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18Jan/16Off

Rain and Touchdowns Pour on Barlow in Oregon City

The rain never let up at Pioneer Stadium in Oregon City and neither did the flow of touchdowns against Barlow by Oregon City High School in a lopsided 65-7 Mt. Hood Conference win for the Pioneers over the Bruins.  Under driving rain, the Pioneers wracked up a total of 584 yards which included big plays for touchdowns from Trevon Bradford (64 and 40 yards), Dequahn Dennis-Lee (88 yards), Sam Maughan (45 yards) and Riley Rexine (56 and 31 yards).  Running backs Danny Tkach and Conner Mitchell added a touchdown each to cap out the scoring.  With the scoreboard reading 52-7 at halftime, the Bruins were aided by a running clock to bring a miserable game to an end on a night of miserable weather.

Game Report on Clackamas Review Web Site:  http://www.pamplinmedia.com/pt/251-sports/prep-football/279359-155626-pioneers-tame-the-bruins-

Oregon City quarterback Dequahn Dennis-Lee throws to wide receiver Teron Bradford in the final minute of the first quarter.

Oregon City quarterback Dequahn Dennis-Lee throws to wide receiver Teron Bradford in the final minute of the first quarter.

Oregon City wide receiver Connor Mitchell (5) returns a Barlow punt 90 yards for a touchdown with 8:00 remaining in the second quarter.

Oregon City wide receiver Connor Mitchell (5) returns a Barlow punt 90 yards for a touchdown with 8:00 remaining in the second quarter.

Oregon City running back Connor Mitchell (5) runs the ball 70 yards down to the Barlow two yardline to set up his touchdown run on the following play with fifteen seconds remaining in the second quarter.

Oregon City running back Connor Mitchell (5) runs the ball 70 yards down to the Barlow two yardline to set up his touchdown run on the following play with fifteen seconds remaining in the second quarter.

Oregon City defensive backs Tyler Dye (left) and Trevon Bradford (right) force a third quarter fumble by Barlow running back Jobadiah Malary (28) which is recovered by the Pioneers defensive end Brandon Dillon (36 not in picture).

Oregon City defensive backs Tyler Dye (left) and Trevon Bradford (right) force a third quarter fumble by Barlow running back Jobadiah Malary (28) which is recovered by the Pioneers defensive end Brandon Dillon (36 not in picture).

Barlow running back Wyatt Radke (33) pursued by Oregon City defensive end Brandon Dillon (36) on a kickoff return during the second quarter.

Barlow running back Wyatt Radke (33) pursued by Oregon City defensive end Brandon Dillon (36) on a kickoff return during the second quarter.

Oregon City running back Ethan Kassebaum (29) runs for a thirteen yard gain in the third quarter.

Oregon City running back Ethan Kassebaum (29) runs for a thirteen yard gain in the third quarter.

Oregon City running back Danny Tkach (23) runs for a twelve yard gain to the Barlow four yard line to set up a touchdown pass to Sam Maughan on the following play with 7:31 remaining in the third quarter.

Oregon City running back Danny Tkach (23) runs for a twelve yard gain to the Barlow four yard line to set up a touchdown pass to Sam Maughan on the following play with 7:31 remaining in the third quarter.

Oregon City quarterback Riley Rexine (12) runs for a 56 yard touchdown with 7:15 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Oregon City quarterback Riley Rexine (12) runs for a 56 yard touchdown with 7:15 remaining in the fourth quarter.

17Jan/16Off

Rex Putnam Breaks La Salle Hearts in 36 Seconds, 2 plays and 75 Yards

With 2:47 left on the clock in the fourth quarter the La Salle Falcons pulled ahead of the Rex Putnam Kingsmen off a two yard touchdown off a pass reception by Jalontae Walker from quarterback Nick McKoy for a 19-16 lead.  All momentum was going the Falcons' way after La Salle broke a second half stalemate late in the game and pinning the Kingsmen on their own 25 yard line off the following kickoff.  Putnam quarterback Jake Hamilton quickly swung the momentum in Putnam's favor with a 40 yard pass completion to Kane Stephens to advance the ball the the La Salle 35 yard line.  On the very next play Jesse Countryman broke free found an opening on the right side of the line and sailed to the endzone to cap off a 75 yard drive in two plays in only 36 seconds.  Tommy Ciobanasiu kicked the extra point to cap off the score at 23-19 for the Kingsmen. The Putnam defense forced a turnover on downs to sure the victory following the kickoff.

