BUTTE FALLS — Stopping shifty running back Brandon Bowen was a learning experience for the young Butte Falls football team on Saturday.
With only three seniors on the squad and a promising group of underclassmen, veteran coach Randy Stephenson has high hopes for the future. But on Saturday, the Elks rode Bowen's legs to a 58-0 shellacking of the Loggers.
Bowen, a 5-foot-9, 165-pound sophomore, rushed for a whopping 315 of the Elks' 332 yards on the ground and five touchdowns.
"They were running mostly reverses and counters," said Stephenson. "(Bowen) has some real good moves. We just couldn't corral him."
Elkton (6-1, 4-1 Dist. 2) scored 38 first-quarter points to put the game out of reach early. Bowen had touchdown runs of 40 and 49 yards in the opening period.
For Butte Falls (1-7, 1-4), senior quarterback Moe Gower led the attack with 110 yards on 21 carries. But Gower was just 5-of-24 passing for 51 yards and one interception.
"We could have scored some touchdowns if we would have hit kids that were open," said Stephenson. "But (Gower) was running for his life most of the time."
Sophomore inside linebacker James Ramirez drew praise from Stephenson for the way he finished tackles.
"Our young kids will come on," said Stephenson. "But right now they're getting schooled. In a year or two, we will be back in the thick of things."
Elkton 38 6 14 0 — 58
Butte Falls 0 0 0 0 — 0
- — Whipple 50 pass from Garcia (Whipple run)
- — Ferren 1 run (Whipple run)
- — Bowen 40 run (Bowen run)
- — Ferren 11 pass from Whipple (Garrison run)
- — Bowen 49 run (run failed)
- — Bowen 46 run (run failed)
- — Bowen 32 run (run failed
- — Bowen 93 run (Garcia run)
MARSHFIELD TOURNAMENT — At Coos Bay, Hidden Valley downed Marshfield, 28-27, 27-28, 15-13, in the championship match of the Marshfield Tournament.
The top-ranked Mustangs beat North Bend in the semifinals and Brookings-Harbor in the quarterfinals to earn the finals berth. They defeated Willamette, Douglas and Del Norte (Calif.) in pool play.
Bailey Bars had 46 kills and 12 blocks and Joelle Swanson recorded 31 kills, 20 blocks and 11 aces on the day. Amanda Doig registered 105 assists and 25 digs and Sabrina Peckham added 80 digs and seven aces.
BUTTE FALLS 3, TRINITY LUTHERAN 0 — At Bend, Butte Falls used several key service runs to down Trinity Lutheran, 25-11, 25-7, 25-12, and win its sixth straight Mountain Valley League match.
Beth Sutfin had eight kills and served a six-point run in the second set for Butte Falls (11-4, 10-4 MVL). Tamika Funk and Mariah Moore both recorded seven-point service runs and Bessie Taylor added seven kills against the Saints (0-15, 0-11 MVL).
The Loggers play in the district tournament next Saturday at Hosanna Christian.
PROSPECT 3, TRIAD 0 — At Prospect, Prospect used strong net play and tight defense to get the season sweep against Triad with a 25-15, 25-20, 25-14 victory.
Prospect's Heather Lass collected a team-high nine kills to go with a 15-of-15 serving performance and two aces. The Cougars received eight kills from Shelbie Zelnar and seven from middle Taylor Bernhardt. Kristalyn Mahoney, a rightside hitter, added five kills and was 15-for-16 serving with three aces.
Kristen Reynolds had 13 assists for Prospect and Caree Mickelsen had 16 digs.
Prospect advances to next Saturday's district tournament in Klamath Falls as the No. 4 seed. The Cougars face Triad, the No. 5 seed, in the opening round. The winner of that match plays the loser of the Nos. 2 vs. 3 seeds, which is North Lake and Butte Falls, respectively, for the league's No. 3 seed to state. The winner of North Lake-Butte Falls plays district champion Hosanna Christian for the Nos. 1 and 2 seeds at state.
ASHLAND SWEEPS — At Eugene, Ashland's boys and girls water polo teams won all their matches at the Southern Valley Conference playoffs and took home several awards at Amazon Pool.
The Ashland boys beat North Eugene, 11-6, and defeated Cottage Grove, 12-4.
Against the Highlanders, Adam Good had five goals, one assist and one steal. Evan Westhelle-Grant and Forrest Kollar both had three goals. Kollar registered seven goals, three assists, three field blocks and two steals against the Lions. Good had five goals, Parker Massie made four steals and Miles Furichi added 11 saves for the Grizzlies.
Kollar was named the conference most valuable player and tournament MVP. Good made the first team, James Compeau and Westhelle-Grant were on the second team and Furichi was named honorable mention.
The Ashland girls beat Marist, 16-6, and topped North Eugene, 10-1.
Against the Spartans, Sarah Kasiah had seven goals, two assists and two steals. Ada Lawson added five goals, one assist and one steal.
Sarah Kasiah turned in six goals, two assists and two steals and Aubrie Georgevitch added two goals and three steals for Ashland. Molly Cochran had two assists and three steals and Halie Haynes made 10 saves.
Sarah Kasiah earned the conference and tourney MVP award, while Sadie Kasiah and Cochran were named to the first team and Lawson to the second team.
The squads next compete on Nov. 5 in Albany.