By NR Staff • 

Surviving and advancing

Marcus Larson/News-RegisterThe McMinnville football team comes together after its 27-8 victory over Century Friday night at Wortman Stadium.
Marcus Larson/News-RegisterMcMinnville running back Tanner Scanlon had 87 total yards and a touchdown in the Grizzlies 27-8 victory over Century on Friday night.
Marcus Larson/News-RegisterDayton running back Connor Spivey (39) applies a stiff-arm to Sheridan s Matt Bushbaum (10) during the Pirates  34-6 victory over the Spartans Friday night at Gubser Field.

This much is known: McMinnville will have a postseason berth.

On Friday night against Century, the Grizzlies made their case for a home game in the OSAA Class 6A play-in round with a 27-8 defeat of Class 6A Pacific Conference opponent Century at Wortman Stadium.

Gage Gubrud completed 16 of 21 passes for 230 yards, with two touchdowns (one rushing) and an interception. Tanner Scanlon had 87 total yards and a touchdown for the Grizzlies (5-4, 3-4 Pacific).

McMinnville came out flat after its 19 seniors were recognized before the game. An errant snap flew over Gubrud's head and out the back of the end zone for a safety, the only score of a 2-0 first quarter.

Gubrud kept the ball on a 1-yard touchdown run to give the Grizzlies their first lead with 6:08 remaining in the second quarter. Jaguars quarterback Marcos Hernandez fumbled on Century's next possession, and Zach Silver hit pay dirt on a 22-yard run four plays later.

Mac held the Jaguars to 23 yards of total offense in the third quarter as it continued to build a lead that Century could not surmount.

Century (2-7, 2-5 Pacific) hurt itself with turnovers in consecutive drives in the second quarter and committed at least one penalty on nine of its 12 drives.

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

Dayton 34, Sheridan 6

DAYTON – The halftime score at Gubser Field tonight had Dayton fans visibly nervous.

In the first two quarters, Sheridan (2-6) hung with the undefeated Pirates (7-0). With the score 7-6, only a failed extra point attempt separated the two teams. Fortunately for the playoff-bound Pirates, the game ended as many expected with a 34-6 Dayton victory.

“Sheridan did a good job tonight,” Dayton coach Brodie Unger said. “When we go back and watch the film, we’re going to see some things we need to correct.”

Carried by running backs Connor Spivey and Tyler Clark, the Pirates wore down the Spartan defense in the second half. Spivey finished the game with 20 carries for 161 yards and a touchdown, while Clark finished with 17 carries for 105 yards and two touchdowns.

“Our tailbacks did a great job tonight,” Unger said. “They ran hard tonight. But any time we’re able to put together a drive, that means the offensive line is doing their job.”

But Unger was only impressed by what he saw in the second half.

“At times we played well,” he said, “but we have to do a better job figuring out how to come out in the first half and play good football. We only played one good half tonight.”

But the second half was a good one. In addition to the second-half touchdowns produced by Clark and Spivey, quarterback Darren Ashley threw one and junior running back Chance Bowlin ran one in.

The defense, meanwhile, stayed strong against Sheridan’s offensive attack. After a single running touchdown scored by Spartan quarterback Matt Bushbaum, the Pirates stifled their opponents.

“The defense did a great job in general,” Unger said. “On defense we’re consistent. Everywhere else we’re consistently inconsistent.

“I’ll never fault their effort though,” Unger added. “They battle and they battle and when they walk off the field, holy smokes.”

Undefeated, untouched and Unger thinks their best football is still ahead of them. "Holy smokes" is right.

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

Gervais 27, Willamina 12

The Cougars scored 14 points in the fourth quarter in defeating the Bulldogs in Friday night's Class 3A West Valley League matchup at Glen Larkin Field in Willamina.

Willamina fell to 1-7 overall (0-5 West Valley), while Gervais notched its first win of the season (1-6, 1-4 West Valley).

Seaside 31, Yamhill-Carlton 6

The Tigers dropped to 3-6 overall (2-5 Class 4A Cowapa League) with a road loss to the Seagulls on Friday night.

Seaside improved to 7-2 overall (3-2 Cowapa).

Colton 34, Amity 8

A 25-yard touchdown run by Brett Hilt was the lone score for the Warriors (3-4 overall, 2-3 Class 3A West Valley League) in a defeat at Colton on Friday night.

The Vikings improved to 5-3 overall (4-1 West Valley) with the victory.

Perrydale 76, Alsea 6

The Pirates improved to 3-0 in Class 1A Casco League play (5-3 overall) with a victory over the visiting Wolverines (0-7 overall, 0-3 Casco).

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