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Cascade Overpowers JC

| September 19,2014

Cascade Overpowers JC

  Crawford Carries Cougars To 27-6 Win   Turner - Coming into Friday night's contest between Cascade and Junction City, it looked like a competitive matchup between young teams looking to establish themselves as upwardly mobile members of the second tier of 4A football. Both had a good win and a tough road...

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Cougars Tame Panthers In 5A ‘Cat Fight’

John MacAulay | September 14,2014

Cougars Tame Panthers In 5A ‘Cat Fight’

  The Mountain View Cougars survived a late charge by the high powered offense of the Central High Panthers, now a 5A team, to earn a well-deserved victory, winning 46-30 at Jack Harris Stadium in what fans referred to as the ‘Cat Fight’.   COACH CRUM HAS LEAD THE PANTHERS TO A 2-0...

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Gladstone Wins Physical Battle

| September 13,2014

In a rematch of last years Tri-Valley Championship Game, The Gladstone Gladiators traveled South to Aurora to meet The North Marion Huskies in a non-conference contest for the first time since 2006. The last meeting between the two, 2013 first Team Team All-State RB Handsome Smith, turned in a 237...

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Cascade Overpowers JC

 

Crawford Carries Cougars To 27-6 Win

 

Spencer Crawford DSC05053Turner - Coming into Friday night's contest between Cascade and Junction City, it looked like a competitive matchup between young teams looking to establish themselves as upwardly mobile members of the second tier of 4A football. Both had a good win and a tough road loss against one of the classes' top teams, and similar ratings made it look like a game that was going to go down to the end.

 

The Cougars' home opener was anything but though, as Cascade dominated the line of scrimmage most of the night, and rolled right past the Tigers, powered by 3 touchdowns by Spencer Crawford, left, one of Cascade's few seniors.

 

After an initial 3 and punt by Junction City on the game's first drive, Cascade promptly drove 70 yards for the game's first score.

 

 

Cougars Tame Panthers In 5A ‘Cat Fight’

 

The Mountain View Cougars survived a late charge by the high powered offense of the Central High Panthers, now a 5A team, to earn a well-deserved victory, winning 46-30 at Jack Harris Stadium in what fans referred to as the ‘Cat Fight’.

 

COACH CRUM HAS LEAD THE PANTHERS TO A 2-0 START TO 2014

COACH CRUM HAS LEAD THE PANTHERS TO A 2-0 START TO 2014

 

Gladstone Wins Physical Battle

In a rematch of last years Tri-Valley Championship Game, The Gladstone Gladiators traveled South to Aurora to meet The North Marion Huskies in a non-conference contest for the first time since 2006. The last meeting between the two, 2013 first Team Team All-State RB Handsome Smith, turned in a 237 yard three TD performance on their way to claiming the win and The Tri-Valley Conference Championship.

 

First Half- Both teams came out very physical as both offenses sputtered among some great defensive efforts from The Gladiators as well as The Huskies. Gladstone was forced to punt on it's first two possessions and North Marion was held to a punt and a turn over on downs after neither team was able to get much going. The first quarter ended with goose eggs on the board all the way across and as the second quarter began, Gladstone began what would become the first scoring drive of the game. After containing a very potent Gladiator running attack for the entire first quarter, Gladstone coach Jon Wolfe decided to open it up a bit; and go over the top of The Huskies with Senior Quarterback Sean Williams.

 

Siuslaw Escapes Scio With 28-22 Win

 

Dotson Delivers Late Game Winning Touchdown

 

Joseph Dotson DSC05002Scio - It's never a good thing when a team goes 3 and punt in back to back series, but when those come after scoring on your first 2 possessions, there's usually time to regroup, and still put together a drive, and go in at halftime and make adjustments. When it happens against Scio's clock grinding Loggers, as happed to Siuslaw Friday night, there was only 5 minutes left IN THE GAME when the Vikings got the ball back, and that 5th drive essentially had to deliver the come from behind touchdown.

 

Siuslaw quarterback Joseph Dotson knew "there was no margin for error", and made the read that produced the play of the game though, a 49 yard keeper for the winning touchdown, left, with 3:25 to go.

 

"Their number 50 (Scio linebacker Dillon Wallen) came way down on the running back before I ever handed off, so I pulled the ball out and ran as fast as I could."

 

With their single safety also up, one good block from a wide receiver was all it took to open up the sideline for J. Dotson's sprint to score.

