Turnovers sink Putnam, Milwaukie
Each team has five miscues in losses to Parkrose and Sandy
Victory eluded Putnam and Milwaukie football teams Friday night as they were their own worst enemies in losses to Northwest Oregon Conference opponents Parkrose and Sandy.
The Kingsmen fumbled the ball away five times in a 36-21 loss to Parkrose and the Mustangs had five turnovers in a 21-0 loss to Sandy.
A driving rain and 5-11, 180-pound junior quarterback Jonathan Boland were pivotal for the Broncos. While the greased pigskin led to turnovers for Putnam, the rain didnt seem to bother Boland, who had one of the best games of his high school career.
Boland was involved in 34 of Parkroses 36 points, passing for 186 yards and four touchdowns and rushing 26 times for 194 yards, a fifth touchdown and two two-point conversions.
Still, the Kingsmen battled.
Parkrose scored on its first two possessions, with Boland connecting on touchdowns passes of 15 and 12 yards for an early 14-0 lead.
But Putnam sophomore running back Richie Mock-Seratt then capped off a Kingsmen drive with a 3-yard sprint to paydirt early in the second period to keep it a one-touchdown game.
Boland then hooked up with 6-4 junior wide receiver Michael Hurlic for a 74-yard touchdown pass play to up the Broncs lead to 20-7.
Putnam quarterback Josey Swain scored on a short run to cut the lead back to a touchdown, at 20-14 at the half.
But Boland struck again early in the third period, teaming up with 6-2 senior Spencer Mayhew for a 20-yard touchdown pass, and stretching Parkroses advantage to 28-14 early in the third period.
Late in the third period Mock-Seratt scored again for Putnam, making it a one-touchdown game again, at 28-21.
But that was the last time the turnover-plagued Kingsmen could find the end zone. And Boland scored on a 5-yard run in the final period to seal the win.
While Boland went 10-for-20 passing, the Kingsmen stuck to the ground. Swain completed only one pass out of six attempts, while Mock-Seratt (125 yards) headed a Putnam ground attack that netted 205 yards. It was Mock-Seratts fourth straight 100-yard game.
Three lost fumbles and two intercepted passes proved costly for the Milwaukie Mustangs in Fridays 20-0 loss to Sandy.
The Mustangs had their chances to score, but couldnt execute near the goal line. And other Milwaukie miscues aided the visiting Pioneers in their pursuit of victory on the road.
The Mustangs might have gone up 7-0 early in the game, except for a drive that was ended by an interception of a pass that was tipped by a defender.
Sandy found the end zone for the first time late in the first quarter, when 5-11, 185-pound senior quarterback Spencer Barnett scored from 19 yards out.
A short time later, Sandy got a short field following a Milwaukie fumble. But the Mustang defense held and a Pioneer attempt at a field goal came up short.
Milwaukie then went on the march, penetrating deep into Pioneer territory. But that drive was ended by a fumble.
Sandy went on the march, but was forced to punt. The punt went deep, and Milwaukie fumbled the ball away at the Mustang 2-yard line, setting up the Pioneers second score. The 3-yard run by Barnett made it 13-0 Sandy with 6:11 remaining in the first half.
Following the second score, the Mustangs fumbled a third time, giving Sandy possession inside the Milwaukie 10-yard line, first-and-goal. An errant snap and the Mustang defense ended that threat, and the Mustangs entered the locker room at halftime trailing 13-0.
Barnett busted a 38-yard run to paydirt in the third period to round out Sandys scoring.
Even with all of Milwaukies turnovers, the Pioneers finished with only a 245- to 223-yard edge in total offense on the night.
Milwaukie senior quarterback Tyler Spencer completed 5-of-14 passes for 62 yards, with two interception. Junior running back Dre Edwards (13 carries/83 yards) and senior running back Chris Besaw (6 carries/66 yards) led the ground attack.
For Sandy, Barnett rushed 17 times for 144 yards and all three Pioneer touchdowns; and Barnett competed 3-of-8 passes for 33 yards.
Sherwood (5-0, 3-0) upended Liberty 66-12 last week and finished the week as the only NWOC team still unbeaten in conference play.
Liberty, Parkrose, Sandy and Wilsonville were all 2-1 in conference heading into play this week. Putnam was 1-2 (1-4 overall); Milwaukie (0-5 overall) and St. Helens (2-3 overall) were both 0-3.
The conference is proving to be one of the tougher Class 5A leagues in the state. Heading into play this week, Sherwood, Parkrose, Wilsonville and Sandy were ranked first, second, ninth and 14th respectively in the OSAA power rankings. There are 37 Class 5A schools with football teams.
Putnam plays Liberty on the road this Friday, while Milwaukie travels to Wilsonville.