South Medford knew they had their hands full facing third-place Lake Oswego on the road, but the Lakers rarely let the Panthers get their hands on them in a dominant first half on Friday.
Lake Oswego (3-0) saw senior Gabe Olvera score on rushes of 9, 19 and 44 yards in the first quarter alone and built a 34-7 halftime lead en route to a comfortable 41 victory. -14.
South Medford’s lone goal in the first half was as remarkable as it was unlikely.
Junior quarterback Deacon Edgar found himself falling back as he was pulled down for a potential sack before giving a final pass to junior Andrew Walker, who showed his speed on a score of 81 yards .
Calvin Macy added an 80-yard touchdown rush and Olvera scored on a 55-yard pass from Jack Layne to help the Lakers build their halftime advantage, with Dylan Layne coming in with a pair of interceptions.
The Laynes connected on a 41-yard pass for the only score in the third quarter.
South Medford retaliated with a 25-yard capture on junior defenseman Ty Henry and a subsequent penalty to penetrate deep into the Lakers’ territory at the 29-yard line at the end of the third quarter. Senior Carson Joe and sophomore Ryder Scheid then caused damage in the red zone, Scheid capping the drive with a score of 4 yards.
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 suffered a long delay near Salem on their northbound bus journey, causing the game to start around 45 minutes later than expected.
Medford South 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 Race (Henshaw Kick)
SM – Walker 81 pass from Edgar (kick from Parker)
LO – Olvera 55 pass from J. Layne (missed kick)
LO – D. Layne 41 pass from J. Layne (Henshaw kick)
SM – Scheid 4 run (Parker’s kick)
MCNARY 41, GRANTS PASS 0: At Keizer, Grants Pass was limited to 96 total attacking yards by McNary, who saw quarterback Tyler Copeland complete 15 of 20 passes for 228 yards and four touchdowns.
Jace Blanchard completed 12 of 23 passes for 62 yards with an interception for Grants Pass (0-3), while Asher Yriarte ran 10 times for 30 yards.
McNary improved to 3-0.
Grants Success 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 (kick ready)
M – Smedema 44 pass from T. Copeland (ready kick)
M – Dunagan 1 run (missed kick)
M – Smedema 28 pass from T. Copeland (kick ready)
M – B. Copeland 37 pass from T. Copeland (kick ready)
ELMIRA 36, PHOENIX 30: In Elmira, Phoenix’s comeback in the fourth quarter failed and Elmira escaped to win the non-conference contest.
With about five minutes to go, the Pirates (0-3) reduced Elmira’s lead to 36-30 when sophomore quarterback Ryan Watts found senior tight end Trevor Sharrar on an 80 touchdown. yards.
Jair Ramirez of the Pirates scored a rushed touchdown and had two two-run conversions. At linebacker, he was active in the backfield and added a sack.
William Greenwood also provided the Pirates with a rushed touchdown and a two-point conversion.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 44, YREKA 0: In Yreka, Triston Wallace did a bit of anything for Cascade Christian, whose defense gave up just 89 total yards to Yreka while quarterback Keith Reed compiled four touchdowns to propel the Challengers in their debut in the season.
Cascade Christian had their Week 1 game declared without a competition 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 touchdowns and racked up three sacks and one interception defensively. 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 scrum.
Not only did the Challengers’ JT Knobloch hit a 27-yard touchdown from Reed, he broke the third longest goal in school history with a 48 yards in the third quarter. Marty Maurer, who rose to fame in the state of Oregon, holds the record for Cascade Christian’s longest placement at 51 meters.
In defense, the Challengers had three interceptions and stuffed Yreka for under 20 rushing yards and just 109 in the air.
Christian Waterfall 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 – Waiting for 11 passes from Reed (conversion failed)
CC – Knobloch 27 pass from Reed (kick from Knobloch)
CC – FG Knobloch 48
CC – Wallace 28 run (Knobloch kick)
ST. MARY’S 20, PLEASANT HILL 14: St. Mary’s quarterback Eli Haynes threw a pair of touchdowns as the Crusaders managed to fend off Pleasant Hill at US Cellular Community Park.
Haynes, a senior, gave St. Mary’s an early lead (2-1) with an 18-yard touchdown pass to second receiver TJ Flowers. Senior running back Beau Aldrich followed with a 20-yard run to double the Crusaders’ lead.
Haynes gave the Crusaders a 20-0 lead in the second with a 9-yard strike against junior Heemir Patel.
Haynes finished 11-for-23 for 144 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Flowers caught six passes for 104 yards and the touchdown, while Aldrich carried the ball 16 times for 59 yards.
Pleasant Hill (0-2) brought things closer in the fourth quarter with touchdowns on the 4-yard run from Charles Conrad and a 24-yard pass from quarterback Matt Dutton to Gabe Trafton, but the St. Mary’s defense held on. cut.
St. Mary’s freshman safety Bradley Patten had a key interception late in the first half.
Pleasant Hill 0 0 0 14—14
Sainte-Marie 13 7 0 0—20
SM – Flowers 18 pass from Haynes (Cougle kick)
SM – Aldrich 20 run (Cougle kick failed)
SM – Patel 9 assist from Haynes (Cougle kick)
PH – Conrad 4 run (Conrad kick)
PH – Trafton 24 pass from Dutton (kick from Conrad)
PROSPECT / BUTTE FALLS 72, GILCHRIST 25: In Prospect, quarterback Jacob Jackson scored five touchdowns and Boden Perkins scored four touchdowns in total as Prospect / Butte Falls ran away with 40 points in the second half to win his first victory of the season.
Perkins rushed for a pair of touchdowns and caught two TD passes from Jackson, including a 48-yard second quarter strike.
Justin McGonagle provided Prospect / Butte Falls (1-2) with a 39-yard touchdown and a second-half touchdown.
Gilchrist 0 12 7 6—25
Prospect / Butte Falls 18 14 20 20—72
In this file photo from March 2021, South Medford wide receiver Andrew Walker sidelines the ball as Eagle Point defender Triston McGuire rushes for the save at Spiegelberg Stadium.//PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR