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- Published on October 8, 2006
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The conference went 1-0 in the non-conference game, and is 11-13 so far.
I went 4-0, 29-4 so far.
Central @ Molalla. The Panthers tried to spoil the party to welcome home the Indians after they spent all of September on the warpath, and christen the new facilities, by jumping to a 13-6 first quarter lead. But the momentum shifted to “Mo” behind 32 straight points, and the last Panther score did nothing to dampen the continuing emergence of the Indians as a force to be reckoned with.
Gladstone @ Cascade. Jordan Aldredge ran wild, and the Gladiators seized control in the second half to put the Cougars away after the wildest first half in the conference so far this year. 8 TDs kept the scoreboard sizzling, but even in this one, defense (at least a little bit of it) and running the ball produced the win for Happy Rock.
Stayton @ LaSalle. The Falcons put another solid effort on both sides of the ball together to pluck the Eagles. LaSalle games are all about who determines the style of the game. So is Stayton. The Eagles aren’t successfully controlling game style this year, and the results reflect that.
North Marion @ Estacada. The Huskies found the perfect remedy for 2 straight losses, a game with the Rangers. It looks like a long season for the Rangers, while the Huskies are working on a stretch that is critical to their season.
LaSalle Falcons (3-3,2-1) @ Gladstone Gladiators (3-3,3-0). Tri-Valley League game of the week. Except, there is no TVL anymore. This is also an old Capitol Conference rivalry from a generation ago. And its been a battle of neighbors all along, and that’s what makes it a real heated event. Now, the teams are well matched, as indicated by the records, and critical to the playoff race. All that means it’s the Capital Conference game of the week. Both teams have frustrated their fans at times as they work toward turning their programs around. The fans might want to have a little patience, although the loser of this one will have a lot of work to do. Injuries have hampered both teams, as a lot of the balance and depth they would like to use is setting on the sidelines.
The game will also showcase two “star” RBs with different styles. Gladstone’s Jordan Aldredge’s breakaway ability is a serious concern for opposing defenses. LaSalle’s Chris Nagel’s ability to pound out the yards will give a serious headache to opposing defenses.
LaSalle is a solid running team that plays some defense, and would rather play the game in the high teens and twenties, scorewise. Gladstone is a spectacular running team that struggles with defense. And plays high scoring games, because they need to. If the score climbs high, Gladstone probably wins. I doubt LaSalle can keep it a low scoring game. But I like the Falcon offensive line a little better, and their defense a lot better. And that equals Falcons on the road in a mild upset.
Cascade Cougars (3-3,0-2) @ Molalla Indians (5-1,2-0). The Indians are one of the pleasant surprise teams in the state, never mind the conference. Molalla has built a solid unit that can pass and run, and defense both, and they did it facing a tough road schedule. Now the tables have turned, and they are enjoying the benefits of tremendous support and a true “home”.
The Cougars are having a problem with the running game running out of gas after halftime. And the injuries that weren’t there when they were winning earlier are starting to accumulate. To compound the problem, Molalla is one of the bigger, physical teams around, while Cascade is one of the smaller ones. It all indicates the Indians will have a successful Cougar hunt.
Estacada Rangers (0-6,0-3) @ Stayton Eagles (2-4,1-1). It’s the Eagles’ turn to get on track at the Rangers’ expense. Eagle home cooking salves the locals’ spirits, and keeps the Eagles in the hunt for now.
The non-conference game of the week for both the Sky-Em and the Capital is the LaPine Hawks (1-5,1-2) @ North Marion Huskies (4-2,1-2). The Huskies have built their season at the expense of struggling teams. The Hawks are another of them. After facing Marist & Sisters back to back, the Huskies have to be a welcome sight. But it won’t be welcome enough. Despite Husky defensive problems, the Hawk defense will again prove to be even more vulnerable. Another long flight for the Hawks.