St. Helens scores three second-half touchdowns to down Parkrose and move into tie for second place in NWOC
The St. Helens Lions win over Parkrose on Friday moved them into rarified air-a tie for second place in the Northwest Oregon Conference.
It's been four years since the Lions have been 3-1 in the NWOC, but they won't be resting on their laurels with three tough league opponents left in the regular season.
'We got another win, that's always nice,' St. Helens coach John England said after his team posted a 28-10 victory over visiting Parkrose.
It was anything but an easy win. 'They had a good game plan,' England said, 'but they made a couple of mistakes in the first half and we kind of controlled it after that.'
Parkrose took the early lead in the contest, completing a 40-yard pass in the second quarter.
The Lions bounced right back with a drive and quarterback Dallas Thompson took the ball in from the one. After Eldon Ralls kick the game was tied.
The Lions would have a big stand later in the quarter, stopping Parkrose at their own four. An Austin Zimbrick tackle for a three-yard loss and a Jesse Wright tackle on third down stopped the drive. Parkrose would kick a field goal and lead 10-7 at the half.
St. Helens had expected to have an easier time of it.
'We regrouped at halftime,' England said. 'We told the team that they had to execute and they went out in the second half, took the kickoff and drove right down the field and scored.'
Dumitri Malnasi, who finished the game with 19 carries for 144 yards, took the ball in from 28 yards out. The Lions would not trail again.
Early in the fourth quarter, England said the Lions capped a nice drive with a 33-yard pass from Thompson to Tyler Stewart for a 21-10 lead. St. Helens would come back on their next series and score again. This time Justin Wiley took the ball in from six yards out.
England said that overall it was a good night for the club: Jerek Pense had eight rushes for 47 yards and played well on defense; Zimbrick had seven tackles, four for a loss-one a sack, and two assists; Joey Beggio had four tackles-each for a loss, and two assists; Stewart had seven tackles, three for a loss, and five assists; Michael Kirby had seven tackles and three assists; and Ryan Beickel had eight tackles, and three assists.
This week the Lions travel to Wilsonville on Friday. Wilsonville has the same record as the Lions-3-1 in league and 4-2 on the season. Wilsonville is coming off a narrow 28-23 loss to No. 1-ranked Sherwood, the defending state champions.
'Wilsonville had tight game last week. They are a talented club. Their quarterback (Jacob Haqq) has a good arm and is a good athlete. Their running back, Jayden Cooper, is a pretty talented kid. They have a very talented 6-foot, 6-inch receiver they like to throw the ball to and make it a jump ball,' England said.
The coach was pleased with his team's position, but knows there is a lot of football to play.
'I'm happy with the way things have gone, absolutely. The non-league loss to Scappoose was disappointing and a little frustrating. We did some good things against Sherwood and played well for a half. As long as we can learn from that we'll be a good team.'
The situation for the Lions is fairly simple. They are playing teams with identical or one-loss or more records. If St. Helens can win all three they will be second in league. If they win two they will probably finish third or fourth. If they lose all three they will be fifth, but still have a play-in game and a shot at the state playoffs.
Parkrose 0 10 0 0-10
St. and #8200;Helens 0 7 7 14-28
P-Henry Vy 40 yard pass from Zach Abney (Josh Chavarria kick)
SH-Dallas Thompson 1 yard run (Eldon Ralls kick)
P-FG Chavarria 27 yards
SH-Dumitri Malnasi 28 yard run (Ralls kick)
SH-Tyler Stewart 33 yard pass from Thompson (Ralls kick)
SH-Justin Wiley 6 yard run (Ralls kick)
Opponent: Wilsonville Wildcats
Record: 3-1 league, 4-2 overall
Last opponent: Loss to No. 1 Sherwood, 28-23
Offense: I0-Back with two tight ends, flexible with Fly Sweep and variations. Like to run/pass 60/40
Defense: 3-5 and very aggressive
'We need to establish the run, play smart and limit turnovers, get some takeaways. We have to execute and play solid defense. If we do those things, we'll be right in it.'