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North Marion 2019 4A Special District 2 League Champs!

| October 26,2019

North Marion 2019 4A Special District 2  League Champs!

How big was Friday night for The North Marion Huskies? Well let’s start with the first outright league Football title, in at least 60 years. 

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2018 Premature Playoff Predictions, Week 4

Jeff Drumm | September 28,2018

2018 Premature Playoff Predictions, Week 4

It's time for another season of Premature Playoff Predictions. Much has changed about Oregon high school football in the past year, but I got my spreadsheets adjusted, and (assuming I didn't make any typos) I'm ready to start guessing at what will happen.   Game predictions are based on the Freeman rankings...

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NM/Woodburn- It's Back!

| September 13,2018

NM/Woodburn- It's Back!

What is Football without a great rival? One of the best ever is back in Northern Marion County! Photo Brent DeLaPaz Woodburn Independent Fall 1986- Pictured Woodburns Kit Cummings, and North Marions Kevin Pearson. Two good friends, who simply wore different uniforms.    The Woodburn/ North Marion rivalry, is one that stretches...

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La Salle Outdistances Cascade

Falcons Take Bizarre Battle With Cougars


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Turner - In a non-conference matchup of one-time Capital Conference foes who have more than a little history between them, 5A La Salle out-scored 4A Cascade 41-30 in a game that had more twists and turns, and strange plays and calls, than one often sees in an entire month of football.


Cascade opened the game with a 65 yard drive, capped by Ethan Coffey's 1 yard touchdown run, but had an apparently successful 2 point conversion run from an odd bunch left formation negated because they had only 10 players on the field.


La Salle quarterback Ethan Edgerly quickly answered, with a 40 yard touchdown pass to James Menor, and shortly thereafter with a 52 yard run that set up a 20 yard touchdown toss to Casey Green to put the Falcons up 14-6 as the first quarter wound down.


Santiam Rolls In Opener VS Familiar Foe


Santiam had an amazing season in 2017, making a run all the way to the 2A State Finals after finishing as the runner-up in the very tough Tri-River League. Tonight they opened with a former league foe The Regis Rams on the road, and it was all Santiam in the 52-6 win out in Stayton.


Both teams had some miscues and penalties along with some stout defense, that saw the first quarter end with no score on the board. Santiam finally put together a solid drive in the second quarter that ended with Junior RB Brody Davidson punched in the first score for The Wolverines 2018 season from 4 yards out at the 9:04 mark. The two point conversion would fail. Santiam 6 Regis 0


The Wolverines are very solid in the backfield returning the two work horses from last year in Davidson and fellow Junior Trevor Tinney, and Tinney was the next to make his mark,  scoring after a very strong run up the left sideline with 6:23 left in the first half. The PAT once again would fail, but Santiam was starting to roll on both sides of the ball, while their defense was all over The Ram offense and Senior QB Kirkland Scott. Tinney was running so hard, you swore the kid was in two different jerseys for most of the first half ;)

Clackamas Edges South Medford In 6A State Championship Game

Field Goal DSC04994Or maybe that should read games. Saturday's title game was really 3 games in one, each unfolding differently, and not giving any indication of the twists to come, on the way to a 31-30 win for Clackamas on Jeff Nelson's 37 yard field goal with 3 seconds left.


But then, given it was the first ever appearance for either school in the state football championship game, perhaps there was extra incentive to get the most out of it.


The cold rainy weather at Reser seemed to affect undefeated Clackamas' more built for basketball on turf than it did South Medford, but maybe it was the Panthers' diversity instead. Either way, the Panthers looked the part of the team that had the upper hand throughout the first half, building a 24-14 halftime lead.


Further, it was South Medford that held a substantial edge in the passing game, as Robbie Patterson completed 12 of 18 passes, including 2 touchdown tosses to Jalen Owens and another to Jaylin Parnell, and 224 yards, compared to Mitchell Modjeski throwing for only 101 yards for Clackamas.


The first two touchdown passes also capped the two longest drives of the first half, yet both were took under 3 minutes to conduct.


Simply put, the results and the metrics didn't align with the eye test to that point.


