Glads, Falcons on fire
Gladstone outguns Sisters; La Salle tames the Cougars
If Gladstone and La Salle football teams continue to put together performances like they did in last Friday's games, look for the Gladiators and Falcons to be a force in the state, as well as in the Capital Conference.
The Gladiators on Friday out-gunned the Sisters Outlaws, with nine different Gladstone players scoring touchdowns in a 63-13 victory.
La Salle on Friday shut down the Cascade Cougars, with six different players scoring touchdowns in a 40-0 shutout. The Falcons are the top-scoring football team in Class 4A, averaging 48.5 points en route to a 4-0 preseason record.
Gladstone led 35-7 at halftime of Friday's game. Gladstone coach Jon Wolf subbed frequently after the intermission, but the Outlaws struggled to stop Gladstone's second- and third-stringers, and Gladstone continued to put points on the scoreboard. The Gladiators even had a freshman score in the final period, as rookie Handsome Smith took the ball in from 11 yards out.
'The whole team's just a bunch of playmakers,' said Gladstone senior running back A.J. Prom. 'They practice hard. We've got a lot of pieces to the puzzle.'
'We work really hard in practice and we worked extremely hard in the off-season,' said Gladstone senior quarterback Eamon Burrell. 'Anyone on the team can score a touchdown. We're very proud of the way we work out.'
After fumbling the ball and spotting the Outlaws field position and an early score to start last Friday's game, the Gladiators took over, scoring seven touchdowns before they let their guests in the end zone a second time.
Scoring Gladstone touchdowns were: seniors Prom (5-yard run), Nick Hernandez (one-yard run), Josh Wilson (9-yard run) and Can Sommer (84-yard pass reception); juniors D.J. Williams (4-yard run), Dalton Moe (5-yard run) and Dakota Hollingsworth (75-yard run); sophomore Andrew Conway (60-yard run); and Smith.
Moe (5 carries, 115 yards), Hollingsworth (5 carries, 92 yards), Conway (one carry, 60 yards) and Prom (10 carries, 56 yards) headed a rushing offense that advanced the pigskin 442 yards.
Burrell added 45 yards with four completed passes.
The Gladiators contained the Outlaws to a net offense of just 84 yards.
Sisters had two quarterbacks complete only 8-of-27 passes for 60 yards. They were intercepted three times.
Hollingsworth had a pair of picks, and Brandon Pentheny had the third interception.
Hernandez set up a first-quarter touchdown with a fumble recovery at the Sisters 11.
The Gladiators (3-1) play Estacada (0-4) on the road in this Friday's Tri-Valley Conference opener. The Rangers fell to 2010 Class 4A finalist Douglas 28-20 last Friday.
The Falcons last Friday amassed over 400 yards in total offense.
La Salle had the game in hand at halftime, leading 34-0.
J.J. Fisher continued a force, rushing 20 times for 138 yards. Colin Meisner picked up 83 yards in 11 trips.
Falcon helmsman Mark Holenstein completed 12-of-22 passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns. Aaron Bredl made five catches for 58 yards.
Scoring touchdowns were: seniors Meisner (4-yard run), Fisher (6-yard run), Bredl (10-yard pass reception) and Nate Kaiel (6-yard blocked punt return); and juniors Holenstein (3-yard run) and Sean Hays (9-yard reception).
La Salle hosts Madras in this Friday's league-opener. The White Buffaloes (2-1) tasted defeat at the hands of Crook County last Friday, losing 23-6.