Prep football: Late rally lifts Molalla past Gladstone, 13-10
Molalla quarterback Chase Jazdinski scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 2-yard run with 5:11 to play and the Indians held on after that for a 13-10 Tri-Valley Conference home win Friday over the Gladstone Gladiators.
Jazdinski finished with eight carries for 16 yards and completed 13 of 25 passes for 206 yards and a touchdown as the Indians (3-2, 2-0 Tri-Valley) remained tied for first with Estacada.
Gladstone's Hudson Meyer completed 10 of 25 passes for 80 yards and a touchdown, and Josiah Wachlin connected on a 41-yard field goal for the Gladiators (2-3, 0-1), who did all their scoring in the second quarter to take a 10-0 halftime lead.
The Gladiators saw two other touchdowns nullified by penalties as both an 80-yard interception return and an 85-yard punt return were called back for illegal blocks in the back.
Defense dominated the game as Molalla finished with 214 yards total offense, Gladstone countered with 174 yards offense, and both teams had three turnovers each.
Leading 3-0, the Gladiators extended their lead when Meyer threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Carrier with 1:47 to play in the half.
Jazdinski broke up Gladstone's shutout with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Larsen that pulled the Indians within 10-7 with 11:48 remaining in the game.
Gladstone struggled to move the ball on the ground against Molalla's defense, finishing with 94 yards rushing on 34 attempts -- an average of 2.8 yards per carry. Dylan Farris had a team-high 35 yards on 12 carries, and Spencer Boyd added 32 yards on eight carries.
The Gladiators will look to bounce back Friday when they play host to last-place Madras (1-4, 0-2) in a 7 p.m. game at Dick Baker Stadium, while travels to Prineville to take on Crook County (1-4, 0-1).