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Lions Deliver From Outside

Allan Classen | March 21,2014

West Linn cruised to the 6A boys championship with three straight wins by double-figure margins. There was never much doubt that they were going to repeat as state champs.   They had four starters back from the 2013 team, a foursome that brought a total of seven seasons prior experience as starters....

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Oregon prep basketball players on NCAA tournament rosters

Andrew Millbrooke | March 16,2014

Oregon prep basketball players on NCAA tournament rosters

  Grant’s Moser and Newberg’s Braun ready for swan song in NCAA tourney   Seven former Oregon prep boys basketball players are currently on rosters of teams that qualified for the upcoming NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Two seniors, Oregon’s Mike Moser and North Dakota State’s Taylor Braun, are poised to play a big...

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Philomath Jumps On La Salle Early, Holds On For 4A State Title

| March 15,2014

Philomath Jumps On La Salle Early, Holds On For 4A State Title

Warriors Back Up Early Blitz By De Saulnier With Team Defense   Ben DeSaulnier showed why he's the best athlete in the state at the 4A level, and one of the best at any level, with a performance that led Philomath to as much as a 15 point lead in the first...

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2013 Oregon High School Football season!

 


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.

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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."

 

Read more: Central Catholic Claims First Title In 60 Years

West Albany Edges Sherwood In Overtime

Bulldogs Claim Battle For 3rd 5A Title 21-20

 

Jake LaCoste DSC02981West Albany and Sherwood met to determine which of the two 5A powers would claim a third State Championship (both entered 2-1 in title game appearrances in the 7 years there has been a 5A classification) before both move up to 6A next season, and it wasn’t even settled in regulation.

 

After the Bowmen had administered a 48-0 beatdown on the Bulldogs in the second week of the season, not many thought there was much chance it wouldn’t be Sherwood claiming their 3rd title in 4 consecutive 5A title game appearances.

 

But West Albany, and especially their defense, held onto a minority opinion to the contrary.

 

After slowing the usually relentless Sherwood offense all night, it ultimately came down to a blocked extra point, and then a “will not be denied” dive by Jake LaCoste, that made the Bulldogs the only 3 time champion in the history of the 5A Classification.

 

“History (of the program) is a great tool,” West Albany head coach Randy Nyquist said. “About everyone doubted us, but not all of our former Bulldogs, who came to practice all week, and here tonight. They explained what it meant to be a Bulldog, and inspired our current kids.”

 

Sherwood took over half the first quarter off the clock on the first drive of the game, but elected to gamble on 4th and goal, only to be stuffed by the West Albany defense.

 

The decision to not take points would prove dubious when there wasn’t another scoring opportunity in the defensive struggle until Keegan Lawrence broke free for 41 of his 53 first half yards for a touchdown run up the middle over 3 minutes into the second quarter.

 

The Bulldogs immediately answered, with Cody Lahoda hooking up with Andrew Ketelson twice, first for a 43 yard completion to the Sherwood 5 yard line, and again 2 plays later for the 5 yard touchdown that tied the game 7-7.

 

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Imbler Out-Guns Lowell For 1A Title

Panthers Pull Out Record Setting Shootout 88-76

 

Joe Griffin DSC02923Imbler earned the OSAA 1A state title in their last game before moving up to the 2A classification, but only after posting the most points ever in a Oregon state playoff game. Which was necessary in the highest scoring playoff game ever.

 

And yet it was the Panther defense, which was 10 points to the good on defended 2 point conversion attempts, and also recorded a safety, that carried the day.

 

“A stop can make a 2 touchdown difference in a game like this,” Imbler coach Lee Lowe explained. “It doesn’t look like it to look at the scoreboard, but our kids won this one by making them work harder for theirs (points).”

 

The shootout started fast and furious, with over 400 yards of offense in just over the first 10 minutes of the game, and 70 points in the first quarter.

 

Read more: Imbler Out-Guns Lowell For 1A Title

Ridgeview Downs Cottage Grove for 4A Championship

Lions Open Large Lead Early; Ravens Rally For 50-31 Win

 

Boomer Fleming DSC02913Special teams play that was anything but special got Ridgeview into a huge early hole, but eventually, physical play, Boomer Fleming's 158 yards rushing, and 3 touchdowns, and especially 5 timely interceptions, overcame Cottage Grove's early lead, and the Ravens pulled away, outscoring the Lions 50-14 over the last 2/3 of the game.

 

The kicking game was everything in the early going. An inexplicable squib kick by Ridgeview to open the game led to a short field, and a 7-0 deficit shortly thereafter, on Cottage Grove quarterback Scotty Hitner’s 1 yard dive.

 

The Ravens dodged another self inflicted wound after a shanked punt, when Hitner’s pass was deflected, and intercepted in the Ridgeview end zone by Tanner O’Neil, but the next 2 shanked punts led to 2 more short fields, and a 17-0 deficit not 3 minutes into the second quarter.

