Grizzlies rally from 21 points down to stun Vikings

Jake Scarminach's 33-yard touchdown pass to Nick Hall with 3 minutes, 56 seconds to go capped a dramatic comeback as the Grizzlies rallied from a 21-0 first-quarter deficit to beat Mazama 29-21 Friday in Klamath Falls.

Playing its first game in two weeks following last Friday's flu-forced forfeit, Ashland (3-5, 1-1 Southern Sky) greatly improved its playoff chances thanks in part to three fumble recoveries and some clutch play from Mason Costantino.

Costantino caught five passes for 123 yards and one touchdown and also nailed a 31-yard field goal with 6:03 to go in the fourth quarter to give the Grizzlies the lead for good, 22-21.

Ashland forced Mazama (4-4, 0-3) to punt on its next possession, and the Grizzlies put the game away on Scarminach's second scoring strike of the night.

Ashland trailed by three touchdowns after the Vikings scored on a 33-yard TD pass with 2:49 left in the first quarter. The Grizzlies answered with two rushing touchdowns — one by Scarminach and another by Issa Shahin — in the second quarter to cut the lead to 21-13 at the half.

Scarminach led the Grizzlies' rushing offense, gaining 70 yards on 10 carries. He also completed 11 of 25 passes for 202 yards, with two touchdown tosses and two interceptions.

Ashland scored again late in the third on Scarminach's nine-yard strike to Costantino.

Hall caught four passes for 63 yards and Shahin averaged 23 yards on three kickoff returns, including one that went 40 yards.

Women's Soccer

Southern Oregon freshman Alexis Mahoney scored two goals in the second half as the Raiders tied Corban 2-2 Friday in Salem.

Southern Oregon is now 6-8-2 overall and 4-3-1 in Cascade Conference play. Corban is now 9-5-3 overall and 6-1-1 in conference play.

Southern Oregon wraps up the regular season Saturday night at Northwest Christian. The Raiders are still in a battle with Oregon Tech and Eastern Oregon for the final two playoff spots.

"The first half wasn't pretty," SOU head coach Jon Clement said. "But we started winning certain areas of the field in the second half. It wasn't the greatest soccer, but to be down two goals in the second half on the road and still come away with a point — we'll take that."

Mahoney got the Raiders on the board right after halftime and then scored again in the 68th minute off a perfect pass from Chenin Young to tie the match.

In overtime, both teams had several opportunities but couldn't come away with the game-winner.

Mahoney finished with six of Southern's 14 shots and four of the team's eight shots on goal.

"She played really well and was dangerous the whole time she was on the field," Clement said.

Denise Powell added five shots and three shots on goal and Jessica Kuehlwein had six saves.

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