The Phoenix defense makes a gang tackle on a North Bend runner.

North Bend rumbles past Phoenix

PHOENIX — An exciting first quarter gave way to a defensive struggle the rest of the way, and that suited North Bend just fine.

The Bulldogs asserted themselves on the ground with 339 yards rushing and pulled away in the second half for a 40-16 victory over Phoenix in a nonconference football game Friday night at Jack Woodward Stadium.

North Bend shot ahead 21-16 after the first quarter, then outscored the Pirates 19-0 over the final two periods to win comfortably.

"It was definitely a wild first quarter," said first-year Phoenix coach Walt Bazlyewicz. "It was exciting. Both teams went up and down the field.

"We just lost momentum in the second half for whatever reason."

North Bend fullback Cale Forrester rumbled for all three Bulldog TDs in the second half, while tailback Lane Seals amassed 161 rushing yards.

"Forrester became a workhorse in the second half," said Bazlyewicz. "We had a tough time slowing him down."

Quarterback Neil Emerson found Kory Locken for a 72-yard TD pass and Brent Behneke scored on a 36-yard run in the opening quarter for Phoenix. Alex Machado added a 32-yard field goal to round out the Pirates' scoring.

The Pirates (1-2) committed four turnovers and missed a first-half field goal.

Phoenix also had a chance to put more points on the board late in the first half after a North Bend turnover, but the Pirates turned it right back over after driving to the Bulldogs' 30.

Emerson completed 12 of 23 passes for 254 yards to pace Phoenix's air assault.

North Bend 21 0 7 12 —40

Phoenix 16 0 0 0 —16

NB — Ottemiller 1 run (Lucero kick)

P — Locken 72 pass from Emerson (Machado kick)

NB — Clark 30 pass from Ottemiller (Lucero kick)

P — Behneke 36 run (kick failed)

NB — Clark 90 kick return (Lucero kick)

P — FG Machado 32

NB — Forrester 3 run (Lucero kick)

NB — Forrester 1 run (kick failed)

NB — Forrester 10 run (kick failed)

ILLINOIS VALLEY 54, DOUGLAS 6 — At Winston, sixth-ranked Illinois Valley's rushing attack rolled up 491 yards and resulted in all eight of the Cougars' touchdowns in the nonconference victory.

Larry Ragsdale had three touchdowns and 152 yards on just nine carries for the Cougars (4-0). He had back-to-back scoring scampers of 80 and 20 yards in the second quarter to give IV a 35-6 halftime advantage.

Jacob Ellis had a pair of TD plunges and totaled 63 yards on the ground, while Eric McConico led the Cougars with 168 yards on 14 attempts and caught a 41-yard pass from Doug Hoskins on the opening play of the game.

Hoskins finished 3-for-3 for 65 yards, while Lance Tausaga anchored the Cougar defense with 22 tackles.

Illinois Valley 14 21 7 12 —54

Douglas 6 0 0 0 —0

IV — Ragsdale 10 run (kick failed)

D — No. 32 1 run (kick failed)

IV — Ellis 7 run (McConico run)

IV — Ellis 3 run (kick failed)

IV — Ragsdale 80 run (Hoskins kick)

IV — Ragsdale 20 run (Ellis run)

IV — Swift 4 run (Hoskins kick)

IV — Winter 11 run (kick failed)

IV — Miller 5 run (kick failed)

HIDDEN VALLEY 33, BROOKINGS-HARBOR 0 — At Murphy, Dustin Fox, David Wardle and Saxon Gotfried each had a hand in two touchdowns, and Jordan Nielsen kicked two field goals as Hidden Valley evened its record at 2-2.

Fox rushed for 93 yards, including TDs of 73 and 2 yards. Wardle completed only seven passes in 22 attempts, but two went for scores to Gotfried of 25 and 27 yards.

Gotfried had four catches for 74, and Travis Warren added 59 yards rushing.

