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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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Siuslaw Escapes Scio With 28-22 Win

| September 12,2014

Siuslaw Escapes Scio With 28-22 Win

  Dotson Delivers Late Game Winning Touchdown   Scio - 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...

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#2 La Salle Earns Berth in 4A Title Game vs. #1 Siuslaw


IMG_1675_copyHILLSBORO – The only thing certain about Saturday’s semifinal between #2 La Salle and #3 Elmira was that the Falcons were sure to win – and lose. After spotting Elmira a 21-14 lead, the Falcons of La Salle ran off 33 unanswered points to beat their namesake counterparts, 47-29. With the win, La Salle Prep of Milwaukie improves to 13-0 and advances to the state championship game, both firsts for the school. The Falcons’ opponent next Saturday night at Hillsboro Stadium is no stranger to playoff success. #1 Siuslaw of Florence will seek its second 4A title in six years after the Vikings beat Central 38-21 in the other 4A semifinal. Siuslaw made 13 playoff appearances under the old AA classification. As a 3A program, the Vikings made the playoffs eight times from 1994 through 2005. After being moved up to 4A in 2006 all the Vikings did was win the state title their first year in the new classification. La Salle knows it will have its hands full as the OSAA rankings once again produce a #1 vs. #2 championship game.

La Salle’s JJ Fisher had a huge game, rushing for 254 net yards on 25 carries and four TD’s. His counterpart next week, Siulaw’s Sonny Tupua, rushed for 275 yards on 27 carries and also scored four times. Needless to say, Saturday’s 4A title game will feature plenty of offensive firepower and a pair of very good defenses that get lost in the noise of offensive stats.

#1 Scio and #2 Gold Beach in Rematch for 2A Title


IMG_1127_copyHILLSBORO – Top-ranked and two-time defending champ Scio continued its playoff dominance with its third straight OSAA playoff victory that triggered the 45-point running clock rule. Despite its 11-0 record and impressive defensive stats, #5 Weston-McEwen proved to be yet another speed bump in the #1 Loggers’ quest for a 2A three-peat as Scio dominated the Tiger-Scots, 46-8. Until Weston-McEwen scored a late TD with 1:37 to play, Scio had outscored its three playoff opponents by a combined score of 164-0.

Next up for Scio (12-1) is a rematch of last year's title game with #2 Gold Beach (12-0) at 4:30 pm at Cottage Grove H.S. The Panthers earned another shot at the Loggers with an impressive 50-6 rout over #4 Oakland. But Gold Beach knows that to reverse or at least avoid last year’s 46-8 loss to Scio, the Panthers have to stop and outscore the Loggers – something only an undefeated 3A Dayton team has managed to accomplish in three years of trying.

Dayton Defense Throttles the Diesel in 52-20 Rout


IMG_0674_copyHILLSBORO – Defending 3A champ Rainier brought its vaunted Diesel package to Hillsboro Stadium, only to learn the contest wasn’t a tractor pull, but a drag race. Dayton’s overall team speed on both sides of the ball led the undefeated #2 Pirates to a convincing 52-20 rout over the #3 Columbians in the first of three OSAA semifinals Saturday. Dayton’s A.J. Hedgecock rushed for three TD’s and passed for one, quarterback Nate Bernards threw for three more, while the Pirate defense picked off two passes and held Rainier (11-2) to just 3 of 10 on third down conversions.

With the win, Dayton (12-0) reaches the championship game for the first time in the post-Dewey Sullivan era. The Pirates will face #1 Santiam Christian (12-1) next Saturday at 11:00 am in a rekindling of an old former 2A West Valley League rivalry. The Eagles, whose only loss was to Rainier in September, defeated #4 Cascade Christian, 56-36 in the other semifinal. For those thinking they have seen this movie before, the 2011 semifinals paired the exact same four teams as in 2010, with the only difference being Dayton replaces Rainier in the championship game.

FWL Football All-League Teams

Far West League Football

Offensive Player of the Year -- Sonny Tupua, Siuslaw

Co-Defensive Players of the Year -- Kai Johnson, North Bend, and Justin Langdon, Douglas

Coach of the Year -- Tim Dodson, Siuslaw


First Team -- Quarterback: John Johnson, Siuslaw; Logan Lucero, North Bend. Running Back: Kai Johnson, North Bend; Beau Grauf, Sutherlin; Nathan Vosika, Douglas. Center: Randy Black, Sutherlin. Offensive Lineman: Jacob Holloway, Siuslaw; Ryan Connor, Siuslaw; Levi Hastings, Douglas; Gage Green, North Bend. Wide Receiver: Duke Mitchell, North Bend; Riley Lavin, Douglas. Tight End: Alex Pate, Brookings-Harbor; Hamilton Mateski, North Bend; Jacob Thompson, Siuslaw.

Second Team -- Quarterback: Jordon Shaffer, Douglas. Running Back: James Simmons, Douglas; Jon Harris, North Bend; Chandler Dodd, Brookings-Harbor. Center: Trevon Daniels, Douglas. Offensive Lineman: Nic Banning, Sutherlin; CJ Powell, Sutherlin; Peter Tupua, Siuslaw; James Swearingen, North Bend. Wide Receiver: Ryan Smith, Siuslaw; Aaron Mateski, North Bend. Tight End: Jesse Carson, Brookings-Harbor.


