Black Tornado whirls by Celtics – Medford News Weather Sports Breaking News

Minus his leading rusher, North Medford didn’t miss a beat on Friday night as he delivered a dominant 52-6 win over McNary in Keizer.

While senior Ty Pugliano sat on the sidelines as a precaution from an injury he picked up a week ago, his fellow backfielders more than caught up as Alexander Angulo scored three touchdowns and Kilohana Wailehua added another to end a defeat of the to spur Celtics on.

Angulo scored two goals on 6-yard runs while Wailehua added a 2-yard TD run as the Black Tornado leaned on his veteran offensive line to earn the South/Central Football Conference away win.

“It’s nice to have these guys,” said North Medford head coach Nathan Chin of the reserve running backs. “They all complement each other very well. Without Ty this week the other guys had to step up and they did, no doubt about that. And with whoever runs the ball, the five guys up front plus (tight ends AJ Pugliano and Kellen Thomey) in the mix, our running game is pretty solid.”

All of this served to calm the nerves of Chin, who was a little suspicious that his Black Tornado (5-3, 5-1) would fall into a trap against the winless McNary (0-8, 0-6) in Week 8 was advised.

“You always get nervous when you come here and play these games, but I’m proud of the guys for taking care of business,” Chin said. “It was one of those deals where you play that game against a team that didn’t win a game right in the middle, which ended up being two of your biggest games of the season with Sheldon last week and the Black and Blue Bowl next week, and worry. I’d be lying to you if I didn’t say I’m worried about how we’re going to turn out, but the kids have done a really good job of taking care of the business.”

The discrepancy on paper quickly evolved into a discrepancy on the field, with North Medford simply not letting McNary gain much ground on offense while the Black Tornado shone for themselves.

In addition to two Angulo touchdowns and the one for Wailehua, North Medford capitalized on a 24-yard TD connection from JT Knobloch-Scott to AJ Pugliano, a 25-yard field goal by the kicker-turned-QB, a safety when a snap eluded McNary’s punter and he had to fall on it in the end zone and a 3-yard TD run from Jeremiah Robbins to establish a 39-0 halftime advantage.

North Medford’s defensive efforts were particularly impressive as his crew in the trenches constantly pressured Celtics QB Jackson Alt and didn’t let either running back gain much ground.

“Our D-line completely swallowed them up,” Chin said. “Such efforts have not been uncommon for our defense this year. There are definitely two pillars that our team have really identified with over the past six weeks and that’s our defense and our running game. We did a really good job that way.”

McNary’s lone touchdown was a bit of luck as Alt nearly lost the ball in the pocket after bumping into a lead blocker before regrouping and finding Jaboi Balos swiping down the middle, resulting in a 70-yard touchdown led.

The effort became moot moments later when DeAndre Card set up the ensuing kickoff on his own 7-yard line, charged across the field, and then sped down the Black Tornado sideline, virtually untouched, for a 93-yard score.

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NM – Angulo 6 run (Kick failed)

NM – Wailehua 2 run (knobloch-Scott kick)

NM – AJ Pugliano 24 Knobloch-Scott Pass (Knobloch-Scott Kick)

NM – Angulo 6-run (Knobloch-Scott Kick)

NM — FG Knobloch-Scott 25

NM – Safety, Endzone Snap

NM – Robbins 3 Run (Knobloch-Scott Kick)

NM – Angulo 2-run (Knobloch-Scott Kick)

M — Balos 70 pass from alt (kick blocked)

NM – Card 93 Kickoff Return (Kick Failed)

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Alexander Angulo, North Medford Football

Kilohana Wailehua, North Medford Football

AJ Pugliano, North Medford Football

Kellen Thomey, North Medford Football

Jeremiah Robbins, North Medford Football


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