PRINEVILLE — Freshman quarterback Mike Irwin accounted for five touchdowns on Friday to lead Crook County to a 51-13 nonleague football victory over Madras.
The 6-foot, 170-pound signal caller rushed for 94 yards and three scores and completed five of 11 passes for 152 yards and two more touchdowns to guide the Cowboys (1-3 overall) to their first win of the season. Collbran Meeker added three scores — one rushing and two receiving — while also intercepting two balls on defense. Crook County rushed for 340 yards against the White Buffaloes, who fell to 2-2 on the season.
“Our guys up front finally played,” said Cowboys coach Ryan Cochran, whose team led 38-7 at halftime. “We’ve been in three close games but things just weren’t clicking. Tonight they came out and played football like they know how.”
Crook County’s defense came up big as well, forcing five turnovers against Madras. Zach Smith led the Cowboys with eight tackles, while Gunnar Robirts added seven stops.
Crook County hosts Portland’s Madison High next week. The White Buffaloes kick off Tri-Valley Conference play against North Marion of Aurora on Friday, a home game that will be played at Culver High.
In other Friday action:
McNary 26, Mountain View 25: The Cougars could not hold a 25-0 halftime lead at Mountain View, allowing three scores in the second half en route to falling to 2-2 on the season. Conor Nehl went 17 of 32 for 194 yards and threw a touchdown pass, Keenan Springer rushed for 114 yards and a score and Zach Emerson kicked two field goals for Class 5A Mountain View, but a pair of fumbles in the second half gave the visiting 6A Celtics (2-2) all the momentum after the break. McNary quarterback Hayden Gosling threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another while backup quarterback Drew McHuge connected with receiver Tim Hayes on an 18-yard score for the game-winning touchdown with six minutes left in the game. The Cougars host Wilsonville next week.
Marist 55, Bend 0: EUGENE — Chris Wallace led the Lava Bears with 105 yards rushing on 17 carries, but Bend fell to the Spartans in the Class 5A nonconference game. Marist finished with 376 rushing yards, to just 124 for the Bears. Justin Enseki-Frank led the Spartans with 109 yards rushing on just seven carries. His 72-yard touchdown run gave Marist a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Spartans’ lead swelled to 34-0 by halftime. Tanner Hanson led the Lava Bears in receiving with three catches for 44 yards. Bend quarterback Creighton Simmonds was 18-of-26 passing for 192 yards. Bend hosts Ridgeview next Friday.
Burns 51, La Pine 0: LA PINE — Class 4A La Pine fell to 3A Burns in its third nonconference game. The Hawks (0-3) began the game with a successful flea flicker, but followed the play with a fumble and was unable to regain momentum. Burns (2-2) racked up 370 yards rushing and 20 yards passing, while the Hawks only managed 62 total yards. “We didn’t play very well,” La Pine coach Josh McInnis said. “We had some adversity in the first half and we never bounced back.” The Hawks host Junction City next Friday in both team’s first Sky-Em League game of the season.
Franklin 41, Redmond 32: PORTLAND — Redmond fell behind Franklin in the first quarter 13-7, but the Panthers battled back to get ahead 15-13 in the second quarter after Bunker Parrish threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Cody Winters. In the third, the Quakers responded with a touchdown and a two-point conversion on their home field at Franklin High. Redmond scored soon after but missed the point-after kick, leaving the Panthers trailing 21-20. In the fourth quarter, Franklin outscored the Panthers 20-12 to earn the win. Redmond is at Summit next Friday.
Cascade 48, Sisters 10: TURNER — Logan Schutte ran for 123 yards for the Outlaws, who fell behind early and could not recover. Cascade (3-1 overall) scored 29 points in the first half while shutting out Sisters (0-4). Outlaws coach Gary Hedin said the Cougars built the early lead on an interception return and then used a short field after a blocked punt to score another touchdown. “The defense played really well in the first half,” Hedin said. “Those two plays were big in the first half.” Shane Cormalis led Sisters with 11 tackles, while Tristen Kershner and Lane Gladden both had interceptions. The Outlaws got on the board first in the second half on a 22-yard field goal from Josh Andrade. Quarterback Tristen Lewis scored Sisters’ touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 3-yard run. Gladden had four catches for 54 yards, while Lewis threw for 160 yards. Sisters travels to Sweet Home next Friday.
Prospect 38, Gilchrist 8: PROSPECT — Trinton Koch scored on a 1-yard run to cap the Grizzlies’ first offensive possession, but it was all Prospect after that. The Cougars (2-2 overall, 1-1 league) forced six turnovers against Gilchrist, which fell to 2-1 in Class 1A Special District 2 play. Prospect quarterback Darren Stillwagon totalled five touchdowns in the win. Gilchrist continues league action next Friday with a road contest at Powers.
Prospect 3, Gilchrist 0: PROSPECT — Although the Grizzlies lost in three, 25-15, 25-15, 25-9, they played its best match of the season against Prospect, according to Gilchrist coach Maika Klages. Sydney Longbotham was credited with three aces, one kill and five digs, Madison Bean had one ace and three assists, and Sierra Shuey finished with one kill, one block and two digs.
Trinity Lutheran 3, Hosanna Christian 1: KLAMATH FALLS — The Saints struggled in the first set against Hosanna Christian but responded by winning three straight games for a Class 1A Mountain Valley League victory 19-25, 25-11, 25-20, 25-16. It marked the first time in school history that Trinity Lutheran had beaten the Lions, according to Saints coach Greg Clift. After losing the first set, Trinity Lutheran’s Madison Martin set the pace for the rest of the team with her energy and effort. “When she came into the second set, she really got us going,” Clift said. Katie Murphy led the Saints (2-1 MVL) with 18 kills, 27 digs and three blocks, while her younger sister, Mariah Murphy, had nine kills. Setter Allison Jorge was credited with 22 assists.
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Ridgeview 10, Bend 7: The Ravens (1-1) had their first victory of the season against Bend (0-3) at Juniper Swim & Fitness Center in Bend. Madeline Busby led the Lava Bears with four goals. “It was the first time the girls finally came together,” Lava Bears coach Eric Cardone said.
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Bend 17, Ridgeview 6: The Lava Bears (1-3) beat the Ravens (0-2) for their first win of the season with a victory at Juniper Swim & Fitness Center in Bend. Ridgeview struggled to contain the Lava Bears’ David Rhine and Luke Peters, who racked up three goals each. Although they fell to Bend, the Ravens have improved over their two games, according to Ridgeview coach Joseph DeLeone. “Overall, we played pretty well,” DeLeone said. “They’re getting a lot better.”