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Rushing Waters stops Pioneers 24-7

David Douglas keeps the Pioneers' offense off the field, thanks to Greg Carradine and Michael Waters
by: Chris Krieger, Sandy's A.J. Schnell passes to his left behind the Pioneers' offensive line and fullback Chris Houle (48).

They say the best defense is a good offense.

David Douglas quarterback Greg Carradine is proof of that.

The nimble senior - in tandem with Scots running back Michael Waters - kept Sandy's offense on the sidelines for most of Friday night, running up a 17-0 halftime lead in the process.

'I don't know what their third down conversion was,' Sandy coach Todd Quinsey said of David Douglas. 'But it was pretty impressive.'

The Pioneers were limited to only two offensive plays in the first quarter.

Waters scored both of the Scots' first half touchdowns, and Carradine ran in a quarterback sneak to finish off the Pioneers by a score of 24-7.

Carradine ended the evening with 125 yards on 19 carries. Waters totaled 116 yards on 16 carries.

The duo combined for a healthy 6.9 yards per carry.

The Pioneers had some chances throughout the game but ultimately didn't deliver.

Sandy running back Joe Mafara busted numerous tackles en route to a 67-yard carry in the first quarter.

The run brought the Pioneers to the David Douglas 25-yard line, but the drive ended when quarterback A.J. Schnell fumbled.

Schnell redeemed himself in the fourth quarter, though, finding tight end Michael T. Lynch on a 25-yard hook-up on third and long.

Schnell advanced the offense down to David Douglas' one-yard line, and Mafara was able to run in the Pioneers' lone score.

David Douglas recovered Sandy's onside kick on the ensuing kickoff, though, and the Scots drove the ball down for Carradine's finishing touch, a one-yard quarterback sneak.

'He's good,' Quinsey said of Carradine. 'He kept making plays, rolling out and finding guys.'

Those guys included wide receivers Austin Edwards and Brennan East, whose obvious chemistry with Carradine kept the chains moving all night long.

'It's frustrating. You can't get back on the field,' Quinsey said.

Carradine now has 784 rushing yards on the season along with nine rushing touchdowns.

Odds and ends: Wide receiver Blake Bithell had another productive night for Sandy, catching a 54-yard bomb from Schnell in the second quarter.

That play, along with a two-yard run by Mafara, set up an eight-yard touchdown pass from Schnell to Lynch. A questionable pass interference call on Lynch negated the touchdown, though.

Bithell also caught a 26-yard pass from Schnell on fourth down late in the fourth quarter, but officials ruled Bithell out-of-bounds.

By the numbers: It was another busy night for the officials.

Referees tossed a total of 16 flags throughout the course of the evening.

Looking ahead: Sandy has a decent chance to get back in the win column Friday against visiting Reynolds. The Raiders are coming off a three-game losing streak, including a 49-7 thrashing at the hands of Central Catholic last week.

The Raiders have given up the most points of anyone in the Mount Hood Conference so far this season (134).

Sandy Post Sports Editor Michael Cade can be reached at 503-492-5115 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.