Shane McKillip scores three touchdowns as North Marion pulls away from Tillamook in second half

by: PHIL HAWKINS - North Marion junior Shane McKillip fights off a pair of Tillamook defenders in the first quarter of the Huskies' 34-14 victory over the Cheesemakers on Friday night. McKillip ran for two touchdowns and caught a third from quarterback Ben Crumley as North Marion scored its first victory of the fall season.Shane McKillip and the Huskies couldn’t be stopped Friday night.

A week after scoring a pair of touchdowns in the second half of a loss to Regis, McKillip went back to work against the visiting Tillamook Choosemakers. The North Marion junior scored the first touchdown of the night and went on to score two more to lead the Huskies to a 34-14 victory.

McKillip scored on runs of 10 and 27 yards in the victory, and received another on a pass from Ben Crumley to help lead the Huskies to their first victory in their last seven games, dating back to last season.

North Marion started the game kicking off to Tillamook and surprised the Cheesemakers with a pooch kick that was recovered in mid-air by senior Kyle Williamson.

The Huskies marched down the field on their first possession, but Crumley’s pass on fourth down was intercepted at the two-yard line.

The North Marion defense immediately went to work and forced Tillamook to punt after three plays. The Huskies took over in their own territory and moved the ball well before McKillip struck for his first touchdown of the night. The junior took the ball on a counter up the right side and sprinted 27 yards to give the team a 7-0 lead.

Tillamook appeared to tie the game toward the end of the first quarter on a two-yard touchdown run from quarterback Matt Strang, but the play was negated on a holding penalty. A fumbled snap and a delay of game on the next two plays moved the Cheesemakers out of scoring position and the team turned the ball over on downs.

The Huskies’ second score was set up in the second quarter when Williamson out-jumped a Cheesemaker defender on fourth and 11 to haul in a 25-yard pass at the eight-yard line. Crumley connected with Williamson three plays later to make it a 13-0 game after the PAT sailed wide left.

North Marion was on the verge of their third score of the game toward the end of the half, but a fumbled handoff gave possession to the Cheesemakers. Tillamook returned the ball 87 yards for a touchdown to make it 13-7 at the half.

Crumley and McKillip connected toward the end of the third quarter on a touchdown pass to make it 20-6. The Huskies put up another touchdown early in the fourth on a 10-yard run by McKillip to give the team a commanding lead.

Tillamook tried to come back with a 28-yard touchdown pass with 6:30 left in the game to cut the lead to 27-14, but defensive lineman Josh Krekos put the nail in the coffin on the Cheesemakers’ next possession.

Krekos tipped a Tillamook pass at the line with 1:22 left in the game and hauled in the ball, rumbling 79 yards for a pick-six to lift North Marion to its final margin of victory, 34-14.

The Huskies (1-1) now travel to Yamhill-Carlton on Friday to face the Tigers (0-2).

Cleveland 24, Woodburn 18

With the Bulldogs staring at a 16-0 deficit at the half of Friday night’s game at Cleveland High School, the team came roaring back in the third quarter to take an 18-16 lead before eventually falling 24-18 to the Warriors.

Woodburn (0-2) thoroughly controlled the third quarter thanks to touchdowns from junior Nate Bosquez, who scored on the ground and through the air. Bosquez finished the game with five carries for 24 yards and three receptions for 33 yards. The junior also added an interception on defense, helping to hold the Cleveland offense scoreless in the second half.

Sophomore Sawyer Barton added a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown in the third quarter, as Woodburn held a narrow two-point advantage going into the fourth.

But the Bulldogs returned the favor on a fumble that was returned for Cleveland’s lone score of the half, giving the Warriors the six-point margin of victory. Although Woodburn forced three turnovers in the game, the Bulldogs lost five of their own.

Woodburn’s next game will be homecoming against Corvallis (0-2) on Friday.

St.?Paul 54, Powder Valley 48

A week after losing their opening game of the season, the St. Paul football team took its aggression out on the Powder Valley Badgers in a 54-48 win that wasn’t as close as the final score implies.

The Buckaroos (1-1) built a 42-12 lead at half time and used their ground and pound offense to punish the Badgers to the tune of 481 rushing yards and six touchdowns. Senior running back Chris Petrjanos gained 198 yards on 20 carries, as he nearly eclipsed 200 yards for a second consecutive week. But he was outshined by teammate Tyler Smith, who carried the ball 13 times for 221 yards and a pair of scores.

Powder Valley (0-1) was facing St. Paul for the second consecutive game after the Buckaroos eliminated the Badgers in the first round of the 2012 playoffs in a 66-20 blowout. The second time around wasn’t much different from the first, as St. Paul put up 26 unanswered points in the first quarter and stifled the Badgers offense throughout much of the first three quarters.

The Buckaroos held Powder Valley to 99 rushing yards in the contest, constantly pushing back against the Badgers thanks to players like Max Coleman, who recorded a pair of sacks, and Mario Dela Rosa, who led the Bucks with a team-high 14 tackles.

When St. Paul was pressed to go to the air, quarterback Cody Southerland connected on 6 of 11 passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns. The senior signal-caller also led the team with three scores on the ground on six attempts. David Elias was the team’s leading receiver with a pair of catches for 55 yards, but Petrjanos and Keenan Wood hauled in Southerland’s two passes for scores.

With a 54-26 lead after three quarters, the Bucks put on the brakes and removed their first and second string players, allowing the Badgers to score 20 unanswered points to end the game.

St. Paul now moves on to face the Lowell Red Devils (2-0) in the Buckaroos’ 2013 home opener. The Bucks averaged 82 points in a pair of wins against Lowell in 2012, including an 88-40 victory in the state semifinals. But the Devils return nearly every starter from last season’s Special District 5 championship team that finished the season 11-2.

Dayton 26, Kennedy 12

The Trojans held their own against last year’s 3A state champion in a defensive showcase Friday night.

Quarterback Noah Giberson completed 10 of 17 passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns, including a 67-yard strike to Sam Moreno in the third quarter. The touchdown gave Kennedy its first points of the game and cut their deficit to 14-6. Moreno finished with five catches for 126 yards.

Giberson connected with Wyatt Rodriguez for the team’s second score with 50 seconds remaining, but the game was well in hand at that point.

The Trojans (0-2) will face Horizon Christian (0-2) on Friday at home.

Heppner 42, Gervais 6

The Cougars lost their season opener against 2A power Heppner on the road on Friday.

Gervais (0-1) will face Chemawa (0-0) on Friday for the Cougars’ home opening game.

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