ROSEBURG — The Crater Comets had no answer for Roseburg running back Javier Mandera in Southwest Conference football Friday.
Mandera scored four touchdowns and rushed for 240 yards as the fifth-ranked Indians handed Crater a 55-35 defeat at Finlay Field.
Corey Wynant's 25-yard touchdown run in the first quarter cut the Comets' deficit to 7-6, but the Indians exploded for 28 points in the second period to take command at halftime, 35-13.
Mandera, a 5-foot-8, 175-pound senior, torched Crater for touchdown runs of 10 and 70 yards to spark the second quarter scoring bonanza. Roseburg quarterback Hayden Lent also passed for two of his three TDs in the period.
Crater got a 7-yard touchdown run by senior Chance Fahndrich in the second quarter. Fahndrich added TDs of 2 and 7 yards in the second half.
Crater rushed for 237 yards, with Ty Wolf leading the way with 103 yards on nine carries. Fahndrich added 62 yards on the ground.
Roseburg (7-2, 5-2 SWC) rushed for 319 yards and tacked on 199 more through the air. Lent was an efficient 7 of 11 passing.
The Comets (5-4, 3-4) suffered a bad break when key offensive and defensive player Garrett Alner was lost for the remainder of the game with a second-quarter knee injury.
THURSTON 71, NORTH MEDFORD 7 — At Springfield, North Medford struggled against a Thurston rushing attack that amassed 474 yards behind Trevor Westover's 204-yard first-half explosion.
Westover totaled 16 carries — all in the first half — and scored the first three touchdowns for the Colts (6-3, 4-3 SWC). He added a 68-yard punt return for a score in the second quarter.
Mario Saldana scored the lone touchdown for the Black Tornado (1-8, 1-6 SWC) in the first quarter with a 78-yard kickoff return.
GRANTS PASS 32, SOUTH EUGENE 13 — At Grants Pass, Grants Pass churned out 197 yards on the ground, won the turnover battle and received a big contribution from Chad Lowe to complete a second-half comeback at Mel Ingram Field.
Lowe hauled in a 38-yard touchdown pass from Hunter Rich to put the Cavemen (3-6, 2-5 SWC) on top for good, 16-13, in the third quarter.
Lowe had eight rushes for 40 yards, two catches for 57 yards and returned an interception 80 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter.
Cavemen running backs Logan Dean and Enrique Mendez both punched in touchdowns for insurance in the fourth.
The Cavemen defense had three interceptions and recovered a fumble. It also held the Axemen (0-9, 0-7 SWC) to just 47 yards rushing.
HENLEY 39, PHOENIX 8 — At Phoenix, just two years removed from reaching the Class 4A state semifinals, Phoenix completed a winless season with the loss at Jack Woodward Stadium.
The Pirates finished 0-8 overall and 0-5 in the Skyline Conference. Henley won its third game in five conference outings and is 4-5 overall.
NORTH VALLEY 34, HIDDEN VALLEY 12 — At Merlin, Tristan Burke threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score to navigate North Valley to a second-place Skyline finish.
The Knights (6-3, 4-1 Skyline) will host Douglas in a state playoff play-in game at 7:30 p.m. next Friday. In their regular-season matchup, Douglas claimed a 42-28 victory at home.
Burke was 16-for-24 for 166 yards and threw two touchdowns to Nick Todaro. Todaro hauled in seven catches for 62 yards against Hidden Valley (3-6, 2-3).
Knights linebacker Daniel Dean recorded an interception for the third straight game. It was his fourth of the season.
Austin Neil had nine rushes for 95 yards, with the majority coming on a 59-yard TD scamper to put North Valley on the board first.
Hidden Valley 0 6 0 6 — 12
North Valley 7 14 7 6 — 34
NV — Neil 59 run (Roberts kick)
NV — Todaro 17 pass from Burke (Roberts kick)
HV — Marshall 39 pass from Gulbransen (kick failed)
NV — Beard 7 pass from Burke (Roberts kick)
NV — Burke 9 run (Roberts kick)
NV — Todaro 4 pass from Burke (kick failed)
HV — Hults 15 pass from Gulbransen (pass failed)
KLAMATH UNION 45, MAZAMA 7 — At Klamath Falls, quarterback Alex Stork passed for two touchdowns and ran for two as Klamath Union completed the Skyline season undefeated.
