CANBY — South Medford senior Terrence Butler ran for three scores and the Panthers used interceptions by Matt Phillips and Cole Garske to help slow Canby in a 38-12 nonleague triumph.
South Medford built a 28-6 lead at halftime, including touchdown runs of 5 and 10 yards by Butler, and maintained its edge to post a 2-0 start for the first time since 2014.
“We put things in priority,” said Panthers head coach Bill Singler. “You want to win your first home game and want to win your first road game, and we’ve checked those off so that’s good. Canby always worries you because they’re a physical Wing-T team and I thought we did a good job at the line of scrimmage and they never got into a groove.”
A 2-yard TD run by quarterback Giovanni Bottero made it 14-0 in the first quarter to put Canby (0-2) on its heels, and Bottero’s 8-yard scoring strike to Austin Boster helped the Panthers close the first half on a high note.
Garske’s 50-yard interception return helped set up the Boster score, while Phillips had two second-half interceptions.
“We were on the plus side of the turnovers, which is good,” said Singler. “If you can always win that battle, you have a good chance to win. Last week we had four (takeaways) and this week we might have had another four.”
Butler added a 2-yard score in the third quarter and Luke Allen’s 22-yard field goal pushed South’s advantage up to 38-6 early in the fourth quarter.
“I’m just proud of, on both sides of the ball really, our team speed and how our kids are running to the football,” said Singler. “Canby runs a lot of misdirection and I thought our guys stayed at home and chased them down the sideline really well.”
SM — Butler 5 run (Alvarez kick)
SM — Bottero 2 run (Alvarez kick)
C — Wakefield 1 run (kick failed)
SM — Butler 10 run (Alvarez kick)
SM — A. Boster 8 pass from Bottero (Alvarez kick)
SM — Butler 2 run (Alvarez kick)
SM — FG 22 Luke Allen
C — 40 run (kick failed)
EAGLE POINT 40, REDMOND 8: At Redmond, Eagle Point quarterback Cameron Morgan tossed four touchdowns — a pair went to Noah Page among his three scores — as the Eagles captured the nonleague road victory.
Morgan threw for 216 yards and connected with Page on a 72-yard touchdown strike in the second quarter before linking up again for a score in the fourth with a 25-yarder.
Page had seven catches for 178 yards and also returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter that put the Eagles (2-0) up 13-0.
Devin Bradd rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries for the Eagles, who defensively held Redmond to 150 total yards, all of which were on the ground.
CRATER 58, WILLAMETTE 14: At Eugene, Crater leaned heavily on defense and special teams in the nonleague game at Willamette High.
The game was originally scheduled to be played in Central Point, but poor air quality forced it to be moved.
Crater’s Cody Fisher blocked a punt and scored a touchdown on the play in the second quarter for the Comets (1-1), and Gavin Acrey returned a punt for a score in the period. Crater also managed a safety in the second.
The score was 28-7 at halftime.
The Comets’ Tanner Dey added an interception return for a touchdown in the third, and Vinnie Cottini ran back a fumble for a score in the fourth against the Wolverines (0-2).
SPRINGFIELD 49, ASHLAND 35: At Springfield, Springfield senior running back Arturo Diaz rushed for 349 yards and five touchdowns at Silke Stadium. It was the second straight week that the 5-foot-10, 220-pound Diaz carried the ball over 40 times and recorded 300-plus yards on the ground.
To add a little extra salt in the wound for the Grizzlies (1-1), Ashland held a 21-0 lead with one minute to go in the first quarter.
The Diaz show started in earnest right as the third quarter got going, as the Grizzlies surrendered their first-half lead after the break for the second straight week.
Once Springfield (2-0) got the lead, it stayed there, with Diaz scoring a pair of short TD runs to put the Millers ahead 42-28 early in the fourth quarter.
Grizzlies quarterback Rieger Sayre finished 19-of-34 for 287 yards and three touchdowns. Sayre’s No. 1 target, wide receiver Gabe Ekwall, caught eight passes for 208 yards, including a 71-yard touchdown in the first quarter that put Ashland ahead 21-0.