Warwick Bushnell picking up yards in football
Freshman Warwick Bushnell picks up 32 yards on a reception in the scrimmage vs. South Albany on Thursday night. (Photo by Logan Hannigan-Downs/Philomath News)

Philomath High School’s football team and soccer squads all saw action against opponents for the first time this season with home jamborees on Thursday.

The boys soccer team came out on top in both of their scrimmages — 3-0 over Junction City and 2-0 over South Albany. The jamboree games consisted of two 15-minute halves.


In the team’s first practice game, the Warriors shot out to a 2-0 lead in the first half. Freshman Silas Pittman scored with an assist from senior Mark Grimmer and junior Seth Arthurs found the net on a header while playing the ball off a corner kick from junior Chase Ringwald. In the opening seconds of the second half, Grimmer scored after receiving a pass from Arthurs.

In the win over South Albany, the Warriors scored a goal in the first half on a shot by senior Noah Aynes. In the second half, junior Mateo Candanoza scored.

The boys will get into regular-season play on Tuesday with a trip up to Aurora to face North Marion.

The girls won their early practice game by a 4-0 count over Central but in the nightcap, Lebanon was able to pull off a 1-0 final.

In the win over Central, the Warriors scored three times in the first half on goals by junior Elizabeth Morales, senior K Bacho and junior Mia Cook. Sophomore Bailey Bell found the net in the second half.

The girls soccer team opens the regular season on Tuesday at home vs. North Marion.

The football team scrimmaged Woodburn and South Albany at Clemens Field and came out on top in both. Each offense was given 18 plays beginning at the 40-yard line.

Against Woodburn, the Warriors had the advantage on the scoreboard, 12-0. Senior Jake Williams caught a 37-yard TD pass to open up the scoring. Junior David Griffith later scored on a 1-yard run to cap an impressive drive that included a third-and-14 conversion on another Williams reception.

Philomath racked up 101 yards with 62 coming through the air and 39 on the ground. Sophomore Kaden Muir and senior Caleb Jensen both saw time at quarterback. Griffith rushed for 24 yards and Williams had those two catches for 62 yards.

Philomath’s defense allowed just 15 yards of total offense — all of that on the ground — and sacked the quarterback four times.

In the scrimmage against South Albany, the Warriors won by a 12-6 margin. Philomath scored on a 10-yard pass from Jensen to junior Ty May and on the final play of the scrimmage, Griffith scored on a 2-yard run moments after sophomore Jacob Peters picked up 24 yards on a shovel pass.

Philomath’s offense had 88 yards with 89 passing and minus-1 rushing. Muir threw for 55 yards and Jensen for 34. Besides the Peters and May catches, the other two PHS receptions were by freshman Warwick Bushnell for 32 yards and Griffith for 23 yards.

Philomath allowed 75 yards of total offense against South Albany — 34 on the ground and 41 through the air.

The football team opens the regular season on Sept. 3 at Valley Catholic.

Philomath High’s volleyball team was also in action on Thursday with participation in a jamboree at Sweet Home.

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