Oregon’s rushing attack ran up against a solid wall of Dukes on Friday night as Dixon came away with a 42-7 win at A.C. Bowers Field.
Dixon (2-0, 2-0 Big Northern) held the Hawks to three-and-out three times in Oregon’s first seven possessions of the game as well as four-and-out when Oregon went for it on fourth down and came up short.
“Coach [Rich] Crabel and coach [Bruce] Luther and coach [Gibson] Danekas had them well prepared for Oregon’s front,” Dixon coach Dave Smith said. “We knew they’d be tough. Coach Crabel does a great job. The kids did a better job at the line of scrimmage tonight.”
Dixon was stopped on its first drive of the game, then turned things on, scoring the next six times it touched the ball.
Arthur Cox scored on three consecutive rushing attempts, making a cut-back move to get to the sideline before sprinting away with a 17-yard score, charging through a gaping hole opened by his offensive line for a 25-yard score, and beating the Hawks defense to the pylon for a five-yard score.
“We’ve been focusing on practicing opening up holes for me,” Cox said. “They have been doing a really good job lately. It’s nice having a line like that.”
Noah Wilcox was 11-of-12 passing for 134 yards. He hit Tyler Christiansen on a bubble screen to set up the first score, then set up the second by tucking it under his arm and scrambling for 11 yards.
He also connected with Jared Harrison for a pair of scores, both times hitting him over the middle in the end zone.
Oregon (1-1, 0-1 BNC) turned to Dalton Hermes in the third quarter to get its only score. Splitting time with Calvin Sullivan at quarterback, Hermes found Jared Pottorff for a 20-yard reception, then carried four times in a row until he found the end zone.
“He’s not afraid to put his shoulder down,” Oregon coach Nick Schneiderman said. “We look forward to trying to give him the ball a little more next week.”
Hermes finished the game with 16 carries for 78 yards.
Player of the game: Jared Harrison, 2 receiving touchdowns, 1 fumble recovery touchdown
He said it: “We just told ourselves it was the first drive of the game and to calm down. We just stuck to what coach [Dave] Smith was telling us and followed our game plan.” - Noah Wilcox, Dixon quarterback