Grizzlies back on the field, back in the win column — Every so often during a game, Gilchrist coach Rick West empties his bench. In the Grizzlies’ case, that means one player hustling onto the field while another trots off. “Whoever’s the most gassed comes out and gets a break,” said West, who confirmed that no one on his seven-player roster (down from nine at the start of the season) ever complains about playing time. The Grizzlies are playing this season in a pilot Class 1A six-man football program. On Oct. 5, with two players sidelined by injuries, Gilchrist had to forfeit its game at Powers. A week later, the roster was intact and in high gear for a 78-41 home win over Jewell. Sophomore quarterback Jaekob Spurlock rushed for 204 yards and five touchdowns, Gage Dodson scored three touchdowns, and Zach Burkett rushed for 109 yards and scored on a 75-yard kickoff return to lead the Grizzlies (2-3). Dodson, a senior, had a stellar two-way game, finishing with 100 yards rushing and, from his linebacker position on defense, a team-high 19 tackles. West said Gilchrist is trying to pick up a game for an open date this week. The Grizzlies’ scheduled regular-season finale is Oct. 26 at home versus Triangle Lake.
Outlaws notch first victory — Sisters won for the first time this season Thursday, beating Class 4A Special District 3 foe Philomath 29-18 on the Outlaws’ home field. Offensively, Sisters was led by Gator Haken, who had 81 rushing yards and scored two touchdowns. Quarterback Taylor Fendall completed 8 of 11 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown, and Ben Johnson had four catches for 50 yards and a TD. Defensively, Matt Harris made eight tackles and recovered a fumble, Hayden Sharp had seven tackles, including two for losses, and Garrett Kersavage had four tackles, a pass deflection and an interception. The Outlaws (1-3 SD3, 1-6 overall) finish their regular season Friday at Stayton.
Hawks seeking initial league win — A season after going 9-1 and reaching the state playoffs for the first time since 2008, La Pine is still in search of its first league win of 2018. Hawks coach Bo DeForest thinks his team is close. “We are very young and competing well against the upper half of our league, we just need to eliminate the stubbing of our toe in crucial moments,” DeForest said. In Friday’s 34-20 Class 3A Special District 2 North loss at Harrisburg, brights spots for La Pine included sophomore QB Bryce Coble, who passed for 154 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for a score. Adam Plant rushed for 97 yards and had 85 receiving yards, including a 45-yard TD. And Jose Guillen made seven catches for 63 yards. The Hawks (0-3 SD2, 2-5 overall) host Siuslaw in their regular-season home finale Friday.
Bend teams losing ground in rankings — With losses to McNary and West Salem on Friday, Bend High and Mountain View risk losing home field advantage in the first round of the 32-team Class 6A state playoffs. Bend is currently ranked 18th in the OSAA rankings (the top 16 teams host first-round games). Mountain View — after being ranked in the top 10 in late September — has fallen to No. 25. Summit (1-6) is currently out of the playoff picture at No. 40.
Summit girls win Warner Pacific XC Classic — The Storm girls placed five runners in the top 10 as they easily won the varsity gold 5,000-meter race at the Warner Pacific XC Classic in Portland on Saturday. Summit finished with 27 points and St. Mary’s was second with 146. Summit’s Fiona Max finished second in 17 minutes, 28 seconds, behind winner Kyla Becker of Lincoln (17:24). Also for the Storm, Teaghan Knox was third (17:47), Kelsey Gripekoven finished sixth (17:53), Isabel Max seventh (17:57) and Azza Borovicka Swanson ninth (18:08). Kelsey Swenson led Mountain View, finishing 12th in 18:13. Jan Carne was the top runner for Crook County, placing 73rd in 20:14. Mountain View finished 15th (385) and Crook County was 21st (546). In the boys varsity gold race, Summit finished sixth with 167 points. Franklin (65) won the meet. Zachry Weber led the Storm, placing 13th in 15:45. Cade Catterson was the top placer for Crook County, taking 33rd in 16:21, and Cole Shockey led Mountain View, finishing 65th in 16:57. Crook County finished 13th (322) and Mountain View was 18th (419).
Big week ahead for Summit and Bend teams — Bend hosts Summit on Tuesday in a pivotal match in the Mountain Valley Conference. Summit is 11-1 in league play and tied with Sprague for first place, while Bend is 10-2 and in third place. Summit defeated McKay in three games last Tuesday, and Bend is coming off a three-game win over Mountain View on Tuesday. Summit has split its two matches with Sprague this season. After playing at Bend on Tuesday, the Storm finish the regular season at home Thursday against West Salem. Bend, which lost in three games to Sprague earlier this season, hosts the Olympians on Thursday to finish the regular season.
Central Oregon teams ranked high — Six teams from Central Oregon were ranked in the top 10 in their respective OSAA classifications as of Monday afternoon. Summit and Bend High were ranked seventh and ninth in 6A, respectively, while Crook County and Ridgeview, who face off Tuesday night in Prineville, were fifth and sixth in 5A. Sisters was No. 5 in 4A, and Culver was No. 7 in 2A.
Ridgeview on a roll — The Ravens have won all six of their Class 5A Intermountain Conference matches and are 7-2-1 overall. They are coming off of two straight shutout victories, a 4-0 win over Pendleton on Oct. 4 and a 2-0 win over Hood River Valley on Thursday. Ridgeview hosts crosstown rival Redmond on Tuesday, then has three more matches to finish out the regular season.
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