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Nagel, Falcons blank Stayton

MILWAUKIE - Chris Nagel had another big game for La Salle's football team last Friday.

The 205-pound junior running back rushed for close to 200 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-0 rout of Stayton.

It was the sixth 100-yard game for Nagel, who had carried for 237 yards and three touchdowns in a 36-22 win at Cascade just a week earlier.

Nagel scored on 30, 38 and 2-yard runs to lead the Falcons offensively against the Eagles.

Freshman fullback Ian Keeney added the fourth tally, scoring on a 3-yard run.

The Falcons also got the job done on defense. The only time the Eagles penetrated inside the Falcon 20 was late in the game, when La Salle reserves were on the field.

'Our defense played really, really well,' said La Salle coach Mike Fanger. 'Stayton was a big, physical team. But we traded punches with them a bunch and made some big plays on offense.'

Senior cornerback Thomas Loyola slowed the Eagles with two intercepted passes.

Fanger also singled out down linemen Jeff Sawyer, Eric Whalen, Josh Miller and Michael Oborn for standout performances on defense.

The Falcons (3-3, 2-1) will likely face a stiffer challenge this Thursday, when they take to the road to do battle with cross-town rival Gladstone.

'It'll be a tough test,' said Fanger. 'But like I told my kids, 'Our destiny's in our hands.' If we take care of business, we don't have to look to anyone else to help out.

'Our goal all season's been to make the playoffs, and I think we've got a good chance of doing that.'