Washington rules the Border
BATTLE GROUND - Kyle English, who pulled himself from the quarterback position after a disastrous start, rallied the Clark County Vipers to a 20-14 win over Southern Oregon to give the Pacific Football League's North Division a 2-1 win over the South in the second annual Border War Saturday at Battle Ground High School.
The Vipers capitalized on Quentin Sullivan's third interception of the game that gave them the ball at the Renegades' 12. Two plays later, English ran 3 yards for the score and the win.
South Sound beat the Rogue Warriors 48-7 following the Poartland Monarchs' 47-2 win over Yakima.
The PFL's inaugural regular season begins Saturday.
English, who guided the Vipers to two previous preseason wins, completed just one of his first nine passes for 6 yards, and threw three interceptions - the second being returned 40 yards by Jason Young for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead for the Renegades. After the third interception, English, the Oregon Football League's Offensive Player of the Year in 2008 as a receiver, stepped aside and let Naamon Archer run the offense.
Southern Oregon finished the first half up 14-0, getting an 80-yard scoring pass from Tory Snyder to Justin Perales late in the first quarter.
English didn't return to quarterback until the third quarter began, and again struggled, completing just one of five passes for 1 yard, but his sixth pass went for 12 yards and a first down and sparked an 80-yard scoring drive. English hit Kai Moe with a 10-yard pass for a touchdown that cut the deficit to 14-7.
Early in the fourth quarter, the Vipers again drove 80 yards with English completing three passes for 72 yards, the big one being 51 yards to Moe. English capped the drive with an 8-yard run.
In overtime, Southern Oregon's second possession ended with Sullivan's third pick that set up the winning score.
Vancouver's defense forced nine turnovers, including two that ended Southern Oregon drives that had reached inside the Vipers' 10.
The Vipers had four turnovers of its own.
South Sound's defense and special teams played a key role in its win over the Warriors. The defense forced five turnovers and special teams ran back a fumble for a touchdown and returned a punt 95 yards for a score.
The Monarchs got two defensive scores on interception returns and five touchdown passes - four by Russell Schneider - in its win.