Reynolds pulls off a first-round surprise over South Medford
|South Medford Panthers|
MEDFORD — All smiles and hoisted on the shoulders of his Reynolds football teammates, sophomore Miles Wilson was the recipient of "MVP" chants Friday night at the close of a first-round state playoff game Friday night at South Medford.
And for good reason.
The 5-foot-9, 195-pounder darted behind a physical offensive line all night at Spiegelberg Stadium and totaled an eye-popping 287 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 39 carries to help stun the reigning Class 6A state runner-up Panthers for a 35-28 triumph.
The win over South Medford (6-4) allowed the Raiders (7-3) to advance to the second round of the state playoffs, where they'll meet Metro League champ and No. 4-ranked Jesuit next Friday.
"It's a big win," said Wilson. "We haven't been here in a while and I'm just proud to bring it back to the town that we're still going in the playoffs baby."
Wilson's 77-yard TD run opened the scoring with 6:13 left in the first quarter, and his go-ahead 8-yard TD run came with that same exact time on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter. His ensuing two-point conversion run made it 35-28, with Wilson scoring all but nine of his team's points in the upset.
"He's an unbelievable kid," said Reynolds head coach Ryan Aldred. "He's got an incredible work ethic and you obviously see what he can do on a football field. He's a tremendous young man and the fact that he's only a sophomore? His future is very bright."
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