Four turnovers prove costly
COTTAGE GROVE - Gladstone kept pace with 11th-ranked Cottage Grove in a non-league football match-up here Friday.
But turnovers proved costly, as the Lions scored three unanswered touchdowns in the fourth quarter to pull out a 35-14 victory.
Cottage Grove earned only a 325- to 316-yard edge in total offense on the night. But four Gladstone turnovers - three interceptions and one fumble - proved costly.
The Lions did most of the damage on the ground, with 5-10, 190-pound running back Taylor McCall carrying 25 times for 129 times and a touchdown, and 6-0, 205-pound running back Blake Thompson carrying 14 times for 93 yards and a touchdown.
The Lions didn't pass very often, but they made their passes count. Cottage grove 6-4, 200-pound quarterback Bryant Sentman completed only 5-of-14 passes for 59 yards. But Sentman hit receivers three times for touchdowns, including scoring strikes of 11- and 35 yards in the fourth quarter.
Senior running back Jordan Aldredge and senior quarterback Mitch Foteff carried most of the load for Gladstone. Aldredge rushed 11 times for 118 yards and a touchdown; Foteff rushed 12 times for 114 yards and a touchdown.
The Gladiators (3-5, 3-1) will have their work cut out for them this Friday, when they entertain seventh-ranked Molalla.
The Indians (7-0, 4-0) buried Stayton 57-7 last Friday.
Gladstone concludes the regular season at Stayton (3-5, 2-2) on Nov. 3.