First Team -- Lineman: Sonny Tupua, Siuslaw; Randy Black, Sutherlin; Alex Pate, Brookings-Harbor; Ryan Connor, Siuslaw; Jacob Holloway, Siuslaw. Linebacker: Alex Snow, Siuslaw; Neal Larson Siuslaw; Brock Koone, Douglas; Tyler Lueckfeld, Brookings-Harbor. Defensive Back: Duke Mitchell, North Bend; John Johnson, Siuslaw; Dylan Alameda, Siuslaw; Riley Lavin, Douglas.

Second Team -- Lineman: Nic Banning, Sutherlin; Shawn New, Sutherlin; Hamilton Mateski, North Bend; Calvin Watwood, Brookings-Harbor. Linebacker: Nathan Phillips, South Umpqua; DJ McKenna, South Umpqua; Ryan Esparza, North Bend; Nick Long, North Bend. Defensive Back: Ryan Smith, Siuslaw; Tyler Sulffridge, Sutherlin.


First Team -- Kicker: Michael Hobson, North Bend; Henrique Sotello, Siuslaw. Punter: Josh Iabichello, Siuslaw.

Second Team -- Kicker: Jerry Risk, Sutherlin. Punter: Hamilton Mateski, North Bend.


Blake Johnson, South Umpqua; Cameron Mock, Sutherlin; Dakota Senger, South Umpqua; Tristan Lawson, Brookings-Harbor; Zach Woolley, North Bend; Kyle Barnes, Douglas; Lane Marsh, South Umpqua; Nick Sonka, South Umpqua; Jackson Brastow, Siuslaw; Dylan Habiger, Brookings-Harbor; Alexander Boynton, Brookings-Harbor; Jesse Carson, Brookings-Harbor; Trever Knutson, Douglas; Kristian Evans, South Umpqua; Matt Miller, Sutherlin

St. Paul's Gooding "Runs" Past Perrydale 50-32

Borrowing from the popular lyric "Save a horse, ride a cowboy,"  St. Paul's Coach Tony Smith saddled up Matt Gooding and the Bucks rode the senior running back to the tune of 45 carries and 479 yards right past third ranked Perrydale enroute to a 50-32 win. Nevermind the Homecoming Bonfire was cancelled at Queen Tessa Brentano's house, Gooding was hot enough  on a wet and blustery night in the Rodeo Fairgrounds to warm the hometown legions as over 2200 fans rolled in from both schools to give the game a great playoff feel.   

Dayton's Hayden Craig Opts for Montana

Photo by Bruce McCain

Hayden Craig, a 6-5, 246lb senior from Dayton High School has verbally committed to play Tight End for the University of Montana.

Craig selected the Grizzlies, which play in the Big Sky Conference, in order to play Tight End, rather than choosing to go play Defensive End for either Washington State or Portland State.

Other schools that Craig was highly interested in were Oregon State, San Diego, and Air Force. Craig, a three sport standout who sports a 3.5 GPA at Dayton, was an all-state selection in both baseball and football as a junior.  He has also started all 3 years on Dayton's basketball team which has played for the 3A state championship the past 2 years..

Premature Playoff Predictions - 10/24/2011

Here’s where we stand with 1 weeks left. 2 weeks left for 3A, 2A, 1A.

Premature Playoff Predictions - 10/20/2011

Here’s where we stand with 2 weeks left.  3 weeks left for 3A, 2A, 1A.

Black Tornado Coach Resigns

Padded Resume May Reveal Why


One of the winningest High School Football programs in Oregon history, North Medford High School, has hit rock bottom amid its newest Head Coach, Nate Becksted, suddenly announcing his resignation Wednesday morning.



Becksted, 36, above, has stepped down effective immediately, after being named Head Coach of the mighty Black Tornado program nearly 8-months ago to the date.


Becksted came to Medford after he asserts he served as Head Coach at Heritage High School in Vancouver, Washington for 6-years. He was there for 6 years, but was only the Head Coach his last 5 seasons.


Suddenly, as a vested teacher, he resigned at Heritage. Why?


Suddenly in mid-season he resigns at North Medford. Why?


Becksted has made public assertions that prior to Heritage, he served as Head Coach at 2 other programs, Willits and St. Bernards, and that he was Offensive Coordinator at Eureka HS in northern California where he grew up.


Or, did he?


Now comes the ‘red challenge flag!’

Siuslaw vs North Bend background information

Top Five Offense PPG:


North Bend 49.1

LaSalle        47.7

Roosevelt    44.7

Elmira          42.7

Banks          42.7


Siuslaw comes in at #6 at 42.0


Top Five Defense  PPG:


Central           9.0

Banks           12.3

LaSalle         13.0

North Bend  14.4

Siuslaw        15.0


Last year's score:  #1 Siuslaw 18  North Bend 14