Game Report on the Clackamas Review Web Site: http://www.pamplinmedia.com/pt/251-sports/prep-football/278505-154743-kingsmen-win-a-wild-one

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Rex Putnam quarterback Jake Hamilton (7) scrambles out of the pocket for a four yard gain during a second quarter drive.

Rex Putnam quarterback Jake Hamilton (7) scrambles out of the pocket for a four yard gain during a second quarter drive.

Rex Putnam running back Jesse Countryman (2) runs for a first down during a third quarter drive.

Rex Putnam running back Jesse Countryman (2) runs for a first down during a third quarter drive.

La Salle running back Quentin Pearson (24) runs the ball during a first quarter drive.

La Salle running back Quentin Pearson (24) runs the ball during a first quarter drive.

La Salle wide receiver Parker Cardwell (11) runs for a ten yard gain before being tackled by Rex Putnam defensive back Joseph Jesse (6) and Brice McDonald (behind) during the Falcons’ late fourth quarter scoring drive.

La Salle wide receiver Parker Cardwell (11) runs for a ten yard gain before being tackled by Rex Putnam defensive back Joseph Jesse (6) and Brice McDonald (behind) during the Falcons’ late fourth quarter scoring drive.

La Salle wide receiver Parker Cardwell (11) pulls down a pass reception for a first down on second and twenty-two from their own twelve yard line with 9:07 to go in the fourth quarter. The play generated the Falcons’ 88 yard scoring drive with Jalontae Walker running for a two yard touchdown with 2:47 left in the fourth quarter to give La Salle a 19-16 lead.

La Salle wide receiver Parker Cardwell (11) pulls down a pass reception for a first down on second and twenty-two from their own twelve yard line with 9:07 to go in the fourth quarter. The play generated the Falcons’ 88 yard scoring drive with Jalontae Walker running for a two yard touchdown with 2:47 left in the fourth quarter to give La Salle a 19-16 lead.

Rex Putnam wide receiver Kane Stephens (24) pulls down a 50 yard pass reception to move the ball from the Kingsmen 25 yard line to the La Salle 25 yard line. Jesse Countryman ran for a 25 yard touchdown on the following play to break the backs of the Falcons after the Kingsmen score 36 seconds after La Salle took a 19-16 lead with 2:47 left in the fourth quarter. Following the La Salle kick-off Putnam drove 75 yards in two plays with a 40 yard pass reception to Stephens and Countryman’s 25 yard run to the endzone. Kicker Tommy Ciobanasiu scored the extra point to cap off the score at 23-19 for the Kingsmen.

Rex Putnam wide receiver Kane Stephens (24) pulls down a 40 yard pass reception to move the ball from the Kingsmen 25 yard line to the La Salle 25 yard line. Jesse Countryman ran for a 25 yard touchdown on the following play to break the backs of the Falcons after the Kingsmen score 36 seconds after La Salle took a 19-16 lead with 2:47 left in the fourth quarter. Following the La Salle kick-off Putnam drove 75 yards in two plays with a 40 yard pass reception to Stephens and Countryman’s 25 yard run to the endzone. Kicker Tommy Ciobanasiu scored the extra point to cap off the score at 23-19 for the Kingsmen.

Rex Putnam running back Jesse Countryman (2) breaks free from La Salle defensive men Cayden Martinez (2) and Jhevon Lancaster (5) on his way for a 25 yard touchdown with 2:11 left in the fourth quarter to give Putnam the final lead of the game. Countryman’s touchdown broke the backs of the Falcons after the Kingsmen score 36 seconds after La Salle took a 19-16 lead with 2:47 left in the fourth quarter. Following the La Salle kick-off Putnam drove 75 yards in two plays with a 40 yard pass reception to Kane Stephens and Countryman’s 25 yard run to the endzone. Kicker Tommy Ciobanasiu scored the extra point to cap off the score at 23-19 for the Kingsmen.

