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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.