FALLS CITY — Falls City outscored Mapleton 30-0 in the third quarter as the Mountaineers earned a 74-42 win on Friday.
The Mountaineers improved to 4-0 on the season with the victory.
Running back Tristan Yeager rushed for 382 yards and six touchdowns, while Zach Weems ran for 177 yards and three touchdowns.
“I thought the kids blocked pretty well and the backs ran real hard,” Falls City coach Laric Cook said. “They played with an edge and we need to find that within ourselves and play like that every night. We want to beat you physically.”
Weems also recorded six tackles on defense, while Bo Beauchamp and Glenn Mott each had a sack to help lead the Mountaineers on defense.
Now, Cook is looking for Falls City to continue to cultivate its mental toughness as the Mountaineers aim for a state playoff bid for the first time in more than 30 years.
“They’re all nice kids, but we need to have them play with an edge and dominate physically on the field,” Cook said. “That’s where I think they’ve made the most strides.”
Falls City plays at Siletz Valley on Friday, beginning a stretch where three of the Mountaineers’ final four regular season games will be on the road.
PIRATES LOSE FIRST GAME: Wide receiver David Silver had six receptions for 200 yards and three touchdowns, but Perrydale (3-1) lost its first game of the season, falling to Sherman 50-30 on Friday. Running back Brant Barnes rushed for 186 yards and a touchdown, while quarterback Troy Trembly threw for three touchdowns, but also lost three fumbles. The Pirates had five turnovers, three of which came in the final quarter. Barnes had 14 tackles, while Keenan Bailey recorded nine. “We played hard but simply turned the ball over too many times to give ourselves a chance in the fourth quarter,” Pirates coach Chris Gubrud said. Perrydale travels to play at Dufur on Friday night.