Rex Putnam running back Jesse Countryman (2) breaks free from La Salle defensive men Cayden Martinez (2) and Jhevon Lancaster (5) on his way for a 25 yard touchdown with 2:11 left in the fourth quarter to give Putnam the final lead of the game. Countryman’s touchdown broke the backs of the Falcons after the Kingsmen score 36 seconds after La Salle took a 19-16 lead with 2:47 left in the fourth quarter. Following the La Salle kick-off Putnam drove 75 yards in two plays with a 40 yard pass reception to Kane Stephens and Countryman’s 25 yard run to the endzone. Kicker Tommy Ciobanasiu scored the extra point to cap off the score at 23-19 for the Kingsmen.

Rex Putnam quarterback Jake Hamilton leads the student section in signing the school fight song after an emotional victory 23-19 victory over local rival La Salle in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.

Rex Putnam quarterback Jake Hamilton leads the student section in signing the school fight song after an emotional victory 23-19 victory over local rival La Salle in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.

2Dec/15Off

Clackamas Extents Winning Streak with 38-22 Win Over Centennial

The Clackamas Cavaliers rolled to a 38-22 Three Rivers Conference victory over Centennial to keep their 2015 record unblemished at 5-0 (3-0 in conference).  Centennial started their season with more promise in many years with three straight high-scoring wins, however the Eagles traveled to Cavalier Stadium after a 42-6 loss to Central Catholic.  Centennial got on the board first with a 13 yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter from quarterback Trevor Thornton.  Clackamas scored the next four touchdown, added a Drew Dayton fieldgoal and one more touchdown off a 25 yard pass reception by Alex Hern with 1:39 left in the third quarter.  Centennial attempted to claw its way back into the game with two rushing touchdowns of 50 and 35 yards by Shawn King, but the Cavaliers' defense held strong to close out the game securing the win.

Clackamas Review Game Report:  http://portlandtribune.com/pt/251-sports/prep-football/275510-151461-a-very-happy-homecoming-

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Clackamas wide receiver David Benintendi (7) pulls down a 45 pass completion down to the eleven yard line of Centennial with 4:06 left in the second quarter.

Clackamas wide receiver David Benintendi (7) pulls down a 45 pass completion down to the eleven yard line of Centennial with 4:06 left in the second quarter.

Centennial running back Jesse Porter (28) runs for a five yard gain late in the first quarter.

Centennial running back Jesse Porter (28) runs for a five yard gain late in the first quarter.

Clackamas defensive linemen Cole Loboy (33), Joe Leontyuk (36) and Devon Riddle (50) smother Centennial running back Jesse Porter (28) at the line of scrimmage during a first quarter drive.

Clackamas defensive linemen Cole Loboy (33), Joe Leontyuk (36) and Devon Riddle (50) smother Centennial running back Jesse Porter (28) at the line of scrimmage during a first quarter drive.

Clackamas running back Richie Mock-Seratt (25) runs for an eight yard gain down to the Centennial four yard line with 11:39 left in the second quarter.

Clackamas running back Richie Mock-Seratt (25) runs for an eight yard gain down to the Centennial four yard line with 11:39 left in the second quarter.

Centennial quarterback Mychael Kane (6) throws a screen pass to Jesse Porter during a second quarter drive.

Centennial quarterback Mychael Kane (6) throws a screen pass to Jesse Porter during a second quarter drive.

Clackamas defensive back Jakob Walter (10) wraps up Centennial running back Shawn King (5) to bring him down short of a first down during a second quarter third down play.

Clackamas defensive back Jakob Walter (10) wraps up Centennial running back Shawn King (5) to bring him down short of a first down during a second quarter third down play.

Two Clackamas ball boys stand atop the team bench to get a better view of the action during the Cavaliers’ homecoming game against Centennial.

Two Clackamas ball boys stand atop the team bench to get a better view of the action during the Cavaliers’ homecoming game against Centennial.