Santiam VS Monroe/Triangle Lake For 2A State Title


# 5 Santiam Upsets # 1 St Paul On Last Second FG /# 2  Monroe Wins vs # 3  Knappa 47-42


St Paul and Santiam know each other well, as this was the second time these two teams faced off this year being friendly Tri-River rivals. The two teams met earlier in the year on September 29th, at The Rodeo Grounds to kick off the 2017 league season. Both teams came into the contest unbeaten until St Paul handed The Wolverines their only loss on the season to this point, 38-12. The Bucks would continue unbeaten winning the conference crown, and have added two convincing post season wins to get to this Semi-Final rematch.


The Wolverines may have fallen to The Bucks clear back on that night in September, but they have ridden a six game winning streak since then including two of their own playoff blowouts. Sure I may be a little biased having connections to both teams, however that aside, I had a strong feeling that game one between these two teams, would not be the last meeting of these two powers here in 2017 easily making it “The Game Of The Year”, at least for me anyways. It truly lived up to that hype and more.


Cottage Grove’s Don King Field- Santiam struck first on their second drive of the night, when Sophomore RB Brody Davidson plunged into the house on a third and goal from the one yard line. The two point conversion was not successful, but The Wolverines led early 6-0 with 4:24 left in the opening quarter.


Santiam would extend that lead after holding St Paul on The Bucks next drive, as Sophomore QB Colin Thurston hit Senior WR Jordan Lanham from 23 yards out but once again the two point conversion run was stuffed by The Bucks but 9 minutes into the contest, The Wolverines had payback and upset on the mind with the 12-0 early lead.


St Paul dealt themselves right back into the contest as the second quarter got under way, when Sophomore RB Saul Martinez would plunge into the end zone from the right side but The PAT would sail left leaving it 12-6 Santiam with 11:12 left in the half.


After a trade of a few series, St Paul struck again late in the half when Smith would connect with Junior WR Jaidyn Jackson from 42 yards out and only 32 seconds left in the half. Martinez would add the two pointer up the middle and for the first time all night, the # 1 Bucks had their first lead of the contest.


Santiam Takes 2A Tri-River Second Seed

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Santiam returned home this week after a huge win at Kennedy last Friday, looking to roll their record to 8-1/3-1 on the season but even more importantly, lock down the # 2 automatic playoff spot out of The Tri-River League.


Cascade Picks Off Win Over North Bend

Cougars Grab 5 Interceptions to Exact Revenge On Brown Bulldogs

Turner - Cascade literally picked off tonight's 35-7 win over North Bend in the OSAA Class 4A Play-In Play-Off round, grabbing 5 interceptions to repeatedly turn momentum in the game. The Cougars also avenged a recent run by the Brown Bulldogs, who had won the seasons' first meeting 24-8 back in week 3, as well as a 49-7 victory last season, and a 35-7 win in the first round of the playoffs in 2013.


And the win extended Cascade's stay in the 4A classification for at least another week, and put an end to North Bend's 4A run, as both teams will move up to 5A next year after the latest OSAA redistricting cycle is implemented.


Cascade quickly took the lead not 2 minutes into the game, when Marcus Reyes romped for the last 46 yards of their 66 yard opening drive to take a 7-0 lead, and added another score on Quinn Legner's 6 yard run with just over 2 minutes remaining in the first quarter, capping a 64 yard drive, to go up 14-0 headed to the second period. Legner's 40 yard run on a 4th down and 2 situation near mid-field keyed the drive.


North Bend finally got their offense in gear late in the first quarter, and drove to the Cascade 30 by the end of the period, but on the second play of the second quarter, the Cougar defense turned the threat away when Jake Whisman picked off Brown Bulldog freshman quarterback Coleman Compton inside the Cascade 5 yard line.


Legner got the interception of Compton that ended North Bend's next drive near midfield.


North Marion Shuts Out Cascade

With Help From Cubs, Huskies Claim OWL Title

Turner - Cascade entered their final game in the Oregon West League before being moved up to the 5A classification next year when the OSAA redistricts teams with a game lead, and needing only to beat North Marion to claim an OWL title on their way out. But the Huskies, and especially their defense, would have none of it.


