Pioneers blow out Riverside, 47-0

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MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi’s Tavis Hodgen showcased his abilities on both offense and special teams within the first seven minutes of the Pioneers’ non-league football game with Riverside Friday night at Shockman Field.

Hodgen returned a Pirates’ punt 36 yards to set up Mac-Hi’s first touchdown, added a 6-point punt return of 64 yards and a scoring rush of 58 yards as the Pioneers built a 26-0 lead after one quarter in a 47-0 blowout.

The win was Mac-Hi’s first of the 2012 season and improved the Pioneers’ record to 1-3.

Riverside slipped to 1-2.

“The boys came out ready to play,” Mac-Hi coach Tim Hutchison said. “It was a chance for them to show (everyone) the team they are.”

Hodgen’s initial punt return set the Pioneers up at the Pirates’ 24-yard line. Carries of 20 and 4 yards by Jeffery Jones ended a brief offensive possession in successful fashion and gave Mac-Hi a 6-0 lead at the 10:49 mark of the first quarter.

As it did on Riverside’s first series, the Pioneers’ defense forced a three-and-out on the Pirates’ second possession and set the stage for Hodgen’s 64-yard gallop that doubled Mac-Hi’s advantage to 12-0 with 8:37 on the clock.

Hodgen’s third big play of the quarter, coupled with a 2-point conversion run by Jones, put the Pioneers in front, 20-0, with 5:06 to go in period one.

“Tavis played well and showed he can get around that edge,” Hutchison said. “He played extremely well.”

Mac-Hi quarterback Chase Copenhaver completed the first-quarter scoring with a 25-yard rushing touchdown with 27 seconds left in the period.

The Pioneers recorded a pair of scores in the second quarter. Copenhaver — who completed 5-of-7 passes for 73 yards, all in the first half — hit tight end Derek Richwine with a 23-yard scoring pass at the 10:10 mark and Tristan Warne blasted across the goal line from 2 yards away with 2:20 remaining.

“Chase was amazing,” Hutchison said. “He commands the game well.”

Jones tallied a 2-point run after Richwine’s touchdown and Beau Birdwell booted an extra point following Warne’s score.

Mac-Hi led 41-0 at halftime.

Warne picked up the Pioneers’ last touchdown of the night — a 44-yard rushing burst with 10:38 left in the third quarter that commenced a continuous running clock due to the mercy rule.

“The ‘O’ line blocked well,” Hutchison said. “When they do, you have running lanes.”

Mac-Hi’s defense, anchored by linebacker Eddie Zaragoza, held Riverside to 19 net yards rushing on 39 tries. Fifteen of the Pirates’ attempts ended behind the line of scrimmage.

“Eddie shined,” Hutchison said. “He leads our defense and did a great job. He showed what he can do.

“We dominated all three phases of the game,” Hutchison said. “We were fundamentally sound and flew around.”

Mac-Hi’s next game is Oct. 12 when it opens Greater Oregon League play at Baker.

Mac-Hi 47, Riverside 0

Riverside 0 0 0 0 — 0

Mac-Hi 26 15 6 0 — 47

Mac-Hi — Jones 4 run (kick blocked).

Mac-Hi — Hodgen 64 punt return (kick failed).

Mac-Hi — Hodgen 58 run (Jones run).

Mac-Hi — Copenhaver 25 run (pass failed).

Mac-Hi — Richwine 23 pass from Copenhaver (Jones run).

Mac-Hi — Warne 2 run (Birdwell kick).

Mac-Hi — Warne 44 run (kick blocked).

Riverside Mac-Hi

First downs 7 11

Rushes/yards 39-19 22-263

Passing yards 79 73

Passes (att-comp-int) 16-7-1 7-5-0

Punts 6-34.2 1-36

Fumbles-lost 3-1 1-1

Penalties-yards 2-10 8-78

Individual Statistics

RUSHING — Riverside: Murillo 14-11, Shimer 6-8, Madrigal 7-7, Corpus 4-4, Rockwell 5-0, Olvera 1-(-3), Team 2-(-8); Mac-Hi: Freemantle 2-67, Copenhaver 4-65-1, Hodgen 1-58-1, Warne 6-49-2, Jones 3-31-1, Moller 2-9, Ley 1-5, Fortune 1-0, Perez 1-(-1), Team 1-(-10).

PASSING — Riverside: Shimer 7-16-1, 79 yards, 0 TDs; Mac-Hi: Copenhaver 5-7-0, 73 yards, 1 TD.

RECEIVING — Riverside: Rockwell 3-19, Murillo 2-47, Miller 1-11, Corpus 1-2; Mac-Hi: Richwine 3-44-1, Shuler 1-22, Zaragoza 1-7.

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