Prep football: Fourth-quarter rally lifts La Salle over Hillsboro, 41-31
La Salle Prep's J.J. Menor scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns, including the go-ahead score on a 25-yard run with 7:49 to play, rallying the Falcons to a 41-31 Northwest Oregon Conference home win Friday over the Hillsboro Spartans.
Ethan Edgerly split quarterback duties with Justin Owens for La Salle and finished with 15 carries for a game-high 121 yards rushing and three touchdowns to help the Falcons (3-1, 2-0 NWOC) keep pace with Sandy and Wilsonville atop the league standings.
Hillsboro (0-4, 0-2) scored on five of its first seven possessions and opened a 31-13 lead when Brandon Chavez hit a 22-yard field goal with 3:45 remaining in the second quarter.
Owens, La Salle's senior quarterback, ignited the Falcons' comeback with a 46-yard touchdown pass to Tae Brooks that cut the Hillsboro lead to 31-20 with 1:59 left in the first half.
After a scoreless third quarter, Menor scored on a 12-yard run to cap a 10-play, 78-yard scoring drive. The Falcons failed to convert on a two-point conversion try, making the score 31-26 with 10:19 to play in the fourth quarter.
La Salle got the ball back after Falcons' lineman Shak Saidjanov blocked a Hillsboro punt, deflecting the ball out of bounds at the Spartans' 33-yard line. Two plays later, Menor scored on a 25-yard run, and then Edgerly passed to tight end Noah Schlunz for the two-point conversion, giving the Falcons a 34-31 lead.
After another Hillsboro punt, Edgerly led the Falcons on an eight-play, 44-yard scoring drive that ended with Edgerly scoring on a 7-yard run on fourth down. Lucas Blakely kicked the extra point, extending La Salle's lead to 41-31 with 2:22 left.
In addition to Edgerly's 121 yards rushing, Menor added 16 carries for 105 yards, and Brooks had three receptions for 115 yards for the Falcons, who racked up 354 yards total offense to Hillsboro's 268.
Of Hillsboro's final eight possessions, the Spartans crossed midfield three times, yet failed to advance the ball inside the La Salle 40. The Spartans punted the ball away six times, and turned the ball over on downs twice.
Curran Mitzel led Hillsboro with seven carries for 99 yards and scored on touchdown runs of 60 yards in the first quarter and 6 yards in the second quarter. He also completed 2 of 3 passes for 37 yards, including a 5-yard touchdown pass to Joshua O'Neal.
SANDY 26, MILWAUKIE 12: Sandy's Maysen Graham caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Tyler King for the go-ahead score with less than a minute to play in the first, helping lift the Pioneers to a 26-12 Northwest Oregon Conference road win Friday over the previously unbeaten Milwaukie Mustangs.
Ryan Escareno added a 37-yard field goal and King threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Levin Rotzien in the third quarter as the Pioneers (3-1, 2-0 NWOC) scored 23 unanswered points after falling behind 12-3.
Milwaukie's Noah Ramirez capped the game's opening drive with an 8-yard touchdown run, and Grey Andreasen-VanOtten added an 18-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, but the Mustangs (2-1, 1-1) also lost two fumbles that set up two Sandy scoring drives.
King ignited Sandy's comeback with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Glynne McGaughey at the end of a drive that saw the Pioneers convert a third-and-13 play and another fourth-and-2 situation.
Sandy defensive lineman Alejandro Castro Chase then forced a fumble that Graham recovered at the Milwaukie 20-yard line, setting up the go-ahead touchdown drive that gave the Pioneers a 16-12 halftime lead.
For the game, King completed 21 of 27 passes for 215 yards and three touchdowns. Nolan Turin finished with seven receptions for a game-high 89 yards receiving, and McGaughey had four catches for 46 yards.
Logan LaPine led Milwaukie's ground game with five carries for 49 yards, Andreasen-VanOtten had seven carries for 43 yards, and Chazz Amundson added six carries for 36 yards.
PUTNAM 65, PARKROSE 12: Putnam's Curtis Hoyle rushed for 81 yards and three touchdowns, and Isaiah Schumacher added another 81 yards rushing and two scores, leading the Kingsmen to a Northwest Oregon Conference home win Friday over the Parkrose Broncos.
Jadden Hall, Halen McCrary and Landy Wilson added rushing touchdowns and kicker Drew Urben was a perfect 9 for 9 on PATs as the Kingsmen (2-2, 1-1 NWOC) overpowered the winless Broncos (0-4, 0-2).
Putnam scored four touchdowns in the first quarter and added four more in the second quarter to open a 56-0 halftime lead.
Hall finished with 51 yards on four carries and Wilson had 42 yards on six carries for the Kingsmen, who had 221 yards total offense.
Parkrose's Kimball Moeaki rushed for a game-high 97 yards on 13 carries with one touchdown. Alfredo Ruiz had the Broncos' other TD.
-- From staff reports