1Dec/15Off

Liberty Puts Damper on Putnam Homecoming with 41-6 Thumping

The Liberty Falcons took advantage of costly turnovers by Rex Putnam to cruise to a 41-6 victory at the Rex Putnam' Foelker Field on homecoming night for the Kingsmen.  With the score tied 6-6 at the half,  Putnam felt in good position to challenge the No. 2 OSAA 5A Falcons in the second half.  Liberty running back Devin Kaneshiro quickly dash the Kingmen's hopes as he ran for a 68 yard touchdown 2:30 into the third quarter.  In just a little over a minute later defensive lineman Bailey Haines recovered a Putnam fumble and road the expressway to the endzone for a 71 yard touchdown.  Liberty added touchdowns by Charles Clark, Yousef Koborsi and Minoo Ha to round out the scoring.

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Rex Putnam running back Beau Winters (8) runs for a short gain in the first quarter before being brought down by Liberty linebacker Devin Thompson (left).

Rex Putnam running back Beau Winters (8) runs for a short gain in the first quarter before being brought down by Liberty linebacker Devin Thompson (left).

Liberty running back Devin Kaneshiro (4) cuts into a gap in the Putnam defensive line to get into the endzone for a touchdown with 6:51 left in the first quarter.

Liberty running back Devin Kaneshiro (4) cuts into a gap in the Putnam defensive line to get into the endzone for a touchdown with 6:51 left in the first quarter.

Rex Putnam running back Jesse Countryman (2) runs for a first down during a first quarter drive.

Rex Putnam running back Jesse Countryman (2) runs for a first down during a first quarter drive.

Rex Putnam Senior Keegan Brooks (kneeling) celebrates as he is proclaimed Homecoming King for 22015.

Rex Putnam Senior Keegan Brooks (kneeling) celebrates as he is proclaimed Homecoming King for 22015.

Rex Putnam Senior Veronica Kidby celebrates being selected as Homecoming Queen 2015.

Rex Putnam Senior Veronica Kidby celebrates being selected as Homecoming Queen 2015.

Liberty running back Minoo Ha (4) slips past Rex Putnam linebacker Ammon Rial (44) in the backfield as he goes on for a 13 yard gain during the third quarter.

Liberty running back Minoo Ha (4) slips past Rex Putnam linebacker Ammon Rial (44) in the backfield as he goes on for a 13 yard gain during the third quarter.

Rex Putnam quarterback Jake Hamilton (7) readies for the snap during a third quarter drive.

Rex Putnam quarterback Jake Hamilton (7) readies for the snap during a third quarter drive.

Liberty running back Charles Clark (20) celebrates his 36 yard touchdown run with 1:12 to go in the third quarter.

Liberty running back Charles Clark (20) celebrates his 36 yard touchdown run with 1:12 to go in the third quarter.

30Nov/15Off

Oregon City Drops Heart-breaker to Central Catholic

After four quarters of play the Oregon City Pioneers and the Central Catholic Rams were deadlocked at 14-14.  In the two overtime periods each team scored touchdowns on improbable fourth down passes to the endzone.  In the second overtime, the situation for the Pioneers looked hopeless with lost yardage plays setting them back on the 33 yard line on fourth down and having to make it into the endzone sitting fourth-and-thirty-three.  Oregon City quarterback Dequahn Dennis-Lee threw a Hail Mary pass and somehow wide receiver Trevon Bradford pulled it down under heavy coverage for the touchdown.  Needing only an extra point fieldgoal to tie the game and force a third overtime, the Pioneers bobbled the snap and kicker Jordon Phillips never got a chance to kick as the Rams smothered the loose ball to end the game with at 21-20 victory at Oregon City Pioneer Stadium.

Oregon City News Game Report:  http://portlandtribune.com/pt/251-sports/prep-football/273653-149414-no-5-rams-survive-in-ot-at-oregon-city

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Oregon City vs Central Catholic OSAA 6A Football - Pioneer Stadium, Oregon City, Oregon - Oregon City mascot and cheerleaders during the playing of The National Anthem.

Oregon City vs Central Catholic OSAA 6A Football - Pioneer Stadium, Oregon City, Oregon - Oregon City mascot and cheerleaders during the playing of The National Anthem.

