KLAMATH FALLS — An ongoing snowstorm created memorable playing conditions, but didn't aid South Umpqua in Friday's OSAA Class 4A football first-round playoff game against No. 4 Mazama.
The No. 13 Lancers held Mazama to 29.25 points under their average per game, but were unable to get in the end zone as the Vikings ground their way to a 12-0 victory.
Mazama (8-1) will host Henley next week in the quarterfinals. South Umpqua had its season end at 6-4.
"They did kind of control the ball a bit in the second half, but we held them to 12 points and they're averaging how many?" said S.U. coach Steve Stebbins. "We had an opportunity the whole game until late, but couldn't get anything done all night offensively."
Stebbins said the Lancers did have one scoring opportunity in the second quarter, but a pass in the end zone was dropped and S.U. had to settle for a 0-0 tie at intermission.
"We had an opportunity there and didn't capitalize," said Stebbins. "It was interesting playing in a snowstorm the whole game, it's kind of exciting and I think that's something that not a lot of kids will ever experience in high school football."
S.U.'s defense was spearheaded by Anthony Rondeau, Johnathan Warner, Taylor Gross and Race Cockrell.
Neither team attempted many passes, though the Lancers had just 27 offensive plays in the game. They gained 22 yards on 17 rushes and didn't complete any of 10 passes they threw.
"We didn't get much of anything off the ground," said Stebbins. "They're good defensively and we struggled."
Mazama did gain 298 yards in total offense on 66 plays, including 65 rushes for 285 yards.
M — Gill 17 run (kick failed)
M — Gibson 13 pass from McVey (run failed)