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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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Tigers Maul Huskies

JC Dominates NM

Aurora - The Junction City Tigers muscled their way into Husky Stadium Friday night behind the relentless front lines of their offense and defense and cruised to the 34-7 victory over North Marion. The Huskies could not answer the constant pressure on both sides of the ball and where Junction City established themselves on the ground out of a version of the Wing-T, NM could not match the out put of The Tigers and the final score is just another indication of that.


Lowell Thumps St Paul 76-40

Red Devils move to 2-0 and make their case for being one of 1A's top teams for 2013.


Cardwell runLowell's experienced front line opened up holes throughout St Paul's defense as the Red Devils amassed over 400 yards and 8 touchdowns on the ground against one of the best teams in 1A over the past several years on a beautiful night at the St Paul Rodeo Fairgrounds.  Tanner Harvey led the way with 136 yards and 2 TDs, including a 60 yard burst up the middle while QB Josh Cardwell (#2 left) ran for 104 and 3 TDs to go with 136 yards and 3 TDs in the air.  St Paul's Tyler Smith was a bright spot for the Buckaroos as he ran for 146 yards and 1 TD and made several runs over 20 yards on the night.


St Paul battled injuries and turnovers on the night.  They lost starting QB Cody Southerland in the first quarter to what appeared to be concussion-like symptoms after taking a nasty hit while returning a kickoff.  RB Mario Dela Rosa also appeared to injure his hand just before halftime.  St Paul struggled to hold onto the football all night, failing to recover 3 onside kicks in addition to the 6 fumbles and 2 interceptions for the game.  That's 11 missed chances which Lowell capitalized on early and often, running out to a 36-12 lead after the first quarter and 44-12 at halftime.


Lowell (2-0) travels to McKenzie next week as they start play in Special District 5.  St Paul (1-2) takes on Imbler over in Dufur as they continue a very difficult preseason schedule.

Huskies Edge Tigers

North Marion Holds Off Y-C 28-20


The Huskies of North Marion ventured out on the road tonight for the first time this season, looking to get another victory after last weeks win over Tillamook. Standing in their way looking for their first victory of the season, was the home town Yamhill-Carlton Tigers after dropping games to both Philomath and Junction City to open the 2013 campaign. The Huskies Andy Pine tried to get the momentum shift once again early this week by pooching the kick off but YC knew it was coming and called for the fair catch at their own 42 yard line with The Huskies all over them to begin their first drive of the night. The Tigers opened up with two carries by a very strong Senior RB Jacob Wood before Junior QB Zach Rhodes threw an incompletion to force the early punt to NM's Kyle Williamson, who made a nice little return out to the 50 yard line to open up the offense for North Marion.


North Marion Kicks Tillamook Aside

Unconventional Kicking Tactics Trouble 'Tilly


It didn't take long for North Marion Senior Kicker Andy Pine, to make the statement that Kickers are people too as his Right foot made a difference in this game but not in the conventional way. The Tillamook Cheese Makers made the trip out to North Marion in this Tri-Valley/Cowapa League match-up, with both teams looking for their first win of the season after opening week losses. The Huskies won the toss and chose to kick to Tillamook as Pine Tee'd the ball up to get things rolling. Pine set the tone by chipping a shot up the sideline in air just deep enough for recovery and like a thief in the night, NM Senior standout Wide Receiver Kyle Williamson jumped up in the air all alone for the recovery at the 40 yard line.


The Senior QB of The Huskies Ben Crumley(Son of former coach Bill), went to work moving the Huskies down the field behind the running of Juniors Shane Mckillip, and Tyler Saucedo before deciding to open up his arm and test the defense. On Crumleys first pass, he hit McKillip for 16 yards and decided to go for it all on the next play, throwing a beautiful deep corner fade that went through the hands of Williamson as he jumped up into position. Williamson has some of the very best hands in the state so he was shocked as anyone at the missed scoring opportunity. Saucedo and McKillip carried for a combined two yards before Crumley went to the air across the middle only to find a Tillamook defender waiting for the pick near the goal line where he was brought down at the 2 yard line. The Huskies bottled up Tillamook on two straight plays before Tillamook Senior QB Matt Strang rolled out right but missed his receiver with pressure on his backside from many Huskies. Forced to punt, The Huskies got a small piece and rolled dead at the Tillamook 31 yard line to open the second drive of the night for NM.


Dragons Pick Off Revenge Win Over Panthers

Ryan Spencer DSC090983 Pick Sixes Swing Neighborhood Brawl


Dallas - Dallas and Central high schools have rarely been in the same classification, never mind the same league, over the decades, despite being less than 10 miles apart, though that's likely to change with next year's OSAA redistricting.


Being neighbors makes for small town football rivalry at its best though, and the 4A Panthers stoked the fire with last year's 30-24 win over their "big brothers", the 5A Dragons. And with a passing attack known statewide as perrenially one of the best, many in the capacity crowd that turned out for the Dallas home opener expected a repeat tonight might be a possibility.


