ASHLAND – The defensive heroism of Cole Schmidt sealed a 17-15 victory for the No.25-ranked College of Idaho on a Saturday afternoon full of missed opportunities for Southern Oregon at Raider Stadium.
Schmidt, a red-shirted defensive end, blocked a punt with 10:54 left in the fourth quarter, picked it up and sent it back for 4 yards for a touchdown that extended the lead by one point des Yotes at 17-9. With 2:24 remaining, he came up with an interception that was tilted at the line of scrimmage by Dylan Martinez, ruining SOU’s last chance.
The Yotes (6-2) were tied for first place with Rocky Mountain (Montreal) in the Frontier Conference standings after the Battlin ‘Bears lost to Montana Tech. SOU, who missed a two-point conversion try that could have tied the game in the dying minutes, fell to 3-5 and sits in sixth place.
After lightning delayed the kick-off by an hour and 37 minutes, the Raiders built a 9-0 advantage to take the half off Cesar Ruiz’s goals at 41, 26 and 25 yards. They also left crucial points behind. Stokes Botelho returned two interceptions for touchdowns, but the first was called back due to an illegal block, and the second was called after transferring the ball to a teammate without Yotes in the photo just yards from the kick zone. goals and was flagged for a forward transfer.
The Yotes finally broke through with another SOU error, a punt they recovered on the Raider’s 19-yard line midway through the third quarter. Cameron Simons took advantage of a 31-yard field goal.
With 12:40 left in the fourth, Nick Calzaretta’s third straight rush turned into his 12th TD of the season after an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty from Raider put the Yotes with short field. Simons’ ensuing kick gave them their first lead at 10-9.
Their momentum continued a few minutes later with Schmidt’s blocked punt and touchdown, but SOU responded.
Facing the fourth and 33 yards of the C of I 36 yard line with 4:43 left, Blake Asciutto hit Bryce Goggin in the middle and Goggin maneuvered out – passing Yotes’ defense and stretching in the corner of the end zone. The Raiders needed two more points to match him; Asciutto’s attempt to pass to Christian Graney remained incomplete.
Asciutto, making his first start for injured quarterback Matt Struck, completed 21 of 38 passes for 219 yards. Graney caught eight of them for 65 yards.
Defensively, Botelho has only become the third Raider in the past five years to land two assists in a game. He has up to four interceptions on the season. Jared Smith added another on his senior day.
Drew Schuler led the Raiders with nine tackles. Bryce Kasch had six, including two for losses.
SOU 2, MULTNOMAH 1: In Portland, southern Oregon scored the first two goals of the afternoon, securing the first from Noah Addie in the 10th minute and the second from Luis Navarrete on an assist from Izaiha Bruce in the 25th for finish a third place in the Cascade. Regular season conference.
Multnomah’s Axel Mbuyu cut the lead in half in the 32nd minute, but the Lions only took one shot on goal the rest of the day.
Goalkeeper Anthony Armenta got his second start for the Raiders (14-3, 10-3 CCC) and made two saves.
SOU 3, MULTNOMAH 0: In Portland, three months after being chosen to finish seventh in the Cascade Conference preseason coaches poll, southern Oregon put the finishing touches to a CCC 10-2 record in the a regular season finale that only won second place.
The Raiders (12-4-1) won their fifth straight shutout against the Lions (1-13, 0-12). Kaya Baird scored in the third minute, Trinity Rhoades scored a penalty in the sixth and Baylee Touey added the last goal in the 16th. Phoebe Bunn assisted Baird and Touey’s goals.
The shutout was SOU’s 11th, two off the program’s record in one season. Ashlynn Hernandez rounded it off with a save.
COLLEGE OF IDAHO 3, SOU 0: In Caldwell, Idaho, the College of Idaho trailed just one point and took a 25-21, 25-19, 26-24 victory over Southern Oregon behind Emily Vandenberg’s 12 kills. .
The loss marred outside hitter Katie Vroman’s total of 11 kills for the Raiders (12-13, 7-13 CC). The sophomore hit him on 22 swings while Hailey Van Well had 14 kills in 27 attempts.
The rest of the Raiders, however, had 16 eliminations and 15 attacking errors as SOU was formally eliminated from the playoffs.
SOU’s Gwen Sheldon had 21 assists, Taylor Russell had 15 and five digs, and Kadyn Jones added a record 17 digs.
LINN-BENTON CC 3, ROGUE CC 0: At Grants Pass, Catherine Rostel had 11 wins and 12 digs, Tessa Frodge added eight wins and Devin Ireland gave out 35 assists, but Rogue Community College couldn’t hold Linn-Benton back in a 25-19 loss. , 25-20, 25-17.
Jeanie Palsis contributed 15 digs for the Ospreys (18-8, 9-5) against top Linn-Benton (23-2, 13-0).
Rogue CC nabbed a playoff berth with Friday’s four-set victory over Lane CC and is fourth in the NWAC South Region standings.