Crater stays in hunt in SSC

KLAMATH FALLS — Crater remained in the hunt for one of two Southern Sky Conference playoff bids with a critical 19-13 overtime win at Mazama on Friday.

The Comets (5-4, 2-1 SSC) overcame a rash of injuries and two suspended players when Devin Massey broke up a Mazama pass on fourth-and-five from the 7-yard line in overtime.

Crater's Darrio Mobley scored on his only carry from 11 yards out — though the point-after attempt from injured kicker Christian Massey was unsuccessful — in the first possession of overtime.

Mazama (3-6, 0-4 SSC), which suffered its second straight narrow setback, drove down to Crater's 2 before a penalty moved the Vikings back and the Comets' defense held.

"It was a tough battle," Crater coach John Beck said. "Mazama played really hard and really well. We are just happy to get out with a win."

Crater lost running back and linebacker Kenny Fahndrich to a knee injury in the first quarter and Christian Massey, the kicker and defensive back, suffered a collarbone injury.

Wide receiver and defensive back Jacob Ziegler missed the game entirely due to injury.

Fahndrich was having a strong game prior to his injury, rushing six times for 42 yards and putting Crater ahead 10-7 with a 22-yard fumble return in the first quarter.

Derek Larman added a pair of field goals to put Mazama in front 13-10 and Christian Massey connected on a 27-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime.

"We were juggling and playing people out of position," Beck said. "But I thought the new kids who came in played hard and did a good job."

Crater concludes the regular season next Friday by hosting Klamath Union, which went to 3-0 in SSC play by topping Ashland. If Crater defeats Klamath Union and Ashland defeats visiting Eagle Point, there will be a three-way tie atop the conference and a coin flip will determine the two teams into the playoffs.

Southwest Conference

SHELDON 59, SOUTH EUGENE 7 — At Eugene, Jordan Johnson had six touchdowns for ninth-ranked Sheldon, which did all of its damage in the first three quarters against SWC rival South Eugene.

Johnson threw two touchdown passes to both Curtis White and Anthony Yakovich, and another to Cameron Abeene. Johnson trotted 34 yards for his other TD.

Johnson was 19-for-29 passing for 257 yards and no interceptions. White hauled in eight passes for 115 yards while Yakovich had 70 yards on five receptions and added a punt return for a TD at the end of the third period.

To go with his 21-yard TD catch, Abeene had a touchdown run and 77 total yards.


HIDDEN VALLEY 29, EAGLE POINT 22 — At Murphy, Todd Woodrum's second touchdown run of the game proved to be the game-winner for Class 4A Hidden Valley against the 5A opponent at Mustangs Field.

An Austin Marlia 12-yard TD run and a Marlia pass to Garrett Davis for the 2-point conversion with 4:18 left in the third quarter gave Eagle Point a 22-21 lead.

The Mustangs (7-1, 3-0 Skyline) put together a sustained drive, capped by Woodrum's 4-yard scoring run with 1:25 to go in the third quarter and Woodrum's run for the 2-pointer provided Hidden Valley with the final margin of victory.

After Woodrum gave Hidden Valley the initial lead on a 3-yard TD run in the opening quarter, the Eagles (3-6, 1-2 SSC) answered with two touchdowns.

Steven Josephson scored on a 4-yard run with less than three minutes remaining in the first, then Davis broke a 79-yard run TD run to put the Eagles ahead 14-7 early in the second period.

Davis gained 155 yards on eight carries to lead all rushers. The senior also had seven receptions for 72 yards.

The Eagles finished with 265 yards in offense.

Woodrum rushed for 118 of Hidden Valley's 188 yards on the ground. Mustang quarterback Spencer Apland had eight completions for 183 yards.

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