Playing at South Umpqua historically has been a difficult task for the North Bend football team.
Friday night, that trend continued as the Lancers controlled the line of scrimmage and picked off Gio Byers four times in a 33-6 upset of the No. 6 Bulldogs. There now is a three-way tie for second-place in the Far West League between North Bend, South Umpqua and Douglas, all with 2-1 records. Marshfield sits atop the league, alone, at 3-0.
From the start the Lancers controlled the line of scrimmage and running back Connor Yates gashed the rebuilt Bulldog defense for big runs.
On South Umpqua’s first drive, Yates quickly broke into the Bulldog secondary gaining first downs on the Lancers’ first three plays from scrimmage. The drive eventually ended on the Bulldog 14 when Divenson Willis broke up a William Wiley pass, but North Bend quickly punted, setting a theme for the night.
Yates helped the Lancers capitalize on the good field position shortly thereafter, breaking a 35-yard touchdown scamper, then, after a third straight Bulldog three-and-out, capped a longer drive with a 5-yard plunge and a 14-0 lead. He finished with 198 yards on 39 carries.
South Umpqua’s experienced offensive and defensive lines pushed around the less experienced Bulldogs all night. Byers, Willis, Jakob Hamblet and Jake Posey had no luck running the ball in the first half, and that rendered the Bulldog passing attack almost useless.
North Bend’s defense stiffened some in the second quarter, but the offense gave away another touchdown when Parker Patterson jumped in front of a Byers pass and ran it back 45 yards for a back-breaking touchdown near the end of the half.
North Bend started the second half with the ball, but punted in three plays. This, once again, gave South Umpqua good field position to start a drive, and, once again, the Lancers made good.
Johnathan Warner took an inside handoff on a counter play and sprinted 51 yards for a touchdown, giving South Umpqua a 27-0 lead. Curtis Martinez added a touchdown on a 4-yard pass from Wylie in the fourth quarter.
Needing some life, North Bend went to some of its younger players early. Posey, a freshman, had North Bend’s best play from scrimmage in the first half, a 30-yard run to midfield. Kyle Martin saw a snap at quarterback and Coleman Compton engineered the Bulldogs’ final drive of the night, which resulted in him running 55 yards for a touchdown on the game’s final play.
North Bend travels to Douglas in a big game next week before the Bulldogs battle Marshfield.
Marshfield 45, Siuslaw 12: The explosive Marshfield offense continued its romp through the Far West League Friday night with a 45-12 rout of the undermanned Siuslaw Vikings in Florence.
Tristin Lemmons rushed for 131 yards on just seven carries with a touchdown, and Grant Wooley threw for 145 yards and three touchdowns on 6-of-10 passing. Cory Stover caught two passes, both touchdowns, for 40 yards and Zach Kellar caught a 34-yard touchdown pass and ran in a 33-yard score.
Marshfield’s explosive offensive attack got started early and scored in a number of ways. Woolsey hit a wide-open Stover for a 30-yard touchdown on its first drive of the game, then Kellar ran in his touchdown five minutes later for a 14-0 lead.
Marshfield scored four times in the second quarter, benefiting from a Siuslaw fumble, forced by Stover and recovered by Dontae Givens.
Woolsey ran in a 1-yard touchdown on an option play shortly into the second period, then hit a wide-open Stover again on a 10-yard touchdown pass for a 28-0 lead. Lemmons then showed the top-end of Marshfield’s explosive capabilities with an 85-yard touchdown run and a 35-0 lead. Woolsey capped his day with his scoring toss to Kellar with two minutes left in the half.
Arturo Ledesma, who was already perfect on extra points on the day, nailed a 35-yard field goal to start the running clock with about 10 minutes left in the third quarter.
Siuslaw’s Jared Brandt threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Trent Reavis in the fourth quarter, then Elijah Blankenship ran in a 3-yard score later to provide the final margin. Brandt finished the game with 34 yards on 10 carries and was 6-of-16 passing for 46 yards. Reavis caught three passes for 30 yards and the touchdown. Siuslaw had 93 yards of total offense in the fourth quarter and finished the game with 140.
Marshfield hosts Brookings-Harbor next week while it honors former coach Kent Wigle and unveils a new scoreboard. Siuslaw plays host to South Umpqua.
Douglas 28, Brookings-Harbor 7: The Trojans beat the Bruins to move into the tie for second with North Bend and South Umpqua.
