PHOENIX — It wasn't always pretty, but the end result was just right for the Phoenix football team in its season opener against Douglas Friday night at Jack Woodward Stadium.
Phoenix capitalized on a fumble recovery at the Douglas' 28-yard line and scored on its second possession to take a 7-0 lead and, thanks to a stingy defense, managed to make that score stand up in nonconference play.
"They're pretty solid defensively and our rushing game was not real solid and our passing was OK," said Phoenix coach Walt Bazylewicz, whose team is coming off a 2-7 campaign. "It's a zero week game so offenses are usually not quite up to where you want them to be."
Junior quarterback Chris Kammel found senior fullback Joe Backen for a 12-yard scoring strike in the early going and finished 12-for-27 for 160 yards with two interceptions.
Armondo Ledesma rushed for 42 of the Pirates 72 yards on 14 carries, while Skyler Reagan hauled in four passes for 65 yards and Wayne Holmes had two receptions for 38 yards.
While the offense was unable to find its rhythm, the Phoenix defense more than held up its end of the bargain in allowing Douglas to muster only 90 yards rushing and 100 overall.
Alex Machado played a key role at middle linebacker, while David Kennaley and Reagan each came up with an interception to deny Douglas.
Douglas 0 0 0 0 —0
Phoenix 7 0 0 0 —7
Pho — Backen 12 pass from Kammel (Machado kick)
NORTH VALLEY 9, KLAMATH UNION 7 — At Merlin, North Valley quarterback Ryan Anderson led a game-winning drive over the final 1:20, connecting with James Hogg for a fateful touchdown as time expired to beat Klamath Union.
The Knights, who couldn't find the end zone despite 121 yards rushing from Tony Norman, looked to be in trouble on a drive that began on the KU 43-yard line.
But Anderson went 4-for-8 on the drive, which was capped by a 9-yard TD pass to Hogg in the back right corner of the end zone.
Anderson finished 12-for-24 for 103 yards, while Hogg totaled three catches for 35 yards.
North Valley's defense was anchored by the play of Paul Gutzman, who compiled 17 tackles, eight of which were solo and three were for losses.
Klamath Union 0 0 7 0 —7
North Valley 3 0 0 6 —9
NV — FG Woodruff 33
KU — Chadderdon 80 kickoff return (Chadderdon kick)
NV — Hogg 9 pass from Anderson (no PAT attempted)
MYRTLE POINT 40, ILLINOIS VALLEY 24 — At Myrtle Point, sophomore quarterback Roger Hults tossed three touchdown passes for Illinois Valley.
Hults hooked up with T.J. Parker for a 10-yard, first-quarter TD pass, then found Antonio Escalante for a pair of scoring throws in the third quarter.
Myrtle Point received a five-touchdown effort from quarterback Kyle Davis.
Illinois Valley pulled to within 26-24 in the third quarter when Jacob Campbell recovered a blocked punt in the end zone.
But in the fourth, Davis found James Brown for a 60-yard TD pass and Scott Clark caught a 30-yarder to complete the scoring.
Illinois Valley 6 0 18 0 —24
Myrtle Point 6 6 14 14 —40
IV — Parker 10 pass from Hults (pass failed)
MP — Looney 5 pass from Hamilton (kick failed)
MP — Brown 11 pass from Davis (run failed)
MP — Looney 13 pass from Davis (run failed)
MP — Looney 5 pass from Davis (Looney pass from Davis)
IV — Escalante 15 pass from Hults (pass failed)
IV — Escalante 9 pass from Hults (pass failed)
IV — Campbell recovered blocked punt in end zone (pass failed)
MP — Brown 60 pass from Davis (Canaday run)
MP — Clark 30 pass from Davis (pass failed)
HIDDEN VALLEY 33, SOUTH UMPQUA 7 — At Murphy, Steven Powell and Todd Woodrum combined for three TDs to fuel a powerful ground attack for Hidden Valley.
Woodrum rushed for 121 yards and one touchdown and Powell scored twice and gained 94 yards.
Powell opened the scoring with 10:06 left in the second quarter on a 66-yard TD run.
The Mustangs capitalized on Chase Kearney's 52-yard interception return for a TD on the Lancer's next possession.
The Mustangs finished with 293 yards on the ground and another 52 through the air.
South Umpqua 0 7 0 0 —7
Hidden Valley 0 19 14 0 —33
HV — Powell 66 run (kick failed)
HV — Kearney 52 inteception return (pass failed)
HV — Card 5 run (Albertson kick)
SU — Hill 65 run (Hunt kick)
HV — Woodrum 8 run (Albertson kick)
HV — Powell 8 run (Albertson kick)
CRANE 32, BUTTE FALLS 6 — At Dufur, Butte Falls' only touchdown came on a 16-yard pass from junior quarterback Codey Myers to Chase Ellis that tied the game at 6-6 in the first quarter.
Crane tacked on four more touchdowns and blanked the Loggers the rest of the way at the 16-team Dufur Classic.
Junior running back Harley Casillas led the Butte Falls ground attack with 74 yards on 16 carries. Ellis added 53 yards rushing. The Loggers totaled 110 yards rushing and 55 through the air. Myers accounted for all the passing yards on a 7-of-16 effort with no interceptions.
Crane 6 14 6 6 —32
Butte Falls 6 0 0 0 —6