souRaidersCourtesy: Southern Oregon University Athletics

CALDWELL, Idaho –Fans at College of Idaho’s Simplot Stadium were introduced to the right arm of Austin Dodge (Vancouver, Wash./Skyview) on Saturday afternoon. After seventh-ranked Southern Oregon’s 66-16 win, the good news is they’ll never have to see it again.

The Raiders (7-1 overall, 6-1 Frontier Conference) got loose in a hurry with touchdowns on each of their first six drives, four of which lasted less than one minute. Dodge aired it out often, going 23-for-29 for 443 yards and four touchdown passes in leading SOU to a 693-260 yardage advantage over the Coyotes (4-4, 3-4).

By halftime Dodge was already 10-for-13 with 308 yards, Ryan Retzlaff (Medford, Ore./South Medford) and Dylan Young (Salem, Ore./North Salem) already had five catches and two touchdowns apiece, and the Raiders led 42-10.

The game these teams played in Ashland on Sept. 20, their first meeting in 46 years, was knotted 28-all early in the third quarter.

SOU and third-ranked Carroll remain tied for first place, now two games ahead of 13th-ranked Rocky Mountain, which was a 20-17 loser Saturday at Montana Western. Rocky, the only Frontier team SOU hasn’t defeated since joining the circuit in 2012, will visit Raider Stadium next Saturday for a 1 p.m. tilt.

The Raiders pounced on the Coyotes starting with the first play from scrimmage, a 65-yard strike from Dodge to Ryan Retzlaff (Medford, Ore./South Medford) for a touchdown.

SOU’s tailbacks got to work next – first Keegan Lawrence (Sherwood, Ore./Sherwood), who made it 14-0 by ending a short drive with a nine-yard run, then Sean Tow (Diamond Springs, Calif./Union Mine), whose seven-yard run capped a three-play, 63-yard drive for a 21-10 lead.

The fourth play of SOU’s next drive was a 73-yard bomb from Dodge to Young. The first play of the drive after that was a screen pass to Retzlaff, who took it 50 yards to the house. Retzlaff totaled 199 receiving yards and Young had 186, season-bests for both players.

Melvin Mason (Vacaville, Calif./Vacaville) led the ground game with 12 carries, 80 yards and one TD. Tow scored twice with 63 yards, and Lawrence ran three times for 57 yards and a TD.

The Coyotes totaled 540 yards in the teams’ first matchup.

Laurence Calcagno (Canby, Ore./Canby) headed the Raider defense again with 12 tackles, three for losses, and a fumble that he forced and recovered. Isiah Carter (Las Vegas, Nev./Canyon Springs) and Heston Altenbach (Coquille, Ore./Coquille) had 10 tackles apiece, and Julius Rucker (Portland, Ore./Westview) intercepted C of I quarterback Teejay Gordon.

Gordon was considerably less effective than in his first try against SOU. He went 15-for-26 with 124 yards through the air, and netted 52 yards on 23 rushes.

The Raiders’ 693 yards were their most since racking up 694 against Montana Western on Oct. 26 of last season.


Picture of storm damage in Brookings. Shared by Finessa Stone via Facebook.

MEDFORD, Ore. — Wind knocked out power for tens of thousands of people in Oregon and Northern California.

Fire crews and Pacific Power teams had to deal with downed trees crushing power lines and damaging property. Representatives with Pacific Power say they had every single crew available working to restore power throughout the day.

The Rogue Valley was mostly spared from power outages, but 25,000 homes lost power throughout Northern California and all of Oregon. Meanwhile the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office actually lost their 9-1-1 lines in the northern parts of the county.

Pacific Power says their crews are still on call if further need arises.

pitbullMEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Police said there are a number of reports of aggressive dogs. Officers said Saturday was the third day in a row they had to call in Animal Control to help catch the dogs.

Police said they received a report Friday of two dogs, similar to pitbulls, off leash and being aggressive in the 1000 block of West 10th street.

Medford Police and Animal Control caught the dogs, but were unable to locate or identify the owners.

Those dogs will likely be housed at the Jackson County Animal Shelter for the time being.

Police InvestigationKLAMATH COUNTY, Ore. — Sheriff’s deputies in Klamath County are investigating human remains found along the road. Those remains are believed to be those of a man who had been missing for two years.

