By News-Register staff • 

Pirates plunder Willamina in WVL rout

DAYTON – Things are starting to look familiar again for the Dayton football team.

After starting out 0-2 in the Class 3A West Valley League for first time since Dewey Sullivan took over the program, the Pirates have now gone two weeks without being scored on as they tore through their guests, the Willamina Bulldogs, in a 52-0 blow out Thursday night.

Dayton scored in a wide variety of ways and did so frequently. Chance Bowlin scored three rushing touchdowns, while second-week starting quarterback Jacob DeSmet ran one in and threw one to Chase Young. Jared Tompkins also scored a touchdown when the Bulldogs fumbled a snap on a punt play that rolled all the way back to their end zone before Tompkins could fall on it. Emory Billings picked off a Willamina pass and caught a two-point conversion throw from DeSmet.

DeSmet, who started for the second time after stepping in to replace Darren Ashley, described the win as a total team effort.

“My line was doing really well. They were keeping the defensive line off of us. My backs were going where they were supposed to go, our defense was stopping them,” he explained. “I’m starting to get a little more comfortable. My team’s helping me.”

Willamina (1-5, 0-3 WVL) has allowed their opponent to score 50 or more points in four of their last five games. They’ll host Taft next Friday at 7 P.M. Dayton (4-2, 2-2 WVL) will have a bye next week before visiting the Taft Tigers in Lincoln City on Oct. 24.

In other action:

West Albany 40, McMinnville 20

ALBANY -- West Albany running back Jeff LaCoste had touchdown runs of 5 and 50 yards, and Bulldogs quarterback Keaton Corrado threw three touchdown passes in sending the Grizzlies to their sixth straight Class 6A Greater Valley Conference loss.

McMinnville quarterback Wyatt Smith connected with Zach Silver on touchdown passes of 25 and 8 yards to keep the Grizzlies within striking distance. Cervando Medina scored the first touchdown of his career in the fourth quarter on an 8-yard rush.

Mac (0-6, 0-6 GVC) trailed 20-6 at the half before allowing a 72-yard touchdown pass from Corrado to Calvin Chamberlain. The Grizzlies went three-and-out on the next drive with two penalties and two incompletions, and after the ensuing punt LaCoste ran the ball 50 yards to put West Albany (4-2, 3-2 GVC) up 34-6.

McMinnville hosts McKay on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m.

Cascade 65, Yamhill-Carlton 20

YAMHILL -- The Tigers dropped their third consecutive Class 4A Oregon West Conference game to the Cougars on Friday night.

Yamhill-Carlton (1-5, 0-3 OWC) plays at Philomath on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m.

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