 

Things finally turned the Ravens’ way in special teams, when Jack Bowman took the ensuing kickoff back 62 yards, and Ridgeview cashed in 25 yards and 8 plays later, on Boomer Flemming’s 1 yard touchdown and 2 point conversion runs to cut the deficit to 17-8.

 

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Regis Recovers to Edge Heppner, 21-14

Onside Kick and Defensive Lapse Send Rams to 2A Final

IMG 1065-EditRegis used a recovered onside kick and a late Heppner defensive breakdown to knock off the previously unbeaten Mustangs, 21-14, Saturday afternoon at Hillsboro Stadium. With the semifinal win, the #2 Rams (12-1) advance to next Saturday’s 2A championship game against #4 Grant Union (11-1), which beat #1 Portland Christian (12-1), 34-24 at Bend’s Summit H.S.

 

This game was not pretty as the two teams combined for nine turnovers and 19 penalties on a crisp, dry day on artificial turf. Each team sought to establish its ground game, with little success. Regis held Heppner to 105 yards rushing and 161 total yards. On the other side of the ball, the Rams managed only 206 total yards against the Mustangs defense. In the end, a catastrophic defensive lapse cost Heppner an undefeated season and potential all-BMC title game.

 

Read more: Regis Recovers to Edge Heppner, 21-14

Lowell Cruises 60-22 Quarterfinal Win Over St Paul

Prior to the game against St. Paul, Lowell head football coach Pat Todd really wanted to see his team do two things. “I would like to see our offensive lineman block to the completion of the play, until the whistle blows and we really need to tackle better than we did the first time we played them,” said Todd. When asked if the field turf at Pleasant Hill high school might be a better game surface than the torn up grass at Lowell high school, Todd said, “I hope so because we got eight really fast guys.”

 

The Lowell Red Devils rolled to a 60-22 win over the St. Paul Buckaroos in an OSAA Class 1A quarterfinal win at Pleasant Hill high school on Friday and avenged two losses to St. Paul last year, including an 88-40 quarterfinal loss to the Buckaroos.

 

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Lowell's senior QB Josh Cardwell (#2) rushes for some of his 205 yards on the ground. (photo by Cindy Kintzley)

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Ridgeview's Loss is Stanford's Gain;Cardinal Sign Boomer

Ridgeview High School is only a 2-year old school in Redmond, and its second graduation class hopes it leaves a legacy for other young athletes to aspire for as the 4th ranked Ravens (9-1) football team host its first State Quarterfinal football Playoff game Friday hosting Henley (8-3) of Klamath Falls.

 

The Ravens feature one of the premier runningbacks in the State in Sr. Boomer Fleming (#3). Another leading member of the 2-year class of 2014 is Sr. Linebacker Ty Hovey (#11).

 

BOOM TIME

 

Read more: Ridgeview's Loss is Stanford's Gain;Cardinal Sign Boomer

Monroe Rebounds to Defeat Lost River 25-14

It was a tale of two halves for the Monroe Dragons (8-1) as they hosted the Lost River Raiders in an OSAA Class 2A first round playoff game at Monroe High School. The Dragons used a balanced offense and punishing defense to jump out to a 19-0 half time lead and held on for a 25-14 win. Monroe avenged a 20-18 first round playoff loss last season at Lost River (6-5).

 

Monroe started strong when Senior Adam Borycki scored on a 4-yard touchdown run on the opening drive for Monroe and senior Kendall Seitzinger intercepted a pass by Lost River freshman quarterback Gabriel Cobian on Raider’s first possession. Seitzinger then caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from senior Jacob Meeker to give Monroe a 13-0 lead. With 1:29 left in the second quarter, junior Tielar Murray intercepted a Cobian pass and returned it 83 yards to give Monroe a 19-0 halftime lead.

 

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Monroe's QB Zach Hollenbeck (#7) throws downfield to WR Tielar Murray (#1). (photo by Todd Fuller)

 

Read more: Monroe Rebounds to Defeat Lost River 25-14

Dallas survives Hermiston air attack 41-35

Going into a first-round playoff game at Hermiston, Dallas coach Tracy Jackson told The Oregonian he wasn't overly worried about the Bulldogs' formidable passing game.

 

The Dragons have improved their pass defense this season, holding Silverton to one completion and getting pick-sixes in their first three possessions against Central.

 

But at the end of regulation play last night, Hermiston had come from behind on the arm of quarterback Chase Knutz, who had completed 24 of 40 passes for 340 yards and three touchdowns.

 

True, he had already thrown four interceptions and been sacked three times, but he was keeping his team in the game against a Dragon squad that controlled the line of scrimmage and ran the ball consistently.

 

Read more: Dallas survives Hermiston air attack 41-35