 

Banks Opens With Win At North Marion

 

The North Marion Huskies kicked off the 2014 season by hosting 2013 Cowapa League Champ, The Banks Braves coming off a 9-1 season a year ago. The Huskies who were runner-up in The Tri-Valley Conference behind Gladstone in 2013 with a 6-4(4-1) record, have moved into The Oregon-West Conference this season while Banks remains in The Cowapa looking to repeat it’s conference title, and advance past the first round where they were up-ended by Henley last year.

 

1st Qtr-The Huskies won the toss and chose to defer and kick to The Braves to open the contest on a beautiful night for the new season to get rolling out in Aurora. Husky Sophomore Kicker Dylan Doubrava, tried to catch The Braves off guard and pooch kicked but before anyone could get a handle, the ball went out of bounds opening the night with great starting position for Banks first drive of the year.

 

Banks QB Senior Jake Sandhagen, opened up the contest wanting to establish what has to be, one of the strongest tandems in Junior RB Donny McClean(5’11 205), running behind converted Fullback and 2013 Cowapa Defensive Player Of The Year Dylan Bigsby(6’1 230). If you have not watched Bigsby play, you need to. The kid is outstanding on both sides of the ball with his quickness, power and instinct.  The Huskies stuffed McClean on two straight plays for no gain but on 3rd 10, Sandhagen found Junior WR Jaron Malcom for 14 yards and the 1st down. McClean made his presence known on the 1st down carry, rumbling down into NM territory before being brought down at The Huskies 36 yard line.

 

The Braves put the ball on the grass but The Braves Senior Guard Matt Murry, was able to fall on it but it came at a 10 yard loss. On 2nd and 20, Sandhagen hit a very speedy Senior RB in Holden Partain for 5 yards, then converted the 3rd and 15 by hitting Junior WR Clarence Eberhart down at The NM 24 yard line to get a new set of downs.

 

After a short run by McClean and then an encroachment call against The Huskies, McClean then rolled his way down to The NM 9 yard line 1st and goal. Sandhagen went to the air on the next play but it could not be handled before McClean once again got the call with Bigsby leading the way, as he ripped off a 7 yarder to put The Braves on the doorstep at the 2 yard line looking for the nights first score. McClean finished the drive up on the next play over the right side once again off the lead block of Bigsby and after Senior Kicker Nick Eberhart converted the PAT, The Braves were up 7-0 with 6:56 left in the 1st Qtr.

 

Eberhart kicked deep to NM’s Junior WR Drew Torian, and he gave the Huskies a nice little 26 yard return setting up The Huskies first drive of the year at their own 34 yard line. Opening the contest at QB for The Huskies, Junior Austin Ledesma handed the ball off to Senior RB Tyler Saucedo who only managed a tough yard bringing up 2nd 9. Senior RB Emery Patterson then juiced up the home crowd ripping off a nice 43 yard run before finally being tracked down at The Braves 23 yard line. That is as far as The Huskies would get pretty much on this drive before an incompletion on 4th 12 gave the ball back to Banks at their own 25 yard line. The Huskies defense took a stand from here holding The Braves to only 1 yard in two carries, but then McClean took the next carry out to The NM 39 yard line on a tough as nails run determined to get the 1st down. Just when it looked like Banks was going to try to make a big statement, North Marion Sophomore DB Tanner Scanlon stepped into a Sandhagen pass and no one could catch him going the other way until he was finally brought down by Sandhagen himself at The Braves 5 yard line.

 

On 1st down, The Huskies jumped a little early for a false start, and on a repeat of the 1st down, The Huskies were held to no gain by The strong middle of The Brave Defense and then on 2nd and goal,  Junior RB Brian Westman moved the ball down to the 3 yard line. Junior Ethan Ficek was called to carry next for NM, and he rumbled down just barely short of the goal line as The Huskies like anyone would, decided to go for it on the 4th and goal from inside the 1 yard line but the middle of The Braves defense stood their ground taking over the ball on downs from as deep as you can get in your territory as the 1st Qtr came to an end with The Braves on top 7-0.

Santiam Christian Holds Off Harrisburg

 

Eagles Open Early Lead And Withstand Eagles Rally

 

Adair - Santiam Christian got off to a good start that the Eagles hope will translate to a good start to the football season, and held off a second half Harrisburg rally for a 21-19 win Friday night.

 

OSAA redistricting has separated the Eagles and the Eagles, sending the former Pac-West Conference rivals to 2 new home, with Santiam Christian returning to the West Valley, a former home of theirs, and Harrisburg the South Valley.

