NEWPORT — Carson Braxling was responsible for the majority of the Newport High School football team’s 311 rushing yards as the Cubs collected their first victory of the season Friday night, a 55-34 non-league 4A defeat of Cottage Grove at Morrow Field.
Braxling ran 14 times for 157 yards, including scoring runs of 67 and 3 yards, as Newport improved to 1-7 in posting the breakthrough victory. Braxling, a senior playing the final home game of his prep football career, added a 40-yard interception return for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter, closing the door on the Lions’ final surge to pull even.
Newport freshman quarterback Tyler Mattson was efficient through the air, connecting on 6-of-9 passing attempts for 149 yards and two touchdowns. Senior running back Kaden Bruns hauled in three Mattson passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns. Mattson’s TD passes to Bruns were for 63 and 71 yards, both in the second quarter. Bruns also returned a kickoff 75 yards for a TD, and kicked seven extra points.
Another senior, running back Camden Galen, rushed six times for Newport for 81 yards and two touchdowns, including a 30-yard scoring jaunt in the fourth quarter. On defense, Galen had two interceptions.
The Newport defense limited Cottage Grove to 338 yards of total offense and received a team-high six tackles by Braxling.
The Cubs complete the season Friday, Oct. 30, with a 7 p.m. 4A-SD 3 contest at Stayton (2-1 in league, 3-5 overall).
Cottage Grove 0 14 6 14 — 34
Newport 0 21 13 21 — 55
N — Camden Galen 8 run (Kaden Bruns kick)
N — Bruns 63 pass from Tyler Mattson (Bruns kick)
CG — Parker Nelson 1 run (Chase Cordin kick)
CG — Nelson 4 run (Cordin kick)
N — Bruns 71 pass from Mattson (Bruns kick)
N — Carson Braxling 67 run (kick failed)
CG — Curtis Tucker 6 run (kick failed)
N — Braxling 3 run (Bruns kick)
CG — Nelson 3 run (Cordin pass from Nelson)
N — Bruns 75 kickoff return (Bruns kick)
CG — Hadyn Petersen 57 pass from Brayden Crump (conversion failed)
N — Galen 30 run (Bruns kick)
N — Braxling 40 interception return (Bruns kick)
Toledo 42, Lowell 18
At Toledo, junior running back Rayden Taylor rushed 16 times for 184 yards Oct. 22 to lead the sixth-ranked Boomers over the Devils in a 2A-SD 3 matchup at Jack Dahl Stadium.
The win, Toledo’s fifth straight following an 0-3 start, pushed the league-leading Boomers’ record to 5-1 in league games, 5-3 overall. Afterward, Toledo head coach Jeff Taylor credited the play of his offensive line for helping Toledo amass 418 yards rushing.
“Super proud of our team as they continue to improve and get better each and every week,” Taylor wrote in his media report. “Each one of our backs had a great (yards) per-carry average, which means one thing: The O-line was taking care of business.”
Boomers junior quarterback Gunner Rothenberger collected 168 rushing yards, and went 3-for-5 passing for 66 yards. His biggest play through the air was a 51-yard strike to senior running back Kaden Mckibben.
Toledo also saw Sterling Buckley catch two passes for 15 yards, and Tyee Garcia run eight times for 48 yards.
Taylor tipped his cap to the Boomer defense as Toledo prepares for its final regular season game, a 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, league battle at winless Oakridge (0-5, 0-8).
“I believe the defense caused 3 turnovers, which is going is always a game-changer as well,” Taylor wrote. “Overall, great team effort.”
The Boomers can clinch the 2A-SD 3 title outright with a win Friday.