The nugget. (Sisters, Or.) 1994-current, March 10, 2021, Page 5, Image 5

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    Wednesday, March 10, 2021 The Nugget Newspaper, Sisters, Oregon
Outlaws struggle in season opener
Beware of COVID-19
charity scams
By Rongi Yost
Correspondent
The Sisters Outlaws fell
20-6 to the Pleasant Hill
Billies at home on Friday,
March 5. Both teams had
sloppy, sluggish starts, but
the Billies found their groove
and posted the victory.
In the first quarter, Sisters
marched down the field
with nice runs from Griffin
Gardner and Hunter Spor, but
stalled after a delay-of-game
penalty and an incomplete
pass in the end zone. At the
end of the quarter, the score
was even 0-0.
The Billies opened the
second quarter with precise
passes and shifty runs. With
35 seconds left in the first
half, Pleasant Hill scored
their second touchdown of
the quarter and entered the
half on top 13-0. Sisters
moved the ball, but the
Outlaws made costly mis-
takes, and failed to capitalize
on their opportunities.
Pleasant Hill dominated
play at the start of the third
frame and were able to get
the ball into the end zone
for the third time to close
out the quarter with a 20-0
advantage.
In the final quarter,
things came together for the
Outlaws and they scored
on a 10-yard run by Adam
Maddox-Castle. The Billies
had a long, sustained drive
on the ground to run down
the clock and post the 20-6
victory.
Spor finished the night
PHOTO PROVIDED
The Outlaws defense makes a stop against Pleasant Hill on Friday. The
Outlaws were a bit sluggish coming out, in a season opener delayed by
pandemic-related restrictions on practice and competition.
with 74 yards rushing and
Maddox-Castle recorded 24
yards rushing and a touch-
down. Hayden Sharp posted
eight tackles, with one for
loss.
Sharp, a senior, told The
Nugget that execution is a
huge part of the game and that
the Outlaws have to improve
in that area, specifically in
their basic assignments.
<Our whole squad needs
to encourage and band
together to make it work,= he
said.
Coach Gary Thorson
noted that the Outlaws are a
young team as far as expe-
rience goes, and so they are
going to make mistakes. He
5
was pleased with their effort
and that they played hard, but
said they have some work to
do.
Sisters will play at home
against Harrisburg on Friday,
March 12.
Thanks to COVID-19,
many families are having
trouble keeping food on the
table and paying their bills.
Of course, this means that
scam artists will try to take
advantage of what is already
a desperate situation.
The Oregon FBI is getting
reports that people are seeing
4 and responding to 4 offers
of assistance on social media
platforms and elsewhere. The
Good Samaritan is offering
to send a few hundred 4 or
even a few thousand dollars
4 in your time of need.
In one version of the
scam, the fraudster sends
you a cashier9s check. The
supposed benefactor may
ask you to forward some of
the money on to a third per-
son (which is usually back to
him) or he may tell you that
he accidentally sent you too
much and ask you to return
some of it.
In another version of the
scam, he sends you funds by
Zelle or some other cash app.
He manages to gain access to
your bank account and trans-
fers money to himself instead
of to you.
Here9s how to protect
yourself:
" Look for established,
reputable charities to help
you and your family.
" Be suspicious of peo-
ple or groups offering help
through social media. Do
research to ensure the person
or group is legitimate before
accepting any funds.
" If you are unsure whether
a check is real, check with
your bank before depositing.
" Don9t forward money to
a third party. The scammer
may be using you to launder
funds or act as a money mule
4 both of which can get you
in trouble legally.
If you believe you are a
victim of an online scam, you
should report the incident
to the FBI9s Internet Crime
Center at www.ic3.gov or
call the FBI Bend office at
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