Lions are first to score against Mustangs this season but start 0-3 overall for first time since 2014 with 42-12 road loss

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Lions senior quarterback Chase Parkhurst (3) scrambles away from Milwaukie senior defensive end Elisjsha Vincent (24).SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Lions senior Dylan Kessinger (4) breaks into the open field.SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Lions senior tight end Zane Weis (32) breaks a Milwaukie tackle and engages another.SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Lions senior wide receiver Hayden Laughlin (15) handles a first-quarter Milwaukie onside kick.SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Senior quarterback Chase Parkhurst (3), senior lineman Ethan Wallace (76), junior lineman Ben Torres (71) and senior running back Cody Leanna (27) survey the Milwaukie defense.

St. Helens' optimism gave way to new No. 7 Milwaukie's muscle in its Northwest Oregon Conference road opener on Friday, Sept. 15.

Cade Duarte's five- and six-yard touchdown runs broke the Mustangs' shutout in the fourth quarter, but Cody Leanna's two-point attempt after the former and Caleb Carter's missed point-after for the latter yielded the final 42-12 score.

St. Helens (0-3 for the first time since 2014 and 0-1 Northwest Oregon Conference) ran 70 plays to Milwaukie's 49, though the Mustangs (2-0 for the second year in a row and 1-0 in the Northwest Oregon for the first time since they came down from Class 6A in 2010) picked up only three more first downs (12) than the Lions (nine).

The Mustangs kept the Lions' defense on the field as they turned three of five fourth downs into 1st-and-10s.

St. Helens swiped five Mustang fumbles but threw a pair of interceptions.

Chase Parkhurst hopped off to his sideline with a momentary ankle ailment in the first quarter after taking a sack.

"We came back hard and knew what we had to do to stay in the game," said Leanna, a senior running back, linebacker and captain. "We got lucky [to pester Milwaukie], but we aren't done yet: We fight 'til the end."

Mustangs junior running back Logan LaPine's 20-yard touchdown up the right seam and senior running back Chazz Amundson's 56-yard stampede put their side up 14-0 within the first six minutes.

Milwaukie senior quarterback Grey Andreasen-VanOtten completed two of five passes for 55 yards, and Amundson (6-foot-2, 205 pounds) left Lions in his wake for 139 yards on eight carries.

Junior kicker MaKenna Presley (5-foot-6), also an all-conference midfielder for the Mustangs' No. 3 girls' soccer team, split the uprights for four extra-points.

St. Helens is scheduled to host Wilsonville (2-1, 1-0) at 7 p.m. Friday.


Friday, Sept. 15 at Milwaukie High School


SH 0 0 0 12 -- 12

M 14 0 28 0 -- 42

First quarter

M Logan LaPine 20-yard run (MaKenna Presley PAT)

M Chazz Amundson 56-yard run (Presley PAT)

Third quarter

M Amundson 33-yard run (Presley PAT)

M Noah Ramirez one-yard run (Noah Ramirez two-point run)

M Jacob Sanders seven-yard run (Two-Point conversion)

Milwaukie 67-yard run (Presley PAT)

Fourth Quarter

SH Cade Duarte six-yard run (Cody Leanna two-point attempt failed)

SH Duarte five-yard run (Caleb Carter PAT missed)

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