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PHOENIX — Phoenix faced a formidable passing attack on Friday after weeks of preparing for run-oriented offenses, and the results indicated such as visiting Klamath Union defeated the Pirates 38-12 in a nonconference game.

"That was the best passing attack we've seen in a few weeks," Phoenix coach Walt Bazylewicz said. "There was a little bit of an adjustment there."

The Pelicans (2-3) scored their first three touchdowns through the air, and KU's defense limited the Pirates (2-3) to just 43 yards passing and 200 yards of total offense. KU took a 21-7 lead into the half after Phoenix's Wayne Holmes' 90-yard kickoff return in the second quarter.

Luke Porter answered with a 2-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, and quarterback Jon Amos had a 76-yard run in the fourth quarter for KU to put the game out of reach.

Amos had just 123 yards passing but was an efficient 15 of 20. He found wide receiver Eric Chadderdon for scores of 25 and 7 yards in the first quarter and hit Porter with a 6-yard touchdown in the second.

KU gained 203 yards on the ground, led by Amos' 82 yards on eight carries.

Bazylewicz said Phoenix advanced into the Pelicans' red zone three times without scoring. The Pirates also lost top playmaker and wide receiver Skyler Reagan to a knee injury in the third quarter.

"They are a solid team, but we didn't play especially well," Bazylewicz said. "We had our chances to stay in it."

Armando Ledesma led Phoenix with 128 yards rushing and a touchdown on 30 carries.

CHURCHILL 34, EAGLE POINT 20 — At Eugene, a minor injury to Garrett Davis allowed Churchill to target an inexperienced defense in the nonconference game.

Eagle Point (2-3) took a late first-quarter lead when Austin Marlia found Davis for a 52-yard touchdown, but Churchill responded on the ensuing kick with an 80-yard kickoff return for a score by Sam Graham. After a Marlia rushing touchdown, Churchill scored 20 unanswered points with Davis primarily on the sideline. He later returned and finished with two interceptions but it was too late.

Marlia was 12-for-27 passing for 210 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Garrett Davis had four catches for 125 yards, and Anthony Jose rushed for 61 yards on 16 carries. The Eagles had three opportunities turned away in the red zone.

HIDDEN VALLEY 28, SUTHERLIN 0 — At Sutherlin, Hidden Valley took command early and picked up the nonconference triumph.

Clint Sager, who racked up around 20 tackles at inside linebacker, returned a fumble 21 yards for a touchdown on Sutherlin's second play from scrimmage.

Sager also hauled in a 45-yard touchdown pass from Spencer Apland in the fourth quarter.

Apland completed 5 of 9 passes for 117 yards and two TDs, with Chase Kearney taking a screen pass 47 yards to pay dirt for the Mustangs (3-1).

Mustangs running back Todd Woodrum rolled up 105 yards and a TD on 19 carries.

Hidden Valley 7 21 0 0 — 28

Sutherlin 0 0 0 0 — 0

HV — Sager 21 fumble return (Powell kick)

HV — Kearney 47 pass from Apland (kick failed)

HV — Woodrum 3 run (Woodrum run)

HV — Sager 45 pass from Apland (Powell kick)

SOUTH UMPQUA 43, ILLINOIS VALLEY 16 — At Myrtle Creek, Triton Crane rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns and Ryan Smedley ran for one score and passed for another to lead South Umpqua in the nonleague contest.

Roger Hults passed for a pair of fourth-quarter TDs for Illinois Valley.

Illinois Valley 0 0 0 16 —16

South Umpqua 9 13 6 15 —43

SU — Safety, sack in end zone

SU — Smedley 1 run (Hunt kick)

SU — Schoonhoven 43 pass from Smedley (Hunt kick)

SU — Crane 12 run (kick failed)

SU — Lent 10 run (kick failed)

IV — Winter 8 pass from Hults (Mackey pass from Hults)

SU — Crane 5 run (Hunt kick)

IV — Mackey 6 pass from Hults (Mackey pass from Hults)

SU — Marsh 13 pass from Kennedy (two-point run)

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