Estacada pleads no contest in a 47-3 Gladiator rout

The Gladstone Gladiators took no hostages last Friday, as they outmanned Estacada, routing the Rangers 47-3 in a Tri-Valley Conference football mismatch.

While the Gladiators generated 435 yards in offense and had five different players score touchdowns, the Rangers managed only 122 yards in offense on the night.

And the scoreboard had Gladstone leading 47-0 before the Rangers finally found the end zone on a fourth quarter field goal.

Leading 7-0, the Gladiators put the game away in the second period, when they scored five unanswered touchdowns.

Zach Smith started the second quarter fireworks when he teamed up with Austin Galvin for a 44-yard touchdown pass play.

Handsome Smith added second quarter touchdowns on runs of 9 and 2 yards; Eric Prom hauled in a 23-yard pass from Galvin for a touchdown; and Trevor Browning picked off a pass and returned it 65 yards to the end zone to round out the second-quarter scoring.

Junior tailback Cooper Nelson had a big night, rushing six times for 117 yard to lead a stable of Gladstone running backs. Handsome Smith had nine carries for 88 yards and two touchdowns.

Galvin completed 10-of-15 passes for 123 yards and three touchdowns, and the senior helmsman rushed six time for 34 yards. Zach Smith was the top receiver, with two catches for 67 yards; Eric Prom had two receptions for 34 yards and a touchdown.

The Gladiators did not turn the ball over and they were assessed only 38 yards in penalties.

“We are pleased, but not satisfied,” said Gladstone coach Jon Wolf. “We know we have more work to do.”

Gladstone (4-2, 2-0) and North Marion (4-2, 2-0) were tied for first place in the TVC heading into this week’s games, which are being played on Thursday.

Gladstone plays Molalla (3-3, 1-1) on the road, while North Marion plays Estacada (1-5, 1-1), at Estacada. Molalla won big at Madras last Friday, 49-0; North Marion edged La Salle 27-26.

“Molalla is an athletic team that has looked very good at times,” said Wolf. “It will be a challenge playing them on a short week.”

La Salle rally comes up short

A slow start cost the La Salle Prep Falcons, as they dropped a 27-26 heartbreaker at North Marion last Friday.

The Falcons put together their best half of the season in the second half, but it proved too little too late. North Marion led 21-0 at halftime.

The Falcons battled back after the intermission, scoring touchdowns on a 41-yard run by 165-pound junior Nash Lisac, and runs of 25 and 8 yards by 165-pound junior Michael Duarte.

Duarte pulled the Falcons to within a point, at 27-26, scoring on a short run with under two minutes at play. But an attempt to pass for a two-point conversion and the win came up just short of the goal line, and the Huskies claimed the spoils.

La Salle had other opportunities to score. The Falcons were on the march in the first half, when Alex Sherrill threw a pass that was intercepted at the Husky 5-yard line; and the Falcons had a second-half drive that penetrated to the Husky 2, before it was ended by a penalty and a couple of quarterback sacks.

In arguably their best offensive showing of the season, La Salle had two running backs rush for over 100 yards.

Duarte rushed 16 times for 127 yards and he completed 4-of-7 passes for 39 yards; Lisac rushed 21 times for 113 yards.

Senior linebacker Ryan Cavanagh was tough on defense, making 11 tackles and assisting on a 12th tackle.

George Lilly averaged 51 yards on two punts.

La Salle (1-5, 0-2) hosts Madras (1-4, 0-2) this Thursday.

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