But the Dragon defense came out breathing fire, and recorded 3 pick-6es off Panther quarterback Ben Finnegan that put Dallas up 21-0 not 4 minutes into the game, and before the Dragon offense ever set foot on the field.


Ryan Spencer, abofet, picked off a slant pass on the second play of the game, and took it 27 yards for the games first score, and Elijah Taber and David Rebischke also went to the house with interceptions to set the tone early, but the Dallas back 7 was far from done. with 3 more first half interceptions, including 2 that potentially prevented Panther touchdowns, and another by Spencer kept Central from getting back in the game.


Bulldogs Chomp Spartans

Brody Cooper Joe Burchfiel DSC08726West Albany Holds Off Marist 17-7

Albany - Conventional wisdom and a lot of fans that showed up at Memorial Stadium for the season opener between traditional offensive powerhouses West Albany, ranked #4 in the pre-season poll, and visiting Marist, who was #3, expected something like a 45-41 shootout.


What they got was an endless onslaught of penalties, and some sloppy offense, but mostly a lot of defense. The teams combined for just over only 300 total yards.

And it was the Bulldogs that got the most out of theirs, though the Spartans had their moments as well, and were responsible for bottling up West Albany's star running back Jake LaCoste most of the night.


"(Marist coach) Frank (Geske) said the strength of their team would be their defense," West Albany coach Randy Nyquist said, "and he was right."


Marist's sophomore quarterback Brody Cooper, left, under pressure from West Albany's Joe Burchfiel, was hurried all night. Cooper completed only 11 of 29 passes, for 105 total yards, but also was picked off twice.


After a scoreless first quarter, the only touchdown of the first half came on a 73 yard pick-6 by Forrest Thomas, who snagged a ball that had caromed off the chest of a Spartan receiver flat on the ground out of the air, and set sail for the end zone, and a 7-0 Bulldog lead 3 minutes into the second period.


The only other points of the first half came on a chip shot 30 yard field goal by Matt Wiest, made possible by one of the numerous helmet to helmet contact penalties assessed over the course of the evening that kept the Bulldog drive alive.


The theme continued in the third quarter, when West Albany's Joey Roos snagged another interception of Marist sophomore quarterback Brody Cooper, setting up a short field, and a 42 yard drive that resulted in the Bulldog's only offensive touchdown of the night when LaCoste romped in from 23 yards out to open a 17-0 lead less than 4 minutes after half time.

Former Oregon prep football players fill in-state DI rosters

Oregon Ducks snag most impact players, while PSU loads up with most local talent


Thomas Tyner

While Oregon will never rival recruiting hotbeds like California, Texas and Florida, prep football programs in our state consistently produce many Division I caliber prospects.  In numbers that seem to be increasing every season, former Oregon prep players are filling up the rosters of Division I football programs in this state.   It was almost four years ago that then new Portland State head coach Nigel Burton made a commitment to recruit locally, and this season the Vikings roster is showing the results with a whopping 39 Oregon bred athletes. As of Friday, Aug. 23, the University of Oregon had 24 players from Oregon high schools on its roster and Oregon State had 21. That’s a total of 84 players playing DI football - just on in-state teams, Wow. Jesuit, Central Catholic and Lake Oswego are the most represented programs with at least six alums on in-state rosters.


From 5-foot 9-inch, 150 pound kicker Ryan Cope (Jesuit HS) to 6’1, 335 pound offensive lineman Austin Johnson (Sunset HS), players from Oregon high schools come in all shapes and sizes. Here is a position-by-position breakdown of the 84 DI players playing at Oregon, OSU and PSU:  19 Offensive Linemen, 18 Wide Receivers, 9 Linebackers, 6 Tight Ends and 6 D-Linemen, 5 Safeties and 5 Defensive Ends, 4 Running Backs and 4 Defensive Backs, 3 Quarterbacks, 3 Kickers and 2 Punters. As you can see, an Oregon bred squad of in-state DI players could field a team, but it would be a little light on the defensive line, in the defensive backfield and at running back. Although, with a nice supply of offensive linemen and receiving targets, an Oregon bred team would just need to find the right quarterback to be an explosive offense.


While it remains to be seen if 5-star tailback Thomas Tyner of Aloha High School (above, in photo by Kirk Mays from the 2010 6A State Championship Game) will be a factor for the Ducks this fall, there are numerous former Oregon preps that will be a major part of the No. 3 ranked Ducks success this season. Two former prep standouts are juniors who will start on offense; Colt Lyerla (6’5, 250), a tight end from Hillsboro and Keanon Lowe (5’9, 185),a wide receiver from Jesuit. On defense, senior Taylor Hart (6’6, 283) from Tualatin is a 3-year starter on the defensive line, poised to become the team leader of a fast and hard hitting defense.  Tyson Coleman (6’1, 223) is a rangy athlete from Lake Oswego who is fighting for time at linebacker. Other players who could be a factor this season, include: Ben Butterfield (6’0, 190), a senior defensive back from Sherwood and Alex Balducci (6’4, 297), a sophomore defensive lineman from Central Catholic.


