The Kennedy football team remained unbeaten in league games after felling the Sheridan Spartans 23-6 at home on Friday.
The Trojans (3-1, 2-0 Special District 2) rose to No. 5 in the OSAA rankings after winning their third consecutive game since their season-opening loss to 3A No. 1 Rainier.
It was the second straight week in which Kennedy held its opponent scoreless in the opening half of play, scoring all 23 of its points in the first two quarters to take a 23-0 lead into the lockers.
Junior quarterback Dylan Kleinschmit got the ball rolling in the first quarter, scoring on a one-yard run to put the Trojans up 7-0. Senior running back Bruce Beyer added a pair of touchdown runs of his own, scoring from one and four yards out, respectively, while adding a 32-yard field goal to end the second quarter.
After trading scoreless frames in the third, Sheridan was able to avoid the shutout with a 46-yard touchdown pass from Elliott Henry to DeEldon Paulk in the fourth.
Beyer led the team with 124 yards and a pair of scores on 19 carries on the ground. David Reyes added 58 yards on six carries to go along with a pair of catches for 26 yards.
Kleinschmit was 3-of-6 for 29 yards behind center.
The Trojans take a week off from league play this Friday when they travel to Grant Union to take on the winless Prospectors (0-4). Kennedy returns to its league schedule on Oct. 10 against the Gervais Cougars (2-2, 0-2 SD2).
The Cougars failed to pick up their first league victory of the season, falling 36-8 at home to the Santiam Wolverines on Friday.
Gervais (2-2, 0-2 Special District 2) will travel to Colton this Friday to open the first of three consecutive road games. The Cougars return home on Oct. 25 to take on Colton in a rematch. Gervais' original home game against Chemawa was canceled due to the Braves moving to a JV schedule. The rematch against Colton will count as a non-league game for the homecoming contest.
The Bulldogs returned to form after suffering their first loss of the season, posting back-to-back 3-0 league victories over Newport and Cascade last week.
Woodburn (5-1-1, 4-1 Oregon West) moved up to No. 11 in the OSAA rankings with the wins. The Bulldogs were scheduled to finish the first half of their league schedule on Tuesday in a road game against the Philomath Warriors (5-2, 4-1) before traveling to Sweet Home (0-7, 0-5) on Thursday.
The Cougars fell in back-to-back games last week, looking to pick up their first win of the season.
Gervais (0-6) traveled to Salem Academy on Tuesday, Sept. 24 and played in its closest game of the season, falling 5-4 to the Crusaders (1-4) before finishing the week with an 8-0 loss at Delphian on Friday.
The Cougars wrap up the first half of their league schedule this week when they host No. 8 Taft (5-1) on Wednesday.
Sophomore Matthew Petrjanos paced the North Marion cross country team with a 20:34.20 finish at the Jefferson Invitational on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at Jefferson High School.
Petrjanos finished the race in 22nd place, tying his season-best finish that he set at the Darrel Deedon Cascade Invitational on Sept. 5.
Emma Jones led the girls with a fourth-place finish in 17:50.42 in the 3K junior varsity race.
22. Matthew Petrjanos, 20:34.20
40. Mitch Doubrava, 22:03.59
74. Thor Laitinen, 26:28.20
5. Randy Lucas, 12:47.50
15. Jaden Lily, 14:02.50
4. Emma Jones, 17:50.42
10. Avery Greear, 20:28.11
13. Natalie Holum, 24:14.91
The Kennedy girls cross country team took fifth place at the State of Jefferson race at Lithia Park in Ashland on Saturday, Sept. 28.
Sophomore Alex Eyles led the team, finishing 26th with a time of 23:32.74. She was followed by Kylee Rodriguez (39th, 24:39.03), as the Trojans scored 139 points among the seven teams.
The boys were led by Jose Salazar (19:09.37) and Nick Riedman (19:10.66), who finished back-to-back in 40th and 41st place, respectively.
Girls varsity — 5th, 139 points
26. Aleksandra Eyles, 23:32.74
39. Kylee Rodriguez, 24:39.03
42. Whitney Lopez, 25:24.99
43. Mikayla Schaecher, 25:27.64
53. Catherine Butsch, 27:47.01
40. Jose Salazar, 19:09.37
41. Nick Riedman, 19:10.66
66. Jesus Espinoza, 20:57.66
73. Raul Vasquez, 22:01.98
15. Gisell Juarez, 26:17.80
20. Haley Kline, 27:00.04
34. Yesenia Salazar, 30:11.86
35. Rylie Newton, 30:14.33
54. Dakota Heard, 28:05.09
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