ALBANY — Dallas failed to hold onto a 14-12 fourth-quarter lead, falling to South Albany 18-14 on Friday in Mid-Willamette Conference football action.
Two touchdown runs by Chase Mauk gave the Dragons a two-point lead headed into the final quarter, but South Albany scored on a 65-yard pass from quarterback Tyler Kelsch.
“We fought our hearts out against a really good team,” Dallas coach Tracy Jackson said. “We had a few breakdowns in the fourth quarter and I’m responsible for those.”
Dallas gained 357 yards on offense. Mauk rushed for 90 yards on 12carries, while Jesse Wilcoxson added 61 yards on the ground. Mauk also had 56 receiving yards.
“The offense was in position to win, but just broke down,” Jackson said. “I need to do a better job of making sure they’re ready.”
The Dragons (1-4 overall, 1-2 Mid-Willamette Conference) host Corvallis Thursday at 7 p.m. as Dallas tries to stop a two-game slide on its homecoming night.
CENTRAL WINS THIRD STRAIGHT: Central remained unbeaten in Mid-Willamette Conference play as the Panthers defeated Crescent Valley 36-22 Friday in Corvallis. The Panthers (4-1 overall, 3-0 MWC) jumped out to a 22-0 lead in the first quarter. Running back Wes Riddell ran for 217 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Doug Clem threw for 224 yards and two touchdowns. Clem also had one rushing touchdown. “We knew all along that Doug is a very good quarterback,” Central coach Shane Hedrick said. “As time goes on, he’s picking things up and you can tell he’s got the experience.”
Marlon Tuipulotu recorded eight tackles on defense, while Jackson Holstad had two sacks.
The Panthers host Lebanon Thursday at 7 p.m. for the team’s homecoming game. “This week is every coach’s living nightmare,” Hedrick said. “… Motivation is a point of emphasis. We are coaching with a lot of livelihood. I think that’s contagious to the players and it will help us have a good week of practice.”
FALLS CITY LOSES FIRST GAME: Falls City saw its hopes for an unbeaten season come to an end after losing at Siletz Valley 44-38 on Friday. The Mountaineers (4-1 overall, 2-1 Special District 3) dropped the see-saw affair despite three touchdowns from Tristan Yeager and two rushing touchdowns from Zach Weems. Falls City hosts Triangle Lake Friday at 7 p.m. in the team’s regular season home finale.
PERRYDALE FALLS TO DUFUR: Perrydale lost its second straight game, falling to Dufur 46-8 on Friday. The Pirates trailed 46-0 entering the fourth before Keenan Bailey scored Perrydale’s lone touchdown of the game. The Pirates (3-2 overall) face Elgin at Arlington Friday at 2 p.m.