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Chris O'Day gives Pioneers a bad day

The Reynolds running back leads the Raiders over Sandy 29-22
by: Chris Krieger, Sandy running back Joe Mafara takes off running against Reynolds.

By the third quarter of Sandy's Friday night match-up with Reynolds, it was starting to look like 'The Jake Fenwick Show.'

The Sandy running back scored on a 45-yard run to open the second half, and he delivered a 17-yard score almost five minutes later.

Fenwick also nearly intercepted Reynolds quarterback Bo Bergstrom on third-and-long late in the third quarter.

But Reynolds' Chris O'Day decided to steal some of Fenwick's thunder.

The big, slashing back scored three touchdown runs - two of them in the fourth quarter - to help the Raiders generate a 29-point second half explosion.

'He's one of the better running backs (in the conference),' Sandy coach Todd Quinsey said. 'We knew that coming in.'

Knowing about O'Day and stopping him are two different things, although Sandy was able to control the senior on several occasions early on.

But O'Day made his presence felt on defense too.

He stuffed Fenwick on a third-and-goal at the Reynolds five-yard line in the fourth quarter.

That play forced a 26-yard field goal by A.J. Schnell.

Sandy tried an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff but was unable to recover.

That missed opportunity allowed O'Day one last crack at the end zone, and he delivered, running in a two-yard score with 48 seconds left.

Sandy responded quickly, though, as Schnell tossed a 70-yard touchdown pass to Blake Bithell with 36 seconds left.

The Pioneers missed an opportunity to convert a two-point conversion and tried yet another onside kick.

But that attempt failed, and the Pioneers were left wondering what could have been.

'We had so many opportunities to stretch the lead in the third quarter,' Quinsey said, referring specifically to a drive inside the Reynolds 40-yard line that was riddled with penalties.

Still, Quinsey wasn't dwelling on the loss.

'I thought we played better than the last couple of games,' he said.

Odds and ends

•The Pioneers attempted three onside kicks throughout the night.

The first attempt - following Fenwick's 17-yard, third-quarter score - was good, thanks to Nate Seifert, who was credited with the recovery.