Southern Oregon's defensive units stole the show in the first half until Austin Dodge and company got rolling in the second, lifting the White squad to a 26-19 victory over the Red team Friday in the SOU Spring Football Game at Raider Stadium.
Dodge completed 13 of 15 passes after halftime and 21 of 31 overall for 301 yards and four touchdowns. His team went into the intermission with a 7-0 lead as the White defense limited Red to 35 first-half yards.
Teran Togia, a junior-to-be, displayed what the Raiders missed after he was lost to an early-season injury in 2013. He hooked up with Dodge for 105 receiving yards, seven catches and two touchdowns, including a 40-yard score on the first possession of the third quarter.
Ryan Retzlaff caught seven balls for 79 yards and a TD, and Matt Retzlaff hit the end zone once on four catches for 55 yards.
Sixteen defenders on the White team got in on tackles, led by Michael Bibbee's two for losses. Jalen Dixon had an interception and Dustin Fretwell broke up three passes.
Laurence Calcagno, a linebacker who will be a senior next fall, was in on nine tackles for the Red team. They closed the gap to 14-13 by closing out the third quarter with consecutive scores — the first on Sean Tow's 12-yard run and the second when Jack Singler hit Dylan Young with a 60-yard TD pass.
Young corralled a 30-yard TD pass from Kamerun Smith with four seconds left, getting the Red team within 26-19, but they couldn't grab their ensuing onside kick.
Young caught six passes for 130 yards, and Smith, a redshirt-freshman, completed 11 of 21 passes for 115 yards. Tow was the game's leading rusher, netting 41 yards on 11 tries.
The White team totaled 330 yards of offense and Red had 242.
With a month of spring football in the books, the Raiders can look forward to opening fall camp on Aug. 8. Their first game is Aug. 30 at Menlo, and their first home game and Frontier Conference opener is slated for Sept. 6 against second-ranked Carroll.