St. Helens football pesters Parkrose
Parkrose senior quarterback Chuck Rivera and sophomore wide receiver Izaiah Parks burned St. Helens deep twice early on Friday, Oct. 6, in Portland, but the Lions rode Dylan Kessinger, Shawn Lee and four turnovers from there.
The senior wide receiver and junior running back ran for 99 and 81 respective yards and a pair of scores, Caleb Carter recovered two fumbles and Austin Waite and Cade Duarte both intercepted Rivera in a 31-18 win.
"Hold your heads high," St. Helens coach Cory Young said. "All wins are good wins."
The Lions (1-5 overall, 1-3 Northwest Oregon Conference) beat the Broncos for a second time in a row, avoided their first six-game losing streak since their 1-8 run in 2012, and kept Parkrose (0-6, 0-4) winless for the 20th game since it won 24-14 in Sandy on Sept. 25, 2015.
Rivera and Parks went 31 yards deep down the left for a touchdown and a 6-0 lead, but Isaiah Bettencourt sped 32 yards to give St. Helens a 7-6 edge with 5:06 left in the first quarter.
"I don't care if we win or lose, I want us to give 110 percent, and that's what I saw tonight," said Bettencourt, a junior running back who led the Lions with 132 yards.
Rivera and Parks reconnected deep for 49 yards down the left, however, and the Broncos led 12-7 into the second.
Lee's two-yard touchdown run put the Lions up 13-12 with 9:44 to halftime, Austin Waite intercepted Rivera's slant pass from the right and returned it to midfield, and Lee finished the momentum swing from six yards away for a 19-12 advance with 5:30 to intermission.
Bettencourt fumbled away a run at the St. Helens 30, but Parkrose sophomore running back Kimball Moeaki lost the ball on a dart up the middle and Caleb Carter scooped the loose ball and brought it out to the Lions' 40 with 1:12 to the break.
"I think tonight was a great team win," said Carter, a senior defensive lineman.
Parks intercepted Chase Parkhurst's lob intended for Bettencourt and Kessinger in the back right of the end zone as the final second of the first half ticked away, and the Lions kept their 19-12 margin.
"We threw the ball probably five times and still moved the ball on them," said Parkhurst, a senior quarterback who completed one of five passes for six yards. "Not a lot of teams can say that."
Kessinger rode a toss eight yards to the right for a touchdown and a 25-12 lead with 8:46 to play in the third, and Carter recovered the Broncos' errant rightward lateral at the Parkrose 20.
Kessinger's three-yard off-tackle score gave St. Helens a sudden, commanding 31-12 lead.
Jacob Klein came up with the Lions' daring onside kick seconds later at the Parkrose 38, but Broncos senior linebacker Spencer Tatafu reached high above his head to intercept a leftward screen pass from Parkhurst and, with a weaving dance through blockers and attempted tackles down his home fans' sideline, returned it 50 yards and cut the deficit to the final margin with 4:38 left in the third.
Cody Leanna's one-yard dive with 6:07 in the evening converted a 4th-and-1 to the Parkrose 8 and kept the Broncos' comeback off the field, but Tatafu disrupted Parkhurst's handoff to Lee and snatched the loose ball at his own 14 at 4:43.
Cade Duarte, however, clipped the new drive as he picked Rivera over the right hash and brought it back to the Parkrose 11 at 4:30.
St. Helens held the Broncos to 45 rush yards in 42 plays and outgained them 23 first downs to 11.
The Lions are scheduled to host La Salle Prep (3-3, 2-2) on Homecoming at 7 p.m. Thursday at Doc Ackerson Stadium, the results of which will be available at spotlightnews.net.
Friday, Oct. 6, in Portland
SH 7 12 12 0 -- 31
P 12 0 6 0 -- 18
P Izaiah Parks 31-yard pass from Chuck Rivera (Tre Singleton PAT missed), 9:06
SH Isaiah Bettencourt 32-yard run (Kyle Parnell PAT good), 5:06
P Parks 49-yard pass from Rivera (2-point attempt failed), 3:26
SH Shawn Lee 2-yard run (Parnell PAT blocked), 9:44
SH Lee 6-yard run (Parnell PAT blocked), 5:30
SH Dylan Kessinger 8-yard run (Parnell PAT missed), 8:46
SH Dylan Kessinger 3-yard run (2-point attempt failed), 6:32
P Spencer Tatafu 50-yard interception return (Singleton PAT blocked), 4:38