North Medford rallies to upend McMinnville

MCMINNVILLE — North Medford's Brian Reese is a first-year quarterback, but the junior is performing like a veteran.

Reese scored two touchdowns running and passed for another as the Black Tornado had to come from behind for a 24-14 victory against McMinnville Friday.

After McMinnville took a 14-10 lead on Ethan Daugherty's second touchdown of the game on the first play of the fourth quarter, Reese orchestrated an 84-yard drive that he culminated with a 4-yard touchdown run.

The big play was a 39-yard completion from Reese to Cory Haggans that took the ball to the Grizzlies' 10.

"With the exception of an interception early, (Reese) put the ball where it needed to be," North Medford coach Jeff Olson said. "Each week he's gaining confidence."

After the Black Tornado (3-0) went ahead 17-14, McMinnville drove deep into North territory. On a fourth-and-one at the North 25, the Black Tornado stopped the Grizzlies inches short with 1:37 remaining in the game.

"That dive inside off their double wing was a play we weren't able to stop all night," said Olson. "Defensively, our kids played hard. We rallied to the ball."

With North just trying to preserve the lead, Reese broke loose on a 54-yard run on a quarterback keeper that went to the Grizzly 10. A penalty on McMinnville put the ball on the 5, and Reese scored two plays later to seal the victory.

"I really have to commend McMinnville, they came to play," said Olson. "But our kids responded. For two weeks in a row, we've been able to come from behind in the fourth quarter."

MARSHFIELD 20, GRANTS PASS 14 — At Grants Pass, Grants Pass scored early in the fourth quarter to tie the game, but Marshfield quarterback Kyle Tedder's 70-yard touchdown run with 1:20 remaining derailed the Cavemen.

Grants Pass running back John Tardieu scored in the fourth quarter to knot the score at 14-all, but the Cavemen (2-2) turned the ball over late and Tedder responded.

Tardieu had both touchdowns for the Cavemen and finished with 31 yards on 10 carries. Brock Dean had nine catches for 114 yards, and Ronnie Fields hauled in five for 54 yards.

ROSEBURG 24, ALOHA 21 — At Roseburg, Roseburg quarterback Thaddeus Davis passed for two touchdowns and ran for another in a game that wasn't as close as the score indicated.

Davis connected for touchdown passes of 67 yards to Derek Priestley and 25 yards to Mitch Huff.

The Indians (3-1) had 19 first downs to seven for Aloha and outgained the Warriors 405 yards to 229.

Aloha capitalized on a 95-yard touchdown on a kickoff return and a 99-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter.

Davis was 8-of-13 passing for 154 yards. Josh Weaver paced the Roseburg ground attack with 128 yards on 24 carries. Lucas Corder rushed 15 times for 97 yards.

Class 5A

EAGLE POINT 36, MADISON 12 — At Portland, Eagle Point's Steven Josephson scored twice and Austin Marlia threw two touchdown passes and ran for one as the Eagles won for the first time.

Eagle Point (1-3) controlled the first half, scoring two touchdowns in each of the first two quarters.

Special teams forced turnovers on a kickoff and a punt in the second quarter, setting up scores that made it 28-6 at halftime.

In the second, Marlia scored on an 11-yard run and hit Aaron Foster with a 14-yard pass.

Marlia passed for 189 yards and ran for 64.

Josephson had 111 yards on 24 carries and scored on runs of 4 and 6 yards.

The Eagles amassed 283 yards on the ground and 229 through the air.

Eagle Point 14 14 8 0 —36

Madison 6 0 6 0 —12

EP — Nesberg 8 pass from Marlia (kick failed)

EP — Josephson 4 run (Marlia run)

M — Duillo 34 run (kick blocked)

EP — Marlia 11 run (run failed)

EP — Foster 14 pass from Marlia (Josephson run)

M — Duillo 24 run (run failed)

EP — Josephson 6 run (Foster pass from Morgan)

WILLAMETTE 25, ASHLAND 19 — At Eugene, Ashland scored 13 unanswered points in the third quarter but couldn't catch the Wolverines in the nonconference game.

The Grizzlies (1-3) got a 6-yard touchdown run from Zack Greenbaum and a 13-yard scoring pass from Jake Scarminach to Oliver Krant in the third to make it 25-19.

Scarminach threw for 194 yards and ran 16 times for 54 yards, including a 12-yard score.

Lucas Stone caught three passes for 89 yards.

Rafael Hildalgo had three rushing touchdowns for the Wolverines, finishing with 23 carries for 99 yards.

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