Cubs, Boomer win; Taft, Irish, Eagles fall under the lights

LINCOLN COUNTY — In the first night under the lights, football teams from Lincoln County went 2-3 with Newport, Toledo earning wins in the first game of the season, while Taft, Waldport and Waldport fell in week one.

Newport wins opener

The Newport football team did something that it hasn’t done in over five years — win its season opener. With a 32-8 victory over Tillamook on Friday, Aug. 31, the Cubs officially began their season with a win.

Behind a strong running game of Austin Perry — three rushing touchdowns on 94 yards — Tanner Stottlemyre — team’s leading rusher with another touchdown — and Addison Galen —who had the most carries on the team — paired with a defense that held Tillamook scoreless until midway through the third quarter helped the Cubs spoil the Cheesemakers home-opener.

Taft runs into a powerhouse

Fco Ramos caught two touchdown passes, while Tyee Fisher and JJ French were each on the receiving end of David Jin’s touchdown passes. But that wasn’t enough to keep pace with the Eagles —who went to the quarterfinals a year ago — when they scored 35 unanswered points against the Tigers in the first half en route to a 60-29 victory over Taft.

Toledo outlasts Nestucca

The Boomers entered the locker room at halftime clinging to a 3-0 lead over Nestucca. But a 26-point second half lifted the Boomers past the Bobcats to earn the 29-18 victory. Sophomore quarterback Jaxon Rozewski completed 72 percent of his passes and one touchdown to junior Kyle Hayner. But it was Donovan Villanueva’s show on offense for the Boomers, the sophomore running back/wide receiver finished with 324 of the team’s 471 all-purpose yards (152 rushing, 89 receiving and 83 punt returns) and found the endzone twice on the ground.

Waldport falls in home opener

The Waldport football team had a tough time gaining traction in its first game of the eight-man era Friday night against Yoncalla. It took the Irish until the fourth quarter to find the endzone, but by that time, they were already trailing 40-0. Senior Jacob Farmer scored both the touchdowns for the Irish — a two-yard run and a 30-yard pass from Zak Holsey — in the fourth quarter in the 48-14 losing effort.

Eddyville gets a wakeup call

The first football game for the Eddyville Charter in nearly a decade did not go as planned. In the first six-man football in Oregon in nearly 50 years, the Eagles fell to McKenzie 74-0 in Alsea.


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