MURPHY — Cascade Christian used the running of quarterback Kiegan Schaan and six interceptions from an opportunistic defense to successfully open Class 3A District 2 South play with a 51-7 victory over Hidden Valley Friday.
Schaan ran for four touchdowns and Cascade Christian (4-1, 1-0 Dist. 2) tallied two TDs on interception returns to fuel the blowout.
The Challengers surrendered a game-opening 73-yard touchdown drive but that proved to be the last points the Mustangs (3-2, 0-1) could muster.
Cascade Christian answered with a 65-yard, five-play scoring drive — capped by a 5-yard Ian Fralich touchdown reception from Schaan.
The Challengers held a 14-7 lead with less than two minutes to go in the first half, then scored two touchdowns on interception returns in a span of 39 seconds.
“Those two scores changed the game and got our momentum going,” said Cascade Christian coach Jon Gettman.
Elijah Smith undercut a Sam Vidlak pass in the flat and took the interception 49 yards for a touchdown with 1:53 left in the second quarter.
Then three plays later, Cascade’s John Fralich corralled a tipped screen pass and went 30 yards for the score with 1:14 to go.
Hidden Valley outgained the Challengers, 356 yards to 306.
“Once we got a big lead they weren’t able to run the ball as much and put them in passing situations,” said Gettman. “We took away the short routes with our outside linebackers.”
Schaan was 11-of-20 passing for 163 yards and ran 14 times for a team-leading 81 yards. The junior also came up with two interceptions.
“(Schaan) is a patient runner,” said Gettman. “He stays behind his blockers and looks for the cutback.”
Vidlak, a Hidden Valley sophomore, was 20-for-34 passing for 192 yards. Tanner Noble, a Mustang junior running back, rumbled for 132 yards on 21 carries.
“We showed a lot of effort flying around to the ball,” said Gettman. “We stayed with our fundamentals and the kids did their job.”
HV — Noga 20 pass from Vidlak (Vidlak kick)
CC — I. Fralich 5 pass from Schaan (Hoffman kick)
CC — Schaan 41 run (Hoffman kick)
CC — E. Smith 49 interception return (Hoffman kick)
CC — J. Fralich 30 interception return (Hoffman kick)
CC — FG Hoffman 34
CC — Schaan 9 run (Hoffman kick)
CC — Schaan 17 run (kick failed)
CC — Schaan 10 run (Hoffman kick)
GRANTS PASS 44, ROSEBURG 39: At Roseburg, Grants Pass quarterback Chase Coyle threw for 372 yards and five touchdowns as the Cavemen amassed 478 yards of total offense and held off a late Roseburg charge to win the only Southwest Conference game of the night at Finlay Field.
Coyle completed 22 of 38 passes and spread the ball around as three Grants Pass recievers — Korbin Lopez, Randy Clark and Blain Hobbs — had at least 100 yards receiving. Lopez had seven catches for 138 yards and two touchdowns, Clark eight catches for 108 yards and two touchdowns and Hobbs five catches for 103 yards and one score.
Also for the Cavemen (4-1, 1-0 SWC), Jake Henricks rushed for 65 yards.
Roseburg’s Collin Warmouth completed 19 of 28 passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns and scored a rushing touchdown from the 1-yard line with 1 minute, 47 seconds left. Roseburg (1-4, 0-1 SWC) attempted an onside kick but Grants Pass recovered and converted on a key third down to ice the game.
LAKEVIEW 14, ROGUE RIVER 6: At Lakeview, Rogue River’s return to league play for the first time in six years hit a snag with the close Class 2A District 5 road loss as Lakeview earned its first win of the season in four tries.
Rogue River, which has played an independent schedule since that 2012 season, dropped to 2-3 overall and 0-1 in District 5 play.
BUTTE FALLS/CRATER LAKE 82, MYRTLE POINT 24: At Myrtle Point, Butte Falls/Crater Lake had three players rush for 92 yards or more, led by Kai Hansen (110 yards, three touchdowns), and scored 42 points in the fourth quarter to rout Myrtle Point in the District 2 West tilt.
Dylan Bridges passed for 162 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 104 yards and another score for the Loggers (3-1, 1-1 Dist. 2), while Tanner Thomson rushed for 92 yards and two touchdowns.
Also for Butte Falls, Levi Underhill had two catches for 51 yards and two scores, and cornerback Kaleb Tiry had an interception and also returned a fumble 50 yards for a touchdown.
Myrtle Point fell to 1-4, 0-2 in league play.