Friday's small-school prep football roundup

Friday's small-school prep football roundup


Friday's small-school prep football roundup



Blanchet 38, Riverside 0

When your defense is playing as well as Blanchet’s did Friday night, you can try a few things on offense.

The Cavaliers held Riverside to negative 28 yards of offense Friday night in a 38-0 non-league win at McCulloch Stadium.

That allowed them to do some things offensively, like spreading the field more and trying to pass the ball.

First-year starting senior quarterback Trevor Nash was 5 of 13 passing for 39 yards and an interception, but he also completed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Nick Orlandini.

When you’re up huge in a non-league game is a great time to experiment.

“We have the ability this year to move pieces around and throw the ball a little bit more than we have been able to a little bit in the past,” third-year Blanchet coach Justin Hubbard said.

“People like to crowd the box against us and I kind of came in with the mindset this year that we need to be more effective on the edges. So far we have done that. Tonight, some things were just a little out of sorts.”

Blanchet, which is 2-1 in the PacWest Conference, improves to 5-1 overall with the win, its third straight.

Hubbard may not have been pleased with his team’s offensive performance against Riverside, but its defense was outstanding.

The Cavaliers recorded eight tackles for loss, including two each by Charles Taaffe and Ben Bartch, held Riverside to three first downs – though they were all on penalties – defensed two passes and Trent Gianella intercepted a pass from Riverside quarterback Eon Castillo.

“A lot of that’s coaching,” Nash said. “He’s got good schemes, and we really respect our coaches, but also we got animals back there on defense not afraid to go hit people. You see that in our practices.

“We hit each other very hard when we get the chance and it just parlays onto this game.”

Blanchet’s running game was effective in spurtss.

Orlandini ran for a four-yard touchdown and caught the 10-yard touchdown pass from Nash in the first quarter, Gianella ran for a 15-yarder and Jake Bartholomew’s 25-yard field goal put the Cavaliers up 24-0 at halftime.

Gianella ran for his second touchdown, a three-yarder, early in the third quarter and Austin Regimbal broke a 19-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Gianella, who has converted to running back from quarterback this season, rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries and Orlandini, a sophomore, rushed for 65 yards and a touchdown on eight carries.

“He’s one of the better backs in the league, and that’s saying a lot for being a sophomore,” Hubbard said of Orlandini. “He’s just become more physical. He’s a different runner this year, he runs more downhill, more physical, and he’s a better blocker. He’s gotten bigger and his speed has always been there.

“Trent, he’s just a Gianella. Those boys just keep coming. He’s kind of the heart and soul of our time. He’s been there. He played some games as a freshman for Blanchet, and he’s kind of our rock, especially on defense. He’s kind of our middle linebacker and flies around, emotional leader.”

Blanchet goes back into PacWest play Oct. 17 by hosting Salem Academy at McCulloch Stadium with second place in the league on the line.

The Cavaliers fixed some things Friday and found some more things to fix in the coming week.

“It’s a good win when we win like this,” Nash said. “We’d like to be better prepared next week. We’ve got a big rivalry game. We’re going to rest up, prepare heavily next week for that and hopefully beat them just as bad.”

— Bill Poehler














BLA- Orlandini 4 run (Orlandini kick) 8:44.

BLA- Orlandini 10 pass from Nash (Orlandini kick) 5:34.


BLA- Gianella 15 run (Bartholomew kick) 6:40.

BLA- Bartholomew 25 field goal 3:51.


BLA- Gianella 3 run (Bartholomew kick) 6:57.


BLA- Regimbal 19 run (Bartholomew kick) 7:05.



First downs






















Rushing— Riverside: Sorenson 7-14, Ramirez 1-6, Olvera 1-2, Mendoza 3-(-3), Hegar 1-(-4), Madrigal 3-(-6), Castillo 4-(-35); Blanchet: Gianella 11-100-2, Gianella 8-65-1, Regimbal 6-63-1, Bogat 1-39, Nash 5-27, Myers 3-14, Smith 5-7, Taaffe 2-7, Coen 6-(-10), Cantonwine 2-(-10).

Passing— Riverside: Castillo 2-8-1-10, Hegar 0-5-0, Roberts 0-1-1; Blanchet: Nash 5-13-1-39-1.

Receiving— Riverside: Hegar 2-10; Blanchet: Bartch 3-24, Orlandini 1-10, Cantonwine 1-5.


Salem Academy 53, Jefferson 0

Four first quarter touchdowns got the homecoming party started early for the Salem Academy Crusaders, rolled to a 53-0 victory against Crusaders the Jefferson Lions.

The Crusaders (3-3, 3-1 PacWest) scored three more times in the second quarter to put the Lions (1-5, 0-3 PacWest) away early with four of half touchdowns coming on plays of at least 45 yards.

