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Trosin Named Offensive Player of the Week; Raiders Defeat Mounties

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(Courtesy: SOU Sports Information)

Southern Oregon quarterback Tanner Trosin was voted the Frontier Conference's offensive player of the week Monday after leading the 25th-ranked Raiders to a season-opening win Saturday in Sherwood.

As SOU topped No. 7 Eastern Oregon, 31-21, the senior completed 21 of 33 passes for 311 yards and rushed 14 times for 85. Protecting a 17-14 lead in the fourth quarter, he led the Raiders on an 82-yard drive that he finished with a 15-yard touchdown run and, after SOU's defense promptly forced a punt, he fired a 74-yard TD pass over the top to Bronsen Ader.

Ader finished with five catches for 132 yards, marking the second 100-plus-yard game of his career.

SOU's defense, led by CJ Jones' eight tackles and Armando Gauger's two sacks, held the Mountaineers to 294 yards of total offense – 178 fewer than the Raiders, and their lowest total against SOU since 2006.

EOU needed to travel just nine yards for its first touchdown, a three-yard rush by quarterback Kai Quinn that followed Justin Hughes' block of Jaxon Clark's punt on SOU's opening drive. The Raiders reeled off successive drives of 66 and 80 yards – capped by one-yard TD dives by Rey Vega and Michael Roots – at the end of the first quarter and start of the second to take the lead, but Quinn's 43-yard TD pass to TJ Hancock tied it at 14-all with 3:38 left in the half.

That left the Raiders with enough clock to tick off 11 more plays, and Marcus Montano's 28-yard field goal as time expired gave them the lead for good going into the locker room.

The Mountaineers were forced to punt on their first five drives of the second half, attaining just two first downs in the process. Quinn completed 10 of 22 passes for 129 yards and netted 95 rushing yards on 13 attempts. His five-yard pass to Brenden Kelly with 4:07 remaining marked the final score of the night.

"The team didn't panic when things didn't go well early and that was really important for us," Hall said. "Having Tanner back and seeing what he can do was obviously nice -- I think he made bigger plays with his legs than he did with his arm -- and we figured some things out on offense as the night went on. But what really stood out was the defense being a major factor."

The win was SOU's first in the regular season against a top-10 opponent since it opened Frontier play in 2014 by nipping second-ranked Carroll, 38-35. Meanwhile, Hall became just the fifth of 16 head coaches in Raider history to start his career with a win, and the first since Jeff Olson did so in 1996.

Roots chipped in 31 rushing yards and caught two passes for 32, while Jason Shelley totaled 56 receiving yards and Matt Boudreaux 38 to help the Raiders to a 24-12 advantage in first downs.

SOU plays the next two Saturdays on the road, starting with a tilt at College of Idaho (0-2, 0-1 Frontier) in Caldwell. The Raiders will open in Ashland on Sept. 23 against Carroll.

"I have to give (Sherwood High football coach Greg Lawrence) a lot of credit for stepping up and taking care of all the logistics," Hall added. "Having all that and just a very friendly environment gave it a little bit of high school, throwback feel."

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