MILTON-FREEWATER - Joseph Delgado scored four touchdowns and gained 301 all-purpose yards as the Ontario Tigers punished the Mac-Hi Pioneers in a 54-7 Greater Oregon League rout Friday night at Shockman Field.
Ontario's junior receiver used his break-away speed in a punt return for 60 and a kickoff return for 75 yards as well as two touchdown catches of 3 and 76 yards.
The loss ends a 1-7 campaign that saw the Pioneers outscored on average by 27.3 points per game and 37.6 per GOL match. Mac-Hi's lone win came in a 24-6 victory at Umatilla on Sept. 30.
"We're not going to forget it (the season), because if you forget something like this then it's not going to make us improve to get better," Mac-Hi coach Chuck Pease said. "Our last two games have been real crunch-breakers and we have to learn to be able to step up to the plate. In order for our program to be successful that's where we have to get to."
Mac-Hi's lines struggled in the loss - often there was no where for the halfbacks to run, or no time for the quarterback to throw - but Pease said the team as a whole was responsible.
"It (problems) started everywhere," Pease said. "It was not a team effort. ... When your backs aren't making the right hole cuts - and with this offense that we use the line has to block of course - but the backs have to go to the right hole. There was a lot of mistakes.
"You have to meet the challenge," the downbeat Pease said. "And, during this game, quite honestly, no one met the challenge.
"They went out and did a game, but the entire team never met it," Pease said. "They're a good bunch of boys, they've done good things, they've made a lot of strides, but we have to do that extra that puts us over the top."
The scoring started from Ontario's first play from scrimmage. After a three-and-out from Mac-Hi, the Tigers took possession on their own 23-yard line. Junior running back Max Maeda took a handoff 77 yards after breaking several tackles and outrunning the remaining defenders down the right sideline with 9:37 left in the first.
Following a Mac-Hi drive which was killed when Pioneer quarterback Chase Copenhaver dove on a snap that rolled 15 yards into the backfield on third-and-ten, Delgado returned the ensuing punt for 60 yards to put the Tigers up 13-0 with just over four minutes ticked off the clock.
Two plays later Ontario was back on the prowl after the Pioneers' senior halfback Jacob Morris fumbled at the Pioneer 35. After three plays Ontario quarterback Trampis Waite drilled a bullet to tight end Tony Machuca in the end zone for another score. A two-point conversion put the Tigers up 21-0 with 5:26 left in the first quarter.
Mac-Hi's next drive lasted three plays, but this time a line-drive punt from senior quarterback Francisco Saldana put Ontario back to its 15. The Pioneers blew up a screen to Delgado for a 5-yard loss to force Ontario to punt, but when Mac-Hi tried to block the punt, Delgado instead pulled the ball down and ran 36 yards to the Pioneer 5. Waite found halfback Jake Lande for a five yard TD with 20 seconds left in the first.
A fumble killed Ontario's next drive but Mac-Hi could not take advantage and turned the ball over on downs. Ontario took 10 plays and 4:18 to drive 60 yards for another touchdown as Waite found Delgado for a three-yard touchdown pass.
On Ontario's next possession - following another Mac-Hi three-and-out - Delgado took a Waite pass 76 yards for another score.
Down 40-0 with 4:41 left in the half, Mac-Hi finally began moving the ball when senior receiver Troy Kessler took a Copenhaver screen 29 yards down to the Ontario 22. Copenhaver tried to hit tight end Derek Richwine in the end zone, but thrice his passes were swatted away by the Tigers. An Ontario holding penalty gave the Pioneers new life at the Tigers' 6 and on Copenhaver's fourth try he connected with Richwine for a 6-yard touchdown as the first half expired.
Halftime didn't help the Pioneers regroup, as Delgado took the opening kick 75 yards for his final touchdown.
Mac-Hi's next possession ended after a single play when Copenhaver was picked off by Maeda at the Pioneer 49. Ontario's backups drove 51 yards and the Tigers' backup QB Michael Hussey snuck into the end zone for a 1-yard TD to start the running-clock mercy rule with 8:43 left in the third and put Ontario up 54-7.
The Pioneers graduate nine seniors, the biggest loss probably being Morris, but are young will have 15 seniors next season. Copenhaver, who Pease said showed tremendous upside, is only a sophomore.
Ontario 54, Mac-Hi 7
Ont 28 12 14 0 - 54
Mac 0 7 0 0 - 7
Ont - Maeda 77 run (Kitamura kick).
Ont - Delgado 60 punt return (kick failed).
Ont - Machura 8 pass from Waite (Machura pass from Waite).
Ont - Lande 5 pass from Waite (Kitamura kick).
Ont - Delgado 3 pass from Waite (kick failed).
Ont - Delgado 76 pass from Waite (kick failed).
Mac - Richwine 6 pass from Copenhaver (Saldana kick).
Ont - Delgado 75 kick return (Kitamura kick).
Ont - Hussey 1 run (Kitamura kick).
First downs 16 7
Rushes/yards 32-248 25-70
Passing yards 214 86
Passes (att-comp-int) 10-17-0 5-21-2
Punts 1-29 6-183
Fumbles-lost 1-1 2-2
Penalties-yards 2-12.5 3-35
RUSHING - Team: Delgado 2-43, Lande 3-16, Maeda 2-83, Torres 2-15, Turner 1-(-)4, Waite 4-23, unk 9-55,Hartley 1-(-)1, Drake 3-11, Hussey 2-3 TD, Nakamura 3-5; Mac: McCoy 7-15, Copenhaver 6-(-)5, Morris 6-7, Dombrosky 1-5, Hodgen 1-(-)1, Saldana 4-49.
PASSING - Ont: Waite 9-15-0 161 yards 4 TDs, Hussey 1-2-0 53 yards; Mac: Copenhaver 5-21-2 86 yards.
RECEIVING - Saito 1-15, Machuca 1-8 TD, Delgado 5-123 2 TDs, Maeda 1-10, Lande 1-5 TD; Mac: McCoy 1-11, Richwine 1-6 TD, Podoski 2-40, Kessler 1-29.