Mac attack stops Newberg in its tracks

Marcus Larson/News-RegisterThe McMinnville Grizzlies celebrate their 23-13 victory over Newberg Friday night at Loran Douglas Field in Newberg.

News-Register staff

The Battle of the Bypass goes to the Grizzlies in 2013.

Gage Gubrud threw for 264 yards and a touchdown, and McMinnville added rushing touchdowns from Cristian Medina, Tanner Scanlon and Zach Silver in defeating Newberg, 23-13, Friday night at Loran Douglas Field in Newberg.

The two teams combined on nine fumbles and four interceptions on the night. Gubrud’s second pass of the night was intercepted; on McMinnville’s (3-0 overall) next possession, he fumbled the ball into the hands of Newberg defensive back Connor Powell for a nine-yard scoop-and-score.

“They were uncharacteristic mistakes,” Grizzlies coach Robin Hill said. “That sometimes happens in a game that means a lot.”

McMinnville’s defense slowed the Tigers down in the second half, forcing turnovers in each of Newberg’s final four possessions to give the Grizzlies’ offense opportunities.

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

Dayton 13, Santiam Christian 0

Considering that the Dayton Pirates turned the ball over five times in the first half Friday against Santiam Christian, it was fitting that they would end their 13-0 victory over the Eagles with a turnover of their own.

Dayton's Darren Ashley threw three interceptions but had two picks of his own, including one at the Pirates' 2-yard line with one minute remaining to cement the victory.

"It wasn't a pretty game but it doesn't have to be," Dayton coach Brodie Unger said. "All that matters is getting a win at the end of the day. This team is full of competitors and that's what we did tonight, we competed."

Ashley capitalized on an 87-yard run by his teammate, running back Connor Spivey, with a one-yard touchdown run to give the Pirates (3-0 overall) a 7-0 lead on Santiam Christian (2-1 overall).

In the fourth quarter, Eagles running back D.J. Knuth fumbled the ball after a long run, which Dayton recovered. The Pirates then marched down the field, eventually scoring on a 20-yard scamper from running back Tyler Clark.

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

Amity 6, Gaston 0

Jayson Taylor's forced fumble and 25-yard return for a touchdown were all that was needed for Amity (1-1 overall) on Friday night, as the Warriors defeated visiting Gaston, 6-0. The Greyhounds dropped to 2-1 overall.

Valley Catholic 32, Sheridan 12

Sheridan (0-2 overall) dropped its second nonleague contest of the season as Valley Catholic (3-0 overall) defeated the Spartans, 32-12, Friday night in Sheridan.

Heppner 43, Willamina 0

An interception by Shane Thomas and a great individual effort by linebacker/fullback Evert Sanders were two of a handful of highlights in Willamina's (0-3 overall) 43-0 loss to Heppner (2-0 overall).

"Our inexperience showed," Bulldogs coach Tim France said. "We came out soft, but our JV line did a great job blocking at the end of the game. Now we're looking forward to next week."

North Marion 28, Yamhill-Carlton 20

The Yamhill-Carlton football team fell to North Marion, 28-20, at home Friday night, its overall record dropping to 0-3.

"We played tough," Tigers coach Jerry Sutton said. "We made a few more mistakes than we could afford, but our linebackers lit it up and our offensive line played well.

Sutton also praised the effort of senior wide receiver Connor Weidner, who caught 12 passes for 214 yards and a touchdown. Though Yamhill-Carlton is winless, Weidner has shined, catching five passes for 118 yards against Philomath on Aug. 30 and catching 15 passes for 195 yards against Junction City on Sept. 6.

North Marion improved to 2-1 overall with the victory.

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