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Defense carries Raiders to a win

Reynolds scores on a fumble return and a blocked kick to down Canby

PAMPLIN MEDIA: SETH GORDON - The Raiders Cameron Osborne goes in for a tackle during the teams jamboree in Newberg. He returned a blocked field goal 89 yards for a TD in Fridays 40-25 win over Canby to open the regular season.

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CANBY — Just when it appeared Canby would put the first points on the scoreboard, Reynolds broke through for a big play and never trailed during a 40-25 season-opening win Friday.

The Cougars were setting up for a short field goal try late in the first quarter only to have the Raiders' Kehdon Fletcher block the kick, leaving Cameron Osborne to scoop it up and dash 89 yards the other way for a touchdown.

The lead would grow to 14-0 the next time the Raiders touched the ball.

Quarterback Tyler Christianson found Fletcher on a 4th-and-2 pass to the end zone to keep the Raiders in front 27-18 in the third quarter.

A Canby touchdown made it a two-point game before Garret Fernandes pulled in a short touchdown pass from Christianson, but a missed point after left it a one-possession game.

The Cougars had a chance to tie with 1st-and-goal only to see four straight quarterback sneaks get piled up at the goal line. Tate Blaylock, Ethan Hopper and Kalvin Meyer led the surge in the middle to protect the Raiders' lead heading into the final 12 minutes.

Fernandes struck again, this time on the defensive side, returning a fumble 31 yards for the clinching touchdown with 6:29 to play.

Christianson completed 14 of 22 passes for 134 yards and two scores, and he also led the ground attack with 13 carries for 88 yards.

Canby held a 20-8 edge in first downs and built a seven-minute advantage in time of possession, but three fumbles kept the Cougars out of the end zone.

Reynolds hosts Hood River at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, at Mt. Hood CC.

Scoring summary

REYNOLDS 7 7 19 7 — 40

CANBY 0 12 13 0 — 25

First quarter

REY — Cameron Osborne 89 blocked FG return (Pedro Campos kick), 2:22

Second quarter

REY — Chris McMichael 17 run (Campos kick), 10:52

CNB — Kendle Boykin 42 run (kick failed), 10:22

CNB — Noah Strand 9 run (pass failed), 3:36

Third quarter

REY — Tyler Christianson 17 run (pass failed), 10:23

CNB — Brandon Weaver 74 run (pass failed), 10:02

REY — Kendon Fletcher 10 pass from Christianson (Campos kick), 8:16

CNB — Justin Morris 1 run (Dalton Sherrill kick), 6:38

REY — Garret Fernandes 4 pass from Christianson (kick failed), 3:55

Fourth quarter

REY — Fernandes 31 fumble return (Campos kick), 6:29