Comets rumble past Pelicans

KLAMATH FALLS — D.J. Pree rumbled for 203 of Crater's 478 yards rushing overall as the Comets bowled over Klamath Union for a 41-14 victory Friday at Modoc Field.

Crater also limited the heralded Pelican offense to 108 yards of total offense — 229 yards below their average — in improving to 5-4 overall and 2-1 in the Southern Sky Conference.

"I thought the defense played their best football game of the season," said Crater coach John Beck. "Except for one pass play they got on the last play of the half, they had only 7 yards of total offense in the first half."

Klamath Union (5-4, 1-2 SSC) scored on a 90-yard kickoff return by Mark Brooks in the first quarter and a 92-yard pass from Jon Amos to Eric Chadderdon to close the first half.

Behind the work of Pree and a host of other Comets, Crater's ground game kept KU on its heels and wore down the Pelicans.

Pree rushed for his season-high yardage on 28 carries, while quarterback Nick Brothers added 76 yards on 12 carries, Kenny Fahndrich had 80 yards on six carries and Zach Boskovich finished with 59 yards on three carries.

"I don't think I've ever had a team rush for that much," said Beck of the 478 rushing yards.

"Our offensive line just dominated them up front and covered up their linebackers," he added. "We just executed our fundamentals really, really well and came out with good intensity."

Boskovich opened the scoring with a 49-yard scamper, but Brooks followed with his kickoff return.

Bryce Peila then added a 14-yard TD run and Pree tacked on a 10-yard run to make it 21-7 in the second quarter.

Chadderdon's score made it 21-14 at intermission, but Crater closed the door with a 20-0 surge in the second half. Brothers, who also passed for 72 yards, provided a pair of 2-yard TD runs and Pree found pay dirt from 6 yards out.

ASHLAND 32, EAGLE POINT 22 — At Eagle Point, Ashland clinched the Southern Sky Conference championship outright, it's first league title since winning the Southern Oregon Conference in 1998.

Lewis Sebrell rushed for 222 yards and two touchdowns as the Grizzlies (9-0, 4-0 SSC) wrapped up a perfect run through their SSC schedule to earn what will be the program's first home playoff game since 1998.

The playoffs begin with first-round games Nov. 9. Ashland has a bye and will see its first postseason action since 2000 on either Nov. 16 or Nov. 17 against an opponent to be determined.

Branden Davis scored on a 2-yard touchdown run and Jake Ringrose ran in the PAT to give Eagle Point (4-5, 1-2 SSC) an 8-6 lead in the first quarter. Ashland came back strong, outscoring Eagle Point 24-8 over the next 21/2 quarters to take a 32-16 lead. Sebrell scored twice in the game-clinching rally, first on a 46-yard burst and later, with 6:22 to go in the game, from 10 yards out. Ashland finished with 322 yards rushing on 42 carries.

Eagle Point, which was held to six second-half points, still amassed 472 yards. Quarterback Scott Erickson completed 35 of 42 passes for 321 yards and a touchdown.

Garrett Davis hauled in 12 receptions for 75 yards and ran five times for 74 for the Eagles (4-5, 1-2 SSC).

MAZAMA 35, MADRAS 20 — At Klamath Falls, quarterback Brandon Quirk accounted for three touchdowns to lead Mazama past Madras in nonconference play.

Quirk threw for 183 yards and completed 9 of 20 with two touchdowns and had a 7-yard TD run to put the Vikings ahead 8-6. Then he padded their lead hitting Tanner Taylor for a 34-yard touchdown strike.

Derick Nealy grabbed five Quirk passes for 117 yards and caught the Vikings' final touchdown to put the game out of reach.

Southwest Conference

SHELDON 42, GRANTS PASS 7 — At Grants Pass, Zach Todd rushed for three touchdowns and returned an interception for another score to help fifth-ranked Sheldon secure the Southwest Conference's No. 1 seed in the state playoffs.

Sheldon (8-1, 4-0 SWC) also clinched at least a share of its second straight SWC title. The Irish can claim the crown outright with a win next week over South Eugene or a South Medford loss.

Todd scored on runs of 15, 44 and 66 yards to pace the Irish (8-1, 4-0), and returned Grants Pass' first pass attempt in the second half for a 26-yard score. The senior tailback finished with 167 yards rushing on 14 carries and hauled in three passes for 97 yards.

A 9-yard touchdown run by Brandon Baker and a 17-yard pass from Jordan Johnson to Matt Carman helped Sheldon build a 42-0 lead.

Eighth-ranked Grants Pass (7-2, 2-2) scored its lone TD with 4:24 to play when Buddy Saxon hauled in a 10-yard pass from Zach Morgan.

The Irish limited the Cavemen to 86 yards rushing on 30 carries and gained momentum in a 21-0, second-quarter surge.

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