After struggling in the first two games, the Roseburg offense came alive against Reynolds in the first football game on the new turf at Finlay Field on Friday night.
The Tribe scored six offensive touchdowns and Kole Bare returned an interception 101 yards for a score in a 49-38 nonleague victory over the Raiders.
The penalty-marred contest took three hours and 18 minutes to complete.
Senior quarterback Collin Warmouth passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more for Roseburg (1-2), which posted its highest scoring output under third-year head coach Dave Heuberger. Junior running back Doran Gillespie had a 100-yard rushing game for the Indians.
“The offensive coaches took a lot of heat and they’ve got some pride, too,” Heuberger said. “They put in a good game plan. The first play we just popped them (on a 55-yard run by Zack Mandera) and kind of got them back on their heels. Full house, double tight, and we just went after them.”
Roseburg led 28-13 at halftime, finishing with 349 yards total offense — nearly as much as the Indians had in their first two games combined. Gillespie had 125 yards rushing in the first half, including scoring runs of 4 and 47 yards in the second quarter.
Warmouth ran for 97 yards in the first half, and had TD runs of 3 and 1.
“Our big focus all week was being tougher than the other guy and our line really did that,” said Warmouth. “Our running backs were getting a lot of yards without being touched and that opened up a lot of other stuff for us.”
Center Ryley Culberhouse, guards CJ Gale and Hunter Blix, and tackles Thomas Ruth and Hunter Hillard certainly established the line of scrimmage.
“Our wide receivers blocked well and allowed some things to happen,” said Heuberger said. “We really challenged them to get better at that.”
Peyton Bryant was Roseburg's leading receiver with seven catches for 120 yards.
“The offense stepped up,” said Bryson Diaz, who had a quarterback sack and recovered a fumble for the defense.
D’Angelo Adams caught two TD passes in the third period, the second one a 42-yarder which gave the Indians a 42-19 advantage with 55.9 seconds remaining.
Bare and Warmouth each had a pair of interceptions. Bare sealed the win, picking off a Jaden Hawkinson pass in the end zone and racing 101 yards down the right sideline for a touchdown to make it 49-31 with 1:43 left in the fourth quarter.
“Once again, we saw great improvement from week one to week two and two to three,” said Heuberger. “We just need to continue to fight to get better because we’re not good enough to not play well and win.”
The two clubs combined for 35 penalties.
"Some of those penalties will be addressed," said Heuberger. "Some of those are discipline things we can clean up. I'll just leave it at that."
Kehdon Fletcher made three TD receptions for the Raiders (2-1).
The Indians loved the feel of the new turf.
"It's super nice," said Warmouth. "Doesn't disappoint at all. It was definitely worth the wait."
"It's great," Diaz said. "Way better than last year."
"It was like a Christmas present we had to look at for four months, but couldn't open," Heuberger said. "We didn't get out on this field until 6 tonight. The main thing was our kids wanted to come out and play hard and thank the community for a surface like this to play on."
The Indians will be on the road next Friday, visiting Bend for a nonleague game.
Reynolds 7 6 12 13 — 38
Roseburg 7 21 14 7 — 49
Re — Hawkinson recovers fumble in end zone (Hernandez kick), 5:27
Ro — Warmouth 3 run (Lake kick), 33.3
Ro — Gillespie 4 run (Lake kick), 6:45
Ro — Gillespie 47 run (Lake kick), 2:25
Ro — Warmouth 1 run (Lake kick), 1:44
Re — Fletcher 29 pass from Hawkinson (pass failed), 1:22
Ro — Adams 14 pass from Warmouth (Lake kick), 5:56
Re — Hawkinson 1 run (kick blocked), 3:37
Ro — Adams 42 pass from Warmouth (Lake kick), 55.9
Re — Fletcher 15 pass from Hawkinson (run failed), 26.6
Re — Wilson 19 run (run failed), 8:42
Ro — Bare 101 interception return (Lake kick), 1:43
Re — Fletcher 16 pass from Hawkinson (Hernandez kick), 3.8