Oregon City vs Central Catholic OSAA 6A Football - Pioneer Stadium, Oregon City, Oregon - Oregon City lineman Nic Illa (67) holds the Pioneers' symbolic sledgehammer in the tunnel.

Oregon City vs Central Catholic OSAA 6A Football - Pioneer Stadium, Oregon City, Oregon - Oregon City lineman Nic Illa (67) holds the Pioneers' symbolic sledgehammer in the tunnel.

Oregon City vs Central Catholic OSAA 6A Football - Pioneer Stadium, Oregon City, Oregon - Oregon City captains Kiahve Dennis-Lee (20), Aaron Parker (59), Duncan Cranston (72) and Trevon Bradford (6).

Oregon City vs Central Catholic OSAA 6A Football - Pioneer Stadium, Oregon City, Oregon - Oregon City captains Kiahve Dennis-Lee (20), Aaron Parker (59), Duncan Cranston (72) and Trevon Bradford (6).

Oregon City vs Central Catholic OSAA 6A Football - Pioneer Stadium, Oregon City, Oregon - Oregon City defensive back Trevon Bradford (6) forces Central Catholic wide receiver Jack Vecchi (14) to fumble the ball as Rieker Daniel (24) recovers for the Pioneers on their own 47 yard line 4:23 left in the third quarter.

Oregon City vs Central Catholic OSAA 6A Football - Pioneer Stadium, Oregon City, Oregon - Oregon City defensive back Trevon Bradford (6) forces Central Catholic wide receiver Jack Vecchi (14) to fumble the ball as Rieker Daniel (24) recovers for the Pioneers on their own 47 yard line 4:23 left in the third quarter.

Oregon City vs Central Catholic OSAA 6A Football - Pioneer Stadium, Oregon City, Oregon - Central Catholic running back Brady Breeze (7) leaps over the tackle attempt by Oregon City defensive back Trevon Bradford.

Oregon City vs Central Catholic OSAA 6A Football - Pioneer Stadium, Oregon City, Oregon - Central Catholic running back Brady Breeze (7) leaps over the tackle attempt by Oregon City defensive back Trevon Bradford.

Oregon City vs Central Catholic OSAA 6A Football - Pioneer Stadium, Oregon City, Oregon - Central Catholic running back Brady Breeze (7) leaps over the tackle attempt by Oregon City defensive back Trevon Bradford.

Oregon City vs Central Catholic OSAA 6A Football - Pioneer Stadium, Oregon City, Oregon - Central Catholic running back Brady Breeze (7) leaps over the tackle attempt by Oregon City defensive back Trevon Bradford.

Oregon City vs Central Catholic OSAA 6A Football - Pioneer Stadium, Oregon City, Oregon - Oregon City wide receiver Teron Bradford (15) make a pass completion for a nine yard gain and a first down on the Rams’ six yard line in the first quarter.

Oregon City vs Central Catholic OSAA 6A Football - Pioneer Stadium, Oregon City, Oregon - Oregon City wide receiver Teron Bradford (15) make a pass completion for a nine yard gain and a first down on the Rams’ six yard line in the first quarter.

 

28Nov/15Off

Oregon City vs West Linn Football 2015

Just a few short weeks after the Oregon City alumni claimed rivalry honors over West Linn in the annual "Battle for the Bridge" football game at Lions' home field with a 48-28 victory, the 2015 OSAA 6A pre-season game between the two schools kicked off at Pioneer Stadium in Oregon City.  The West Linn Varsity squad took revenge on behalf of their alumni as their high octane passing game was too much for the Oregon City defense with the Lions cruising to a 40-28 win.

