Turnovers and poor defense down the the Eagles in their conference opener on Friday.

GRESHAM OUTLOOK: MATT RAWLINGS - Centennial cornerback Dillon hart blankets Oregon City receiver Teron Bradford.

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OREGON CITY — The Oregon City football squad has some of the best skill position players in the state, and they proved to be too much for the Centennial defense.

The Pioneers racked up 549 yards of total offense as they would end up blowing out Centennial in the Mt. Hood Conference opener on Friday night, defeating the Eagles 54-13.

Oregon City quarterback Austin Bonner would go 9-of-15 for 261 yards and two touchdowns — both to Teron Bradford, who had 177 receiving yards for the game — and running back Zakayas Dennis-Lee would scamper for 130 yards and three scores in the win.

Centennial signal-caller Kaiden Lansford was just 6-of-19 for 104 yards — which doesn't account for the fact that Centennial receivers dropped numerous balls on the night. Lansford's favorite target, Dillon Hart, caught three passes for 53 yards in the loss.

While the Centennial defense struggled to keep up with the dynamic Oregon City offense, it was the turnovers that really doomed the Eagles early on. Centennial would fumble four times in the first half, which led to 24 points for Oregon City.

"Turnovers were a real detriment. We would get a drive going and then end up turning it over. You can't do that and expect to win," Centennial head coach Chris Knudsen said. "Historically, when we have more than two turnovers in a game, we don't usually win, and we had more than that in the first half."

Look for the full version in the Sept. 15 print edition.

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