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Oregon City strikes early, downs Reynolds

THE OUTLOOK: PARKER LEE - Reynolds running back Jonas Ford finds his way through a crowd in the middle of the field.



6A FOOTBALL
Mount Hood Conference

Team Score
Oregon City
63
Reynolds
21


The Reynolds football team had seen some of the scores Oregon City had put up in recent weeks, so the Raiders had an idea of how explosive the Pioneers could be. Nothing could have prepared Reynolds for what the Pioneers had in store.

Oregon City erupted for four touchdowns in the first seven minutes at Mt. Hood Community College on Friday and cruised to a 63-21 win.

The Pioneers’ early strikes were quick and decisive. After kicking off and forcing Reynolds into a three-and-out, Oregon City took over on its own 45-yard line. On its second play from scrimmage, running back Connor Mitchell caught a screen pass and tight-roped along the right sideline for a 47-yard touchdown.

Oregon City forced another Raider punt, and again on its second offensive play of the drive, Mitchell’s number was called. Mitchell ran straight up the middle and broke several tackles. He turned what should have been a minimal gain into a 40-yard touchdown run.

Reynolds fumbled away the ball on its first play of the ensuing possession, and Oregon City recovered. The Pioneers were unable to score on the second play from scrimmage again. This time, it took them three plays when Oregon City quarterback Dequahn Dennis-Lee connected with Trevon Bradford for a 29-yard touchdown completion.

On the following Reynolds possession, Oregon City forced another fumble, which Pioneer defensive back Teron Bradford scooped up at the 20-yard line and ran in for a touchdown.

Oregon City (5-2) stays on the road and goes to Centennial (5-2) on Friday. Reynolds (3-4) will try to right the ship at Barlow (3-4).

Look for expanded coverage in the Tuesday, Oct. 20, print edition of The Outlook.