North Marion snagged 3 second half interceptions, 2 in their own end zone, forced and recovered a Cascade fumble at their own 8 yard line, dropped the Cougars for 2 safeties, and threw in a goal line stand at the end of the game to preserve the shutout on their way to a 10-0 win. It was the first time Cascade has been shut out in over 6 years.


And when Newport held on to upset Stayton 30-20 in Stayton, after building a 2 touchdown halftime lead, it meant North Marion had won the OWL, and earned the league's top seed in the OSAA playoffs.


Neither team was able to generate any appreciable offense for most of the first quarter, but North Marion, if they didn't flip the field, did alter the tilt of it with a 25 yard completion from Sergio Jimenez down the left sideline to Bradley Hansen at the Cascade 15 yard line on the last play of the first quarter.


ST Paul Keeps Rolling 54-14


You would sure like to point to a true league rival when it comes to The 2A Tri-River but the truth is, it seems to be a rival game every Friday night in this tough 2A Conference.


In 2016, all five teams from this conference made the playoffs, and all but one of them, moved into the second round and claimed the state title when Regis brought home the hardware last year. Now here in 2017, here we are with 4/5 of them ranked in the top 10 of The OSAA Rankings before kick-off tonight, with three weeks left in the regular season.


St. Paul(6-0/2-0), came into tonight, as the top rated team in the state also boasting the number one ranking in The OSAA RPI, BCS, Colley, Power, and the number four ranking in Strength Of Schedule. How have they done it? Well besides an impressive unblemished win streak, The Bucks are the top scoring team in the state at 234 points, and they back that up with the number three ranked defense according to points against at only 44. The Bucks were looking to avenge the 14-6 loss from 2017 at the hands of The Trojans in front of their always supportive home crowd on Senior/Hall Of Fame Night.


Kennedy(1-5/1-1), is off to a rough start in 2017 especially considering the history of the program and their  lofty status year to year. That being said, they got that all important first win of the season last week against Central Linn which as far as The Trojans are concerned, set up this showdown at The Rodeo Grounds for the right to sole possession of the driver’s seat here in The Tri-River Conference.


The game opened with St Paul taking the kick, and Kennedy held tough forcing The Bucks into a turn over on downs on their opening drive. Kennedy then fed The Bucks a heavy dose of Sophomore RB Emorej Lynk until the converted QB, took a carry 10 yards on a second and 7 for the games initial score. Sophomore kicker Bruce Beyer converted the PAT with 6:50 left in the opening quarter.


The top ranked Bucks, did not panic and simply went back to work until they were able to tie it up with a Justin Herberger TD on a third and goal four minutes later. Junior Zach Brentano would finish with The PAT.


St Paul/Santiam Show Down All Set


As The Tri-River Conference opener looms just a week away, we are set up for a doozy out at The St Paul Rodeo Grounds next Friday night when The Buckeroos welcome The Santiam Wolverines.

Silverton Surges Past Dallas

Silverton won the Mid-Willamette Conference opener against Dallas 38-22 Sept. 15, breaking away from a 14-14 tie at half.


The Dragons couldn't stop Hunter Meissner, who bolted for 191 yards and two touchdowns. The 190-pound junior had 63-yard and 37-yard scoring runs, simply out-distancing the Dallas secondary as defenders miscalculated their angle of pursuit.


Silverton quarterback Levi Nielsen, starting for his third season although still a junior, gave the Foxes poised leadership and solid passing. He completed 7 of 16 passes for 126 yards, with one touchdown and one interception.


Dallas showed some fight in stopping Silverton on a fourth-and-goal run at the one-yard-line in the first quarter (though on the next play, Silverton recovered a fumble in the end zone).


The run-oriented Dragons are going to the air a little more often this year, and getting sporadic results. Quarterback Jaret Stewart went 4-10 for 62 yards, with one interception.


Still, on third or fourth down and long, they are likely as not to run.


With Silverton and three other NWC teams that were ranked ahead of Dallas going into the game, the Dragons will have a stiff challenge making the first division.