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- Written by Andy Wooldridge (CCCougarfan)
- Published on September 1, 2008
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After a Rough Opening Week, the Schedule Stays Stiff
Two of the best teams in the state, Central and
Five of the seven teams have home games this week, but the other two, Estacada and Stayton, are on the road for the second straight week. I went 5-1, while the Conference went 2-4, and 1-3 against the Cowapa Conference.
Siuslaw Vikings vs. La Salle Falcons at
The Vikings lost some star power too, in two way first team all-state WR/DB Drew Rainwater, two way all-stater TE/DE Joel Bechtold, and also lineman Cameron Thrall. The Vikings dropped last season’s opener in
Especially early, go with the experience in the QB/RB combination. Vikings set sail with the win.
Scappoose Indians (1-0) at
‘Poose proved to have offense and defense, though against a rather one dimensional Molalla attack. The questions will be whether the Indians can score enough, and stop
Most team’ recipe for success against ‘Poose is to keep the game close, and the score somewhat down.
The difference is JC never got going, generating less than 100 yards of total offense. Meanwhile, Cascade outplayed
Further compounding the problems for JC was the absence of some players they are still counting on for contributions. Arriving late will mean more time before things come together. Cascade, even in the loss, got experience for a lot of new players. Also, the Cougar rush defense was solid, which is harder to fix than assignment in the secondary.
The Tigers will make a lot of adjustments, but so will the Cougars. The battle of the big cats will go to the quicker Cougars.
Estacada Rangers (0-1) at Sweet Home Huskies (0-1). The Rangers fell at Banks 21-7, and the Huskies saw an upset slip away in Sisters, when the Outlaws scored to take the come from behind 21-18 win with 19 seconds to go. Amos Parmenter carried 27 times for the Huskies, for 145 yards and a touchdown.
Estacada was a bit of a puzzle, not starting so strong, coming off a strong end of the season. Notwighstanding that Banks might be ahead of schedule, the Rangers showed that they still have a lot of work to do. Sisters has a host of new players, but also some folks that were around for the last second scrambles against North Bend and Ontario, and that couldn’t have helped the Huskies’ cause. But coming close in football crazy Sisters also signals that Sweet Home is prepared to be competitive. Based on the first week, the advantage in the ‘green’ game goes to the Huskies.
Central Panthers (1-0) at Molalla Indians (0-1). The Panthers outscored Marist 56-42 to firmly establish themselves as the early #1 team in 4A. The Indians lost, as noted above, at Scappoose.
Molalla, understandably, will need some time to reload their line, which is first and last priority for their ground pounding style. They should still win some games, on sheer brute force. But not this one.
Central has some work to do defensively, but Marist will put numbers on you like few others. Still, giving up nearly 500 yards isn’t the best way to win the state championship, which is what the Panthers made themselves the favorite to do with their first week win.
However, the Panther offense is already in high gear. It took a quarter to get going, against the defending state champions, but junior QB Grant Hedrick threw for 385 yards, and six touchdowns. And anyone that thinks Central is just an airshow needs to notice that Casey Connor also ran for 176 yards, and the Panthers for 237 total.
Molalla, and a lot of others, may get some points on the Panthers. And the best, and possibly only, defense against the Central offense is to have the ball, so they don’t. But the explosive Panthers can outscore what their defense allows, and they can do it quickly, in case time of possession is a factor. Panthers gash the Indians bigtime.
Taft Tigers (0-1) @
The Tigers fell at 3A Creswell 16-14, while the Huskies dug out a tougher than expected 13-6 win at home over 5A Woodburn.
Taft did connect on a pair of long pass plays for fourth quarter scores, but their comeback fell short. Take from that that the Tigers didn’t quit on a game that a down program might well have. But 3A teams don’t see many offenses that can come up with a pair of long scoring passes.
But this week, better speed on turf, and an opponent with even more depth problems, means the Huskies can improve on their opening effort, and woof it up again. Dogs bite the Tigers.
Stayton Eagles (0-1) at
The good news is one of these teams will be a .500 team going into the third week of the year. And because it is a hard game to pick, it will be a challenge in the Pickem contest. But it’s early, and the Eagles aren’t beaten down yet. And Seaside lost senior running back Agustin Tinoco, who suffered a broken leg in the Elmira contest. For the boss, take the Eagles’ fly (offense) to fly, at least a little, for at least a week.