Milwaukie football mauls St. Helens
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.
MILWAUKIE 42, ST. HELENS 12
Friday, Sept. 15 at Milwaukie High School
SH 0 0 0 12 -- 12
M 14 0 28 0 -- 42
M Logan LaPine 20-yard run (MaKenna Presley PAT)
M Chazz Amundson 56-yard run (Presley PAT)
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)
SH Cade Duarte six-yard run (Cody Leanna two-point attempt failed)
SH Duarte five-yard run (Caleb Carter PAT missed)