Both Douglas and South Umpqua suffered their losses to Marshfield.
La Pine 8, Coquille 6: The Hawks ended Coquille’s 23-game regular-season win streak, handing the Red Devils just their second loss in four seasons of Mountain Valley Conference play.
La Pine got a touchdown late in the second quarter by Ben Plant on a 5-yard run and the two-point conversion by Wyatt DeForest and made the early score stand up.
“They had some challenges for us,” Coquille coach David Thomason said. “They had a good game plan.”
Coquille’s score was by Jake Hurt on a quarterback keeper early in the fourth quarter, but La Pine denied the conversion attempt.
The Red Devils got the ball back twice on fumble recoveries later in the fourth, but couldn’t score. Josiah Jenkins sealed the win with a late interception and Angelo Roes also picked off two Coquille passes.
Both teams entered the game unbeaten on the season. La Pine now is in great position for the postseason, joining Harrisburg as the only teams perfect in league play.
Those two teams meet next week in Harrisburg and Harrisburg visits Coquille the following Friday. But first, the Red Devils face a greatly improved Glide squad.
"We've gotten punched in the mouth," Thomason said. "Now it's about how we respond.
"We have a better Glide team to focus on and we need to understand that everyone we play will bring their best game. We need to be ready to adapt, improvise and overcome."
Thomason said his message in the locker room was a reminder that last year Harrisburg was state champions, but not undefeated since they lost to Coquille.
"They lost games," he said. "We will need to work harder and I think this loss will focus us in ways that winning could not."
Bandon 30, Toledo 27: The Tigers improved to 2-0 in Sunset Conference play with a big road win.
Bandon led most of the way after a long touchdown pass from Braydon Freitag to Donavin Phommaphat early in the first quarter, but fell behind late.
The Tigers responded to Toeldo’s score midway through the fourth quarter with a 38-yard pass from Freitag to Phommaphat with 2:42 to go.
Toledo threatened late, but missed a field goal on the final play.
“I think this is going to do great things for our young kids,” Bandon coach Aaron Freitag said, adding that his team showed resiliency after Toledo erased a 22-13 lead and the Tigers responded.
“It will be great for their confidence,” he said. “It was a good growing experience for everybody.”
Bandon led 14-0 after Freitag scored on a quarterback keeper, but Toledo got a late score in the first half to cut the advantage to 14-7 and a score early in the second to trim the advantage to 14-13 (the Tigers blocked the extra point).
Jack Davis then stretched the lead for Bandon with a 10-yard run and the Tigers made their two-point conversion — they were 3-for-4 in the game on conversions.
Bandon hosts Reedsport in another big game next week between two teams eyeing postseason berths.
Reedsport 64, Waldport 6: The Brave bounced back from its loss to Gold Beach in the league opener with a blowout win over the Waldport Irish on Friday at Ruppe Field on homecoming night.
Two Brave rushers went over 100 yards and Reedsport scored twice on defense in the rout. Gage Billings rushed for 174 yards and a touchdown, and Marc Chaney rushed for 100 yards with three touchdowns and also threw for a 28-yard score to Dallas McGill. McGill also returned an interception for a 41-yard score in the fourth quarter.
Reedsport got going quickly, scoring 30 points in the initial period. Colby Fowler scored a 7-yard touchdown to start things, then Chaney ran in a 6-yard touchdown for a 14-0 lead. Chaney then hit McGill for the touchdown pass, Chaney’s only completion of the night, to put the Brave up by three scores.
Later, Reedsport scored a rare safety when Griffin Lavigne tackled Avery Fawcett in the end zone, giving the Brave two points and the ball. Chaney scored his second touchdown on the quarter not too long after for the 30-point margin.
Alex Carson gave Reedsport its only score of the second period, returning a punt 30 yards for a touchdown. In the second half, Billings scored his only touchdown of the night on a long 64-yard jaunt, then Tanner Eckley added a 5-yard run. Javier Analco missed his only extra point of the night afterward.
Chaney broke an 88-yard scoring scamper to cap the third quarter and his day.
Michael Cooke connected with Jacob Farmer for a 68-yard catch-and-run for Waldport’s only score of the night.
Reedsport heads south to Bandon next week.
Powers 60, Prospect 0: The Cruisers got a big road win to improve to 2-1 in league play.
Details were not available Friday night.