by: PHIL HAWKINS - Woodburns Conan Baus cuts through the Jefferson defense for his first touchdown of the day in the opening minutes of the second quarter.Jefferson 29, Woodburn 21

After falling behind 13-2 in the first quarter, the Bulldogs stormed back in the second to take the lead behind solid special teams play and hard running from junior Conan Baus. The Bulldogs took advantage of a short field after blocking a Jefferson punt early in the second quarter to set up a drive that ended in Baus rumbling through traffic to score the team’s first touchdown of the night.

A two-point conversion failed, but the Bulldogs recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff to take possession in Democrat territory once again. Baus took the ball to the house on a long run that ended when he was stripped from behind at the end zone. The referee ruled he had crossed the plane of the end zone before losing the ball, and the Bulldogs took a 15-13 lead into halftime.

Jefferson took control of the second half, though, and limited Woodburn to a touchdown while converting two of their own to pull away with an 8-point victory.

The Bulldogs (0-1) will continue their season tomorrow with a trip to Cleveland High School to face the Warriors (0-1), who are coming off disheartening 49-41 loss to St. Helens that was decided in five overtime periods.

Woodburn beat Cleveland 14-12 in 2012.

Camas Valley 64, St. Paul 54

The last two times St. Paul and Camas Valley met on the gridiron in the 2010 and 2012 1A state championships games, the two powerhouses slugged it out in low-scoring, defensive contests.

So when the Bucks jumped out to a 36-22 lead at halftime, it may have come as a bit of shock to fans at the 1A Football Classic Friday night at Dufur High School.

Even more surprising, especially to the Bucks, were the 34 points the Hornets scored in the third quarter alone, which lifted them to a thrilling 64-54 victory.

It didn’t take long for the tide to turn either, as Camas Valley returned the third-quarter kickoff for a touchdown, then did it again on a St. Paul punt following the next possession.

The Bucks turned the ball over twice in the second half, so despite putting up gaudy numbers for the game – 558 yards of total offense and 17 first downs – was unable to close the gap. Head coach Tony Smith’s team trailed 56-48 after three quarters, but both teams tired out and the defenses took over in the fourth quarter.

Camas Valley put up 599 yards of offense itself, including 482 yards passing, while St. Paul relied upon its ground game, racking up 446 yards. The two teams combined for 1,157 total yards in a thrilling season opener.

“They were running quick passes,” Smith said. “We ended up with three turnovers for the game, so between that and the special teams, they were one score better than us. It was a close game. We played better in the first half, they played better in the third quarter and we were even in the fourth.”

Behind the blocking of lineman Zach Adams, Max Coleman and Joe Hiller, as well as ends David Elias and Keenan Wood, Chris Petrjanos carried the ball 19 times for 237 yards.

“I was very pleased with our blocking and execution up front for so early in the season,” Smith said. “We did a lot of good things. They only lost two players off their defense, so if we can have offensive success against them, we should be able to have offensive success against other teams.”

Elias caught three passes, all for touchdowns, from quarterback Cody Southerland, who completed six passes for 112 yards.

Defensively, Adams had a fumble recovery and an interception from his middle linebacker position, while Wood excelled from his defensive end position.

The Bucks (0-1) will head back out on the road Friday for contest against Powder Valley, whom St. Paul downed 66-20 in the opening round of the state playoffs last year.

- by Seth Gordon

by: JO WHEAT - North Marions Kyle Williamson scored three touchdowns in the first half to keep the Huskies in the game against the Regis Rams.Regis 40, North Marion 34

Kyle Williamson scored all three of the Huskies’ first-half touchdowns, as North Marion faced a 27-21 deficit going into the second half of last week’s game against the Regis Rams. The two teams traded punches for the final two quarters, with Shane McKillip scoring twice, but North Marion (0-1) was left waiting for tomorrow’s match against Tillamook (0-1) to seek the team’s first win of the season.

The two teams met in the second week of the 2012 season, where North Marion held the Cheesemakers scoreless in a 13-0 win.

Rainier 34, Kennedy 6

Kennedy couldn’t match the running game against last year’s No. 6-ranked school from the 3A classification.

The Trojans marched the ball 64 yards on their first possession to drive deep into Rainier territory before giving up an interception – one of three turnovers in the game for Kennedy.

Afterwards, Kennedy tallied just 81 yards through the rest of the game against the Columbians’ staunch defense and couldn’t find a way to keep the opposing team off the field. Rainier ground out 279 yards on the ground with its power running set to control the tempo of the game for the final three and a half quarters.

Freshman Bishop Miller scored Kennedy’s lone touchdown of the game in the third quarter to make it a 20-6 game, but the Columbians added a pair of scores in the fourth to put the game out of reach.

The Trojans (0-1) continue their difficult pre-season schedule tomorrow when they travel to Dayton (1-0) to face the defending 3A state champion Pirates.

Dayton won last year’s week 2 contest between the two teams by a score of 46-6.


The Cougars (0-0) open the season on the road tomorrow against the Heppner Mustangs (0-0), the defending Blue Mountain Conference champions who advanced to the 2A quarterfinals in 2012.

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