Mustangs, Kingsmen stumble in openers
Milwaukie and Putnam football teams are off to a rough start this fall.
The Mustangs, who went 7-3 last season, got thumped by defending state champion Sherwood 68-19 in their Aug. 30 season opener, and they lost to Franklin 38-13 last Friday. The Kingsmen, who went 4-3 in the Northwest Oregon Conference a year ago, got blown out by Hermiston 48-7 on Aug. 30, and they lost to Crescent Valley 63-35 in a game played at Putnam last Friday.
Putnams game with Crescent Valley was over almost before it got started. The Raiders scored 35 points on their first nine plays from scrimmage and they were up 42-14 at halftime.
Crescent Valley amassed 509 yards in total offense on the night. Raider 6-5, 205-pound senior quarterback Tanner Sanders completed 7-of-10 passes for 199 yards and three touchdowns and he rushed seven times for 132 yards and two more touchdowns.
John Bradley scored two touchdowns for Putnam, on a 9-yard pass from Josie Swain and on a 50-yard pass from Cedric Brooks.
Brooks also passed to Josh Bancroft for a late-game score. Swain and Richie Seratt both rushed for touchdowns in the losing effort.
Mistakes proved costly for Milwaukie in last Fridays game with Franklin. The Mustangs had four turnovers two intercepted passes and two fumbles and they had 105 yards in penalties.
Senior quarterback Brenton Oten headed Milwaukies offense, connecting on 8-of-14 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown, and rushing six times for 20 yards.
Franklin scored five touchdowns and a safety before Milwaukie got its second score, and the Quakers were up 32-7 at the end of three quarters.
It was a very long night for Milwaukies football team on Aug. 30 in the Mustangs Northwest Oregon Conference opener and season opener with Sherwood.
The Mustangs managed only 52 yards in offense, while the Bowmen scored 10 touchdowns and racked up 720 yards in offense.
Sherwood 190-pound senior Keegan Lawrence headed up the Bowmens offensive onslaught, picking up 253 yards and scoring four touchdowns in just nine trips with the pigskin. He was among 16 Sherwood players who carried the football, but he was the only one to rush for over 100 yards.
Sherwood 190-pound senior quarterback Kevin Larkin completed 5-of-9 passes for 103 yards.
Milwaukie touchdowns were scored by 160-pound sophomore linebacker River Meyer on a 40-yard fumble recovery return; by 6-4, 185-pound senior Tyler Spencer on a seven-yard pass from 180-pound senior quarterback Brenton Oten; and by 135-pound junior Jilaundre Edwards on a late-game 92-yard kickoff return.
The Mustangs got off to a great start in the game, but then things went downhill quickly. Meyer put Milwaukie up 6-0 to start the game with his fumble return to the end zone.
But Lawrence was quick to answer, scoring on a 71-yard sprint on Sherwoods next play from scrimmage.
Sherwood scored two more quick touchdowns for a 20-6 lead.
Milwaukie trimmed the lead to 20-13 when Spencer scored on his reception, following an unsuccessful attempt at an onside kick by the Bowmen.
But Lawrence scored from 11 yards out on Sherwoods next possession to make it 28-13 Sherwood, and the Bowmen dominated the rest of the way.
Putnam had its hands full in its season opener, losing 48-7 at Hermiston. Details of the game were not reported by Putnam.