Oct. 1—For the first time this season, the St. Mary's football team has a number different than zero in the loss column.
St. Mary's was unable to dig itself out of an early 18-point hole against No. 4-ranked South Umpqua, as the Crusaders suffered their first loss of the season, 33-14, at Lithia & Driveway Fields on Friday night.
"That's a good football team we played," said St. Mary's head coach Jamie Young. "They're a very disciplined football team and I thought we held our own."
St. Mary's (4-1, 4-1 Far West League) was off to its best start during Young's 13-year tenure as head coach, but South Umpqua (5-0, 5-0) was able to take a 6-0 lead in the first quarter on Isaac Real's 59-yard punt return down the Lancers' sideline.
South Umpqua's Jacob Logan added a pair of short touchdown runs to put his team ahead 18-0 midway through the second quarter.
"To be honest, in the first quarter we battled and got some stops," said Young. "Defensively, I'm really proud of our kids. We just got in some situations, got into some short fields and had some turnovers."
The Crusaders got on the board late in the second quarter on Tyson Delplanche's 60-yard touchdown pass to Jaden Foster.
Foster also played a key role in St. Mary's keeping it an 18-7 ballgame right before halftime, as he knocked down a pass from Jace Johnson in the end zone on fourth down from the 8-yard line.
Delplanche, however, had to leave the game early in the third quarter with an ankle injury. He finished 2-of-8 for 61 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
"It doesn't appear to be too serious," said Young, adding that they will know about Delplanche's status for next Friday's game against Douglas on Monday.
Foster accounted for the Crusaders' only other touchdown on the night on a 20-yard TD pass from backup QB Dom Bernardo, who was 3-for-5 for 43 yards.
Foster finished with five catches for 103 yards and two touchdowns, while Indiana Olson carried the ball 12 times for 61 yards.
TJ Flowers had 25 yards rushing and an interception on defense.
"For the most part, I think we're getting out of here relatively healthy," said Young. "We have Douglas next week and this is an important game for us as we get closer to establishing our playoff qualifiers. Overall, I'm super proud of our kids and how they responded to playing in a big game and really battled until the end."
SU — Real 59 punt return (pass failed)
SU — Logan 1 run (kick failed)
SU — Logan 1 run (kick failed)
SM — Foster 60 pass from Delplanche (Friesen kick)
SU — Simpson 20 pass from J. Johnson (Logan pass from J. Johnson)
SU — Real 14 run (M. Johnson kick)
SM — Foster 20 pass from Bernardo (Friesen kick)
EAGLE POINT 35, WILLAMETTE 20: At Eagle Point, senior running back David Brown rushed for 202 yards and a pair of touchdowns and caught another score to propel Eagle Point to its third straight win to open Midwestern League play.
Eagle Point quarterback Bryton Livingston went 8-for-18 for 144 yards and two touchdowns, while Wyatt Graves returned an interception 12 yards for a pick-6 to help the Eagles (4-1, 3-0 MWL) build a 21-12 lead going into halftime on homecoming night.
Brown had a 9-yard touchdown catch before he scored on runs of 1 and 19 yards. Kaden Huff struck for a 60-yard TD pass from Livingston right before the half.
Eagle Point finished with 380 yards of total offense against Willamette (2-3, 1-2), which has lost two straight.
W — 27-yard pass (kick failed)
EP — Graves 12 interception (Cordle kick)
EP — Brown 9 pass from Livingston (Cordle kick)
W — 75-yard pass (run failed)
EP — Huff 60 pass from Livingston (Cordle kick)
EP — Brown 1 run (Cordle kick)
W — 9-yard run (conversion good)
EP — Brown 19 run (Cordle kick)
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 49, NORTH VALLEY 10: At Merlin, Kameron Rague ran for 122 yards on just four carries and scored a pair of touchdowns as top-ranked Cascade Christian romped past North Valley.
Rague scored on touchdown runs of 54 and 40 yards, helping the Challengers (5-0, 5-0 FWL) build a 42-3 lead. Over that opening surge, quarterback Ashton Moody threw a touchdown pass to Luke Wilson and then ran for another score.
The Challengers also recovered a fumble in the end zone during their 28-point second quarter.
Moody finished 13-for-16 through the air for 188 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 53 more yards on four carries. Brody Sample had four receptions for 91 yards, while Peyton Maurer caught five passes for 57 yards.
As a team, Cascade Christian recorded 444 yards of total offense against North Valley (1-4, 1-4).
CC — Wilson 13 pass from Moody (Hoffman kick)
NV — Smith FG 39
CC — Rague 54 run (Hoffman kick)
CC — Moody 7 run (Hoffman kick)
CC — Rague fumble recovery in end zone (Hoffman kick)
CC — Moses 2 run (Hoffman kick)
CC — Rague 40 run (Hoffman kick)
NV — Espinoza 12 pass from Teal (Smith kick)
CC — Fralich 6 run (Hoffman kick)
BROOKINGS-HARBOR 28, PHOENIX 14: At Phoenix, Jackson Selden hauled in a 76-yard touchdown from Hunter Everhart to give Phoenix an 8-7 lead in the first quarter but turnovers ultimately doomed the Pirates and Brookings-Harbor took advantage for its first win of the season.
Two of the Pirates' turnovers became quick scores for the Bruins (1-4, 1-4 Far West League), including an interception that was returned inside Phoenix's 10-yard line, and on the next play, Brookings-Harbor scored to take a 21-8 lead as the halftime horn sounded.
Selden finished with three catches for 123 yards, Everhart threw for 142 yards and two touchdowns — the second TD toss was in the third quarter to Hayden Hicks from 11 yards out — and Jair Ramirez rumbled for 58 yards on 10 carries.
Ramirez was also a key contributor at the defensive end for Phoenix (0-5, 0-5) with two sacks and a few tackles for loss.
BH — Valliere 30 pass from Burger (Valliere kick)
P — Selden 76 pass from Everhart (Ramirez run)
BH — Hendrix 43 pass from Burger (Burger run)
BH — Hendrix 6 pass from Burger (run failed)
P — Hicks 11 pass from Everhart (run failed)
BH — Christensen 2 run (Valliere kick)