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- Published on September 10, 2007
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Shorter list than sometimes of big games this week, as a number of the evident “haves” are playing already apparent “have nots”, though there is still plenty of time for appearances to change. But oh, are the games on that list big!
Biggest of the Big
It’s in 5A, #1/2 West Albany Bulldogs (2-0) @ #1/2 Sherwood Bowmen (2-0), and Oregonprepsports.net’s Don Francis (Cipole) will have exclusive analysis of the early season showdown for early command of 5A. I say #1/2 for both teams because there is considerable division of opinion about which is #1. The AP poll has the Bowmen #1, though the Bulldogs have more first place votes. The Oregonprepsports.net fan poll has the Bulldogs on top, with the Bowmen number 2. There is near total agreement that right now these are the top 2 teams.
Sherwood’s home opener comes after road wins of substantial margins, 36-7 over the defending state champion Corvallis Spartans, and 23–6 over the Southern Sky favorite and defending champion Crater Comets. The defending Mid-Willamette league champion Bulldogs, who reached the title game last December, demolished the Springfield Millers 35-6 and the perennial contender Pendleton Bucaroos 49-6. And Friday night, they get to settle it, at least for now. But don’t count out a rematch in the playoffs.
After the Mountain View Cougars clawed out a 22-14 win over the Wilsonville Wildcats, they injected themselves into the equation, but it might take more than a win over Eagle Point to climb past the loser Friday in Sherwood. And thanks to the Cougars, the winless and pointless so far Roosevelt Roughriders are likely in for a real rough time in Wilsonville, as the Wildcats are going to take it out on the first thing that they can sink their claws into.
Right on the heels of the Bulldog-Bowmen battle for biggest of the big is a Three-Rivers – Metro showdown, as Ken Potter takes the #1 2 time defending state champion Jesuit Crusaders (2-0) into Lake Oswego to take on Steve Coury’s #3 Lakers (2-0). Raphael Lambert romped for 203 yards in the Holy War that turned into a sacrifice, as the Crusaders demolished the Central Catholic Rams 60-0! Paul Who? That followed an opening 54-7 rout of Mt. View out of Washington.
The Lakers are ranked #3 despite a combined margin of victory in 2 games of 5 points, after come from behind wins over West Salem 29-28, and Southridge 21-17. Somehow, I don’t think the Lakers can afford to let Jesuit get ahead; they don’t look back over their shoulders at anyone.
4A features a battle of unbeatens too, as the #5 Yamhill-Carlton Tigers (2-0) take on the #4 LaSalle Falcons (1-0) in a game to be played on the turf at Alder Creek Middle School, the former Clackamas High School stadium. The Tigers have reloaded after graduating last year’s top QB in Zach Anderson, as QB Walter Skuzeski & running back Willie Webb have put the Tigers from the Cowapa Conference in first place in the Capital Conference with a 14–0 win over Gladstone, and a 31–6 win over Stayton.
The Falcons flew squarely into the state wide picture when they backed up their playoff win last November that eliminated undefeated Astoria with another boating of the Fish, 32-7 in last week’s “Sporty” Game of the week in PGE Park. Chris Nagel ran over the Fish for 228 yards rushing, and 380 of total offense, but just as important, the Falcons held all-everything Jordan Poyer to 3 of 18 passing for 34 yards, and only 22 more rushing. No one but the Falcons have ever held Poyer below 50% passing. See the Capital Conference Weekly Rundown for more. These 3, plus Marist and Scappoose, are all so attractive “Sporty” can’t decide. What a pleasant dilemma! Sadly though, no "Sporty" live coverage this week, due to late business demands, but watch for a rundown review after the turf rubber settles.
Holy War II
2A #1 Blanchet Cavaliers (1-1) @ 3A #1 Regis Rams (2-0). It’s not the scale of Jesuit and Central Catholic, and Blanchet being a new program, the generations of history isn’t there (yet). But the intensity is quickly building to the same level. Blanchet’s loss was 21–14 to unbeaten 3A Colton, so don’t let the loss mislead you to thinking Blanchet isn’t a legitimate threat to the Rams. Remember, Jeff Flood, an old nemesis of Regis (and the rest of what is now 3A & 2A) from his Amity days, leads the Cavaliers, and he knows a thing or two about butting heads with the Rams. Oregonprepsports.net will have a report on how this played out and why as well.
3A Riverside Pirates (2-0) @ 2A #2 Culver Bulldogs (2-0). Riverside and Culver haven’t been written up for big games a lot, but check the records. Right now, it’s a battle of unbeatens, and wins is what we count. And because they haven’t been the center of the football world, the locker room that has the 3-0 team in it afterwards will be as excited as any in the state.
1A Double Dip
#4 Dufur Rangers (1-1) @ #2 St. Paul Bucaroos (2-0). Dufur lost to #1 Mohawk 22-12 in the 8-man classic, but recovered for a 58-20 win against Joseph. The Rangers are always in the hunt, and range outside Wasco county for the first time, and what a trip to make, to the rodeo grounds, for the St. Paul home opener. St. Paul beat Wallowa 72-8 at the 8-man classic, and has a 58-14 win in Ione against the #6 Cardinals. This has all the potential of an instant classic.
#5 Imbler Panthers (2-0) @ Sherman Huskies (1-0). Imbler it seems is always up there anymore. This is Sherman’s shot at a share of the limelight heading into the tough Big Sky schedule, where Dufur, Ione, Echo, and South Wasco, among others, await.
Time for some real good football!