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Cavemen pull away late against Del Norte in Oregon

The Del Norte Warriors gave up two late touchdowns at Grants Pass on Friday night and ended up losing 20-6 after matching the Caveman stride for stride for much of the night.

With the game tied 6-6 late in the fourth quarter, the home team scored a pair of touchdowns within 25 seconds, including one on a pick six, to pull away and hand Del Norte its first loss of the season.

“We played them tough,” Del Norte head coach Darren LaFazio said. “The kids played hard.”

A second-quarter injury to starting running back Caden Harrison, who rushed for 196 yards in a win at Lower Lake last week, didn’t help matters for the Warriors.

Fellow senior Isaac Lopez did step up in Harrison’s absence, however, and finished with 89 yards on 18 carries.

Lopez scored his team’s only touchdown of the night on a one-yard run in the second quarter to tie the game at 6-6.

The Cavemen marched the length of the field on their opening possession to take an early lead, but the Del Norte defense stepped up after that and held them at bay until the final few minutes.

“Our defense as a whole was pretty good,” LaFazio said. “On that first drive we had a couple of slips, but we basically played them tough other than that fourth quarter.”

Grants Pass, which was playing its season opener, finished with 130 yards rushing on 25 carries and had just 206 yards of total offense, much of that coming on the opening drive.

Del Norte finished with 205 yards of offense, 171 of them coming on the ground.

The Warriors will return home to play South Medford next weekend.

Del Norte is now 1-1 on the season.

The Del Norte JVs, meanwhile, had their game canceled in the second quarter because of lightning in the area.

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