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Titans upend Grizzlies in GVC opener

Marcus Larson/News-RegisterMcMinnville senior Zach Silver (25) goes to tackle West Salem quarterback Cade Smith during the Grizzlies  41-7 loss to the Titans Friday night at Wortman Stadium.
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McMinnville senior Zach Silver (25) goes to tackle West Salem quarterback Cade Smith during the Grizzlies' 41-7 loss to the Titans Friday night at Wortman Stadium.
Marcus Larson/News-RegisterThe McMinnville football team takes the field before its game against West Salem Friday night.
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The McMinnville football team takes the field before its game against West Salem Friday night.
Rockne Roll/News-RegisterDayton running back Chase Young heads for the end zone in the Pirates’ game against Pleasant Hill High on Friday, Sept. 5 at Dayton High School. Young would score on this play and the Pirates would edge ahead on a fourth-quarter drive to secure a 12-8 opening night victory.
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Dayton running back Chase Young heads for the end zone in the Pirates’ game against Pleasant Hill High on Friday, Sept. 5 at Dayton High School. Young would score on this play and the Pirates would edge ahead on a fourth-quarter drive to secure a 12-8 opening night victory.

McMinnville's welcome into the Class 6A Greater Valley Conference was a rude one, as West Salem physically punished the Grizzlies in a 41-7 defeat Friday night at Wortman Stadium.

Titans quarterback Cade Smith completed 11 of 16 passes for 243 yards and three touchdown passes, also rushing for two scores. Smith's preferred target was 6-foot-4 wide receiver Keegan Hlad, who caught two of the touchdown passes and amassed 115 receiving yards.

Grizzlies sophomore Wyatt Smith completed 10 of 21 passes for 87 yards and an interception. He was sacked three times.

McMinnville trailed 34-0 at the half and got on the board when Zach Silver punched the ball in from two yards out in the fourth quarter.

The Grizzlies (0-1, 0-1 Greater Valley Conference) play at South Salem on Sept. 12

In other action:

Dayton 12, Pleasant Hill 8

DAYTON -- After giving up a touchdown on the first series of the game, the Dayton Pirates almost the full length of the contest to take the lead, but just a minute to make sure they wouldn’t lose it again.

Darren Ashley’s quarterback keeper with just over a minute to play in the game put the Pirates ahead in their Class 3A nonleague contest against visit Pleasant Hill Friday night, and Oscar Rosas’s hail-mary interception three plays later sealed it up as Dayton held off the Billies 12-8 in the first game on their new artificial turf at Gubser Field.

Dayton head coach Greg White explained that, due to injuries and availability issues, the run-oriented Pirates were down to their fourth-string fullback, but their running game was solid, especially in the late stages. The Pirates were forced to claw out of an early hole after a fumble of the opening kickoff set up the Billies for their first score. Chase Young ran in a touchdown for Dayton in the second quarter, but a missed two-point conversion left them in a hole until the final drive. 

Sheridan 32, Gervais 6

GERVAIS -- The Spartans ran over the Cougars for 346 yards on the ground in a Class 3A nonleague victory Friday night.

Senior running back Justin Acuff carried the ball 18 yards for 157 yards, with touchdown runs of 60, 4 and 21 yards. Quarterback Dominique Card accounted for 85 total yards, excluding a 102-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

Sheridan (1-0) hosts Colton on Sept. 12.

Willamina 21, Gaston 20

WILLAMINA -- The Bulldogs’ fourth quarter comeback Friday night is the stuff of storybooks.

After allowing 20 unanswered points to the Gaston Greyhounds Friday night, Willamina’s Shane Thomas capped off the comeback with a 33 yard touchdown pass to Brodey Bruckner as time expired to steal a 21-20 road victory. The game winning pass capped a 98-yard final drive that included a 25-yard run from Thomas to set up the hail-mary into the Glen Larkin Field end zone.

“It bounced off a couple guys and ended up in Brodey Bruckner’s hands,” Willamina coach Rob Schrader.

Thomas threw for 212 yards and added another 124 on the ground. Thomas threw the Bulldogs' first touchdown and ran in their second. 

Perrydale 58, Siletz Valley 12

PERRYDALE -- David Silver caught five touchdown passes from Troy Tremblay and Alex Hawes returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown as the Class 2A Pirates defeated the Class 1A Warriors Friday night in Perrydale.

Brant Barnes added 159 yards on 17 carries with three touchdowns for Perrydale (1-0), which plays at Crow on Sept. 12. The Cougars, a Class 2A team, will play an eight-man game against the Pirates.

Seaside 28, Yamhill-Carlton 0

YAMHILL -- The Tigers were shut out by the Seagulls in Class 4A nonleague play Friday night. Yamhill-Carlton (0-1) plays at Astoria on Sept. 12.

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