LINCOLN COUNTY — The Newport special teams unit once again proved to be a different maker in the outcome of an Oregon West Conference matchup.
A week after the Cubs returned two blocked punts for touchdowns against Philomath, Newport was on the wrong end of a special teams touchdown when they had a punt blocked and returned for a touchdown.
But the Cubs had some more special team’s magic in the third quarter. Jake Tucker blocked a PAT in the third quarter which proved to be the difference maker in Newport’s 21-20 victory over Sisters.
Filling in for the second straight week at quarterback, Justin Plechaty threw two touchdown passes — both times Tanner Stottlemyre was on the receiving end. Addison Galen punched in the third touchdown which was set up by a long run by Austin Perry.
Perry and Stottlemyre each had an interception and the Cubs forced three fumbles on defense.
With the win, the Cubs remain undefeated in 2018 with three games left on the schedule.
Cubs move up in the standings
With consecutive 5-0 wins over Sweet Home and Sisters, the Newport boys soccer team is back in sole possession of third place in the Oregon West Conference with five games remaining on the schedule.
The second time facing Sisters did not go as well for the Newport girls soccer team. The Cubs beat the Outlaws in the first matchup, 1-0, but fell on the road 3-0 on Thursday, Sept. 27.
Can’t stop the champs
The defending state champion Outlaws made short work of the Newport volleyball team on Thursday, Sept. 27, taking down the Cubs in straight sets 25-11, 25-6 and 25-14.
Tigers can’t stand up to No. 1
The top-ranked Amity football flexed its muscle against Taft on Friday, Sept. 28, handing the Tigers a 48-7 loss. The Warriors scored the game’s first 48 points before Fco Ramos scored Taft’s only score of the game late in the fourth quarter.
Taft battles but comes up short
The Tigers played well in the first three sets, with each set being decided by single digits. Taft fell in the first two sets 25-23 and 25-17 but would force a fourth set with a 25-21 win the third set.
“They came the closest I have ever seen them to playing like the team I know they really are,” said head coach Kelsey Hart. “Game 1 was probably the best start we’ve had all season.”
But the rally wouldn’t last long, the Tigers broke down and the team was outscored 25-8 in the deciding set.
“We were much scrappier than we have been in other games this season,” Hart said. “We had some stress and players really felt the pressure in the 4th game, which caused us to have some unforced errors and skill breakdowns.”
Tigers take down Tigers
With a 3-1 win over Yamhill-Carlton on Monday, Oct. 1, the Taft boys soccer team won the battle between two Tigers for its sixth win of the season.
Sophomore Jose Flores, junior Estib Hernandez
“Only giving up a PK in the second half we maintained an unrelenting attack,” said head coach Ryan Ulicni. “Totaling 48 shots for the game. This is a great confidence booster going into the last part of the season.”
YC blanks girls soccer
The Taft girls soccer team fell 3-0 against No. 4 Yamhill-Carlton on Monday, Oct. 1
Boomers drop a big one
After winning the first set against Bandon 25-18 on Thursday, Sept. 27, the Toledo volleyball team dropped the next three sets 28-26, 25-18 and 25-22 against the Tigers that entered the matchup with only four wins.
The Boomers are now two games behind Coquille in the Sunset Conference standings and one game behinds Reedsport for second place with seven games left on the schedule.
Warriors run over Irish
The Siletz Valley football team tallied nearly 500 rushing yards in its 60-30 win over Waldport on Friday, Sept. 28.
Isaac Lowe (166) Tanner Clark (150) and Pat Shawver (127) each eclipsed the century mark and found the end zone at least, Clark finished with four. Shawver also passed for two touchdowns, both caught by Xander Sweat.
Eddyville drops home opener
In the first home game in nearly a decade, the Eddyville Charter football team fell to Gilchrist 65-18 on Friday, Sept. 28.
Kurt Faxon and Keagan Spikes each scored for the Eagles.
The Eagles couldn’t stop the Gilchrist rushing attack that piled up 630 yards on the ground.
Eagles fall in five sets
The Eddyville Charter volleyball nearly won its first game of the season falling to Oak Hill 3-2 on Thursday, Sept. 27. They would win the first and fourth sets 25-23 and 25-19, while Oak Hill won the second and third 26-24 and 25-23. The Eagles, however, would wilt in the fifth set, falling 15-7.