Roseburg couldn’t produce enough offense to stay with the Grants Pass Cavemen Friday night.
Vincent Washington ran for 178 yards on 21 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns as the Cavemen defeated the Indians, 30-7, at G.P.’s Mel Ingram Field in the Southwest Conference football opener for both teams.
“I felt our kids kept competing,” said Roseburg coach Dave Heuberger. “Grants Pass is a good, veteran ballclub, and we’ll take those lessons from this game and learn from them.”
Grants Pass, beating the Tribe for the fifth straight year, improved to 3-0 overall. Roseburg dropped to 1-2.
The Cavemen opened the scoring just 25 seconds into the contest on a 1-yard run by Washington. Tayler Phillips set up the touchdown, catching a 49-yard pass from Blain Hobbs.
Grants Pass increased its lead to 17-0 by halftime.
A punt return by Niko Phillips gave the Cavemen possession at the RHS 21. Tayler Phillips caught a 16-yard pass on third-and-14, then Washington scored on a 3-yard run with 3:10 remaining in the second quarter.
Daniel Cronin added a 37-yard field goal with 0.7 seconds left. The key play in the drive was a 33-yard pass from Tayler Phillips to Niko Phillips.
Korbin Lopez scored G.P.’s final two touchdowns. The junior hauled in a 21-yard TD pass with 3:13 remaining in the third quarter and made a 35-yard scoring reception with 10:56 to go in the fourth period.
The Indians got on the scoreboard late in the contest as backup quarterback Jace Stoffal directed the drive. Stoffal, a sophomore, connected with sophomore Jett Black on an 8-yard TD pass with 1:45 left.
“I was pleased with the way we moved the ball at times,” Heuberger said. “We missed some opportunities. When you have opportunities against a quality opponent on the road, you need to make sure you take advantage.”
Sophomore Doran Gillespie was Roseburg’s leading rusher with 37 yards on 16 carries. Quarterback Collin Warmouth had 32 yards on six attempts.
Warmouth was only 5 of 19 passing for 57 yards, but had several passes dropped. The junior threw one interception. Stoffal finished 6 of 8 for 41 yards.
“I was pleased with the young kids,” Heuberger said.
Hobbs also hurt the Indians on the ground, gaining 57 yards on five carries. Tayler Phillips was the top receiver for the Cavemen, catching four balls for 74 yards.
Roseburg resumes conference play next Friday against South Eugene at Finlay Field.
Roseburg 0 0 0 7 — 7
Grants Pass 7 10 6 7 — 30
GP — Washington 1 run (Cronin kick)
GP — Washington 3 run (Cronin kick)
GP — Cronin 37 field goal
GP — Lopez 21 pass from Hobbs (kick failed)
GP — Lopez 35 pass from Hobbs (Cronin kick)
R — J. Black 8 pass from Stoffal (Lake kick)