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Prep Football Roundup

Redsides overwhelm Cougars; La Center takes over Trico lead

For the first time this season, Lyle failed to score in double digits.

The Cougars (0-5) mustered just one score last Thursday during their non-league 8-man football game against the South Wasco County Redsides in Maupin, Ore.

Their lone touchdown in a 53-6 defeat came on a 15-yard pass play from sophomore Devan Essex to senior Tyler Essex.

Devan Essex accounted for 136 of Lyle's 184 yards of total offense, rushing 10 times for 63 and completing 3-of-6 passes for 73.

Tyler Essex made two receptions for 61 yards, and senior Jesse Spalding caught one for 12. Senior Moses Ibarra added 44 rushing yards on four tries.

The elder Essex led Lyle's defensive effort with four tackles and five assists.

Junior Justin Carlson had three tackles and five assists, and Essex younger made two tackles to go with six assists and a fumble recovery.

La Center 31, at Woodland 8 --

The Wildcats ended a 40-year losing streak at the hands of the Beavers last Friday and took over the Trico Division lead in the process.

La Center converted two of three Woodland fumbles into points in the first half en route to a 10-0 halftime advantage.

Woodland, which turned the ball over six times, fumbled the opening kickoff and La Center recovered. Two plays later, Tim Gaston scored from 28 yards out to give the Wildcats the lead.

Josh Emerson added a 37-yard field goal later in the first quarter to make it 10-0.

The Wildcats increased their lead to 17-0 with a 47-yard scoring pass from William Williams to tight end Josh Williamson on the opening drive of the second half.

Woodland cut into its deficit, however, as Sam Ritter banged in from 14 yards out to bring the Beavers within 11.

But Jeremy Teel, who totaled 131 yards rushing, scored twice (including a 70-yard TD run) for the Wildcats in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.

At Castle Rock 28, Ilwaco 26 --

With two minutes remaining in last Thursday's game, C-Rock defensive end Matt Wheeler stuffed Ilwaco tailback Heath Miller's run for two-point conversion to preserve another narrow Rockets victory.

Castle Rock took a 21-14 halftime lead as quarterback Nathan Roubicek (7-14, 163 yards) threw for three touchdowns, including a 58-yard hookup with Kyle Foster with under a minute to go. Neither team scored in the third period.

But the Fishermen pulled within 21-20 in the fourth on a 14-yard TD sweep by Miller (26-116). However, Kevin Brown's pass for conversion sailed over the hands of standout receiver Andy Hudkins (6-118).

The Rockets rode the legs of Judah Rister (23-120) and Cole Elf (1-yard TD run) en route to what proved to be the deciding points.

Ilwaco answered with a 71-yard drive that culminated in a 27-yard pass from Brown (14-30, 220) to Montez Pogue with two minutes left.

But on the ensuing conversion try, deception didn't work for the Fishermen. Miller's fake reverse handoff to Hudkins fooled some of the Rockets, but not Wheeler.

At Ridgefield 21, La Salle, Ore. 7 --

Jonny Peru scored on runs of 9, 55 and 23 yards to lead the Spudders to a non-league victory last Friday.

Peru finished with 154 of the Spudders' 276 rushing yards.

Ridgefield's defense intercepted two passes and didn't allow a touchdown until the fourth quarter: a 34-yard TD pass by Eric Krouse (23-50, 239).

Highland 35, at Goldendale 21 --

The Timberwolves led 21-7 at halftime but the Scotties exploded for 28 unanswered points in the second half to win going away last Friday.

Back-to-back short TDs runs by Jared Walker in the third quarter tied the game.

Two more red-zone scores in the fourth completed Highland's come-from-behind effort.

Brandon Chipman ran for 125 yards and scored one of Goldendale's three rushing TDs. He also ran for the two-point conversion that gave the T-wolves their 21-7 lead.

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