Game report in the Oregon City News:  http://portlandtribune.com/pt/251-sports/prep-football/271832-147491-lions-take-flight-at-oregon-city

  • Oregon City alum and World War II veteran Hal Lindsley (left) was honored during the playing of the National Anthem before the start of the “Battle for the Bridge” rivalry game between Oregon City and West Linn at Pioneer Stadium in Oregon City. Lindsley played for the Pioneers during the 1945 “Battle for the Bridge” against West Linn.
28Nov/15Off

Battle for the Bridge 2015

In 2011 West Linn High School alum Ian Giammanco and Trent Tribou come up with an idea to money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as Giammanco's young daughter has CF.  The unique fundraising event was to have alumni of Oregon City and West Linn High Schools play a football game in the spirit of "The Battle for the Bridge," an annual match-up between the two neighboring schools that is themed the longest running rivalry game west of the Mississippi.  Participating players are primarily in the 20's and 30's, but there are some aging souls in the 40's giving all they have in honor of their school, community and giving to support the fight against CF.  This year's game was held at West Linn High School with the Oregon City Pioneers scored a 48-28 victory over the Lions but the true winner was the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation with over $25,000 raised this year and over $100,000 raised over the five year history of the game.

Game coverage in the Oregon City News:  http://portlandtribune.com/pt/251-sports/prep-football/270350-145462-rivals-come-together-for-a-cause

Battle for the Bridge web page:  http://www.battleforthebridge.com/

  • Honorary captain Sophia Giammanco (77) shakes hands with a referee during the coin toss ceremony to begin the Battle of the Bridge with West Linn captain Mike Livermore (65) looking on.
17Jan/10Off

The Buckaroos Finish a Perfect Season

FOURTEEN and ZERO!  OSAA 1A STATE CHAMPIONS! Big and bold, the St. Paul Buckaroos stamped their mark in Oregon high school football history with a perfect season of fourteen wins and zero losses.  For the season, the Bucks scored a whopping 796 total points against opponents while yielding 334.  On Saturday December 5th, the Buckaroos' fourteenth win of the season earned them the OSAA 1A Football Championship state title with a 38-34 win over Imbler.  Ryan Pierson was an offensive force for St. Paul as he tallied five touchdowns and rushed for 384 of his team's 398 total yards on the ground.  Matt Gooding also scored for St. Paul and quarterback Daley Smith completed four out of seven passes for 60 yards in the air.

After trailing 26-14 at halftime, Imbler was able to pull within four points when quarterback Bryan Mills ran for a seven yard TD with 1:08 left in the game, but the Panthers could not pull off the onside kick letting St. Paul run out the final seconds of the game.  Other scorers for Imbler were Jace Eisiminger, Zack Phillips and Wesley Burgess who got into the endzone twice.  Burgess led his team with 129 yards on the ground and 74 receiving.  Quarterback Bryan Mills threw 16 passes, completing five for 144 yards and one touchdown.

Ryan Pierson of St. Paul splits the defense of Imbler's Andrew Fullerton (left) and Dalton McDaniel as he picks up 22 of his 384 yards rushing. Pierson scored five of St. Paul's six touchdowns as they claimed the OSAA 1A Football Championship by defeating Imber 38-34.

Wesley Burgess of Imbler breaks free into open field as he runs for a 53 yard touchdown for the Panthers' first touchdown with 9:55 to go in the second quarter.

Quarterback Daley Smith of St. Paul dives for extra yardage after being tackled by Imbler's Bryan Mills in the third quarter. Smith fumbled the ball as he fell to the turf resulting in a turn-over after Imber's Dalton McDaniels pounced on the loose ball.

Wesley Burges of Imbler rushes for a seven yard gain in the third quarter. Burgess led his team with 129 yards rushing, 74 yards receiving and two touchdowns.

Daley Smith of St. Paul makes a dramatic change of direction to avoid a tackle by Imbler's Bryan Mills as he picks up five yard late in the third quarter.

Ryan Pierson of St. Paul turns towards the goal line as Imber's Andrew Fullerton (foreground) lines up in hopes to stop Pierson short of the endzone. Pierson dove across the goal line to put the Buckaroos up 26-14 with 50 seconds left in the first half.

Ryan Pierson of St. Paul follows his lead blocker John Merten (17) who is lined up on Imber's Andrew Fullerton during a late fourth quarter run.

St. Paul head coach Tony Smith slips out from the cascading ice water as the Buckaroos begin celebrating their OSAA 1A State Football Championship after defeating Imbler 38-34.

