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Football: St. Helens drops 47-34 road game to Putnam

Loss drops St. Helens to 0-5 on the year

Photo Credit: JOHN LARIVIERE - St. Helens wide receiver Bryce Bumgardner (3) makes a catch in the endzone over the defense of Rex Putnam defensive back Kane Stephens (24) to open the scoring with a 22 yard touchdown with 8:59 to go in the first quarter.The loss of bruising running back Tyler Rea, who should return for next week's game on Oct. 9 against La Salle, is definitely starting to show in the St. Helens offense. St. Helens attempted only ten carries, rushing the ball 15 total yards on Friday evening, digging a hole in the third quarter in a 47-34 loss to Rex Putnam.

The Lions (0-5, 0-5 NWOC) actually held a lead in the first half, jumping on top 20-13 with the third touchdown pass from Levi Norton, this time connecting with junior receiver Bryce Bumgardner for a 58-yard dash to the end zone. Shortly before halftime, though, Putnam (3-2, 2-2 NWOC) responded with the second rushing touchdown from Jessie Countryman to tie things up at 20.

The next period proved to be disastrous for the Lions, who were outscored 20-0 in the quarter. Putnam scored the first on a 59-yard run from senior running back Brandon Culp, and didn't slow down. The home team pounded in another pair of scores before the quarter was over, leaving St. Helens staring at a 40-20 hole entering the final frame.

Norton threw to Justin Helgerson — their second end-zone connection of the evening — early in the fourth, but a score from the Kingsmen effectively ended any chance at a rally from St. Helens.

The bright spot continues to be in the air. St. Helens sophomore quarterback Levi Norton is turning out to be the gunslinger the Lions' coaching staff had hoped he would be, after completing 28 passes for 350 yards and five passing touchdowns.

Norton is nearing 1,300 yards passing, and has now thrown 15 touchdowns, including 11 in the last two games.

Sophomore Myles Terry caught 11 passes from Norton, chipping in 143 recsiving yards and a touchdown, including a 37-yard scramble.

Junior receiver Bryce Bumgardner scored twice with six receptions and 121 yards, while senior receiver Justin Helgerson knocked in a pair of touchdowns himself, with six catches and 54 yards receiving.

Trenton Beatty, who starts on both the offensive and defensive line for St. Helens, was once again a force in the trenches. Beatty led on defense with 14 total tackles, including give all on his own.

St. Helens will return home for a critical game against La Salle, who has struggled since beating Milwaukie in the season opener. The Falcons are riding a four game losing streak, and are fresh off a 52-13 loss to Wilsonville.

Check back next week for thoughts from players and coaches, photos from the game and an extended preview of the La Salle match up, which will take place in St. Helens on Thursday evening, due to a teacher inservice day on the following school day.


Rex Putnam 47, St. Helens 34

STHE 07 13 00 14 — 34

PUTN 07 13 20 07 47

1st Quarter

STHE — Bryce Bumgardner 14 pass from Levi Norton (Jacob Hawkins kick)

PUTN — Jesse Countryman 1 run (J. Countryman kick)

2nd Quarter

STHE — Justin Helgerson 10 pass from Norton (kick blocked)

PUTN — Shawn Deford 6 run (pass fail)

STHE — B. Bumgardner 58 pass from L. Norton (J. Hawkins kick)

PUTN — J. Countryman 14 run (J. Countryman kick)

3rd Quarter

PUTN — Brandon Culp 59 run (J. Countryman kick)

PUTN — Deford 4 run (J. Countryman kick)

PUTN — J. Countryman 1 run (kick blocked)

4th Quarter

STHE — J. Helgerson 6 pass from L. Norton (J. Hawkins kick)

PUTN — Sam Jackson-Palmer 5 pass from Jake Hamilton (J. Countryman kick)

STHE — Myles Terry 15 pass from L. Norton (J. Hawkins kick)

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