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Jensen, Vikings defeat Grizzlies in arms race

Marcus Larson/News-Register<br><b>McMinnville running back Cameron Fox (10) scores the first of his three touchdowns against Forest Grove, a 51-yard run to the end zone. The Vikings defeated the Grizzlies, 43-34, Friday night at Wortman Stadium in McMinnville.</b>
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McMinnville running back Cameron Fox (10) scores the first of his three touchdowns against Forest Grove, a 51-yard run to the end zone. The Vikings defeated the Grizzlies, 43-34, Friday night at Wortman Stadium in McMinnville.
Marcus Larson/News-Register<br><b>McMinnville wide receiver Darby Ramos goes up for a reception under the coverage of Forest Grove cornerback Zac Collins..</b>
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McMinnville wide receiver Darby Ramos goes up for a reception under the coverage of Forest Grove cornerback Zac Collins..

Sep 20, 2013


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Friday night's KGW Spotlight Game -- Forest Grove at McMinnville in Wortman Stadium -- featured an on-field fireworks display.

Vikings quarterback Taylor Jensen threw for 416 yards and four touchdowns, and running back Gio Tayetto rushed for 136 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries as Forest Grove defeated Mac, 43-34.

"I thought we were balanced," Vikings coach Dwight Jensen said. "The run game was working. The pass game was working. And I think our line did a great job."

Grizzlies quarterback Gage Gubrud completed 14 of 22 passes for 177 yards and three touchdowns. Cameron Fox scored three times for McMinnville (3-1 overall, 1-1 Pacific Conference), including a 51-yard touchdown run on Mac's first play from scrimmage.

However, the Grizzlies' offense went three-and-out four times in 10 possessions (including a goal-line stand) and also missed a 31-yard field goal in the third quarter. Forest Grove (3-1, 1-1 Pacific Conference) turned a 17-14 halftime lead into a 36-28 advantage after halftime; none of their three touchdown drives lasted more than two minutes.

"They just executed really well," McMinnville coach Robin Hill said. "The quarterback is really accurate and the receivers ran really sharp routes. We had trouble getting under them.

And we had trouble getting pressure on the quarterback. That's kind of a bad combination."

Read more about the game in Tuesday's News-Register.

Colton 20, Sheridan 6

Plagued by penalties, Sheridan fell to Class 3A West Valley League opponent Colton, 20-6, on Friday night in Sheridan.

The Vikings had a 14-0 lead late in the first half when Colton was called for a facemask on a punt return that put the Spartans (0-3, 0-1 West Valley) in prime position to score. With 4.7 seconds remaining in the half, senior quarterback Matt Bushbaum threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to running back Jacob Hertel, bringing the score to 14-6.

Colton (2-1, 1-0 West Valley) scored another touchdown in the second half, but missed the extra point to bring about the eventual margin of victory. Sheridan threatened late in the fourth quarter, but a promising drive ended when Bushbaum was intercepted in the end zone with two seconds left.

Read more about the game in Tuesday's News-Register.

Yamhill-Carlton 39, Estacada 28 

Yamhill-Carlton notched its first win in its last 19 games Friday night, defeating Class 4A nonleague opponent Estacada, 39-28.

"It was a big win for us," Tigers coach Jerry Sutton said. "It's a good way to end preseason, going into league."

Down 28-14 with seven minutes left in the third quarter, Yamhill-Carlton (1-3 overall) turned the corner with a big defensive stop, followed by a touchdown pass from Zach Rhodes to Conner Weidner.

On the next series, the Tigers' defense forced a fumble and the subsequent possession produced another touchdown from Rhodes to Weidner.

Weidner finished the contest against Estacada (0-4 overall) with eight catches for 214 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, senior Jacob Wood racked up 19 tackles and linebacker, and senior defensive lineman Jake McManus added 12.

Yamhill-Carlton's last victory in football was a 20-13 win over Tillamook on Oct. 28, 2011.

Willamina 26, Corbett 12

Willamina tallied its first win of the 2013 season on Friday night, defeating Class 3A nonleague opponent Corbett, 26-12.

The Bulldogs (1-2 overall) were led by quarterback Nathan Johnson, who completed four of five passes for 110 yards and a touchdown.

"He played a fabulous game," Willamina coach Tim France said. "After a tough game this week, he came out tonight and made some great throws and really good runs."

Corbett's record dipped to 1-3 overall.

Dayton 41, Gervais 14

Dayton improved to 4-0 overall as the Pirates defeated Class 3A West Valley League opponent Gervais, 41-14, on the road Friday night.

Gervais fell to 0-2 against Dayton.

Horizon Christian 32, Amity 12

Amity lost its Class 3A West Valley League opener Friday night against Horizon Christian, 32-12, in Tualatin.

The Bulldogs are now 1-2 overall.

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