“This was an exciting game for us,” said Andrew Werst. “Tonight’s win shows all the hard work we’ve been putting into this season.”

Salem Academy is now one PacWest Conference victory away from its first trip to the postseason in more than 20 years. The Crusaders play at Blanchet Catholic next week before finishing the league season at home against Chemawa.

If the Crusaders continue to play like they did Friday, a playoff berth should be a lock.

Salem Academy built a 26-0 lead in less than nine minutes of game time.

The onslaught started just two plays into the game as Braden Palanuk took a handoff and went 72 yards untouched by the for the score to make it 7-0.

Palanuk, who finished with two touchdowns and 144 yards on nine carries, credited the improved play on the offensive line for his success.

“It’s nice because the line has been getting better every week since the beginning of the season,” said Palanuk. “They opened up some big holes for me and gave me lots of room to run.”

The Crusaders needed just two more offensive plays to take a 13-0 lead.

Following a failed punt attempt by Jefferson that gave Salem Academy the ball at the Lions’ 27, Palanuk ran the ball to the 1 before Jaremy Neufeldt walked over the goal line.

The Lions’ best scoring opportunity of the game came on their second possession of the opening period.

Jefferson moved the ball to the Crusaders’ 27, but Lions quarterback Payton Baxter had a pass attempt tipped by Palanuk and intercepted by Rylan Stamback.

It ended up being the first of two picks on consecutive plays for the Salem Academy defense as Werst nabbed another Baxter throw just moments after Palanuk’s second rushing TD made the score 19-0.

Two plays after Werst’s interception, the senior got a rare carry and made the most of it by running 22 yards for another score to make it 26-0.

Several second-stringers made their debut for the Crusaders to start the second quarter, but the offense didn’t miss a beat.

Colton Daniels, replacing starter Andrew Baker, hooked up on a pair of long touchdown passes to Ryan Smith on Salem Academy’s first two possessions of the quarter.

Both plays were nearly identical with Daniels finding Smith running in stride on slant patterns. The first went for 59 yards, the second for 45.

“Colton Daniels is a fine quarterback who we’ve really grown to like quite a bit,” said Salem Academy head coach Gary Johnson. “He and Ryan (Smith) work well together and really help each other out.”

The Crusaders finished their scoring with a third quarter touchdown run by Neufeldt of 27 yards.

“It was a good win,” said Johnson. “The kids came out and handled all the distractions from homecoming very well, and we got a chance to get some young kids into a varsity game.”

— Matt Monaghan

Scio 70, Colton 0: The Loggers routed the visiting Vikings to improve to 5-1.

Gervais 43, Chemawa 12: The Cougars blew by the Braves to score the away win on Friday.

West Valley

Horizon Christian 20, Amity 6

Ring one up for Murphy’s Law.

In No. 8 Amity’s 20-6 home loss Friday to unranked Horizon Christian, nothing for Amity seemed to go its way. The Warriors had -20 yards of total offense in the second half, were besieged by penalties throughout the game and when quarterback Lance Nelson wasn’t evading a dominant Horizon Christian defensive line, he was picking himself up off the ground from one of the six times he was sacked.

“Everything that could go wrong went wrong tonight,” said Amity junior running back Colby Graham. “Overall, it wasn’t for a lack of effort, though. That’s for sure. We played until the end and that’s the thing about us — we’ll stay in the game to the very end no matter what the score is. That’s why I love playing for Amity.”

Despite everything, the Warriors found themselves in a 6-6 tie to start the fourth quarter. But in the final period, Horizon Christian scored twice — including a touchdown on the first play of the quarter — to pick up the win.

“The defense played a good game, but it was the offense that let us down tonight,” said Amity coach Justin Amaya. “We weren’t able to move the ball and Lance took some big hits. There’s not much you can do when you’re not even being allowed to drop back and hand the ball off or pass the ball.”

Graham said entering the game, he thought his team’s offense knew what to expect from the Horizon Christian defense. But that didn’t seem to be the case.

“They actually run the same defense that we do and so we knew where they were coming, but we just did not have an answer for their blitz,” he said. “That was probably the thing that hurt us the most … Overall, they’re a pretty good team, but we just didn’t bring it.”

Even though the Amity offense sputtered throughout the game, the Warriors were the ones to take the game’s first lead. Running back Isaac Nance did everything on a first-quarter drive, running four times for 49 yards on a possession that culminated in his 1-yard touchdown run with 2:06 left in the opening quarter.

The Hawks bounced back on the their ensuing possession when Noah Lubben hauled in a 26-yard halfback pass from Michael Weber for a touchdown with 11:00 left in the second quarter to tie the game 6-6.

