Javier Ramirez-Perez, Daschel Smith help South Salem edge Bend in shootout; several Lava Bears miss game because of COVID-19 issues

South Salem 50, Bend 46 

The last of Javier Ramirez-Perez’s three rushing touchdowns, a one-yard run with 1:52 left, lifted the Saxons over the Lava Bears at Bend High School’s Punk Hunnell Stadium. 

Seve Castillo passed for four touchdowns and ran for two for the Lava Bears (2-5, 0-4 Mountain Valley Conference). Castillo’s final touchdown run, with 4:26 left, gave the Lava Bears a 46-43 lead. 

Ben Martin caught touchdown passes of 43 and 12 yards from Castillo. Jack Sorenson scored on a 91-yard pass play, Jackson Bishop had a touchdown on a 63-yard catch-and-run, and Aiden Kelly had a 55-yard touchdown run for the Lava Bears. 

Daschel Smith passed for 319 yards and one touchdown and ran for three scores for the Saxons (4-3, 2-3). 

After the Saxons’ final score — which produced the fifth lead change of the fourth quarter — the Lava Bears drove far enough to throw a pass into the end zone on the final snap. 

The Lava Bears were without coach Matt Craven and several players because of COVID-19 issues, The (Bend) Bulletin reported. 

Photo by Rockne Andrew Roll


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