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Gervais Cougars win first football season-opener in nearly two decades, Kennedy and St. Paul volleyball get off to hot start

FOOTBALL

Gervais Cougars

The Gervais football team ran roughshod over the hosting Portland Christian Royals on Friday, rushing for 340 yards in the team's 32-26 victory in the season opener.

The Cougars' three-headed trio of Xaden Ramon, Fabian Santos and Damian Tavera carved up the Royals to give Gervais their first season-opening win in 19 years.

Ramon, who scored the game-winning touchdown with three minutes left in the game, finished with a team-high 136 yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries. Tavera added 119 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries, while Santos chipped in 78 on 12 touches.

On defense, Eduardo Cortes, recorded a blocked punt, sack and two tackles for loss. Auggie Guido had a pair of turnovers, one interception and one fumble recovery, while Andy Cruaz had a fumble recovery of his own to go with a couple of tackles for losses.

Gervais (1-0) will host the Gaston Greyhounds (0-1) in their home opener on Friday at 7 p.m.

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Kennedy Trojans

The Kennedy Trojans were suffocated by the defending 3A champion Rainier Columbians, falling 22-0 in their season opener on Friday.

Bruce Beyer led the team with 34 yards on 13 carries as the Trojans were unable to gain traction on the ground, combining for 42 rushing yards total.

Dylan Kleinschmit was 11-for-23 for 138 yards and four interceptions. Isaiah Basargin hauled in four catches for 70 yards, while Brady Traeger had three catches for 26. David Reyes and Beyer had two catches each, going for 22 and 20 yards, respectively.

The Trojans (1-0) will host the Regis Rams in their home opener on Friday at 7 p.m.

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St. Paul Buckaroos

Senior quarterback T.J. Crawford scored three touchdowns to lead the Buckaroos to a 40-6 victory over the Wallowa Cougars in a season-opening road game on Friday.

Crawford rushed for a pair of scores in the first quarter while teammate Jaden Thompson added a 40-yard touchdown run of his own to give the Bucks a 24-0 advantage after the first 12 minutes.

Crawford added a 72-yard interception return for a touchdown in the second to give St. Paul a 32-0 lead heading into halftime.

From there, the two teams traded scores, with Mitchell Curtis scoring from 12 yards out in the fourth quarter to bring the game to its final margin of victory.

Crawford finished the game going 8-of-19 for 107 yards behind the center to go along with 14 yards and two touchdowns on 13 rushing attempts.

Thompson led the game with 109 rushing yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.

The Cougars passed for 226 yards, but were picked off twice by Crawford and once by Clancy Koch. Curtis added a fumble recovery of his own as the Buckaroos combined for five takeaways on the day.

St. Paul (1-0) will host the four-time defending 1A state champion Dufur Rangers (0-1) on Friday at 1 p.m.

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Woodburn Bulldogs

The Woodburn Bulldogs fell 36-14 in their season opener against the North Valley Knights Friday in Grants Pass.

The game was a rematch of last year's season opener in which the two teams combined to put up 100 points in a victory for the Bulldogs.

Woodburn (0-1) moves on to face the Junction City Tigers (0-1) in their home opener on Friday at 7 p.m.

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VOLLEYBALL

Gervais Cougars

The Gervais volleyball team rebounded from a season-opening loss to the 3A Amity Warriors on Thursday to finish the week with a tournament victory at Gaston High School on Saturday.

The Cougars fell 3-0 (25-3, 25-15, 26-24) to Amity on Sept. 5, setting up the team's trip to Gaston, where the Cougars took down 3A Dayton 2-0 (25-23, 25-21) in the semifinals and defeated Western Christian 2-1 (22-25, 25-23, 18-16) in the tournament championship game.

Gervais (2-1) was scheduled to host Delphian in their home and league opener on Tuesday and finishes the week at Chemawa on Thursday.

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Kennedy Trojans

The Trojans' unbeaten streak came to an end over the weekend, falling to the No. 1 4A team in the state in the championship game of the gold bracket at the Cascade Volleyball Tournament on Saturday.

Kennedy defeated 4A Astoria 2-0 (25-19, 25-10) and 3A Creswell (25-9, 16-25, 15-13) in bracket play to set up a title match against the perennial 4A powerhouse from Sweet Home. After losing a close opening set 25-22, the Trojans were overwhelmed in the second set 25-10 to take second place in the tournament.

Earlier in the week, Kennedy scored a 3-1 win over 3A Salem Academy (25-19, 25-20, 20-25, 25-18), followed by a 3-0 win against Central Linn (28-26, 25-12, 25-16).

The No. 1 Trojans (8-1) host Colton in their league-opener on Tuesday and face Culver on Thursday.

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St. Paul Buckaroos

The Buckaroos wrapped up their second week of play with a perfect record, going 3-0 over the weekend at the East-West Volleyball Classic hosted by the Heppner Mustangs.

St. Paul took a 3-0 win over Heppner (25-9, 25-6, 25-9) in the opening round of bracket play and felled Weston-McEwen 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-16) in the semifinal.

The Bucks put the finishing touches on the tournament with a 3-0 win over Grant Union (25-7, 25-17, 25-15) to finish as champions.

No. 5 St. Paul (8-1, 1-0 Casco) was scheduled to host Willamette Valley Christian on Monday and Jewell on Wednesday in their only games of the week.


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