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Football roundup: Scio faces Dayton in Class 3A showdown

The Scio High football team dominated Taft 62-20 last Friday on Homecoming and will take on host Dayton at 7 p.m. this Friday night, Oct. 6, in a Class 3A District 2 showdown.

The No. 10 Loggers and No. 4 Dayton are both 5-0 overall and 3-0 in district play, tied with No. 14 Santiam Christian (4-2, 3-0) for the league lead. 

The Pirates won last year’s matchup with Scio, 42-20 and eventually advanced to the Class 3A semifinals. The Loggers finished one game out of the playoff race. 

“Dayton is a big, physical, well-coached team,” Scio coach Justin Guest told The Canyon Weekly. “They create a lot of problems for teams. We need to have a good week of practice to get ready.”

“There is still some stuff we need to clean up on defense,” Scio senior lineman Jackson Braa said. “But we’re very confident that we’ll do the work and show up ready to show what we can do.”

Scio showed what it could do from the outset against Taft (2-3 overall and 1-2 in the district). The Loggers led 16-0 early, 38-12 at the half and benefitted from the running clock in the fourth quarter.

Senior quarterback Bryan Parazoo executed the Loggers’ slow mesh offense brilliantly, rushing for 265 yards and four TDs. He handed off to Cody Roofener for 63 yards and a pair of scores and to Gabe Nikitchuk for 43 yards and a TD. 

Parazoo only threw it three times, but hit two of them for 108 yards, including a 60-yard scoring pass to a wide-open wing back Brandon Vath for Scio’s second score.

“Our line really did a good job blocking,” Parazoo said, “and I was hitting my mesh points pretty good.”

The Scio slow mesh offense aims to keep the ball in Parazoo’s hands until the last possible moment before handing it off, keeping it or passing it. 

In one sequence Parazoo was off and running down the right sideline when a whistle blew. The officials thought Parazoo had handed it off to Roofener, who wound up buried  beneath a pile of Tigers. 

“That’s happened to us two or three times this season,” Parazoo said.

Notes: Roofener was selected Homecoming king at halftime. The queen was fellow senior Hadley Miller. Dayton piled up 507 total yards in a 52-26 win last week vs. Salem Academy. Zach Smith rushed for 324 yards and three touchdowns on 34 carries and had an interception. Morgan Gallagher had two tackles for loss and two forced fumbles for the Pirates.

Santiam: The Wolverines dropped to 0-4 overall and 0-3 in the Class 2A Tri-River Conference with a 31-6 loss to Blanchet Catholic. Santiam visits No. 12 Willamina (4-1 overall, 2-1 Tri-River) at 7 p.m. this Friday, Oct. 6. Xavier Vital had a 76-yard TD run for the Wolverines, who are battling injury-related manpower issues under first-year coach Lyle Schroeder. Santiam had just 16 players available for the Blanchet game. 

This week’s opponent, Willamina, features 5-9, junior running back Jacob Hadley, who rushed 48 times for 452 yards, nine touchdowns and two 2-point conversions in a 69-50 win against Culver on Sept. 29. 

“Willamina will be another challenge for us,” Schroeder said.  “They have probably the best running back in 2A in the state. If we can contain him, I think we have a pretty good shot.”

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