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6A/5A Football: Another heartbreaker for North

BEND -- North Medford fell victim to a game-winning two-point conversion for the second straight week after Mountain View connected on a game-tying Hail Mary pass with four seconds remaining in nonconference football Friday.

Mountain View pulled out an improbable, 43-42 victory.

The heartbreaking loss for the Black Tornado (2-2) also spoiled another big night for Eli Spence, who amassed 293 yards on 38 carries with four touchdowns.

With North Medford leading 42-35, Mountain View quarterback Colton Burkhardt launched a 43-yard touchdown pass to Forrest Love.

Instead of kicking the extra point and potentially forcing overtime, Mountain View opted to go for two points. It paid off when Burkhardt found Shandon Malikowski to all but seal the comeback.

Josh Baptiste had back-to-back scores for North Medford to tie the contest at 21-all before halftime. He scored on a 28-yard scamper before returning a 95-yard kickoff.

Spence had three touchdowns in the second half for North, which led by as many as seven points in a game that saw six lead changes.

SOUTH EUGENE 43, EAGLE POINT 27: At Eugene, Eagle Point’s Noah Page had six catches for 144 yards, including a 71-yard touchdown catch, in the Midwestern League road loss.

Devin Bradd provided touchdown runs of 7 and 10 yards for the Eagles (3-1, 0-1 MWL) and gained 54 yards on eight carries.

South Eugene quarterback Bryce Boettcher passed for two touchdowns and ran for another.

Justin McElroy returned a first-quarter kickoff for an 82-yard touchdown to cut the Eagles’ deficit to 13-7, then the Axe (3-1, 1-0) reeled off 30 straight points.

CHURCHILL 59, ASHLAND 7: At Eugene, Churchill quarterback Demontre Thomas II threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more in the Lancers’ blowout win over Ashland to open Midwestern League South Division play.

Thomas, a senior transfer from Allen, Texas, did all of his damage in the first half, leading the Lancers (3-1, 1-0 MWL) to a 42-7 halftime lead.

Ashland (2-2, 0-1), which played without starting running back DaMario Watson, got its lone touchdown late in the first quarter on a 59-yard pass from Rieger Sayre to Eriq Rodriguez.

Grizzlies running back Isaac Evans carried the ball 17 times for 68 yards in relief of Watson.

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