osaa football

It's finally football season!

High schools hit the field in advance of college, pro games
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

All across Oregon high school football teams kicked off their 2018 seasons Friday night.

And, Saturday it'll be college.

It's a weekend that will help football fans get ready for the start of the NFL season Thursday, when Atlanta plays at Super Bowl champion Philadelphia.

The disparity of depth within the sport on opening night was on display Friday at Roosevelt, which took on district rival Benson and pounded out a 62-0 victory, giving up a first down to the Techmen only in the final minute of the game. The Roughriders led 34-0 after the first quarter, and most of the second half was played with a running clock after the score passed a 45-point difference.

Roosevelt's impressive win put it into a role as casual contender for the Portland Interscholastic League title along with Lincoln and Grant, which both scored non-league wins Friday. Lincoln beat Canby 40-7, while Grant beat Gresham 17-7.

Next week, Lincoln plays at Southridge, Grant plays at Newberg and Roosevelt plays at Centennial.


Cardinals move PIL forward

Football playoffs begin with few upsets statewide

The OSAA football playoffs got underway Friday with the usual slew of big scores from heavy favorites, one near major upset, and one score that reminded fans statewide that basketball season is less than a month away.

Teams that played host to games Friday went 34-8, although top-seeded Mountain View essentially survived it's game with Milwaukie, winning 3-0. The Cougars improved to 10-0 on the season, but won for the second consecutive game by just three points. Milwaukie, which lost to second-seeded Wilsonville 49-0 two weeks ago, closed out its season at 5-4. Wilsonville beat Bend 41-21 in its first-round game.

Of the home teams that lost, none were seeded lower than fifth, and three were in the Class 3A ranks.

The noteworthy score happened in Oregon City, where the host Pioneers beat visiting Sunset, 75-72, to advance to a second-round game at second-seeded Clackamas, which beat Willamette of Eugene 53-0.

Portland Interscholastic League champion Lincoln broke free from a 7-3 lead at halftime with four touchdowns in the third quarter and held off Lakeridge, 49-38, and Grant beat McMinnville, 47-13, to earn the district two representatives in the second round.



West Linn next up for Central Catholic

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The top-ranked Central Catholic Rams cruised through another playoff game Friday night, and will get a fired-up opponent in West Linn in the quarterfinals.

Central Catholic beat West Albany 59-16 at Hillsboro Stadium, while the Lions, seeded eighth in the 32-team bracket, overwhelmed neighboring Clackamas 47-7.

The teams will meet Friday at Hillsboro Stadium, where the Rams have played seven of their 11 games, and averaged 49 points on offense.

In other Class 6A highlights, the other seven home teams all won, with No. 11 seed West Salem as the hightest seed remaining.

In the Class 5A quarterfinals, upstart Corvallis, which beat top seed Mountain View last week, fell to Marist, 28-14, leaving No. 2 Silverton and No. 3 Springfield as the highest seeds remaining. Silverton beat Ashland 28-0, while Springfield beat Wilsonville 56-47.

In Class 4A, top-seeded Gladstone beat Junction City 28-21, and will play Scappoose in the semfinals, the Indians earning their spot by virtue of a 20-7 win at Cascade - the lone upset at any level Friday night.



CENTRAL CATHOLIC 59, West Albany 16
WEST LINN 47, Clackamas 7
SHERWOOD 31, Lakeridge 14
SHELDON 56, Oregon City 34
GRANTS PASS 28, Lake Oswego 21
WEST SALEM 56, Southridge 14
JESUIT 35, North Medford 21
TIGARD 42, Sunset 20


MARIST 28, Corvallis 14
Hermiston 19, LIBERTY 14
SPRINGFIELD 56, Wilsonville 47
SILVERTON 28, Ashland 0


GLADSTONE 28, Junction City 21
Scappoose 20, CASCADE 7
MAZAMA 48, Phoenix 0
NORTH BEND 42, South Umpqua 13


HARRISBURG 28, Dayton 7


BURNS 47, Union/Cove 6
Regis 29, GOLD BEACH 0
HEPPNER 45, Central Linn 8
KNAPPA 12, Oakland 7


Sherman 50, LOWELL 44
CAMAS VALLEY 66, Triangle Lake 20
DUFUR 72, Wallowa 20
ADRIAN 64, Yoncalla 6

It's football championship week

Five title games are scheduled for Saturday
Nov. 25, 2013 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

The annual close to the fall athletic season for high schools begins Saturday with five football state championship games set for Hillsboro Stadium and Summit High School in Bend.

Among the games, only one defending champion is involved, while three schools will be looking to win a title for the first time.

In Class 6A, both games will be played at Jeld-Wen Field in Portland, with the two winners returning for the final the following week.



Sherwood is playing for the title for the fourth consecutive year, and won two of the previous three games, including last year. The Bowmen have given up just 19 points in three playoff wins.

West Albany won 5A titles in 2007-08 and is the second seed this year. Game time is 5:30 p.m. at Hillsboro Stadium.


A new champion - with vastly different backgrounds - will be crowned when the teams play at Hillsboro Stadium at 11 a.m.

Cottage Grove entered this year having not won a playoff game since 2006, and had not reached the semifinals since 1945. Its quarterfinal and semifinal wins were by a combined seven points.

Ridgeview of Redmond has been a school for just two years, having split off from Redmond last year. Its three playoff wins have been by an average of 22 points.


Nyssa is back in the final for the first time since 2006, when it capped a two-year run as champion. This year's squad beat defending champion Dayton in the semifinals.

Cascade Christian of Medford is in the final for the second consecutive year, having played in from the No. 3 seed. The title game is set for Summit High at 2:30 p.m.


Regis and Grant Union are schedule to battle for another title each at 11 a.m. at Summit High.

Regis is fifth overall in the state in terms of program victories with 57. Grant Union will play for its third title, with the first coming in 1943. It also won in 2008.


Top-seeded Lowell has scored 56, 60 and 66 points in its three wins and enters the final looking for its first title when it meets Imbler at Hillsboro Stadium at 2:15 p.m.

The Red Devils reached the playoffs in 1949, but hadn't been to a semifinal before last year.

Since the expansion to six classes, Imbler is one of the most successful schools in the state with 15 wins, including the 2008 title.




Jesuit blasts into semifinals

Crusaders score non-stop in 62-33 win over Lakeridge
Nov. 22, 2013 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

PORTLAND - The football machine at Jesuit High chewed up another opponent Friday night, and reached the semifinals of the OSAA Class 6A playoffs for the 16th time in front of a large, cold home crowd.

With Chase Morrison powering the ground game, Jesuit beat Lakeridge 62-33 in the playoff quarterfinals. The win advanced the program to the semifinals for the sixth straight year.

In the semis, the Crusaders will face the upstart Canby Cougars, who beat defending champion Sheldon in Eugene 24-17.

The loss ended a thriling season for the Pacers, who hadn't played into the quarterfinals since 1998, and hadn't reached the semifinals since 1994. The school won the state title in 1987.

In other 6A playoff games, Central Catholic beat Clackamas 42-7, and Tigard beat North Medford 42-0 to reach the semifinals for the second year in a row.



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