St. Paul head coach Tony Smith slips out from the cascading ice water as the Buckaroos begin celebrating their OSAA 1A State Football Championship after defeating Imbler 38-34.

The St. Paul Buckaroos hoist the OSAA 1A Football Championship trophy high after defeating Imbler 38-34 for the state title.

The St. Paul Buckaroos hoist the OSAA 1A Football Championship trophy high after defeating Imbler 38-34 for the state title.

5Jan/10Off

Jesuit & Sheldon Pass OSAA 6A Semi-final Tests

It's No. 1 vs No. 2 for the OSAA 6A Football Championship as Jesuit and Sheldon both advance to the championship game after posting semi-final victories at PGE Park in Portland.  Jesuit defeated West Salem 21-7 in the first of the semi-final double-header with touchdowns by the Crusaders' explosive runningbacks, Jordan Talley and Keanon Lowe.  Talley notched Jesuit's first with a 34 yard run at 8:52 in the first quarter and Lowe added a pair with a one yard charge late in the second quarter and a 22 yard run with 1:42 left in the third.  Jesuit's defense kept the West Salem high octane offense in check as they held the Titans to only seven points after averaging over 40 points per game during the season.  The lone West Salem touchdown was scored off a four yard run by quarterback Brett Smith.

Sheldon used a dominant aerial attach to out-distance Canby 49-14 during the second game of the night.  Quarterback Jordan Johnson threw four touchdown passes and ran into the endzone twice.  Johnson completed 19 of 24 passes for an impressive 372 yards.  On the tail end of the TD passes were Curtis Write in the first quarter and John Campbell scoring two in the second quarter and one in the third.  Cameron Abeene also scored for the Irish with a 14 yard run at the start of the second quarter.  Canby's first strike off a 23 yard touchdown pass from Josh Yoder to Adam Bell was the only opportunity the Cougars had to lead the game.  A two yard Richy Nanez touchdown in the second quarter was the last Canby was able to change their side of the scoreboard.

West Salem quarterback Brett Smith (left) is stopped by Jesuit's Keanon Lowe (right) after rushing 11 yards for a first down early in the third quarter.

West Salem quarterback Brett Smith (left) is stopped by Jesuit's Keanon Lowe (right) after rushing 11 yards for a first down early in the third quarter.

Keanon Lowe of Jesuit attempts to dodge a tackle by West Salem's Mike Faber as he rushes for a five yard gain late in the fourth quarter.

Jesuit's Keanon Lowe gains 11 yards off a screen pass to move the ball down to the West Salem 34 yard line. The Crusaders scored the opening touchdown on the following play off a 34 yard run by Jordan Talley.

Jesuit's Jordan Talley breaks through the West Salem line to rush for a 34 yard touchdown with 8:52 left in the first quarter giving the Crusaders the early 7-0 lead.

Jordan Talley of Jesuit finds an opening during a second quarter series to pick up eight of his 125 yards rushing on the night.

West Salem quarterback Brett Smith breaks free from Jesuit's Nick Rhodes to rush 11 yards for a first down during a third quarter series.

Keanon Lowe of Jesuit (right) rushes 11 yards for a first down during a third quarter scoring drive before being brought down by West Salem's Mike Faber (left).

Curtis White of Sheldon gets a block from teammate Cody Skinner against Canby's Cody Hoffman as he extends a screen pass for a 19 yard gain down to the Canby 24 yard line to set up a touchdown two plays later to give the Irish a 14-7 lead with 1:14 left in the first quarter.

Ryan Wall of Canby takes to the air to tackle West Salem's John Campbell after a 20 yard pass completion early in the third quarter.

Cameron Abeene of Sheldon gains 12 yards off a pass completion during a third quarter series until being brought down by Canby's Marco Zamora (behind).

Sheldon quarterback Jordan Johnson breaks tackles to gain eight yards and earn a first down the hard way during an Irish third quarter scoring drive.

Cameron Abeene of Sheldon rushes for 20 yards early in the fourth quarter.

Sheldon offensive linemen Derek Nielson (left) and Jason Geiger (right) open a hole for Cameron Abeene as he receives the hand-off from quarterback Jordan Johnson on an eight yard gain for a first down early in the fourth quarter.