 

In part because many members of both football teams traditionally also meet in other sports, there has been a strong rivalry between the 2 bands of Eagles, which is was kept alive by scheduling a season opening non-conference contest between them.

 

For perennial power Santiam Christian, the Harrisburg team they were facing off against was the most familiar thing in a time of unfamiliarity, and therefore uncertainty. Though second year head coach Matt Bain maintains the same goals as always, a chance to make a deep playoff run, not only exist at the Adair school, they are reasonable goals.

 

But after the graduation of 14 seniors, and the transfer of quarterback Keaton Corrado to West Albany, eliminated almost all of SC's skill players, and the prospect of a new and tough, and relatively unknown, conference, there's still some nervousness, as well as inexperience, after reaching the OSAA 3A quarterfinals last season.

 

And that showed in the second half Friday, as most of a 21 point halftime lead evaporated.

 

West Wins 62nd East West Shrine Game After Hours of Delay

 

Baker City - It took over 5 hours, but the West finally wore down the East, and claimed their 5th consecutive win in the annual East-West Shrine All-Star game, which showcases graduated senior players from the 4A, 3A, 2A, & 1A classes, aligned loosely in an East-West arrangement based on leagues.

 

However, it was Mother Nature that dominated the evening, intervening at halftime with a thunderstorm that extended the break by over 2 hours, and again after the first drive of the 3rd quarter, when further lightning forced another delay of over 40 minutes.

 

All that did was allow Ridgeview running back Boomer Fleming, who is headed to Stanford, where he will wrestle for the Cardinal, to stay fresh, and dominate the final portion of the game, with a pair of big field position changing runs, and the a pair of scoring runs that provided the West a 15 point lead, and ultimately the 15-6 win.

 

North Picks Off 31-21 Les Schwab Bowl Victory

The North sealed a 31-21 victory over the South in a turnover filled 67th Les Schwab Bowl, on a 35 yard pick-6 by Aloha's Maurice McSwain, below, with 2 1/2 minutes to go Saturday afternoon at Hillsboro Stadium.

 

Maurice McSwain DSC04470

 

Fittingly, on a day when both defenses' turned in their team's biggest play of the day, both in terms of yards and impact on the game, on 2 of the 12 turnovers that highlighted the action, the game would be decided on a fourth down pass, forced when an apparent catch was ruled incomplete in error the play before.

 

Oregon's 2014 College Football Signings

National Letter of Intent signing day is today, Wednesday, Feb. 5th., and again this year, a number of Oregon athletes are going to continue their careers on the gridiron as well as in the classroom. Oregonprepsports.net has compiled a list of those who have committed, and will update the list as additional commitments are made.

Central Catholic Claims First Title In 60 Years

Nall and Ram Defense Take Rams To Holy Win

 

The "Holy War" between Central Catholic and Jesuit is one of the oldest and biggest rivalries in the state of Oregon, never mind the Portland area, but until today, it had never been for the state championship, something mostly associated with the Crusaders, who had won the Oregon 6A State title in back to back years as recently as the 2005 & 2006 seasons, and had last appeared in the championship game as recently as 2009.

 

It had been 60 years since the Rams had laid claim to the title, winning back to back in 1952 and 1953.

 

That streak was supposed to finally come to an end when top ranked Central Catholic rolled undefeated into this year's championship contest at Jeld-Wen Field, especially coming off an 83-49 win, also at Jeld-Wen, over #2 Tigard last week, and given that the Rams had rolled to a 45-31 win over Jesuit on the Crusaders' field back on Sept. 20.

 

Add to that the fact that Jesuit had lost their star running back, Stanford bound Joey Alfieri, to a knee injury between then and now, and few felt the Crusaders could keep up. Ultimately, that turned out to be the case, but it took more than 2/3 of the game before Central Catholic could pull away, as Jesuit used a ball-control power run game plan, and a tremendous performance by DB turned running back Chase Morrison to control that first 2/3 of the contest.

 

But a combination of a better balanced offense and 3 interceptions, both led by Oregon St. bound two-way starter Ryan Nall, the Mt. Hood Conference Player of the Year, eventually took the upper hand for the Rams, who pulled away to the 38-28 win that capped their 14-0 season, and completed a family mission for Nall.

 

"My great uncle played (quarterback) on that championship game 60 years ago," Nall explained. "Following in his footsteps is kinda cool."