MEDFORD, Ore. -- The game in Medford Friday night was a double loss for the South Eugene Axemen. The North Medford Black Tornado came out ahead on the scoreboard 34-7. And perhaps worse for the Axemen, their starting quarterback, Ray Roundtree, left the game in the fourth quarter with an injury and was unable to return.
The game started with North Medford kicking off to South Eugene. After several short yardage plays, the Axemen quarterback Ray Roundtree got hammered by the North Medford Black Tornado in the backfield and fumbled the ball. North Medford recovered the ball.
With 8:47 left in the first quarter, North Medford crossed the goal line on a long pass. A holding penalty called the ball back, leaving no score.
Two minutes later, North Medford attempted a field goal, but it went wide.
At the end of the first quarter, the scoreboard showed zero to zero.
With 5:40 left in the second quarter, North Medford was the first to put points on the board with a busted play leading to a scramble finishing with a short dive into the end zone. The PAT was good. Score North Medford Black Tornado 7, South Eugene Axemen 0.
On the kickoff from North Medford, the Axemen advanced the ball to the 33 yard line. North Medford was called for a facemask, adding an additional 15 yards to the play. But the Axemen were unable to capitalize on the favorable field position and eventually punted.
With 3:25 left in the first half, North Medford ripped up the turf for a run of about 70 yards which ended in the end zone. But again the ball was called back on a penalty.
After methodically working their way down to the red zone, North Medford scored on short little corner pass with just 29 seconds left in the first half. The teams entered left the field at halftime with the score North Medford Tornado 14, South Eugene Axemen 0.
Kicking off at the start of the second half, the Axemen tried a little pooch kick but the ball rolled out of bounds, resulting in a penalty for South Eugene and North Medford in possession of the good with good field position.
The Black Tornado capitalized with 7:19 left in the third quarter with another score on a short dive from the 4-yard line, making the score 21-0.
The Axemen fought back.
Axemen quarterback Ray Roundtree tossed a long ball to tight end Connor Still for impressive yardage gain. A pitch-out play moved the ball down to the North Medford 4-yard line. On the next play the North Medford defenders overran the South Eugene front line, resulting in lost yardage for the Axemen.
Ray Roundtree answered with a short pass to Quinn Cota, who hauled it in for six points. The PAT was good, making the score North Medford 21, South Eugene 7 at the end of the second quarter.
The North Medford offense added another six point early in the fourth quarter with a long pass. The PAT went wide, making the score 27-7.
Adding to South Eugene’s worries, on the first play after the kickoff, Axemen quarterback Ray Roundtree got sacked in the backfield and had to be helped off the field. He was replaced for the remainder of the game by Liam Duncan.
North Medford ran up the final points of the game with another pass with 3:45 left in the fourth. Making the final score North Medford Black Tornado 34, South Eugene Axemen 7.
With the win over the Axemen, the North Medford Tornado now have a season record of 6-1 overall, with 5-0 in conference.
South Eugene falls to 2-5 overall, with 0-5 in conference. South Eugene plays Crater at home next Friday. Kickoff is 7 pm.