Emptage powers Grants Pass

GRANTS PASS -- Senior running back Jaren Emptage scored three touchdowns and quarterback Chase Coyle passed for two TDs to lead Grants Pass to a 38-21 nonconference football victory over Southridge at Mel Ingram Field Friday.

Grants Pass (3-1) trailed 14-10 at halftime but took command on Emptage’s 17-yard TD run on the first possession of the second half, and Coyle found Randy Clark for a 4-yard touchdown pass later in the period to give the Cavemen a 24-14 lead.

After Southridge (1-3) cut the Grants Pass lead to 24-21 with 8:39 to go in the fourth quarter, Emptage returned the ensuing kickoff for an 86-yard touchdown. Coyle sealed the victory with a 63-yard scoring strike to Clark.

Coyle was 21 of 31 passing for 299 yards.

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