Stork threw for 220 yards and rushed for another 74. Alex Thomas scored two touchdowns on the ground and led the Pelicans (6-2, 5-0 Skyline) with 88 yards rushing.
Klamath Union 10 14 14 7 — 45
Mazama 0 0 0 7 — 7
KU — FG Kuhlman 34.
KU — Thomas 25 run (Kuhlman, kick).
KU — Thomas 3 run (Kuhlman, kick).
KU — Mirande 7 pass from Stork (Kuhlman, kick).
KU — Stork 3 run (Kuhlman, kick).
KU — McGahan 30 pass from Stork (Kuhlman, kick).
KU — Stork 1 run (Kuhlman, kick).
M — Cox, 2 run (Garrard, kick).
ILLINOIS VALLEY 37, ROGUE RIVER 18 — At Cave Junction, C.J. Manning passed for three touchdowns and ran for another as Illinois Valley picked up its first Southern Cascade Hybrid victory.
Illinois Valley (4-5, 1-2 SCH) jumped out to a 21-0 first-quarter lead when Manning hooked up with Fred Hults for a pair of touchdown passes and ran one in himself from 3 yards out.
Gabe Miller ran for 142 of the Cougars' 303 rushing yards.
Andrew Smith paced Rogue River (2-7, 0-2) with two touchdowns and 91 yards rushing.
Illinois Valley finished with 525 yards in offense to 261 for Rogue River.
Rogue River 0 12 0 6 — 18
Illinois Valley 21 16 0 0 — 37
IV — Hults 45 pass from Manning (Mavity kick)
IV — Hults 43 pass from Manning (Mavity kick)
IV — Manning 3 run (Mavity kick)
RR — Smith 48 run (run failed)
RR — Groetz 48 pass from Longtain (run failed)
IV — FG Mavity 32
IV — Robbins 1 run (Mavity kick)
IV — Epple 13 pass from Manning (kick failed)
RR — Smith 2 run (kick failed)
PROSPECT 36, GILCHRIST 34 — At Prospect, Kyle Roe scored his fourth touchdown of the game with 47 seconds remaining as Prospect rallied for its first District 2 victory.
Gilchrist led 28-14 in the third quarter before the Cougars mounted a big comeback.
Boston Ehlers got Prospect (2-6, 1-5 Dist. 2) going with an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to cut the Gilchrist lead to 28-22. Roe's 20-yard TD run and Scotty Kennedy's run for a 2-point conversion in the fourth gave the Cougars' their first lead of the game, 30-28.
Johnny Heitzman's 7-yard touchdown run with 1:48 left put the Grizzlies back in front, 34-30, but Prospect answered with an 80-yard drive in about one minute. Ehlers completed two passes for 67 yards during the march and Roe ran 6 yards for the go-ahead touchdown.
Gilchrist (2-5, 2-4 Dist. 2) drove into Prospect territory in the final seconds but Kennedy came up with an interception to seal the win.
Kennedy led the Prospect ground attack with 151 yards and Roe added 123.
Gilchrist 20 0 8 6 — 34
Prospect 8 0 14 14 — 36
G — Shuey 15 pass from Heitzman (Shuey from Heitzman)
P — Roe 30 pass from Ehlers (Kennedy run)
G — Martinez 35 interception return (run failed)
G — Heitzman 6 run (pass failed)
P — Kennedy 70 run (run failed)
G — Safety, Roe tackled in end zone
G — Koch 45 pass from Heitzman (pass failed)
P — Ehlers 80 kickoff return (Kennedy run)
P — Roe 20 run (Kennedy run)
G — Heitzman 7 run (pass failed)
P — Roe 6 run (run failed)