The tie stood until the initial play of the fourth quarter. That’s when Horizon Christian quarterback Koby McCallum hit Weber for a 36-yard pass down the middle for a touchdown.

McCallum then found Trevor Tillema for a two-point conversion to give the Hawks a 14-6 lead. Horizon Christian then broke the game open after a failed Amity drive when Sandis Chhay scored on a 31-yard touchdown run with 7:21 remaining in the game.

Amity’s offense was never able to answer the final two Horizon Christian scores.

“Horizon Christian did a really good job in exposing our weaknesses and just took advantage of us,” Amaya said. “We didn’t have an answer for it tonight. We just have to be able to bounce back and hit the film room and fix what we need to fix.”

Making those fixes before next week couldn’t come at a better time because the Warriors will host top-ranked Santiam Christian (2-0, 5-0). It’s the final game in a brutal three-game stretch for the Warriors, who defeated No. 10 Taft 54-32 last week.

“Our goal in this stretch was to be 2-1 or to get one win, which we did,” Amaya said. “Now we’d like to be 2-1 at the end of this stretch. That’s our goal. That’s going to be a tough game, though. They’re ranked No. 1 for a reason and they’re going to be a tough test.”

The Warriors hope to have the injured DJ Trunde at full strength by then. Both Trunde and Graham split time at running back, but Graham said where Amity misses Trunde the most is in his outside linebacker spot.

“We need to get him back, along with everyone else,” Graham said. “We’ve just got to get healthy this coming week. To tell you the truth, though, we need to work on everything, too. We need to start repping everything.”

— B. Scott Anderson

Santiam Christian 36, Taft 26: Daniel Hendrix threw two touchdown passes and ran for another Friday as the Eagles held off the Tigers at home.

Hendrix finished with 64 yards on the ground on 13 carries while going 8-13 with 112 yards through the air.

Ty Villers caught both of Hendrix’s touchdown tosses while Austin Howell and Brady Patterson both nabbed interceptions for Santiam Christian.







Santiam Christian







SC— McLain 6 run (Reid kick) 10:45.


SC— Villers 44 pass from Hendrix (Reid kick) 5:28.

TAF— 1 run (kick good) 1:24.


SC— Riley Roberts 35 fumble recovery (Hendrix run) 10:47.

TAF— 4 run (kick good) 6:21.

SC— Hendrix 1 run (Crosby pass from Hendrix) 2:44.

TAF— 1 run (pass failed) 0:32.


TAF— 40 pass (pass failed) 10:08.

SC— Villers 20 pass from Hendrix (pass failed) 6:10.



First downs






Passing yards
















Rushing— SC: Daniel Hendrix 13-64 1 TD, Brady Patterson 5-64, Stutzman 8-35, Kennel 9-31, Roberts 3-30, Mason McLain 5-23 1 TD, Bain 3-3.

Passing— SC: Daniel Hendrix 8-13-112 2 TD 1 INT, Bain 1-2-10.

Receiving— SC: Ty Villers 2-64 2 TD, Roberts 2-23, Macal 1-17, Swigart-Risinger 1-10, Crosby 3-8.


Elgin 42, Perrydale 36: The Huskies stormed back from a 30-14 halftime deficit to upend the Pirates in a contest played at Arlington High School.


Triangle Lake 52, Falls City 30: Tristan Yeager rushed 26 times for 297 yards, but the Mountaineers were unable to contain the Lakers’ passing game as Triangle Lake took the road win.

Parker Wynn threw for three touchdowns to Hayden Wilkinson in the second quarter as the Lakers turned a 8-0 deficit into a halftime lead and rolled from there.

Yeager scored three touchdowns, on runs of 30, 58 and 75 yards.

Triangle Lake






Falls City







FC: Yeager 30 run (Weems run) 9:09.


TL: Wilkinson 87 pass from Wynn (Van Cleave from Wilkinson) 11:38.

FC: Weems 12 pass from Sickles (pass failed) 7:14.

TL: Wilkinson 61 pass from Wynn (Casey run) 6:43.

TL: Wilkinson 52 pass from Wynn (pass failed) 1:29.


TL: Richardson 33 pass from Wilkinson (Wilkinson run) 5:45.

FC: Yeager 58 run (Yeager run) 1:49.

TL: Wilkinson 1 run (Wynn pass from Wilkinson) :27.


TL: Wilkinson 53 run (run failed) 6:56.

TL: Wynn 1 run (Delamerter run) 3:47.

FC: Yeager 75 run (Yeager pass from Sickles) 2:50.





Rushing— FC: Tristan Yeager 26-297, Sickles 11-30, Weems 16-56.

Passing— FC: Sickles 4-11-65 1TD 2INT.

Receiving— FC: Weems 2-60 TD.


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