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South Medford move to face No. 10 South Salem in Friday’s undefeated clash

There will be only one local matchup in Week 4, with undefeated Class 6A or 5A teams pitting each other against each other. Fireworks are definitely expected when South Medford travels to play his No. 10 South Salem on Friday night.

The Saxons boast one of the state’s most prolific 6A offensive offenses behind senior quarterback Dashell Smith, with just over 41 points per game.

In the battle for playoff positioning in the South/Central Football Conference, whichever team comes out on top in Salem will definitely have an edge over the other team. He’s 3-0 overall with both teams and 1-0 in SCFC, where the Panthers are a long way from 10th in his 6A coaches’ polls.

South Medford head coach Bill Singler said, “We’ve got our hands full and we know it.” We also have state-level talent, and it’s going to be one of the big games of the week.”

North Medford will host North Salem and Grants Pass will host West Salem in Friday’s other SCFC games with local teams.

In 5A action, Crater will play at Thurston and Eagle Point will play at North Eugene. Meanwhile, 4A Ashland hosts Hidden his Valley and in the 3A ranks top-ranked Cascade his Christian hosts Coquille for an undefeated fight. St. He Mary’s will be held in Lakeview and Phoenix in Phoenix. Douglas the host.

South Medford shines in senior quarterback Deacon Edgar, who passed five touchdowns and ran for another in McNally’s 55-21 loss last week. Edgar completed 18 of 24 passes for 267 yards and ran for an additional 68 yards.

So far this season, Edgar has completed 42 of his 55 passes for 627 yards with seven touchdowns and two interceptions.

The Panthers also enjoyed a breakout performance from senior tight end Ty Henry against the Celtics. Henry caught his two passes for touchdowns and tallied his team-high 83 yards on four catches, nicely complementing all-state standout Andrew Walker.

For the season, Henry caught 7 passes for 125 yards and 2 TDs, while Walker leads the way with 17 catches for 278 yards and 3 TDs.

Fellow senior Josh Phillips also made an important effort, coming into Friday’s showdown with six catches and two runs for 121 yards.

“We have a pretty fair group of recipients, and so do they,” Singler said. I don’t know if I want to, but it’s possible.”

Junior running back Ryder Scheid also seemed to be on track last week, leading South Medford with two touchdowns on 37 carries for 202 yards.

But it would be an all-hands-on-deck situation if the Panthers were to delay a team of Saxons whom head coach Scott Dufort considers one of the best in 22 years at the helm.

It all starts with QB Smith. He had nearly 2,500 passing yards and his 18 TDs last season, already well ahead of that pace so far. The 6-foot-2-inch, 190-pounder had only half a play to complete 21 of 24 passes in his GP last week for 281 yards and five touchdowns. and did not.

Smith has so far passed for 1,188 yards and 12 touchdowns and advanced to the fourth quarter after just one game.

“He’s doing a really good job of stepping up in the pocket and extending his play,” Singleler said.

“They’re open and attack you under the field – he may throw it at least 40 times – and do a lot of no-huddle and stuff like that. , there is no doubt about it.”

South Salem’s air raid offense also benefits from many of the best targets. DuFault said his team can strike seven layers deep and never turn a blind eye.

Senior Tini Tinitari III (6-0, 195) led the 6A level with 78 catches for over 1,000 yards last year, and No. 2 receiver Esteban Mendes (5-6, 160) also returned in great form. I was. The Saxons also got a boost in the offseason with the addition of quick transfer Zach Woostig from Jefferson, considered the fastest player on the team.

South Salem are often represented at five wides of Brady Voigt, Jackson Watson, Parker Williams and Eli Johnson. Vogt can also shift into the backfield for draws on his plays and screens on his passes. Noah Scherer, on the other hand, had a nice burst from the backfield against the cavemen on his team Saxons who don’t run the ball much.

“It’s hard to simulate,” Singler said of the South Salem attack. Sometimes I think I’m done with the job and suddenly a ball flies overhead. “

On defense, the Saxons have proven to be pretty robust, overturning most similarly skilled players and limiting the team to 14 points per game.

“They give you a fit and are a big challenge across the field,” Singleler said.

Still, the Panthers coach is excited about his team’s prospects for Friday and beyond.

“I’m proud they got off to a good start,” he said. “It’s always nice to win a ball game in soccer, and last year we didn’t win three games, so it’s nice to see that. There is no room and this will definitely be a big challenge.”

West Salem on Grants Pass: South Salem stole a Grants pass from what they wanted last Saturday, putting Caveman (2-1, 0-1 SCFC) behind QB Jace Blanchard’s four interceptions and a running-game lockdown effort. , reduced it to a total of 161 yards of offense.

West Salem (0-3, 0-1) didn’t do too well against North Medford last week, so this matchup couldn’t be better for a team looking for a first conference victory. There was not.

Eagle Point in North Eugene: Eagle Point senior running back David Brown has always carried heavy loads without breaking his stride.

One of these touchdowns proved to be the game winner after a 69-yard jump in the fourth quarter against Churchill. 34 points in one game.

Thurston Crater: There hasn’t been a more important matchup in the Midwestern League in the past few years, but in this year’s competition, the two teams are struggling to find themselves a bit.

Thurston and Crater are 1-2 overall, but the Colts have their only win in the MWL after the Comets’ five-turnover loss at Springfield a week ago.

Crater has had a successful running game with senior Andrew Kelly, but it takes consistency and overall balance to fend off Thurston’s offense, led by senior running back/linebacker Van Halstead. Must be a mainstay.

Thurston held North Eugene to 14 total yards last week while QB Noah Blair completed 7 of 8 passes for 193 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Ashland’s Hidden Valley: Ashland sophomore QB Jojo Hallower had 289 passing yards and three touchdowns (two to senior running back Gavin White) against Henry last week, but the Grizzlies were down a week earlier. Like the Crater, nothing could match the Hornets’ experience and firepower.

Ashland (1-2, 0-1 Big Sky) boasts a number of receivers that make Hidden Valley (1-2, 0-1) difficult: Aariq Shadoan, Crosby Lehnerz, Caden Negra and Marcelo Saturen.

The Mustangs also missed a late field goal attempt in a 10-8 loss to the Klamath Union. RB Daniel Iwamizu is the centerpiece of his HV’s offense, and QB Austin Klingler is growing into his role as a first-time starter.

Have an idea for a story?Sports Editor Chris Henley can be reached at phone number 541-776-4488, [email protected] or via Twitter @Kris_Henry

Photo by Denise Barrata. South Medford’s Andrew Walker, 9, is celebrating after his first touchdown in the first quarter against McNally last Friday.

Ty Henley, South Medford Football

Deacon Edgar, South Medford Football

David Brown, Eagle Point Football

Andrew Kelly, Crater Football

Jojo Hallower, Ashland Football

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