Sandy finds its groove to rally past Milwaukie
Northwest Oregon Conference
MILWAUKIE — Sandy's football team silenced the home crowd by erasing a nine-point deficit with a flurry to finish the first half on its way to a 26-12 win at Milwaukie on Friday night.
Trailing 12-3 early in the second quarter, the Pioneers put together a key drive that turned the tide.
Receiver Levi Rotzien tip-toed the sideline as the chain crew scampered out of the way to convert a 3rd-and-13. Several plays later, QB Tyler King found Nolan Turin along the other sideline to survive a 4th-and-2.
The drive appear to be stalled with a pair of negative plays had Sandy facing 3rd-and-17, but once again the King-to-Turin connection came through this time for 22 yards down the right side.
Sandy turned the first downs into points when King fired an 8-yard pass over the left side to Glynne McGaughey for a touchdown.
Milwaukie's next drive ended when Sandy lineman Alejandro Castro Chase forced a fumble when he broke through the middle for a sack. Teammate Maysen Graham quickly recovered at the 20-yard line with a minute to go before halftime.
The Pioneers would need only half that time to find the end zone when King faked a toss in the backfield and in the same motion looped a pass over the middle to Graham for what proved to be the winning score.
Sandy stretched its lead in the third quarter when Ryan Escareno hit his second field goal of the night, and Rotzien hauled in a 19-yard touchdown catch.
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