SISTERS, Ore. — Mac-Hi’s junior tailback Jeffrey Jones burst onto the scene with 134 yards on 25 carries and two touchdowns to lead the Pioneers to a 21-7 victory over Sisters here Friday.
“Jeffrey is going to be our workhorse,” Mac-Hi coach Tim Hutchison said. “He is quick, explosive and if he stays he healthy — along with the lineman — you’re going to see those 100-yard games.”
Mac-Hi was looking for redemption from last year’s 39-16 loss to Sisters in Milton-Freewater.
“It was a long six-hour trip,” Hutchison said. “So you never know how the team is going to respond but there was good leadership and we came out to play well.”
The Pioneers jumped out to a 14-0 first-half lead.
Chase Copenhaver completed a three-yard pass to Jones for Mac-Hi’s first score. The next touchdown was a 25-yard connection from Copenhaver to Jake Podoski, who made a nifty one-handed grab in double coverage to come down with the score.
Sisters was able to come within a score in the third period with a touchdown pass of its own.
The Pioneers scored on a 12-yard Jones touchdown run to finish the scoring in the fourth period.
“We like to run the ball to set the pass but you could see us throw the ball more in the future,” Hutchison said.
The Pioneers had 284 total yards. Copenhaver passed for 81 and Mac-Hi accumulated 203 on the ground.
Copenhaver ran the ball seven times for 51 yards.
The Pioneers take the field again Thursday at Dayton at 7 p.m.
Mac-Hi 21, Sisters 7
Mac-Hi 7 7 0 7 — 21
Sisters 0 0 7 0 — 7