Turnovers are pivotal in a 45-32 Pioneer victory
CLACKAMAS - A bad case of turnover-itis helped the opportunistic Oregon City Pioneers get by the upstart Clackamas Cavaliers 45-32 in a Three Rivers League football showdown here Friday.
Riding the legs of 180-pound senior running back Oliver Farnes, the Cavaliers out-gained their guests 466- to 358 yards in total offense. But the Cavaliers turned the ball over five times, and those five turnovers proved pivotal in the outcome.
Three Oregon City touchdowns were scored or set up by turnovers.
Oregon City junior lineman Michael McCoy recovered a Cavalier fumble at the Clackamas 23 a few minutes into the game, and a short time later, Oregon City quarterback Landon Martinez found Ryan Cox open for a 13-yard touchdown pass to make it 6-0 Oregon City.
Shortly before halftime, Oregon City senior defensive back Derien Ward picked up a Cavalier miscue and darted eight yards to the end zone to make it 33-7 Oregon City at the half.
And Ward put the game on ice early in the fourth quarter when he picked off a pass and sprinted 79 yards for a touchdown and a 45-19 Pioneer advantage.
McCoy recovered two fumbles and caused the fumble that set up Ward's score.
Clackamas sophomore quarterback Eddie Wilkins had a pretty good night, completing 21-of-35 passes for 248 yards and a touchdown. But Wilkins was intercepted three times - by Ward, senior defensive back Garrett Johnston and senior lineman Colton Aronson.
Clackamas wide receiver Erick Douglas III hauled down nine passes for 148 yards, but the Pioneers stopped the 5-9, 155-pound junior short of the end zone.
The Pioneers struggled to slow Cavalier workhorse Oliver Farnes, who carried 34 times for 203 yards and four of the Cavaliers' five touchdowns.
Oregon City prevailed despite 85 yards in penalties.
Oregon City quarterback Landon Martinez completed 11-of-24 passes for 212 yards, and the 5-11, 175-pound senior threw scoring strikes of 30 and 29 yards to Trevor Dye, and 13 yards to Cox.
Junior Mitchell Thompson led Oregon City's ground attack, carrying 17 times for 79 yards and a touchdown. Thompson also had two receptions for 37 yards.
With the win, the Pioneers improved to 1-1 in the TRL and 4-2 on the season. Clackamas slipped to 0-2 and 1-5.
Oregon City meets Canby (2-4, 0-2) on the road this Friday, while Clackamas squares off with Class 6A powerhouse Lake Oswego (6-0, 2-0) at Lake Oswego. Laker star running back Steven Long rushed 30 times for 267 yards and six touchdowns in last Friday's 55-34 win over Lakeridge.