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There were no late-game heroics or controversy this season.

Crescent Valley High used a 23-point second quarter, highlighted by two Omar Speights touchdown runs, to build a 30-point halftime lead in what turned out to be a 51-6 Mid-Willamette Valley Conference football win at the Field of Dreams.

Last season, the Raiders scored on a debated two-point conversion try for a 45-44 overtime win, also at the Field of Dreams.

The Raiders (2-1) bounced back from last week’s tough 24-7 loss at West Albany and will travel to Central next Friday.

The Spartans (1-2) will host Dallas next Thursday. The game has been moved up due to a lack of officials.

The Raiders struck first on Friday, scoring in an unusual way.

Cam Jackson-Osborn lined up for a 25-yard field goal. The attempt was blocked and Cam Sanders picked the ball up at the 10 and took it in for a touchdown.

Sanders said he knew the ball was live.

“The ball was on the ground so I picked it up and scored,” he said.

Had the ball crossed the original line of scrimmage, the play would have been dead.

Corvallis had chances to get even but the Spartans were denied.

The Raiders then broke it open.

Sawyer Cleveland made it 13-0 with a 12-yard keeper before Speights scored on back-back-possessions — from 59 and 13 yards — to make it 27-0.

CV closed the half with a Trevor Thibert 25-yard field goal.

“From the start of the second quarter it was just keeping the mentality of putting the foot on the gas,” Sanders said.

CV coach Scott Sanders pointed to special teams play in the second quarter being a spark. The Raiders recovered a pooch punt that was muffed and also recovered an onsides kick.

“So special teams was huge for us," he said. “It really set the tone.”

The Spartans finally got in the board in the third quarter as Logan Steeves connected with Kelly Kingsmill for a 24-yard touchdown to make it 30-6 less than two minutes in. 

The Raiders regained the momentum as Cleveland scrambled for an 18-yard touchdown and a 37-6 lead after two big runs by Speights set the Raiders up.

“You could hear their fans starting to get loud,” Cam Sanders said. “Our goal was just to be faster, tougher, stronger in every aspect of the game. So if they get a score, we were going to come back and try to score right away.”

After the Spartans came up short on fourth down to open the fourth, the Raiders needed just three plays to go 72 yards with Kai Garber starting the drive with a 50-yard jaunt and capping it from seven yards out for a 44-6 lead with 11:02 left.

Ryan Bracht then returned an interception 54 yards for another score and a 51-6 lead with 9:04 left and a running clock.

Speights finished with 199 yards rushing on 12 carries for the Raiders, while Cleveland was 12-for-20 passing with 158 yards.

Steeves finished with 193 yards passing, completing 16 of 36 passes; Izaak Worsch had 84 yards on 16 carries; and Max Johnson had five catches for 99 yards for the Spartans. 

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Sports editor of the Corvallis Gazette-Times and Albany Democrat-Herald