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A second-half team

Martinez fires up in a 37-22 win over the Skyhawks

OREGON CITY - The Oregon City Pioneers continued to demonstrate Friday that they're a second-half football team.

Nursing a 17-14 lead early in the second half, the Pioneers out-scored visiting Southridge 20-8 in the second half en route to a 37-22 victory.

A week earlier the Pioneers had rallied from a 17-14 halftime deficit to defeat David Douglas 35-17.

Oregon City's offense was firing on all cylinders in last Friday victory over the Skyhawks, as the Pioneers out-gained the visitors 467- to 319 yards in total offense.

Oregon City senior quarterback Landon Martinez had a career night, completing 14-of-23 passes for 274 yards and four touchdowns.

And Mitchell Thompson continued to prove himself at running back. The 5-7, 155-pound junior was a workhorse, carrying 20 times for 111 yards and a touchdown.

Senior wide receiver Trevor Dye continued to prove himself one of the best receivers in the area, hauling in four passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns. A week earlier Dye had touchdown receptions of 84, 26 and 8 yards.

The Martinez/Dye team on Friday helped turn the tide in Oregon City's favor near the midpoint of the third quarter.

The Pioneers had their backs to the wall, when a downed punt put them at their own 1-yard line. But on the first play from the one, Martinez lofted a pass to Dye 30 yards downfield, and Dye did the rest, outpacing the defense for a 99-yard touchdown pass play.

The touchdown stretched Oregon City's lead to 23-14.

And on Oregon City's next possession, Martinez hit junior Justin Cornejo with a 42-yard touchdown pass, giving the Pioneers a commanding 30-14 lead.

Southridge answered with a 70-yard touchdown drive, scoring in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter.

But Martinez sealed the deal near the midpoint of the final period, passing 43 yards to senior Adam Genskay for another score, and a 37-22 Pioneer advantage.

The Pioneers, who never trailed in the game, scored three times in the first half - on a 20-yard field goal by Daniel Slack, a 24-yard run by Thompson and an 8-yard reception by Dye.

Oregon City will attempt to make it three in a row this Friday, when the Pioneers (2-1) travel to Redmond for their final preseason tuneup. They entertain cross-river rival West Linn (2-1) in their Sept. 20 Three Rivers League opener.