Four SOU players on first-team all-star unit

ASHLAND — Twelve members of the Southern Oregon football program have earned NAIA all-independent honors.

Wide receiver/kick returner Vance Beach, offensive lineman John Roy, offensive lineman Derek Short and defensive end Jarrod Moroni all earned first-team honors.

Running back Brandon Baldwin, wide receiver Danny Keenan, nose guard Juwuan Brown, linebacker Sam Latham, defensive back Randy Fesser, kicker/punter Tyler Crowley and defensive back/returner James Wheeler earned second-team honors.

Beach finished his career by putting up impressive numbers as a senior. He ranked 13th in the NAIA with 6.3 catches per game, 15th for receiving yards per game (87.5), 16th in total receptions (63), 19th in receiving yards (875) and 30th in all-purpose yards (1,258).

Roy and Short helped a Raider offense that ranked 34th in the NAIA by averaging 215.3 yards per game.

Moroni was the key to the SOU defensive front line, ranking 38th in the NAIA with five sacks.

Southern Oregon finished the season 3-7.

BEAVERS HONORED — Oregon State seniors Stephen Paea and Justin Kahut were recognized by the Pacific-10 Conference on Monday for their efforts in the Beavers' 36-7 win over No. 20 USC on Saturday.

Paea was named the league's defensive player of the week and Kahut earned special teams player of the week honors. They join Lance Mitchell (defense, Sept. 7) and Ryan Katz (offense, Oct. 11) as Oregon State players honored by the this season.

Paea recorded six tackles, including 21/2 for loss, with one sack in the 29-point win. The sack gave him 13 for his career, placing him in a tie for 10th in school history.

Paea, who hails from Los Altos, Calif., also forced a fumble, giving him eight for his career, a school record.

Kahut hit on all three of his field-goal attempts, from 34, 38 and 35 yards. He also tallied three PATs to give him 252 points for his career, which moves him into sole possession of fifth place in OSU history.


Southern Oregon's trip the NAIA national championships will include a match-up with top-ranked Lee University in pool play.

The Raiders (23-3) will join Lee, Embry-Riddle (Fla.) and host Briar Cliff (Iowa) when pool play starts in Sioux City, Iowa, on Nov. 30.

Pool play will run Nov. 30 through Dec. 2. The top two teams out of each pool will play a single-elimination tournament starting Dec. 3.

Southern Oregon, the tournament's No. 13 seed, faces 12th-seeded Embry-Riddle (30-2) to start pool play on Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m. (PST). The Raiders then face Lee (35-0) on Dec. 1 and Briar Cliff (20-14) on Dec. 2.

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