Summit ran away with the girls competition in a six-way meet Friday at Lithia Park.
Stetson Smith placed second to lead the North Medford boys, finishing in 17 minutes, 18.97 seconds, well behind meet winner Travis Neuman of Summit (17:00.09). Ashland's Sam Jackson finished third.
In the girls race, Summit, led by individual champion Megan Fristoe (19:25.94), placed three in the top eight and eight in the top 14 to easily outdistance second-place Mountain View.
TEAM SCORES — Summit 46, North Medford 46, Ashland 62, Mountain View 95, Bend 128, Eagle Point 159.
INDIVIDUAL RESULTS — 1, Travis Neuman, S, 17:00.09; 2, Stetson Smith, NM, 17:18.97; 3, Sam Jackson, A, 17:21.62; 4, Chris McBride, MV, 17:25.87; 5, Devyn Baldovino, NM, 17:27.22; 6, Sammy Naffziger, S, 17:34.22; 7, Tyler VanDyke, EP, 17:34.61; 8, Nick Lenford, NM, 17:37.54; 9, Isaac Schaaf, A, 17:48.55.
TEAM SCORES — Summit 34, Mountain View 60, Bend 86, North Medford 91, Ashland 95.
INDIVIDUAL RESULTS — 1, Megan Fristoe, S, 19:25.94; 2, Mikhaila Thornton, MV, 19:37.84; 3, Brenna Phelps, NM, 19:48.72; 4, Ashley Maton, S, 20:04.10; 5, Jenna Mattox, B, 20:35.70; 6, Hayati Wolfenden, MV, 20:37.98; 7, Jessica Wolfe, MV, 20:57.38; 8, Kira Kelly, S, 21:01.85; 9, Jennifer Zhu, NM, 21:04.53; 10, Brit Oliphant, S, 21:16.61.