ASHLAND, Ore.--The Southern Oregon Raiders (8-0) continued their assault on the school record books Saturday at Raider Stadium, and gashed Montana Western (4-4) for a 44-19 win on Senior Day.
The win for SOU advanced it to 8-0 for just the second time in school history, gave it its first win on senior day since 2012, and was its first time ever sweeping all three Frontier Conference opponents it had twice on its schedule.
Behind the right arm of senior quarterback Tanner Trosin, and a trio of wideouts who went over 100 yards through the air, the Raiders put up 30 points in the first and never looked back.
Trosin threw for over 500 yards on 47 attempts. He connected on touchdown passes with Jason Shelley, Matt Boudreaux and Jordan Suell. Shelley caught four passes for 117 yards, Suell had four for 110, and Bronsen Ader set a career high with 10 receptions for 122 yards.
The Raiders defense was in bend-but-don't break mode for much of the first half, but still only limited the Bulldogs to six points heading into the locker room.
With the game out of hand for much of the second half, the defense teed off and generated three interceptions--Oshay Dunmore, Stanford Toloke and Luke Goins were the recipients.
The SOU win, coupled with a Montana Tech loss (the Orediggers lost on a last-second field goal from Rocky Mountain as time expired), ensures the Raiders at least a share of the Frontier Conference crown.
A win next week against Montana State Northern, which has won one conference game in the past two years, would give the Raiders the outright regular season title.