SILVERTON In an early-season clash of undefeated teams in the Mid-Willamette Conference, the Silverton High School football team defeated Crescent Valley 48-14 on Friday night to remain atop the league standings.
Senior Noah Dahl rushed for two touchdowns and threw for another, while Lucas Wilson returned a first-half interception for another score
Quarterback Sam Morrison also rushed for a Silverton TD.
Silverton (3-1, 2-0) racked up more than 300 yards of rushing against the visiting Raiders (2-2, 1-1), led by Dahl’s 176 on 31 carries. Much of that yardage came from repeatedly attacking the right side of the Crescent Valley defensive line.
“We’ve got a lot of good lineman but our senior Brett Miller is on the left side and he does an amazing job of opening up holes for our running backs,” Morrison said.
Miller, who was named homecoming king at halftime, said there’s nothing better than seeing his teammates go for big gains.
“It’s always fun when you know you’re dominating them and you can run pretty much whatever you want,” Miller said. “(Coach John) Mannion, once he finds something that works, he just keeps going with it. I mean, why fix it if it ain’t broke?”
Silverton led 7-0 midway through the first quarter on a 1-yard TD run by Dahl before the Foxes defense showed it’s capable of scoring as well.
With the Raiders at their own 30-yard line, quarterback Talanoa Hufanga’s pass was tipped by Silverton linebacker Ian Woolsey and into the waiting arms of Wilson, a defensive back, for an easy interception at the 35.
From there, Wilson weaved his way through a host of Crescent Valley players to reach the end zone and make the score 13-0 Foxes.
“Right place, right time,” said Wilson of making his first interception of the season. “Woolsey made a great play on the ball and it just popped right up for me. From there it’s just do whatever I can to get in (the end zone).”
Dahl increased the Foxes lead to 20-0 in the second period with an 8-yard rushing score before Crescent Valley answered with 1:15 remaining in the half on a touchdown pass to Justin Marshall.
Silverton’s first possession of the third quarter was its longest of the game — 10 plays for 74 yards — and ended Morrison sneaking in from a yard out to push the Silverton advantage to 27-6. Though it was Morrison who tallied the points, Dahl accounted for the other 73 yards of the drive on nine carries.
Hufanga’s second TD pass of the night pulled the Raiders to within 27-14 with 1:44 left in the third but the Foxes put the game away with two 35-yard scoring plays in the fourth.
The first of those plays was a long touchdown pass from Dahl to Brandon Bates on fourth-and-10 to make it 34-14.
Dahl, who quarterbacked the Foxes the past two seasons before switching to running back this year, said the chance to use his arm again was a thrill.
“When the opportunity came up I was so fired up. I knew we could execute it,” Dahl said. “Once I saw Bates get behind the safety I knew I had to get it to him and he made a great play for the score.”
Later, back-up running back Kobe Garcia ran the ball in with 6:48 to extend the lead to 41-14 and Justin Hobbs accounted for the final Foxes touchdown on a short rush with less than four minutes to play.