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Marist Catholic 49, Cottage Grove 13

What2Know: Cottage Grove fell to No. 3 Marist Catholic, moving the Lions to 0-6 on the season. Despite the loss, the Lions have shown lots of improvement, especially on the offensive side of the ball. After going scoreless the first four weeks, Cottage Grove has put up 13 points in two consecutive games against top-15 teams. For Marist, senior running back Drew Prickel had two rushing touchdowns, including an 80-yarder. Senior wide receiver AJ Sargent scored a touchdown on a kickoff return and another on a 29-yard pass play.

La Pine 44, Pleasant Hill 6

What2Know: The Billies’ slide continues as Pleasant Hill has now lost three in a row after a 3-0 start. On Friday the Billies hosted La Pine and fell 44-6 as Pleasant Hill was unable to find anything on offense. With the loss the Billies fall to 3-3 and 1-2 in the Mountain Valley Conference. Head coach Jeremiah
is in his first year and started off hot, but the squad has cooled since and will need quarterback Matt Dutton to step up next week at Sisters.

Sisters 26, Creswell 21

What2Know: Creswell traveled to Sisters Friday and fell in a back-and-forth affair. The scoring opened with Sisters getting a touchdown on a 3-yard run by Tony Gonzalez, but Creswell answered in the second quarter on a 7-yard pass from Connor Hanson to Tyler Bowers. Sisters scored again before half on a 17-yard pass from Easton Moore to Adam Maddox-Castle, putting the Outlaws up 14-7 heading into half. Gonzalez scored on another 3-yarder to start the third quarter, but touchdown runs of 47 and 2 yards by Jack Nguyen put the Bulldogs up 21-20 heading into the final frame. Heartbreak for the Bulldogs would follow, as Sisters scored on a 7-yard touchdown run by Justin DeSmet with 1:18 left in the game. The Outlaws picked off a Hanson pass on the first play of the next drive, sealing the game.

“Our efforts Friday night were above and beyond. I thought we played well on both sides of the ball,” said Scott Worsham, Creswell head coach. “Tough game, give credit to Sisters for finding a way and making about an 85-yard drive to beat us. Tough loss, but we’re hoping to rebound this week and keep our playoff hopes alive.”

Bulldogs’ top performers: Connor Hanson 8-for-13, 70 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 31 rushing yards; Jack Nguyen 5 rushes, 66 yards, 2 TD’s, 5.5 tackles; Tyler Bowers 5 catches, 65 yards, 1 TD, 5 rushes, 72 yards; Juan Beltran 10.5 tackles; Maysen Scovil 8.5 tackles

Thurston 24, Eagle Point 14

Thurston ran away from Eagle Point in the second half to move to 4-2 on the season. The Colts opened the game with a 29-yard touchdown pass from Noah Blair to Walker Bonar, but the Eagles responded in the second quarter with an 81-yard touchdown pass from Bryton Livingston to Wyatt Graves
to go to halftime tied at 7-7. It was all Thurston after that as the Colts scored 17 consecutive points, including a 2-yard touchdown run by Vaun Halstead and 22-yard touchdown pass from Blair to Luke Newell. Thurston’s defense was able to corral Eagle Point’s star running back David Brown, holding him to only 27 yards on 9 carries. Livingston connected with Brown on an 18-yard touchdown pass in the final two minutes of the game, finishing the game at 24-14 in favor of Thurston.

Colts’ top performers: Noah Blair 12-for-19, 124 yards, 2 TDs; Will Dau 10 rushes, 48 yards; Vaun Halstead 7 rushes, 37 yards, 1 TD, 4 tackles, 1 INT; Walker Bonar 5 catches, 66 yards, 1 TD; Darien Witham 6 tackles, 1 sack.

Eagles top performers: Bryton Livingston 10-for-17, 168 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT; David Brown 9 rushes, 27 yards, 3 catches, 31 yards, 1 TD; Wyatt Graves 4 catches, 77 yards, 1 TD.

Springfield 31, Churchill 14

What2Know: The Millers bounced back in a big way after falling to rival Thurston last week. Springfield hosted Churchill in a Midwestern League game that was also Springfield’s homecoming game. After falling behind 14-7 early in the second quarter, the Millers rattled off 24 straight points. The 24-0 run was led by Caeleb Kasperek, who passed for two touchdowns and ran for one. Connor Dye rushed for 62 yards and added a rushing and receiving touchdown. The Millers move to 4-2 with the win and stay in the race for the Midwestern League Crown.

Millers’ top performers: Caeleb Kasperek 9-for-17, 142 yards, 2 TD’s, 32 rushing yards, 1 TD; Connor Dye 16 rushes, 64 yards, 1 TD, 11 receiving yards, 1 TD; Jackson Babbitt 4 catches, 70 yards, 1 TD.



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