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- Published on October 1, 2006
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The conference went 0-1 in the non-conference game, and is 10-13 so far.
I went 3-1, 25-4 so far.
Blowout week, with no close games, as well as road-warrior week, with 3 of 4 home teams losing.
Sisters @ Stayton. The Outlaws’ stampede trampled the Eagles by 42, with Cory McCaffrey’s running the key, and some key pass plays, just for variety. The Eagles will have to put this one aside, and get back to business.
LaSalle @ Cascade. In the only game in the conference not decided by at least 6 TDs, the Falcons pounded out a 14 point win, while making a case for Chris Nagel as player of the week, or at least workhorse of the week, on 45 touches.
Molalla @ Estacada. The Indians have rode their war ponies long and hard all month, but the raiding party collected a share of first place by putting 50 unanswered points on the Rangers, as Joshua Hagg lofted 5 TD passes to make his case for player of the week.
North Marion @ Gladstone. Happy Rock rocked the Huskies with 52, led by Jordan Alderidge’s 3 TDs, while playing shutout defense in their first defensive effort of the year. The degree of dominance has to be a great concern to the Husky faithful, as they had looked respectable so far on both sides of the ball.
Central Panthers (2-2) @ Molalla Indians (4-1, 2-0). Central played Sutter, CA in Autzen stadium in the California-Oregon Challenge. Sutter built a sizable first half lead, staved off a Panther rally in the third quarter, and cruised to a 20 pt. win.
The Indians finally get their home opener. The plan is for the opening of Molalla’s new stands & resurfaced field, and a welcome home for the Indians, who have had the best start to a Mo season in a long time, despite having to do it all on the road. The Indians have forged the conference’s top scoring offense around their experienced QB and a lot of size. They also have the stingiest defense in the league at the midway point in the season. The Panthers have been inconsistent in every game so far, despite a number of experienced players. The Indians will capitalize on that inconsistency, and add a black panther rug to the wigwam floor.
North Marion Huskies (3-2, 0-2) @ Estacada Rangers (0-5, 0-2). Much more troubling than the loss was that the Huskies couldn’t produce any points against what had been one of the most porous defenses around, even when the game was out of hand, and Gladstone had no need to play hard on D. Fortunately for the Huskies, the Rangers have a statistically even more vulnerable defense, and no where near the offense the Gladiators have. The Rangers are last in the conference in both offense and defense, and worse, appear to be losing ground, not making it up. That seems to have to spell a Husky win.
Stayton Eagles (2-3, 1-0) @ LaSalle Falcons (2-3, 1-1). Battle of the birds of prey, though it won’t be the air show their nicknames suggest. Could be the best game of the night. Stayton has shown signs of life at times, and the Falcons have played competitive against a tough schedule, and despite key injuries. The Falcons have a real warrior in Nagel, their lone remaining healthy and experienced RB. But its worrisome when a team has to work a back so much.
The Eagles are the first team the Falcons have seen that doesn’t currently have a winning record. Which probably means the Eagles in an upset. But I don’t think so. The Eagles’ fly offense is an excellent system to get the game in the open, where the Falcons are not at their strongest. However, the Eagles haven’t shown the explosiveness, or the ability to define the pace of the game, necessary to keep the Falcons from pounding out a win, climbing back to .500, and really getting in the middle of the playoff chase.
Gladstone Gladiators (2-3, 2-0) @ Cascade Cougars (3-2, 0-1). The first renewal of an original Capital Conference matchup since a playoff meeting over 20 years ago. A generation ago, this was frequently one of the most heated rivalries around, at any level. This game could live up to its history, as both teams feature offenses capable of a lot of points (#2 vs. #3 in the league).
The Gladiators offense will put the pressure on the Cougar offense to match scores. It could be too much pressure, as it won’t take many miscues to fall behind in what could well be a scoring shootout. The Cougars best chance to win rests with establishing a rushing game to give their smallish defense a breather. Despite the Cougars’ having the #2 scoring defense in the league, they are susceptible to wear when faced with a bigger opponent. As hard as it is to go with them, recent events point to a Happy Rock win in a firefight.