Visiting Silverton broke open a scoreless game against Bend High with three touchdowns in the second quarter, then took command late in the third period with a 92-yard interception return for a touchdown by Mathis Kuenzi in its 42-0 Class 5A nonconference win over the Lava Bears.
The game-breaking interception return was one of four turnovers by Bend (0-2), which lost two of six fumbles. Silverton (2-0), a 2012 state semifinalist, rolled up 439 yards of total offense to 246 yards for the Bears. Cole Chandler, the Foxes’ returning all-state quarterback, passed for 151 yards and three touchdowns, and Max Wilson gained 113 yards on 16 carries.
For Bend, Jordan Neelon rushed for 96 yards on 14 attempts, and Hunter McDonald gained 46 yards on 12 carries. Lava Bears quarterback Creighton Simmons completed seven of 17 passes for 93 yards.
Bend plays at West Salem next Friday.
In other prep events Friday:
Burns 34, Sisters 14: BURNS — The Outlaws got close after falling behind early, but the host Hilanders (1-1) scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to secure the nonleague win. Class 4A Sisters was down 21-0 before Nate Kaping scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter to cut the margin to 21-7. After a scoreless third quarter, the Outlaws (0-2) got within a touchdown early in the final period on a 69-yard pass play from Tristen Lewis to Isaac MacKenzie. Josh Andrade’s second conversion kick of the night made the score 21-14, but that was as close as Sisters would get against the 3A Hilanders. The Outlaws were turned away on a fourth-and-2 play inside the Burns 10-yard line in the third quarter. Lewis completed 14 of 31 passes for 200 yards, and Conner Gellings was the Outlaws’ leading rusher with 33 yards on nine carries. Sisters is at home next Friday against Madras.
Klamath Union 14, Ridgeview 12: The Ravens jumped out to a 12-0 lead and were ahead 12-6 at halftime before the host Pelicans rallied back. Reece Rollins scored both touchdowns for Ridgeview (1-1). The Ravens, who are at North Valley next week, were without starting quarterback Jacob Johnson for part of the second half as he was ejected from the game.
Eagle Point 34, Summit 33: The Storm and the Eagles went into double overtime before Eagle Point claimed the nonleague victory. The Storm’s Merrit Barber rushed for two touchdowns and Tyler Mullen passed for a touchdown and ran for another in the defeat. Luke Ross added a score for Summit. The Storm are at Klamath Union next week.
Cascade 33, Crook County 6: PRINEVILLE — Collbran Meeker ran for an 8-yard touchdown on offense and picked off a pass on defense to lead Crook County (0-2), but the Cowboys struggled to pick up crucial first downs, according to coach Ryan Cochran, and suffered a nonconference loss at home. The Cowboys got solid play on defense from Aaron Swindle (six tackles), Zack Smith (five tackles) and Gunnar Robits (five tackles). Crook County will travel to The Dalles Wahtonka and battle the Eagle Indians next Friday.
Oakridge 18, La Pine 12: OAKRIDGE — Josh Briggs returned an interception 94 yards for the winning touchdown as Oakridge (1-1) defeated La Pine in three overtimes, spoiling the season opener for the visiting Hawks. The nonconference game was tied 12-12 at the end of regulation play. La Pine (0-1) plays next Friday at Henley of Klamath Falls.
Bandon 18, Culver 14: BANDON — Kyle Easterly had a touchdown reception and Levi Vincent recorded a 3-yard touchdown run for Culver, but Bandon ran back an interception 60 yards for a touchdown to defeat the Bulldogs in their season opener.
Gilchrist 50, Hosanna Christian 16: KLAMATH FALLS — The Grizzlies won their season and league opener with a convincing victory against the Lions. No statistics were provided for the game.
Summit 1, Willamette 1: EUGENE — Christina Edwards’ header off a Hadlie Plummer corner kick gave the Storm a 1-0 lead in the 39th minute, but the host Wolverines evened the score in the 60th minute. Summit (2-0-1) misplayed a corner kick, Storm coach Jamie Brock said, which led to Willamette’s goal. “We came out a little flat,” Brock said. Defensively, Brock pointed out the play of goalkeeper Rachel Estopare, who made several saves to keep the game tied.
North Medford 6, Mountain View 0: MEDFORD — The Black Tornado scored four goals after halftime en route to the nonleague victory over the visiting Cougars. “Tip your hat to North Medford,” said Don Emerson, Mountain View’s first-year coach. “They moved the ball well and put pressure on us.” Cougar goalie Sarah Bailey recorded 14 saves in the defeat.
South Medford 3, Bend 0: MEDFORD — The Panthers scored twice in the first half and again in the 56th minute. Lava Bear goalkeeper Awbrie Elle Kinkade highlighted the day for Bend, posting eight saves.
South Medford 3, Bend 0: The visiting Panthers scored all three of their goals in the second half to hand the Lava Bears a nonconference defeat in their 2013 season opener. South Medford scored in the 55th and 65th minutes and again in extra time at the end of the game. “They broke us down in the second half,” Bend High coach Nils Eriksson said. “They had a little bit of speed.”
North Medford 6, Mountain View 0: The Cougars came out strong in the first 15 minutes of the game but once North Medford put its first score on the board two more followed within 20 minutes.
Hosanna Christian 3, Gilchrist 0: KLAMATH FALLS — The Grizzlies dropped their Mountain Valley League opener on the road, 25-10, 25-16, 25-12. Statistical leaders for Gilchrist included Maddi Bean with four assists, Sierra Shuey with three aces, Tierra Newton with three digs and one kill, and Cassidy Blum with two kills and a block.
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Summit 10, Mountain View 6: Summit broke away from a 3-3 halftime tie to win the 5A North Division season opener for both teams at the Juniper Swim & Fitness Center. Tommy Brewer scored three goals to lead the Storm (1-0), and Josh Bandy, Zack Barry and Quinn Rasmussen added two apiece for the winners. Troy Lalonde accounted for the other goal for Summit, which got strong play in goal from keeper Kyle Alhart, according to coach Jay Soles. Senior twin brothers Noah and Nate Cox did all the scoring for Mountain View (0-1), Noah tallying four goals and Nate two.