The remains were apparently found by a mushroom picker on Thursday around mile marker 84 on Highway 138.

Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah says they’re still waiting on the medical examiner’s report and can’t release the identity of the man until they’re absolutely sure, but he says the man was not wanted on any criminal charges, nor is any foul play suspected in his death.

houston march 3CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — Family and community members in the Illinois Valley are urging progress one year after one of the biggest unsolved death cases in the area.

Today a group marched down Redwood Highway in Cave Junction for Jarred Houston and Robert Calvin, two victims of a tragic hit and run accident that still remains unsolved by OSP.

October 30 marks the one year anniversary of the hit and run accident that took the lives of Houston and Calvin, but friends and family members say neither the pain nor memories have dulled.

Now these rallies continue on a monthly basis to remind state police that these victims won’t be forgotten. Hear more on the one-year anniversary rally tonight on Newswatch 12 at 11.

shooting(CNN) — Two people are dead and four wounded Friday, after 14-year-old Jaylen Fryberg opened fire in his school cafeteria and then fatally shot himself.

The four surviving victims of the shooting are all in intensive care at area hospitals. Three of them are in critical condition, and one is in serious condition. Two of the victims were identified Saturday as Shaylee Chucklenaskit and Gia Soriano.

Students are struggling to make sense of the tragedy. By all accounts, Fryberg was a popular student who was named homecoming prince last week. But his recent social media posts are troubling. Fryberg’s last tweet reads “It won’t last…it’ll never last.”

Though a motive for the shooting is still unclear, his grandfather says two of the victims are Fryberg’s relatives.

Friday night, the Marysville community held a vigil for the victims.

hannah_graham(CNN) — Human remains discovered last weekend in Albemarle County, Virginia, belong to University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, authorities said Friday.

Graham, 18, went missing before dawn on September 13 after being last spotted on several surveillance cameras in Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall area.

The remains were discovered last Saturday on an abandoned property eight miles from where Graham was last seen. Graham’s parents, John and Sue, acknowledged the confirmation of the remains’ identity, announced by the Virginia Medical Examiner’s Office and the Albemarle County Police Department.

“When we started this journey together we all hoped for a happier ending,” the couple said in a statement. “Sadly that was not to be, but due to the tenacity and determination of (Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy) Longo, Hannah is coming home to us and we will be eternally grateful to him for this.”

2048px-ebola_virus_virionNEW YORK, NY (CNN) — New York City’s health commissioner has confirmed that Dr. Craig Spencer has tested positive for Ebola.

Spencer recently spent time in West Africa, considered Ground Zero for the Ebola outbreak. The 33-year-old was recently treating patients in Guinea.

On Thursday, he began feeling fever, nausea, pain and fatigue — all Ebola symptoms.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city’s health system is up to the task, and there’s no cause for alarm.

“We have the finest public health system, not only in this country, but anywhere in the world,” said de Blasio.

“It’s a public health system that’s been developed over decades. It is ready for extraordinary challenges. We are fully able to handle Ebola.”

Spencer is in stable condition at New York’s Bellevue Hospital Center. His fiancee and two friends who had contact with him are now under quarantine and being monitored.

Section of Bear Creek Closed TemporarilyMEDFORD, Ore. — A group of volunteers is working to clean up the Bear Creek Watershed. It’s part of a two-year project to restore fish and other wildlife populations to the area.

This restoration work is thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board.

Roughly a dozen people came out Saturday morning to plant trees and shrubs along the buffer zones near the creek. They say that vegetation will improve the area as a wildlife habitat.

“They shade our streams which keep the water from getting warmer and make it friendlier for fish, and also the vegetation helps filter pollutants and they provide a buffer,” explained Frances Oyung, with Bear Creek Watershed Council.

For two years, those volunteers have been clearing the area to make room for Saturday’s planting. Volunteers will continue planting throughout the year, with most of it finished up by February.

FIRE IN KFALLS GALE EMMONS VIEWERKLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — American Red Cross said volunteers responded Friday afternoon to a house fire on the 2000 block of Round Lake Road in Klamath Falls.

The Red Cross says this single-family fire affected two adults, including “one fatality and several pet fatalities”.

No names were publicly released.

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