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St. Mary’s uses big first half to beat Phoenix, improves to 3-0 for first time under Young

Watching his team win through the first two weeks of the season, St. Mary’s head coach Jamie Young was most impressed with how the Crusaders simply took care of business.

It was no different in Week 3.

Seven different St. Mary’s players scored touchdowns in the first half — including four TD passes and another by quarterback Tyson Delplanche — as the Crusaders posted a season-high in points before halftime en route to a 56-16 victory over Phoenix in the League of Far West action at Lithia & Driveway Fields on Friday night.

It’s the first time the Crusaders (3-0, 3-0 FWL) have started the season with at least three straight wins since Young took over as head coach in 2010.

“Overall, we didn’t know what to expect because we hadn’t played (Phoenix) before,” Young said. “Our kids just had a great week of preparation and I think they were ready to play tonight on both sides of the ball. We got out quick and got on the board quick, played fast defense and they did get a couple of touchdowns at the end when we had our younger kids in there, but it was a pretty complete performance from our starters.”

St. Mary’s — which received votes in this week’s Class 3A football coaches poll — scored on each of its seven offensive possessions in the first half. The Crusaders also got a 75-yard interception return by Bradley Patton with less than four minutes left in the first quarter.

Delplanche continued his impressive start to the season after never playing quarterback before this year, throwing a 24-yard touchdown pass to Jayden Foster before scoring from 11 yards out to give St. Mary’s a 14-0 lead. -less than seven minutes into the game.

With his defensive touchdown already in his back pocket, Patten added a 37-yard TD pass from Delplanche to put the Crusaders up 28-0 less than two minutes into the second half.

After a Phoenix fumble, TJ Flowers extended the Crusaders’ lead to 35-0 with a 38-yard TD run.

Delplanche also threw first-half touchdown passes to Heemir Patel and Spencer Patten.

Indiana Olson, the Crusaders’ offensive leader in their win over North Valley, capped the first-half charge with a 32-yard run to paydirt.

“Last time we played a 3pm game in Sutherlin and it was tough – we went into the half there leading 7-6 and we weren’t really getting going,” Young said. “We really made an effort this week to talk to our kids about how important it is to come out of the first game and really come out strong and they definitely took that to heart and came out swinging.”

Delplanche, who like many of St. Mary’s top starters did not play in the second half, finished 6-of-8 for 93 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. He added 33 yards on the ground and a TD.

Flowers finished with 97 yards on just eight carries, while Olson carried the ball five times for 67 yards.

Patton added a second interception late in the second half.

“It shows that we have a lot of kids where we can do a lot of different things on the ground and in the air,” Young said. “It was good to mix that up tonight and see the things we’ve been working on implemented in the game. We were pretty error-free in the game, but at the heart of the game we protected the ball and didn’t create many penalties. I’m really pleased with the calm they kept.”

It was a completely different story in the first half for Phoenix (0-3, 0-3), which entered the night with just one touchdown through the first two weeks of the season.

In their first seven possessions of the game, the Pirates went three-and-out three times, turned it over twice and turned it over on downs twice more.

The Pirates got within a score with 1:36 left in the first half when quarterback Hunter Everhart connected with receiver Jackson Seldon on a 38-yard touchdown pass.

Cody Martin, a freshman, scored the only points from either team in the second half — which was played with a running clock — on a 17-yard touchdown run.

Martin and Jair Ramirez finished with 38 and 37 yards on the ground, respectively, while Selden had three catches for 66 yards.

“We have a lot of young guys that have a lot of heart and a lot of promise,” Phoenix head coach Mike Robinson said. “A huge strength of our team is the sophomores and freshmen. When you’re trying to facilitate a varsity team when a lot of your guys are younger, you’re going to have some tough shots. But these guys don’t give up and pull together quickly.

“Would you like the dashboard to look a little better? Of course. But the biggest part is constantly finding the good nuggets and trying to build on them.”

St. Mary’s puts its undefeated record on the line next Friday when it faces Lakeview. Phoenix will return home to PT Rising Field when they host Douglas.

“It’s another really important week, another big trip,” Young said. “We’re excited about how we finished this week and we’ll get back to work on Monday and get the job done.”

Phoenix 0880—16

St. Maria 213500—56

SM — Foster 24 pass from Delplanche (Friesen kick)

SM — Delplanche 11 run (Friesen kick)

SM — B. Patten 75 interception return (Friesen kick)

SM — B. Patten 37 pass from Delplanche (Friesen kick)

SM — Flowers 38 run (Friesen kick)

SM — Patel 8 pass from Delplanche (Friesen kick)

SM — S. Patten 4 pass from Delplanche (Friesen kick)

SM — Olson 32 run (Friesen kick)

P — Seldon 38 pass from Everhart (Hicks run)

P – Martin 17 run (Ramirez run)

Contact reporter Danny Penza at 541-776-4469 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @penzatopaper.

St. Mary’s quarterback Tyson Delplanche runs for a score during the first quarter Friday night at Lithia & Driveway Fields in Medford. [Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune]

St. Mary’s quarterback Tyson Delplanche runs for a score during the first quarter Friday night at Lithia & Driveway Fields in Medford. [Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune]

St. Mary’s Heemir Patel dives for the loose ball for a turnover during the second quarter Friday night at Lithia and Driveway Fields in Medford. [Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune]

St. Mary’s Ethan Cano sacks Phoenix’s Hunter Everhart at the 1-yard line during the second quarter Friday night at Lithia & Driveway Fields in Medford. [Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune]

St. Mary’s Jaden Foster looks for extra yards on a punt return during the first quarter Friday night at Lithia & Driveway Fields in Medford. [Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune]

St Mary’s TJ Flowers runs for a touchdown in the second quarter Friday night at Lithia & Driveway Fields in Medford. [Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune]

St. Mary’s Rex Smith stops Phoenix’s Julian Montez for a loss in the second quarter Friday night at Lithia and Driveway Fields in Medford. [Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune]

St. Mary’s Bradley Patton recovers the ball on an interception during the first quarter Friday night at Lithia & Driveway Fields in Medford. [Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune]

St Mary’s TJ Flowers races for a score in the second quarter Friday night at Lithia & Driveway Fields in Medford. [Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune]

St Mary’s’ Bradley Patton secures a pass for a score during the second quarter Friday night at Lithia & Driveway Fields in Medford. [Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune]

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