By Robert Husseman • Sports Editor • 

Eagles thwart Pirates' comeback bid

Rockne Roll/News-RegisterDayton running back Chance Bowlin (18) carries the ball during the Pirates  28-7 loss to Harrisburg in the Class 3A state quarterfinals Friday night in Corvallis.
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Dayton running back Chance Bowlin (18) carries the ball during the Pirates' 28-7 loss to Harrisburg in the Class 3A state quarterfinals Friday night in Corvallis.

CORVALLIS -- Harrisburg's dynamic sophomore duo of quarterback Tel Jones and running back Hunter Knox drove Dayton from the Class 3A state playoffs.

Jones completed 12 of 16 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown, and Knox rushed for 192 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries as the No. 4-seeded Eagles knocked off the No. 5 Pirates, 28-7, at Spartan Stadium on the Corvallis High School campus Friday night.

Dayton trailed 13-0 at the half and received the kick to open the third quarter; six plays later, quarterback Darren Ashley took a read option 45 yards to pull the Pirates within six. Harrisburg (9-2) responded with a 14-play, 84-yard drive, grinding more than six minutes off the clock. Fullback Gavin Ross finished the drive with a one-yard touchdown run, and Jones found Cordell Day on the two-point conversion attempt.

On the last play of the third quarter, an unclean exchange between Ashley and running back Tyler Clark led to Eagles senior Logan Nousen stripping the ball from Clark. Nousen recovered at the Harrisburg 26-yard line. It was the Pirates' last best chance, as Dayton turned the ball over on downs in each of its final two possessions.

The Pirates finish their season with a 7-3 overall record.

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