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Sheldon stretches streak.

Byline: Adam Jude The Register-Guard

His football team had moved closer to the top in the record books, but Sheldon coach Marty Johnson was not in a celebratory mood Friday night.

It wasn't that Johnson was unhappy with the Irish's 40-14 home victory over Lebanon, which extended fifth-ranked Sheldon's Midwestern League winning streak to 35 games, the second-best mark in league history.

Before Friday, Sheldon shared second place with South Eugene, which won 34 in a row from 1970-1974.

Johnson was merely approaching "the streak" as he has for the past four years - by not getting too excited about it.

"We're proud of it," he said, "but you get to that point by playing one game at a time."

Marshfield holds the league record with 55 straight wins from 1994-2000.

"It definitely means something," junior Alex Whipple said of the streak. "But it's in the back of our minds. We try not to think about it too much."

Whipple returned an interception 74 yards for a second-quarter touchdown, and junior quarterback Corey Moran threw four touchdown passes as the Irish improved to 5-0 in league (6-0 overall).

A week after rushing for more than 300 yards against Willamette, Sheldon tallied just 81 rushing yards on 20 carries against Lebanon.

Moran did most of the damage in the air, completing 12-of-15 passes for 244 yards with one interception.

Moran connected with Ben Stoneberg for two scores and set up Brandon Fisher's one-yard touchdown run with a 57-yard strike to Whipple, giving the Irish a 21-0 lead after the first quarter.

"We don't take days off because it's Lebanon," Whipple said. "We prepare exactly the same for every team."

Whipple's interception return and Moran's touchdown toss to Jeff Lee gave Sheldon a 34-0 edge at halftime.

Moran found senior Matt Prehm in the back corner of the end zone for a 28-yard score, pushing the lead to 40-0 in the third quarter.

The Irish had five fumbles - but didn't lose any - in addition to seven penalties.

"We were pretty efficient tonight," Johnson said. "But we did have too many penalties. ...

`We probably could've won by a wider margin, but that doesn't help anybody. It gave us a chance to give guys some well-deserved playing time."

Against Sheldon's second-unit defense, the Warriors (0-6, 0-4) scored twice on the fourth quarter on Nate Probert runs.

In addition to blocking a late Irish punt, junior quarterback Jesse Flick completed 12-of-24 passes for 149 yards with four interceptions.
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Title Annotation:Sports; The Irish trail only Marshfield's league record after 40-14 win
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Oct 16, 2004
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