In a rematch of a 2012 Class 5A football first-round state playoff game, Mountain View ran the ball at will Friday night, powering past visiting Wilsonville 26-13.
Senior tailback Keenan Springer carried the Cougar offense, which was without starting quarterback Conor Nehl, rushing for 162 yards, three touchdowns and one two-point conversion on 22 carries. Cody Anthony added 45 yards on 13 rushes and backup quarterback Blake Knirk, who was filling in for the injured Nehl, added 14 yards rushing and one touchdown.
The victory snapped Mountain View’s two-game losing skid and improved the Cougars’ record to 3-2 overall. The Wildcats, who won their first three games of the season, fell to 3-2.
“The offensive line got after it,” Mountain View coach Brian Crum said. “We got back to playing Mountain View football tonight. With Conor out, we decided we were just going to line up and run the football.”
Knirk completed just two of 10 passes, but both catches went for first downs.
“He managed the game well,” Crum said about his senior backup. “He got us in the right plays.”
Springer scored on runs of 1, 2 and 11 yards in the first half to put the Cougars up 18-0. Wilsonville scored late in the second quarter and trailed 18-6 at halftime. Neither team found the end zone in the third quarter, but Knirk made it 26-6 with a 1-yard run in the fourth. The Wildcats added a late touchdown and the game ended 26-13.
Zach Emerson led Mountain View’s defense with five tackles. Jace Johns added four tackles and two sacks. As a team, the Cougars posted four sacks against Wilsonville.
“It was nice to see the kids bounce back,” said Crum, referring to Mountain View’s 26-25 home loss to McNary last week. “I like the way they responded.”
The Cougars finish out the nonleague portion of their schedule next Friday when they host undefeated Pendleton (5-0).
In other Friday action:
Crook County 49, Madison 0: PRINEVILLE — Quarterback Mike Irwin completed eight of 11 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown to lead the Cowboys in the nonconference rout over the Senators of Portland. Irwin also rushed for two touchdowns as Crook County improved to 2-3 overall. Wide receiver Collbran Meeker hauled in five catches for 70 yards for the Cowboys. Middle linebacker Zach Smith led Crook County on defense with 12 tackles. The Cowboys play at Redmond next Friday.
North Marion 34, Madras 12: CULVER — Four turnovers hurt the White Buffaloes in the Tri-Valley Conference loss at Culver High School. Filling in for the injured Chad Lindgren at quarterback for Madras, Devon Wolfe threw for one touchdown and ran for another in the league opener for the Buffaloes. Husky receiver Kyle Williamson caught two touchdown passes, as North Marion rolled to a 20-6 halftime lead. After two early turnovers, the Buffaloes settled down, according to head coach Rick Wells. “We played them tough and solid the rest of the way,” Wells said. Madras fell to 2-3 overall and 0-1 in the Tri-Valley Conference. The White Buffaloes host Molalla at Culver next Saturday.
Junction City 34, La Pine 22: LA PINE — The Hawks struggled to shut down Junction City’s offense in the first quarter of their Sky-Em League opener. Heading into the second quarter, the Tigers were up 21-7. Junction City (1-0 Sky-Em, 4-0 overall) tacked on another touchdown and led 28-7 at the end of the half. But La Pine (0-1, 0-4) came back strong in the second half. Matt Heal scored two touchdowns for the Hawks and recorded a pair of two-point conversions. Junction City had its own touchdown in the third quarter, allowing the Tigers to clinch the victory over La Pine.
Sweet Home 28, Sisters 6: SWEET HOME — The Outlaws fell behind early in the first quarter 14-0 of their Sky-Em League matchup, then lost more traction when Sweet Home scored again in the beginning of the second quarter. Sisters responded with a 44-yard touchdown pass from Tristan Lewis to Isaac Mackenzie, but missed the point-after kick, leaving the score 21-6 at the half. “Our kids are playing hard,” Sisters coach Gary Hedin said, “but we’re making mistakes that we can’t afford to be making.” The third quarter remained scoreless, but Sweet Home was able to score one more in the fourth. The Outlaws (0-1 Sky-Em, 0-5 overall) are at Junction City next Friday.
Culver 28, Vernonia 14: VERNONIA — The Bulldogs broke a losing streak that dated back to the 2011 season by scoring four touchdowns on the road against Vernonia in nonleague action. Culver (1-2 overall) hosts Regis next week as the Bulldogs continue Tri-River Conference action.
Powers 38, Gilchrist 16: POWERS — The Grizzlies fell to Powers in a Class 1A Special District 2 road game. The loss dropped Gilchrist to 2-2 on the season. No statistics were available. The Grizzlies host Camas Valley next Friday at 4 p.m.
Trinity Lutheran 3, North Lake 0: In the third game against North Lake, Trinity Lutheran elected to switch Katie Murphy into the setter position and moved setter Allison Jorge to defensive specialist. The Saints struggled in the first 10 points after the switch, but Trinity Lutheran was still able to come up with the win in three sets 25-13, 25-12, 25-17. Murphy recorded eight kills and eight digs, Megan Clift added eight kills and Jorge contributed seven digs. The Saints (3-1 Mountain Valley League) had 10 kills altogether in their victory against North Lake. “I was really pleased,” Saints coach Greg Clift said, “because we need to make changes to move forward as a team.”
Gilchrist 3, Butte Falls 1: GILCHRIST — Sierra Shuey was “all over the place”, according to Gilchrist coach Maika Klages, recording three kills, two blocks, two aces and one dig as the Grizzlies topped the Loggers 25-22, 25-21, 20-25, 25-21 for their first Mountain Valley League victory. Tierra Newton added eight digs and Madison Bean dished out six assists for Gilchrist, which moved to 1-4 in league play. The Grizzlies turned in a strong performance from the service line, Klages said, recording 14 aces in the four-game match.
Central Christian 3, Sherman County 0: REDMOND — Led by Aleksei Palfrey’s seven aces and Kelsey Stealey’s six kills, the Tigers rolled past the visiting Huskies 25-13, 25-19, 25-19. Stealey also had a big night at the service line during the Big Sky League contest, recording 13 straight points and two aces in the third and final game of the match. Central Christian coach Brooke Smalstig also highlighted the play of setter Brittenee Payne, her senior setter who ran the Tigers’ offense. Central Christian is now 2-1 in league play.