KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Joey Lancaster threw a touchdown to Casey Wynne with 32 seconds remaining before finding him again for the two-point conversion as the Mazama Vikings rallied to beat the Phoenix Pirates 22-20.
The Vikings trailed 14-6 at halftime before Lancaster scored on a quarterback draw to tie it at 14-14. Phoenix (1-4; 0-2 Skyline Conference) scored with about two minutes left, but failed on the conversion before Mazama (1-5; 1-1) came through with the win on Homecoming night.
North Valley Wins Segmented Game At Modoc Field
The opening quarter was scoreless, marred by costly North Valley penalties. A point-filled second quarter followed before a turnover-plagued fourth quarter saw North Valley escape Modoc Field with a 43-28 win over the Klamath Union Pelicans.
North Valley’s victory puts the Knights atop the Skyline Conference and handed Klamath Union its first league defeat in two seasons.
North Valley senior quarterback Tristan Burke had two rushing touchdowns and a pass to Jesse Guthrie to give the Knights a 21-14 halftime lead. Klamath Union’s scores came on a 1-yard Isa Daibes rush and a 15-yard TD pass from junior QB Ben Mitchell to tight end Mitch Mirande.
KU nearly scored at the end of the first half thanks to a North Valley defensive penalty with no time left, but Mitchell’s pass to Jack Bell was incomplete in the end zone.
After Mirande scored again on a 78-yard pass play to even the game at 21-21 in the third quarter, things got wacky.
North Valley regained the lead 28-21 when JJ Chirnside caught a 31-yard touchdown pass from Burke.
Then, five plays into Klamath Union’s next drive, Curtis Roberts intercepted Mitchell and returned it 93 yards for a TD to give North Valley the game’s first multi-touchdown lead 35-21.
After KU fumbled two plays into its next possession, North Valley nearly finished the game, driving to KU’s 24-yard line with less than 3 minutes remaining. That’s when Burke ran to the KU 6 and was stripped by Tyler Butler who returned the ball 90 yards the other way to the North Valley 4.
Jonathan Munoz scored two plays later and Klamath Union trailed 35-28 with 1:56 left.
Butler made another big play on the next North Valley drive, intercepting Burke and returning the ball to the North Valley 44.
Burke made up for himself though, intercepting Mitchell two plays into the ensuing KU possession and returning it for a 66-yard touchdown to seal the game.
Unofficially, North Valley outrushed KU 220-48, while Klamath Union was the better passing team 388-167. Mitchell went 12 for 23 while Burke was 17 for 33.
There were six combined turnovers within the final six minutes of the game: four Mitchell interceptions and Butler’s two takeaways.
North Valley (5-1; 2-0) has the easiest path to a Skyline Conference championship along with Hidden Valley. Klamath Union (4-2; 1-1) leaves the Basin for the first time in four games, playing at Phoenix next Friday (6:30 p.m – 960 the Sports Legend).
Hidden Valley 29, Henley 0
North Valley 43, Klamath Union 28
Mazama 22, Phoenix 20
Illinois Valley 19, Bonanza 7
Cascade Christian 42, Lost River 7
St. Mary’s (Medford) 61, Chiloquin 6
Lakeview-Paisley 49, Rogue River 0
Dunsmuir 47, Butte Valley 21
Camas Valley 74, Elkton 14
Triad 72, Gilchrist 32
Westwood at Tulelake – 1 p.m.
Butte Falls at Hosanna Christian – 6 p.m.