Mount Hood Conference 3rd-place game
|Barlow Bruins (6-3)|
|Reynolds Raiders (6-3)|
Barlow senior running back Jobi Malary could not be stopped Friday night, making seven trips to the end zone to lead the Bruins to a 54-40 win over Reynolds in the Mount Hood Conference third-place game.
"One, you have a really good athlete — he's a talented kid," Barlow coach Terry Summerfield said. "And two, Reynolds runs an aggressive defense taking gambles and shooting the gaps. Our line settled down in the second half, and we were able to run the ball well."
The teams were deadlocked at 27-27 late in the third quarter when Barlow made its move.
Bruins' linebacker Nathaniel Koenig recovered a pair of fumbles, and Reynolds had a slippery ball slip through its hands on a punt attempt deep in its own territory. Barlow got quick touchdowns after each turnover with Malary breaking loose for scoring runs from 50 yards, 11 yards and 64 yards out.
The blitz of points put Barlow in charge 47-27 with 10:22 to play.
Barlow (6-3) opens the playoffs against Beaverton (4-5) at 7 p.m. Friday, while Reynolds (6-3) travels to South Medford (6-3).
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