Keith Kostol

The only former Oregon prep set to start for the Beavers this year is Keith Kostol (6’4, 199), a junior punter from Tigard (Pictured at left, punting). Other players in the hunt for playing time this season include: Isaac Seumola (6’3, 305), a sophomore center from Corvallis; Micah Hatfield (6’1, 181), a senior wide receiver from Lake Oswego; Mitch Singler (6’3, 206), a senior wide receiver from South Medford; Joel Skotte (6’2, 240), a sophomore linebacker from Mountain View High School in Bend; and Hayden Craig (6’3, 259), a sophomore tight end from Dayton.


While Portland State loaded up on the most overall Oregon talent, 30 of their Oregon players are either a freshman or sophomore, making most a year or two out from making a major impact. It looks like we might have to wait to see some of the more exciting players in the prep ranks the past few seasons. Some of the players on this list include: Steven Long (5'7, 175, Fr., Lake Oswego); Xavier Coleman (5'11, 190, Fr., Jesuit); Paris Penn (6'1, 210, RS-Fr., Grant) and Austin Baird (5'11, 180, Fr., Marist).


Some of the players that played last year and who will be looking for more time on the defensive side of the ball include: Zach Walen (6’3, 200), a sophomore linebacker from Lake Oswego; Nick Rothstein (5’11, 205), a sophomore safety from Jesuit; and Zack Ka’ahanui (6’1, 265), a senior defensive tackle from Central Catholic. On offense, look for contributions from Oregon bred players catching the football, as five guys are in the mix for playing time at wide receiver: Josh Milhollin (6’4, 200, Jr., South Medford); Kasey Closs (6’3, 200, Jr., Lake Oswego); Alex Toureen (6’, 180, Jr., Cottage Grove); Darnell Adams (6’2, 195, So., Newberg); Jamarr Graves (6’3, 195, RS-Fr., Grant).


Keith Kostol (Above, #48) is a junior punter from Tigard. (Photo by Andy Wooldridge)


Click on link below for a full list of the 84 former Oregon prep football players that are on rosters for the Ducks, Beavers or Vikings this season. (Note – some players listed may be redshirting)



CalPreps Top Ten Pre-season 4-A Rankings

1-Scappoose       24.2

2-Baker                 23.2

3-North Bend       21.3

4-Gladstone         20.1

5-Cottage Grove  18.3

6-Philomath         15.9

7-Douglas            11.1

8-Cascade            9.4

9-Central               8.1

10-LaSalle            6.8

Garcia Grabs Opportunity To Win 61st Shrine Game For West

West Evens Series With 33-23 Win


Forrest Garcia Punt Return DSC08626BakerCity – The West has found a formula for winning East-West Shrine games; get to the 4th quarter, and then get the Dayton kid in position to pull out the come-back victory.


It worked last year when A.J. Hedgecock hit the game winning field goal, and though he had to do a bit more, come the last half of the 4th quarter of this year’s game, Forrest Garcia delivered as well.


A 49 yard punt return, left, sparked the drive Garcia capped with an 8 yard run for the go-ahead touchdown, and another 31 yard touchdown sprint put the the West up 33-23 less than a minute later, as the West rallied for their 4th consecutive win in the annual showcase of graduating talent from the state’s schools from the 4A, 3A, 2A, & 1A classifications.


“I was definitely waiting for my chance, and took it when I could,” Garcia said. “It worked out, thank God.”


It also made for a better memory than the rare occurrence of having fumbled twice on the same play that befell Garcia earlier, and sparked an East rally that eventually led to a 16 point run that erased the 19 points in a row the West had run up in the 1st quarter.


It's A Long Road From Regis High In Stayton To The NFL, Or The CFL

Travis LulayOur associate and good friend Jay "Byrdman" Reese has been busy this summer, moving the "Biggest Little Sports Talk SHow In Oregon" over to FM 100.1 in Bend. And he and his associates are also getting TableRock Sports, which covers the action down in the Rogue Valley, geared up to stream high school football video this fall. You can check out their coverage of Pacific Football League games to get a taste of what's in store this fall.


In the meantime, Jay also recently caught up with Regis High grad Travis Lulay, left, for an interesting interview.


Long time fans of Oregon high school football recall the long run of Regis teams that made a habit of winning state championships, and recognize the name Lulay, as the family provided as many members of those Ram teams as any across multiple generations. Travis went on to play for Montana St., and after several stopovers in the NFL, has settled in as the quarterback of the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League, and was even the face of the CFL advertising last year, after leading the Lions to the CFL title in 2011.


Here's Jay's story on the Stayton star.