Hornbrook, Tornado race past Axemen

North Medford head football coach Jeff Olson asked a favor of Jesse Hornbrook before their game on Friday.

"I pulled him aside, and it has absolutely nothing to do with me, but I said he needed to have a breakout game and we've got to ride the coattails of somebody," Olson said. "You've got to be the guy."

Olson talked to the right fellow.

Hornbrook carried the ball 27 times for 173 yards and two touchdowns to power the Black Tornado to a 24-0 victory over South Eugene at Spiegelberg Stadium.

"We wanted to establish our running game," the senior running back said. "We wanted to come at them strong and hit them hard and shove it down their throats."

Mission accomplished, although not without a few hiccups.

Seeking a turnaround after disappointing losses to Mountain View and South Medford, North (2-2, 1-1 SWC) contained the Axemen to 119 total yards in the shutout. South Eugene, which was penalized 12 times for 112 yards, was held to 34 yards on the ground as it searched desperately for ways to catch up.

Meanwhile, things weren't so smooth for the Black Tornado either. North was penalized 11 times for 70 yards and only had 22 passing yards.

The final result, however, was the home team earning its first Southwest Conference win of the year.

"It's a win and we'll take it," Olson said. "But we are just making way too many mistakes. I'm proud of the kids. We tossed a shutout (and) we played well enough to win, but it's getting frustrating."

Hornbrook made things better. By halftime, he owned 131 rushing yards on 16 carries, including a 15-yard touchdown run that helped put North ahead 7-0.

Near the end of the second quarter, Darren Cossette kicked in a 20-yard field goal that was aided by a costly South Eugene pass interference penalty.

Fiki Silafau hustled in a 13-yard score to cap the Black Tornado's first drive of the second half, a 10-play, 46-yard push. Defensive back Jeremy Scottow, who had 11 carries for 29 yards, returned an interception 41 yards to set up Hornbrook's final score.

Scottow became the first 100-yard rusher for North this season with Friday's performance.

"None of that would have been possible without my offensive line," Hornbrook said. "They did a great job tonight."

North's senior quarterback Cory Pine completed 3 of his 10 passes. He had two interceptions, both in the first half.

Taylor VanderKley, South Eugene's starting signal caller, finished 8-for-17 for 55 yards. The Axemen (0-4, 0-2 SWC) were prone to personal fouls and, like North Medford, appeared discombobulated at times.

"We have a lot of stuff to work on," South Eugene head coach Chad Kessler said. "We were sloppy."

With the look of a receiver, the 6-0, 185-pound Hornbrook said he's hoping to show a few more opponents what he's capable of this year.

"I'm pretty banged up, but I think some guys underestimate me because I am tall and skinny," he said. "But I can hit."

At Spiegelberg Stadium

South Eugene 0 0 0 0 — 0

North Medford 0 10 7 7 — 24

NM — Hornbrook 15 run (Cossette kick)

NM — FG Cossette 20

NM — Silafau 13 run (Cossette kick)

NM — Hornbrook 13 run (Cossette kick)

TEAM STATISTICS

SE NM

First Downs 6 14

Rushes-Yards 22-34 56-231

Passing Yards 85 22

Comp-Att-Int 13-27-1 3-10-2

Total Yards 119 253

Punts 7-22.8 2-24.0

Fumbles-lost 1-0 1-0

Penalties-yards 12-112 11-70

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING

South Eugene — Ramsey 11-17, Golf 3-9, VanderKley 8-8, .

North Medford — Hornbrook 27-173, Scottow 11-29, H. Alvarez 6-30, Pine 8-(-22), Silafau 2-10, G. Alvarez 1-8, McUne 1-3.

PASSING

South Eugene — VanderKley 8-17-1 55, Emerick 5-10-0 30.

North Medford — Pine 3-10-2 22.

RECEIVING

South Eugene — Banks 3-32, Ruth-Cheff 2-4, Ramsey 3-21, Golf 3-20, Rasmussen 1-1, Barnes 1-7.

North Medford — Silafau 2-11, Cossette 1-11.

Reach reporter Dan Jones at 541-776-4499, or e-mail djones@mailtribune.com

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