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Challengers blank Pirates in opener

PHOENIX — Cascade Christian picked up where it left off, opening the football season with a 28-0 nonconference victory over Phoenix Friday.

The Challengers ended last season on a winning note as well, claiming the Class 3A state championship.

Luke Smith, a senior running back, rushed for three touchdowns while gaining 116 yards on 14 carries. The 5-foot-10, 190-pounder scored on runs of 3, 68 and 2 yards.

Elijah Smith opened the scoring for the Challengers with a 14-yard dash in the second quarter, then Luke Smith took over.

Cascade Christian led 14-0 at halftime, and its other two scores came in the third quarter.

Junior quarterback Kiegan Schaan completed 9 of 14 passes for 80 yards and added 67 yards on 10 carries.

The Challengers’ defense limited Phoenix to 176 total yards in the shutout.

Mike Walker led the Pirates’ offense. The junor ran 10 times for 53 yards. Senior Jacky Hawkins caught five passes for 34 yards.

Phoenix senior quarterback Dalton Samis completed 11 of 22 passes for 89 yards.

Cascade Christian 0 14 14 0—28

Phoenix 0 0 0 0—0

CC — E. Smith 14 run (Hoffman kick)

CC — L. Smith 2 run (Hoffman kick)

CC — L. Smith 68 run (Hoffman kick)

CC — L. Smith 3 run (Hoffman kick)

AMITY 51, ST. MARY’S 7: Perennial Class 3A power Amity, which finished last year No. 5 in the power rankings and returned most of that squad, flexed its muscle in a nonleague win over St. Mary’s at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

Gavin Rajagopal broke the Crusaders’ scoreless drought on a 24-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter after Amity had already gone ahead 51-0.

Receiver Payton Richardson and quarterback Tyler Parr had big games for Amity, which used two early interceptions to take control of the game in the early going.

ROGUE RIVER 60, MYRTLE POINT 6: At Rogue River, Carsen Smith busted two touchdown runs and quarterback Derek Nelson passed for one touchdown and ran for another — all in the first quarter — as Rogue River jumped out to a 41-0 lead by the end of the opening period in the eight-man game at the Field of Dreams.

Nelson hit Mark Bandy for a 4-yard TD pass for the opening score of the game.

After the Chieftains recovered an onside kick, Smith finished the drive with a 22-yard scoring run.

On the next possession, Diego Agosto returned an interception for a 60-yard touchdown.

Smith scored next for Rogue River on a 75-yard run, Nelson found the end zone on a 15-yard run and Bandy ended the first-quarter scoring with a 10-yard sweep around the end.

Myrtle Point 0 0 6 0—6

Rogue River 41 6 0 13—60

BUTTE FALLS/CRATER LAKE 42, PROSPECT 30: At Prospect, senior quarterback Dylan Bridges passed for three touchdowns — all in the second half — as Butte Falls/Crater Lake Academy pulled away after the game was tied 16-all at halftime.

Bridges hooked up with sophomore receiver Levi Underhill for touchdown passes of 46 and 50 yards in the third quarter as the Loggers surged ahead 32-16 by the end of the period.

Tanner Thomson led the Loggers’ ground attack with 97 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns. Bridges was 7-for-10 passing for 148 yards.

For Prospect, quarterback Nathan Glover rushed for 100 yards and tossed one touchdown pass, and sophomore running back Nick Strahan had 80 yards on the ground.

The Butte Falls defense forced four turnovers. Senior defensive end Garrett Parr recovered three fumbles for the Loggers and teammate Colt Carlton added a fourth-quarter interception.

Butte Falls/Crater Lake 8 8 12 14—42

Prospect 8 8 0 14—30

BF — Whitlock 11 run (Thomson run)

P — Leopoldo 10 pass from Glover (Strahan run)

P — Taylor 15 run (Leopoldo pass from Glover)

BF — Thomson 50 run (Whitlock run)

BF — L. Underhill 46 pass from Bridges (run failed))

BF — L. Underhill 50 pass from Bridges (run failed)

P — Glover 21 run (run failed)

BF — Thomson 26 run (Thomson run)

BF — Hansen 47 pass from Bridges (run failed)

P — Nelmes 80 run (Strahan run)

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