Brookings-Harbor 0 0 0 0 —0

Hidden Valley 6 6 15 6 —33

HV — Gotfried 25 pass from Wardle (kick failed)

HV — Fox 73 run (pass failed)

HV — Gotfried 27 pass from Wardle (DeVos pass from Wardle)

HV — Fox 2 run (Nielsen kick)

HV — FG Nielsen 30

HV — FG Nielsen 27

NORTH VALLEY 38, SUTHERLIN 22 — At Merlin, senior running Keith Suits scored three touchdowns and rushed for 163 yards for North Valley (2-1).

The Knights trailed 7-6 after the first quarter, but reeled off 25 straight points to lead 31-7 going into the final period.

North Valley rushed for 357 yards and amassed 468 yards in offense. The Knights never punted and had no turnovers but were slowed by 10 penalties for 110 yards.

Sutherlin rushed for 205 yards, but 107 came in the final quarter against the North Valley reserves.

Sutherlin 7 0 0 15 —22

North Valley 6 15 10 7 —38

NV — Suits 47 run (kick failed)

S — Oliver 10 pass from Cook (Cote kick)

NV — Suits 1 run (Sleight run)

NV — Suits 10 run (Woodruff kick)

NV — FG Woodruff 40

NV — Norman 9 run (Woodruff kick)

S — Cook 1 run (Cote kick)

NV — Sleight 3 run (Woodruff kick)

S — Elliott 10 run (Cook run)

MYRTLE POINT 12, ROGUE RIVER 0 — At Rogue River, Myrtle Point held Rogue River to 128 total yards while handing the Chieftains their first loss of the season.

Tyler Love hauled in a 79-yard touchdown pass from Scott Clark late in the third quarter to put Myrtle Point on the board. Daven Cagley then tacked on a 3-yard scoring run midway through the final period.

Rogue River fell to 2-1.

Myrtle Point 0 0 6 6 —12

Rogue River 0 0 0 0 —0

MP — Love 79 pass from Clark (kick failed)

MP — Cagley 3 run (kick failed)

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 45, GLIDE 6 — At Glide, Cascade Christian held Glide to 38 total yards and built a 45-0 lead before the end of the first half as the Challengers cruised to a Sunset League win.

The Challengers accumulated 358 rushing yards led by Alex Cummings with 84 yards over five carries and Tyler Stickler with 81 yards on 13 carries. Cummings scored two of Cascade's six touchdowns.

The Challengers (3-1, 1-0 Sunset) held the Wildcats to one first down.

Cascade Christian 30 15 0 0 —45

Glide 0 0 6 0 —6

CC — Cummings 7 run (Stickler run)

CC — Cochran 1 run (B. Grissom run)

CC — B. Grissom 7 run (Kinney run)

CC — Cummings 55 run (run failed)

CC — Tooker 8 run (Tooker run)

CC — Josh Kirkland 7 run (Kinney kick)

G — Kyle Fields 1 run (run failed)

ELKTON 40, PROSPECT 20 — At Prospect, Max Smith and Mario Celis both rushed for over 100 yards as Elkton pulled away for a District 2 win.

Robbie Carper led Prospect with 196 yards on the ground.

Carper snagged a 38-yard touchdown pass from Dakota Gordon in the third quarter to give the Cougars a 20-18 lead, but Elkton (0-3) answered with the final 22 points of the contest.

Prospect fell to 0-3.

Elkton 6 12 6 16 —40

Prospect 8 6 8 0 —20

— Smith 20 run (run failed)

P — Carper 50 pass from Gordon (Gordon pass to Bennett)

— Smith 2 run (run failed)

P — Carper 50 run (run failed)

— Celis 20 run (pass failed)

P — Carper 38 pass from Gordon (pass failed)

  • — Smith 10 run (run failed)
  • — Celis 15 run (Smith run)
  • — Garrison 60 run (Garrison run

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