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FOOTBALL - Turnovers are too much to overcome in NWOC opener
by: Kris Anderson Sandy running back Dustin Spencer finds some rare open space during the Pioneers’ 21-12 loss to St. Helens on Friday night.

SANDY - The Sandy Pioneers had written the script for their season.

They wanted to be a running team, allowing the tutorage of their young quarterback to happen at a gradual pace. Now two games into the season, it seems the Pioneers have forgotten their lines.

Against St. Helens, Justin Adams put up 47 pass-attempts but it was not enough to overcome four Pioneers turnovers, as St. Helens defeated Sandy 21-12 in the Northwest Oregon Conference opener Friday night.

The Pioneers most efficient offensive drive came early in the third quarter. A three-play 48-yard scoring-drive, and a 15-yard touchdown run by Spencer-made the score 7-6 after a missed extra point.

Trailing 14-6 late in the fourth quarter, the Pioneers' hopes of a late rally were dashed when Lions defensive back Zak Blackburn intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown.

Look for extended game coverage in the Sept. 14, edition of The Post.