Sheldon offensive linemen Derek Nielson (left) and Jason Geiger (right) open a hole for Cameron Abeene as he receives the hand-off from quarterback Jordan Johnson on an eight yard gain for a first down early in the fourth quarter.

2Jan/10Off

Defensive Stand Sends St. Paul to Championship Game

It's a common claim in sports...defense wins games!  When St. Paul battled a talented team from Mohawk (located in northeastern Oregon) in the OSAA 1A Football Championship semi-final game at Liberty High School in Hillsboro, the honor to compete for the State Championship went to St. Paul as a defensive stand successfully thwarted a two point conversion attempt by Mohawk late in the fourth quarter, giving the Buckaroos a 32-30 victory.  The two teams literally traded touchdowns throughout the game as St. Paul struck first in the opening quarter on a 46 yard pass reception by Ryan Pierson with 1:43 left on the clock.  Mohawk wasted no time evening up the score when Matt York tapped a 55 yard drive in less than a minute to equalize at 8-8 as each team were successful with the two-point conversions.  As time ran out in the first quarter Pierson scored his second of three touchdowns on the day with a 64 yard run.

In the second quarter, on cue, Mohawk tied the score again when Matt York closed out a 75 yard drive in 4 plays with a 6 yard touchdown.  With that, St. Paul returned the favor to close out the first half with a 24-16 lead as Pierson scored his third TD with a 38 yard run with 6:10 remaining in the second quarter.  Dillon Tuyls scored the only touchdown in the third quarter to once again level the game at 24-24 with a 9 yard run, plus a conversion by Matt York.  St. Paul went into the lead for the last time at 11:10 in the fourth quarter when quarterback Daley Smith ran for a three yard touchdown and completed a pass to David Furguson for the conversion making the score 32-24.

To finish out the trading of touchdowns, Mohawk marched 72 yards in 13 plays to score on a Cord Wilkins two yard run to set up a chance to tie the game with the two-point conversion.  Mohawk quarterback Cord Wilkins rolled right and sent a high pass to Anthony Wallace in the corner of the end-zone, but St. Paul's Ryan Pierson's coverage was just enough to disrupt the play and preventing the catch to tie the game.  The Buckaroos were able to hold off one last Mohawk drive in the final minute as their defense played a major role in their 32-30 win to go on for the OSAA 1A Football Championship game the following week at Hillsboro Stadium.

Dillon Tuyls (left) of Mohawk squeezes out a five yard gain for a first down early in the first quarter before being caught by St. Paul's Josh Turner (right).

Quarterback Cord Wilkins of Mohawk works his way around the outside on a keeper in the first quarter. Cord completed 6 of 13 passes for 168 yards and rushed for 78 yards.

Ryan Pierson of St. Paul celebrates after scoring the second of his three touchdowns of the game. Pierson rushed for 196 yards and hauled in two receptions for another 52 yards.

Ryan Pierson of St. Paul (right) throws a move on Mohawk's Anthony Wallace as he attempts to avoid the tackle during a second quarter possession.

Ryan Pierson of St. Paul (right) throws a move on Mohawk's Anthony Wallace as he attempts to avoid the tackle during a second quarter possession.

Ryan Pierson of St. Paul looks for the down markers to check his progress as Mohawk's Anthony Wallace ends up on top of him in reverse position after making the stop.

Ryan Pierson of St. Paul leaves all players in the dust as he breaks away for a 38 yard touchdown with 6:10 left in the second quarter.

Matt York of Mohawk (right) eyes St. Paul's TJ Weisz as he attempts to get around the outside after a screen pass reception late in the second quarter.

St. Paul quarterback Daley Smith dives through the Mohawk line for a first down on a third-and-one play in the third quarter.

St. Paul quarterback Daley Smith dives through the Mohawk line for a first down on a third-and-one play in the third quarter.

A helmet discarded during St. Paul's celebration after defeating Mohawk 32-30 lay in the middle of the field while the players exchange handshakes after the OSAA 1A Football Championship semi-final game.