Glencoe and Hillsboro High Schools played to a 1-1 draw during a pre-season contest at the Hare Field Stadium in Hillsboro, Oregon. With each team having opportunities to notch a goal in the first half, the match remained scoreless until Glencoe midfielder Noah Spellman headed the ball into the net off a far post cross from Javier Cazares with 27:51 remaining in the second half. Hillsboro evened up the score with a goal from Miguel Tena-Palomares.
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.
The Glencoe JV soccer team reached the half-way point of the season last week with a very successful record. The Tide won six and lost only one while scoring 27 goals and allowing five. The lone loss was at the hands of Glencoe's cross-town rival Hillsboro High School who shut out the Tide while tallying three.
The strength of the team throughout the fist half of the season has been the back line. The midfield has been playing well, but needs more consistency in maintaining possession and creating attacking situations, along with improving defensively. The front runners have put away some nice goals and look to improve on their accuracy against the stronger opponents.
The second half of the season will give the Tide a chance to avenge their sole loss against Hillsboro. The two sides split the derby last year, each winning on the opponents grounds.
With 50 seconds left in the game, fourth down and four on the 14 yard line, the Hillsboro Spartans lined up for a potential game tying fieldgoal as they trailed the West Albany Bulldogs by three with the score 20-17. The ball is snapped, Ty Starkman's kick is blocked by West Albany's Jacob White and the Bulldog players head to the sidelines to rejoice with coaches and teammates, as victory is assured due to Starkman's block. But not so fast. As jubilation unfolds on the West Albany sidelines, Hillsboro's Zack Hickman picked up the football left laying in the middle of the field and handed it Kyle McLennan who turn and sprinted into the right corner of the endzone. The West Albany players were too quick to celebrate as they did not realize the ball laying in the middle of the field was still live. Hickman and McLennan seam to be the only two people in the packed stadium to realize the Bulldog players' error. Touchdown Hillsboro...game over...right? Not quite so fast.
In the midst of the chaos and McLennan's run into the endzone, a lone whistle sounded that no one paid any attention to...until after the Spartans were now celebrating in the endzone believing they had remarkably got the jump on the Bulldogs and now lead 23-20 with just over 40 seconds to play. That whistle turned out to be inadvertently blown by an official who was as unaware as the Bulldogs that the play had yet to be over. The officiating crew discussed the situation and due to the whistle accidentally being blown, they ordered the down to be replayed. McLennan's touchdown run was nullified, but the Spartan's still had another chance to tie the game once again as they lined up for another fieldgoal attempt. Once again, White beat the Hillsboro line for a diving block of Starkman's second attempt. This time the blocked ball bobbled out-of-bounds allowing the West Albany players to celebrate once again...and the celebration is for real as their three point lead holds for the 20-17 victory.