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Grizzlies thump Churchill to remain unbeaten

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Senior quarterback Rieger Sayre threw five touchdown passes as fifth-ranked Ashland rolled to a 66-27 win over Churchill in its Midwestern League opener at Walter A. Phillips Field.

The Grizzlies improved to 5-0, while Churchill dropped to 0-5

Sayre, a senior, completed 16 of 27 passes for 289 yards. His scoring strikes were 14 and 17 yards to Logan Sanford, 77 yards to Austin Harris, 12 yards to Gabe Ekwall and 23 yards to Nolan Rinefort.

Sayre added 75 yards rushing on only seven carries to lead the team. DaMario Watson gained 72 yards on 11 carries and scored from 5 and 8 yards.

With the help of his long TD, Harris paced the receivers with 122 yards on two catches. Sanford had seven catches for 74 yards.

Churchill01476—27

Ashland1721217—66

A — Harris 77 pass from Sayre (kick failed)

A — Sanford 14 pass from Sayre (Sanford pass from Sayre)

A — FG Rinefort 25

A — Ekwall 12 pass from Sayre (Rinefort kick)

C — Carson 10 (Dexter kick)

A — Watson 5 run (Rinefort kick)

C — Yates 38 pass from Carson (Dexter kick)

A — Watson 8 run (Rinefort kick)

C — Jones 52 run (Dexter kick)

A — Sanford fumble recovery in end zone (Rinefort kick)

A — Rinefort 23 pass from Sayre (Rinefort kick)

A — Gander 12 run (Rinefort kick)

C — Benavente 11 run (kick failed)

Ashland High senior Rieger Sayre scrambles past Churchill defenders at Walter A. Phillips Field on Friday.(PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR)
Ashland High senior Finn Hayes, along with teammates, wraps up Churchill RB Deonte Jones at Walter A. Phillips Field on Friday. (PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR)