Ridgeview snags first team title

The Ravens rally from 17-0 to beat Cottage Grove 50-31 in Class 4A final
Nov. 30, 2013 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
Ridgeview players celebrate after winning the Class 4A state title Saturday.
Photo by Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

HILLSBORO - Trailing 17-0 early in the second quarter, the Ridgeview Ravens got the spark they needed on special teams, and used that momentum to win the school's first state title in a team sport in the Class 4A football state title game Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium.

The Ravens got 158 yards and two touchdowns from senior Boomer Fleming, three scoring passes from junior Jacob Johnson and hauled in five interceptions on defense in a 50-31 victory over Cottage Grove.

Junior Tanner Stevens added 114 yards and a touchdown on the ground for No. 4 seed, which opened last year as a second high school in Redmond. The Ravens finished 13-1 overall, with its lone loss at Klamath Union, 14-12, in the second week of the season.

"We were down 17-0 at one point, but after that we won the game 50-14," Ridgeview coach Andy Codding said. "This is the first state football title for Redmond, which has been playing for a long time, but we've only been playing for two years."

Cottage Grove, seeded second, led 31-30 in the third quarter and reached the Ridgeview 2, but a penalty and missed field goal started a disappointing finish that ended with a 99-yard interception return for the game's final points. The Lions finished 11-3, with their other two losses coming in the opening two games.

The Lions did plenty enough to win, racking up 588 yards of total offense and 35 first downs. Senior Brandon Boxberger had 178 yards rushing and senior Scotty Hitner threw for 345 yards and ran for three scores. But, the five interceptions proved to be the difference - all five coming in Ridgeview territory, including one in the end zone with the Ravens leading 38-31 in the fourth quarter.