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The senior quarterback passes for 242 yards and five touchdowns in a 35-0 shutout of the Scots

by: PHOTO BY JOHN LARIVIERE - Oregon City quarterback Jon HallWhile David Douglas was keying on Oregon City standout running back Conner Mitchell, Pioneer senior helmsman Jon Hall demonstrated on Friday night that the Pioneers are more than a one-dimensional football team, as he took to the air in a preseason football game at David Douglas.

Oregon City hammered the Scots 35-0, as Hall completed 10-of-14 passes for 242 yards and all five Oregon City touchdowns.

The 6-0, 205-pound quarterback completed scoring strikes of 40, 30 and 24 yards to 6-2, 195-pound junior wide receiver Hunter Knighton; and he threw touchdown passes of 38 and 55 yards to 5-10, 170-pound sophomore wide receiver Trevon Bradford.

Mitchell, a 5-9, 180-pound sophomore, carried 18 times for 159 yards. A week earlier the sophomore talent had rushed 40 times for 311 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-20 win over Crater.

Friday night’s win at David Douglas put the Pioneers at 3-0 in preseason, their first 3-0 start since 2001, when Oregon City defeated Southridge (7-3), Milwaukie (61-15) and St. Helens (32-7) in its first three games, before losing to Lakeridge 25-0.

Oregon City dropped Gresham 40-14 in this year’s season opener.

Ironically, the Pioneers (3-0) entertain Lakeridge (3-0) in this Friday’s Three Rivers League opener. The Pacers this season have recorded convincing wins over Reynolds (35-18), Centennial (58-21) and North Salem (48-7).

The Pacers have built their attack around 6-4, 195-pound junior quarterback Erik Dungey. In last Friday’s game with North Salem, Dungey completed 16-of-20 passes for 252 yards and four touchdowns. He also picked up 76 yards and scored two rushing touchdowns on just four carries.

In last Friday’s game with David Douglas, Oregon City scored two quick touchdowns in the first quarter and the Pioneers were in command the rest of the way.

The Scots’ only scoring threat came in the third quarter, when the Pioneers were up 21-0. The Scots penetrated inside Oregon City’s 10-yard line, but Oregon City’s defense made an impressive stand.

Oregon City defensive lineman D.J. Vandervort and Pioneer defensive end Tony Corvi came through with two huge plays in the defensive stop. Vandervort burst into the Scot backfield and tackled David Douglas running back Andre Reasno for a six-yard loss on third down; Corvi tackled Scot quarterback Henry Vu behind the line of scrimmage on the next play; then Vu threw a desperation pass out of the back of the end zone on fourth down, and the threat was ended.

The Scots were held to just 169 yards in total offense on the night, with Vu connecting on only 9-of-28 passes, for 43 yards in the air.

The Pioneers piled up 434 yards in offense.

Knighton was Hall’s main receiver, hauling in seven passes for 147 yards.

Junior linebacker Coy Vandehey and senior defensive end Zak Merwin had big defensive games for Oregon City, Vandehey with nine tackles and Merwin with five tackles and two quarterback sacks.

The margin of victory might have been even greater, except that the Pioneers had a 90-yard run by Bradford called back because of an illegal block, and Oregon City kicker Alex Canchola missed the mark on a field goal. Canchola was a perfect 5-for-5 on PAT kicks.

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