NORTH MARION FOOTBALL
The North Marion Huskies improved to 2-0 in league play and jumped into the OSAA top 10 after dispatching the Crook County Cowboys with a 17-14 overtime victory on Friday.
Knotted at 14-14 after four quarters of play, the Cowboys (3-2, 0-2 Special District 2) got the first possession to open overtime, but missed the go-ahead field goal, giving the ball back to North Marion.
The Huskies wasted no time in locking up the game, marching down to the Crook County goal line where senior Sergio Jimenez chipped in the game-winning 18-yard field goal to keep North Marion (3-2, 2-0 SD2) undefeated in league play through the first two weeks.
The win bumped the Huskies up to No. 8 in the OSAA rankings, as the team prepared to travel to Estacada to take on the No. 10 Rangers (4-1, 1-1 SD2) on Thursday.
The Kennedy offense came alive in a 42-14 non-conference road win over the Grant Union Prospectors on Friday.
The Trojans (4-1, 2-0 Special District 2) took a mid-season break from the league schedule, traveling to John Day to face a Prospector team (0-5) looking for a win in its final non-league game of the season.
Instead, Kennedy used a balanced offense to take an early lead and held Grant Union to under 100 yards of total offense. The win was Kennedy's fourth straight, and moved them up to No. 4 in the OSAA rankings.
Senior Bruce Beyer was the first to put up numbers on the scoreboard, converting a touchdown from 10 yards out to put the Trojans up 7-0 after the first quarter. Beyer went on to have one of his best games of the season, tallying more than 200 all-purpose yards while twice each on the ground and through the passing game.
The Prospectors responded in the second quarter with a touchdown from Devan Stokes to Jordan Hall. But Kennedy responded in kind with a pair of touchdown passes from Dylan Kleinschmit to Beyer to give the Trojans a 21-6 edge at halftime.
Beyer added his fourth touchdown of the night in the third quarter, followed by a 42-yard pass from Kleinschmit to Brady Traeger to put the Trojans up 35-6 heading into the final period.
David Reyes added a three-yard touchdown to make it 42-6 before Stokes found Mason Gerry to wrap up the game.
Beyer finished the contest with 156 yards and two scores on 16 carries, in addition to three catches and two touchdowns for 54 yards.
Kleinschmit was 9-of-16 for 164 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Traeger finished with three catches for 73 yards and a score, while Isaiah Basargin caught a pair of balls for 31 yards.
Reyes finished with 82 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and caught one pass for six yards.
The Trojans resume league play on Thursday when they host the Gervais Cougars (2-3, 0-3 SD2).
ST. PAUL FOOTBALL
The No. 3 St. Paul Buckaroos scored 64 points in the first half and put up more than 500 yards of offense in the team's 78-24 win over the Siletz Valley Warriors on Friday night.
It was an offensive showcase for the Bucks, who scored nine consecutive touchdowns in the first half before the Warriors answered with a minute remaining in the second quarter.
Several St. Paul players had a hand in the victory. Clancy Koch led the team with 167 yards and two touchdowns on four carries. T.J. Crawford was 3-of-4 for 132 yards and two touchdowns behind center, and added one score on the ground. He found Hayden Scott and Mitchell Curtis for a pair of long scores in the first half.
Saul Martinez added 86 yards and two scores on the ground, and the Bucks saw additional touchdowns from Jaden Thompson, Carter Milroy, Gianni Grasso and Reed Overfield. Oatfield's touchdown came on a seven-yard punt return at the end of the second quarter.
Defensively, Hunter Naumann and Crawford each pulled down an interception, and Overfield led the team with nine tackles.
The Buckaroos (5-0, 2-0 Special District 1 — North) return home on Thursday to take on the No. 4 Perrydale Pirates (5-0, 2-0 SD1N) in a game that will likely determine which teams comes out of the North for the Special District 1 championship in November.***
The Woodburn Bulldogs dropped a pair of home games last week, falling to the Philomath Warriors and Sweet Home Huskies at the turn of the Oregon West Conference schedule.
Woodburn (1-12, 0-7 Oregon West) hosted the No. 2 Huskies (14-1, 7-0) on Thursday, falling 3-0 (25-10, 25-7, 25-17). Earlier in the week, the Bulldogs welcomed the No. 9 Warriors (10-8, 5-2) in a 3-0 loss (25-16, 25-7, 25-19).
Woodburn concluded the week with a trip to North Marion for the North Marion Fall Classic, falling 2-0 (25-13, 25-13) to Stayton following pool play.
The Bulldogs return home this week to host No. 4 Sisters (18-2, 6-1) in their lone game of the week.
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