Klamath Union storms back in second half to beat Ashland

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KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The Ashland Grizzlies still have not won in Klamath Falls in nearly a decade. While the first half looked questionable, the Klamath Union Pelicans scored on their first four drives in the second half to win 27-13.

Postgame Recap from 960 the Sports Legend

Junior quarterback Ben Mitchell made his first varsity start for Klamath Union, throwing 11-for-18 and 148 yards. His first varsity touchdown throw as the top QB was a 26-yard pass to Jack Bell to give KU a 6-0 lead after Bell’s PAT attempt was blocked.

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Ashland persisted on going for it on fourth down, not punting on its first three possessions. The Pelicans did the same on their fifth drive toward the end of the first half, giving Ashland back the ball at the Ashland 49. Returning quarterback Danial White ran in a TD from 30 yards out on the third play of the drive to give the Grizzlies a 7-6 halftime lead.

That’s when KU turned on the running game.

After only rushing for 36 yards in the first half, the Pelicans finished with 195 for the game, scoring three Jonathan Munoz rushing TDs on the first three drives of the second half, eventually leading 24-13. The only turnover of the game came between Munoz’s first and second run when Mitch Mirande picked off Danial White.

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Bell did prove he can kick the ball. After his first PAT attempt was blocked, his second try went sky high and missed short. But with 3:20 left in the game, Bell nailed a 28-yard field goal from the left hash mark to make it a 27-13 final.

Quick Team Stats

Klamath Union: Rushing – 49/195, Passing – 11/19/148
Ashland: Rushing – 20/149, Passing – 13/34/151