By News-Register staff • 

Spartans top Vikings in overtime

Rockne Roll/News-RegisterSheridan running back Chad Jordan (1) carries the ball during the Spartans  16-14 overtime victory against Colton Friday night at Bill Chrisman Field.
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Sheridan running back Chad Jordan (1) carries the ball during the Spartans' 16-14 overtime victory against Colton Friday night at Bill Chrisman Field.
Marcus Larson/News-RegisterWillamina wide receiver Brodey Bruckner (22) puts his hands up for a catch during the Bulldogs  58-26 loss to Warrenton Friday at Glen Larkin Field.
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Willamina wide receiver Brodey Bruckner (22) puts his hands up for a catch during the Bulldogs' 58-26 loss to Warrenton Friday at Glen Larkin Field.
Marcus Larson/News-RegisterWillamina quarterback Shane Thomas reaches for extra yardage as he is tackled by a Warrenton defensive player Friday.
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Willamina quarterback Shane Thomas reaches for extra yardage as he is tackled by a Warrenton defensive player Friday.

SHERIDAN -- In a game of defensive battles, it took a stand by the Spartans defense on the final play of the game to take home a win

Sheridan took the Colton Vikings to overtime in their Class 3A nonleague contest Friday night, and after Dominique Card ran in a score and the two-point conversion within three plays, Colton’s overtime touchdown was not enough as the Spartans denied their attempt at two to wrap a 16-14 victory.

The Spartans relied on their defense in a scoreless first half, and it carried them through as Sheridan commanded the line of scrimmage, even against the larger Vikings’ line.

“I was very pleased, defensively. We owned the line of scrimmage,” Spartans coach Brice Ingram said. “You could tell our conditioning really helped us in the second half, we were clearly in better condition. They’re bigger than we are. I think our kids had them on technique. We stayed lower than they did, and that was evident.”

The defense helped pave the way for Sheridan’s (2-0) first touchdown early in the third quarter when Lucas Williams blocked a Colton punt deep in Vikings’ territory, setting up a short drive and a one-yard Justin Acuff touchdown.

“We lined up and played power football,” Card said of the score. “We knew we could get a push on them, and we did.”

But Acuff wasn’t the only story in Sheridan’s ground game. Four backs, including Acuff and Card, accounted for 139 yards of total rushing.

“They keyed Acuff. I would have too, if I saw the film from last week. (Andrew) Glynn did a very good job of running the ball, Chad Jordan did a very good job running the ball,” Ingram explained. “The boys up front did very well. We were able to get right up the middle and Acuff was able to make some big first downs.”

Acuff was key to that defense, garnering three of Sheridan’s five sacks and racking up a team-high 13 tackles.

Card took over the show in OT, ripping off two quick run plays to get the score, and punching in a third to get the conversion. Sheridan bent on Colton’s possession to allow the touchdown, but did not break and stifled the try to win.

“Defense held all night,” Card said.  “It was everything.”

Sheridan plays Taft on Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. in Lincoln City.

South Salem 49, McMinnville 24

SALEM -- The Saxons scored 21 unanswered points in the final 15 minutes to pull away from the Grizzlies in Friday's Class 6A Greater Valley Conference matchup.

McMinnville (0-2, 0-2 GVC) hosts Sprague on Sept. 19 at 7 p.m.

Dayton 28, Regis 12

STAYTON -- Thanks to some key halftime adjustments, the Dayton Pirates turned on the jets in the second half of their inter-classification game against the Regis Rams, eventually cruising to a 28-12 victory in Stayton.

Head coach Greg White was somewhat disappointed with his squad’s first half, which nearly ended in a scoreless draw before the Pirates found the end zone as the second quarter clock expired.

“It was a pretty tough first half,” White said. “It was kind of lackluster.”

But the Pirates (2-0) were able to adapt, coming out of the locker room on fire.

“We found a couple holes. We got a blocked punt,” White explained. “We took some big growths steps this week, but we’ve still got work to.”

It could have been a 28-0 decision but for two second-half turnovers that directly led to scores for the Rams. Dayton had four turnovers in the game.

“Turnovers killed us tonight,” White said. 

The Pirates play Horizon Christian 

Amity 36, Reedsport 12

AMITY -- Lance Nelson threw for 157 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for a fourth score as the Class 3A Warriors took care of the Class 2A Braves at Scoggan Field on Friday.

D.J. Trunde rushed for 75 yards and a touchdown, and T.R. McShane caught five passes for 52 yards and a touchdown for Amity (2-0). Isaac Nance added a 43-yard touchdown reception for the Warriors.

Amity plays at Pleasant Hill on Sept. 19 at 7 p.m.

Warrenton 58, Willamina 26

WARRENTON -- The first six minutes of Friday's Class 3A nonleague contest at Glen Larkin Stadium had it all. 

A kickoff return for a touchdown by Warrenton. Two halfback passes for touchdowns, including a Nathan Johnson throwback to Willamina quarterback Shane Thomas that Thomas took 67 yards for a score. 

After that six minutes, the Warriors exerted control over the game and the Bulldogs (1-1) could not keep pace.

Thomas completed 15 of 32 passes for 197 yards and three interceptions; he also scrambled for a 30-yard touchdown. Freshman Ian Bruckner caught the first two touchdown passes of his career.

Warrenton wide receiver Gavon McFadden had three total touchdowns, including the aforementioned 75-yard kickoff return in which McFadden faked a reverse play before taking the ball all the way. Running back Justice Watson had two touchdowns for the Warriors (2-0), and wide receiver Chris Ocana added a 39-yard touchdown reception.

Willamina hosts Santiam Christian on Sept. 19 at 7 p.m.

Perrydale 54, Crow 14

CROW -- Brant Barnes rushed for 265 yards and three touchdowns, adding 11 tackles on defense as the Pirates edged the Cougars in Class 2A nonleague play Friday. 

Perrydale tight end David Silver caught six passes for 220 yards and three touchdowns, and Kirk Fairchild added a 35-yard touchdown reception for the Pirates (2-0).

Perrydale hosts Triad on Sept. 19 at 7 p.m.

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