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Steady offensive attack, tough defense, leads Culver to big 48-14 win over Cougars

TONY AHERN  - Quarterback Houston Wittenberg, 2, talking with head coach Brian Silbernagel earlier in the season, had a strong game against Gervais, throwing four TDs on 10 of 14 passing. Culver hosts a good Regis tetam on Friday night. After a tough 54-53 loss to Willamina — a "home" game played at Stayton Thursday, Sept. 22 — Culver got back in the win column with a 48-14 hammering of Gervais Friday.

On the road again, the Bulldogs got a strong game from quarterback Houston Wittenberg, who was 10 for 14 passing for 156 yards and four touchdowns and a pair of two-point conversions. Offensively, the Bulldogs were very balanced on the night.

Senior Logan Macy, who rushed for 330 yards and scored seven touchdowns against Willamina, had a more conventional game with 99 yards rushing and two touchdown, one running the ball and another on a pass play. Isaac Solis  added 48 yards rushing and scored two touchdowns.

Kellon Abbas had 63 yards rushing and caught two touchdown passes in his 41 yards receiving. Sophomore Cole Rahi also caught a TD pass.

The Bulldogs dominated this one throughout, taking a 14-0 lead after one. The Cougars actually won the second quarter and went into the break down 22-14. But Culver had too much in the second half. They scored 12 points in the third then 14 in the fourth while shutting out the Cougars.

"Houston Wittenberg had a great game throwing the ball and scoring. It was nice to get some offensive production from Issac Solis rushing and receiving and scoring touchdowns," said assistant coach Nate Barber. "Cole Rahi also stepped up for a receiving touchdown. The offense was able to produce 395 yards."

Defensively, Carlos Fernandez and Abbas had strong games. Ethan Russo has stepped up on the edge defensively and also ran the ball a couple of times on the offensive side of the ball. Defensive lineman Luke Heckathorn even had an interception playing defensive line. Senior Cyrus Matthews is back from an injury and gave a boost of energy and speed on defense, noted Barber.

The win put the Bulldogs at 3-2 for the season, and they're currently ranked eight in the OSAA Class 2A power poll.

The Bulldogs will finally have another home game — their first since their opener Sept. 2 — when 4-1 Regis comes to town for a 7 p.m. kickoff Friday night. Regis beat Gervais 66-0 on Sept. 16.


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