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For the second straight season, South Medford scouted Sheldon a 20-point lead to start their football game.

This year alone, the top-ranked Irish gave the No.8 Panthers no leeway to bounce back as they ran away with a 49-0 win in Football Conference South/Central action on Friday night.

Sheldon scored on all six possessions in the first half against the shorthanded Panthers to take a commanding 42-0 lead and adopt a running clock for the final half.

“They started like that last year too, but we just weren’t up to it this year,” said South Medford head coach Bill Singler, whose team played without a handful. starters injured. “We’re missing a few pieces from this deal and in high school football, when you’re missing a few balls, it’s hard to replace them.”

Everything the Irish wanted to achieve, they did.

Everything South Medford tried was largely in vain on a night when the two sides entered the competition 5-0 on aggregate and 3-0 in SCFC play.

“They got off to a good start, to their credit,” said Singler, in his 25th season in charge of the Panthers. “They’re a really good football team. They’re the best Sheldon team I’ve seen in a long time.

Sensational senior quarterback Brock Thomas had four touchdowns and ran for two more to clear the way for Sheldon.

On the other hand, his counterpart Deacon Edgar fought an uphill battle as he was under break pressure and couldn’t find many windows to run or pitch for South Medford.

Edgar was intercepted by Nikko Klemm on the Panthers’ first possession, then unchecked on a tipping and then controlling effort from Luke Leighton and a diving effort from Mana Tuioti.

“They executed at a very high level and they disrupted us tremendously on offense,” Singler said. “We just haven’t had a response.”

South Medford were unofficially limited to 90 passing yards and 173 total in the first half, while Sheldon had 285 passing yards and another 59 rushing – 45 courtesy of Thomas.

Edgar was 11-for-18 total for 133 yards and held without a touchdown — rushing or passing — for the first time this season.

Ty Henry led South Medford with three catches for 68 yards, while Andrew Walker had two catches for 26 yards and a 22-yard run and Jacob Forrette had two catches for 27 yards in his first start as a receiver .

On the ground, Dylan Espinosa rushed for 38 yards on seven carries — most in the first quarter — but Sheldon’s massive defensive line, anchored by Duck-bound and Oregon’s top senior Teitum Tuioti and Josh Merriman, held off. found his way into the backfield to keep South from gaining ground.

Thomas opened the game with a 66-yard strike against Isaac Peters and the Irish never looked back. Sheldon’s first interception led to an 11-yard touchdown pass to Luke Leighton and, after the Panthers turned the ball on the downs, Thomas went 6 yards to make it 21-0 late in the game. first quarter.

Leighton’s interception on South’s promising next drive was properly capped off by him shooting a short pass underhand and passing everyone to the end zone for 33 yards.

Proof of how Sheldon’s night was, Thomas even completed a one-yard pass after his initial offer was rejected by Espinosa but back in the fast-acting QB’s lap. The 6-foot, 175-pound Thomas later capped off that drive with a 22-yard TD run.

After the third interception, Cade Welch ducked into the end zone for an 18-yard TD to make it a perfect 6-on-6 to score first-half drives for Sheldon.

“There weren’t a lot of answers on offense and defense,” Singler said. “We didn’t put up much resistance either. They were extremely excited to play us as they haven’t played a game in three weeks (41-0 win over Sprague, 62-6 over McNary and 56-0 over Roseburg). Their guys were so early they couldn’t wait to play us and we weren’t up to it.

Sheldon scored with around four minutes left as both teams had reserve players in the game.

For South Medford, Singler said it would all depend on how his side react to their first loss after starting the season 5-0 for the first time since 2011.

“It’s gut-checking time for this team,” said the coach, whose team will play at Grants Pass next Friday. “What kind of team do you want to be at the end of the year? Are you going to let a game define you or are you going to rally the troops and find the character and resolve and end this season strong.

South of Medford0000—0

Sheldon212107—49

S — Peters 66 pass from Thomas (graziano kick)

S — Leighton 11 Thomas pass (Graziano shot)

S—Thomas Run 6 (Graziano Kick)

S — Leighton 33 Thomas pass (Graziano kick)

S—Thomas Run 22 (Graziano Kick)

S — Welch 18 Thomas pass (Graziano kick)

S — Parosa Run 8 (Johnson Kick)

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South Medford’s Deacon Edgar, shown in action in last week’s win over Sprague, found it difficult to navigate against a strong defense from Sheldon who came into Friday’s game after allowing second-fewest points level 6A. [Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune]

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