Jordan's five TD runs lift Oregon City football over Century, 47-21
Oregon City running back Marcus Jordan should do something nice for the Pioneers' offensive linemen after the unforgettable game he had Friday.
Jordan rushed for 170 yards on 20 carries and scored five touchdowns, leading the Pioneers to a 47-21 non-conference road win over the Century Jaguars at Century High School in Hillsboro.
In addition to scoring on runs of 54, 11, 10, 7, and 2 yards, Jordan also caught a two-point conversion pass and kicked three extra points.
Most of what happened was made possible by the Oregon City starting offensive line of left tackle Finton McGuire, left guard Ryder Swanson, center Xavier Street, left guard Jacob Nimo and right tackle Blake Lucas. They paved the way for 458 yards of total offense for the Pioneers.
So, what's it going to be?
Coffee at Dutch Bros?
Burgers at Mike's Drive-In?
Pizza at Bellagios?
"I'm going to buy them donuts," Jordan said.
A little Krispy Kreme for the boys does sound good.
"There's not a Krispy Kreme in Oregon City, but I'll find a place," Jordan said. "There's Heavenly Donuts in Gladstone and … I'll figure it out.
"I just want to thank my offensive line so much. I'm going to be celebrating with them and I'm going to treat them well because they were what made everything possible tonight."
The Pioneers (2-1) seized momentum early, scoring touchdowns on each of their first four possessions to take a 28-7 lead. Jordan ran for three scores and the other one came on a 26-yard pass from quarterback Ben Schneider to tight end Brayden Welch.
Century (1-2) had the ball six times in the first half and moved the ball effectively early with running back Elijah Garcia leading the way. But a handful of penalties combined with a few errant passes and Oregon City's hard-hitting defense limited the Jaguars to one first-half score on a 33-yard pass from quarterback Jonny Ellis to Avery Williams.
One key to Oregon City's fast start was that the Pioneers' offensive line was winning the battle up front. The Century defense also had a tough time stopping Jordan, the 5-foot-10, 170-pound senior who finished the half with 89 yards on 10 carries.
"Marcus is a very good runner," Pioneers coach Shane Hedrick said. "We had him for only two games last year before he got hurt, so I really never got to see him as his coach as a running back. So, now that we're in Game 3, I'm very impressed with him.
"I think as he gets more experience, he's just going to get better week by week."
The Pioneers took the second-half kickoff and capped a six-play, 48-yard scoring drive with a seven-yard touchdown run by Jordan that pushed the lead to 34-7.
Oregon City defensive back Kaden Monise's interception helped set up Jordan's final touchdown on a 10-yard run that made it 41-14 with 20 seconds left in the third quarter.
"That was kind of our game plan — just run the ball and get after 'em," Jordan said. "Even before the game tonight, I was like, 'I'm having a good night tonight.'
"Trying to run between the tackles was kind of plugged up at times. But then I don't always look at where the play is designed to go. I try to scan the entire line and look for where the hole is, even if that means going to the outside or cutting back."
Schneider, the Pioneers' sophomore quarterback, completed his first seven passes to four different receivers and finished the night 17 of 23 for 225 yards, which went a long way in helping open up the run game.
"Yeah, I thought we had a good game plan going into it, but we don't have enough experience here to say that's the way we wanted it to go," Hedrick said. "We've had some tough challenges, and I think the kids are responding to those challenges.
"You never know what's going to happen from week to week, but I'm very pleased with the outcome. The week before (at Canby), we kind of stumbled on our own toes a little bit with some turnovers. It was nice to eliminate those tonight. So, I was pleased on both sides of the ball."
Century had a 10-play, 78-yard scoring drive in the third quarter that ended with Ellis throwing a 13-yard touchdown pass to Cam Smith. Backup quarterback Xzavier Garcia also connected with Aydin Ellis on a 61-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter for the Jaguars.
"Overall, I think we could have played better," Jaguars coach Danny Kernan said. "Going in, we felt like we had a good game plan and we just didn't execute it as well as we thought we could.
"We thought we'd be able to run the ball with Elijah, which we did that first drive, and then we thought we'd be able to attack off that with some run-pass options. But Oregon City did a great job stuffing the run after that first drive."
Century finished with 319 yards of total offense. Elijah Garcia led the ground game with 95 yards on 24 carries. Jonny Ellis completed 10 of 20 passes for 132 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.
"You've just got to learn from your mistakes," Kernan said. "Every week is a new week and every snap is a new snap, so if you make a mistake, it's OK. Just learn from it.
"The good thing about it is that we made simple mistakes. I always preach, 'Control the controllable,' and I think we made a lot of mistakes that we can control. We've just got to try and fix those going into next week."
In addition to Jordan's 170 yards rushing and Schneider's 225 yards passing, Clay Martineau caught five passes for 92 yards and Jake Lopez had five receptions for 49 yards. Fullback Kurtis Kaseberg also scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter for the Pioneers.
"I think our quarterback managed the ball really well," Hedrick said. "He hit his receivers and then that put pressure on the secondary and that opened up the run.
"We felt we made an improvement in our program tonight. I think one big thing there was you go in at halftime with that score (28-7) and you come out and you get the second-half kickoff and it's really important to go down and score … and we did. That's kind of a statement right there and I was real pleased with that."
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