PIL saves at least some face

Jefferson overcomes Parkrose in play-in round, 36-19
By Cliff Pfenning,

It took a fortuitous bounce on a punt and a couple big catches by senior Ray Burney III, but the Jefferson football team continued to be the class of the Portland Interscholastic League Friday with a 36-19 win over visiting Parkrose in the play-in round of the OSAA Class 5A state playoffs.

Jefferson led 24-19 at the start of the fourth quarter, but momentum had clearly shifted to the Broncos, who had rallied from a 24-7 halftime deficit to within just needing the ball to drive for another score. But the punt bounced off the back of a blocking back and the Demos recovered at the Parkrose 40.

The ensuing possession, though, went backward due to penalties and Jefferson faced third and 18 when quarterback Deven Jackson tossed a screen to Burney, who streaked up the left sideline for a 19-yard gain and a first down. After another first down, Jackson hooked up with Burney on an 18-yard scoring pass for a 30-19 lead with 7:01 left.

The Demos slid another score between a pair of stalled Parkrose drives and reached the 16-team playoff round for the sixth straight year. Jefferson is the lone Portland Interscholastic League team in the final 16 and is the lone PIL team to have won a playoff game since the state moved to six classifications in 2006.

"We've been thinking we have to represent the league," Burney said afterward. "Everyone thinks our league is weak, so we have to prove them wrong. And you do that by winning."

Jefferson, which entered the playoffs ranked No. 21 among the 37 Class 5A teams, are expected to play at Mountain View of Bend next week. The Demos have reached at least the quarterfinals the past five years and played in the championship game in 2009. Twice in the past five seasons, they've played Mountain View, splitting the two games.

The remaining three PIL teams in the play-in round lost Frdiay, including Benson's 61-0 defeat at top-ranked Sherwood. The PIL finished the season with the five lowest-ranked teams. Franklin lost at Liberty 35-14 and Wilson lost at Wilsonville.

Parkrose's playoff misery continues. The Broncos won a play-in round game last year and reached the playoffs for the first time in 28 years last season, but lost in the round of 16. Parkrose has still not won a playoff game in its history, although the school is hopeful about next season after a class of 25 freshmen played through the fall.


Top ranks, streaks get tested

Roseburg, Rainier face key games, Sunset looks for relief
By Cliff Pfenning,

Roseburg and South Medford renew their rivalry, while Sunset takes aim at a long losing streak and the top 3A and 2A teams meet as the prep football community springs into action again tonight.

Both Roseburg and South Medford have dominated their opponents at Class 6A this season. The Indians are 4-0 and ranked No. 1 in the OSAA power poll having outscored opponents 145-20. South Medford is 4-0 and No. 10 having outscored its opponents 184-42, including a 56-0 win over crosstown rival North Medford. The teams are set to meet in Roseburg.

Sunset has also dominated its opposition this season and is looking to beat neighboring Jesuit for the first time since 1993. The Apollos have racked up 183 points while allowing just 14 - all in the first quarter of their season-opening 21-14 win over Gresham. Since that quarter, Sunset hasn't allowed a point.

Jesuit is 2-2 and has given up 35 or more points in three of its games, including a 49-21 loss to Lake Oswego last week.

At Class 3A, Rainier travels to Scio for a duel among two of the top small schools. Both have wins over Washington schools this season.

Sherwood, the top-ranked school at Class 5A, plays host to Liberty in a Northwest Oregon Conference game, while No. 2 Marist, which has won its three Midwestern League games by a combined 157-14, plays host to Eagle Point, 2-2.

Siuslaw, the top 4A team at 3-0, is averaging 42 points per game as it heads to Sutherlin, 2-2.

At Class 1A, top-ranked Perrydale plays at Falls City, which is coming off a 68-16 loss to St. Paul.


Grant makes a statement, 51-27

Generals rally and hammer Aloha at Grant Bowl
By Cliff Pfenning,

For a league needing a big win, the Grant Generals pulled off a huge surprise in front of a large home crowd Friday.

Trailing 20-10, the Generals outscored defending state champion Aloha 41-7 thereafter and won 51-27 in a non-league prep football game.

Grant forced four fumbles and returned an interception for a touchdown to improve to 2-1 overall, while handing Aloha its first defeat.

"This is a huge win for us not only because we won, but because we bounced back from losing last week," Grant coach Diallo Lewis said. "We think of ourselves as a team that can win the state title and this is a great win to boost our confidence that can happen."

Grant, which finished 5-5 last year, plays host to Beaverton of the Metro League Friday. The Generals beat Westview 34-31 in Week 1, but lost 49-24 at Tigard last week.

Aloha, which lost just once last season, beat Lincoln and Tualatin in the opening two weeks of the season and plays host to Lakeridge on Friday.


Aloha rolls through season opener, 35-12

State champs highlight opening week with win over Lincoln
By Cliff Pfenning,

Defending Class 6A state champion Aloha picked up right where it left off last season with a methodical 35-12 win over visiting Lincoln in a non-league football game Friday night.

Junior Thomas Tyner, the returning state Player of the Year, ran for 183 yards and two touchdowns and the Apollos were scored on their five of their first six possessions, being held down only by the clock for halftime, on their way to a 35-0 lead.

Senior Cory Sinner, making his first start at quarterback, threw for a pair of touchdowns and ran for one in leading Aloha to its five scores, including two drives that began insider its 15-yard line.

Lincoln scored twice in the fourth quarter.

Next up, Aloha faces Tualatin in a rematch of the state title game in December, which the Apollos won 34-13 to avenge their only loss from the season.

Tualatin beat Grants Pass 13-3 in its season opener.


Lincoln               0      0        0       12  - 12

Aloha                 14    14      7         0  - 35

Aloha - Raymond Ayo 8 pass from Cory Sinner (Lenana Meekisho kick)

Aloha - Ryan Russo 21 pass frm Sinner (Meekisho kick)

Aloha - Thomas Tyner 4 run (Meekisho kick)

Aloha - Sinner 19 run (Meekisho kick)

Aloha - Tyner 1 run (Meekisho kick)

Lincoln - Spencer Rotenberg 23 pass from Vance Koleman (run failed)

Lincoln - Andrew Ellsworth 4 run (kick failed)



Jefferson bowled its community over Monday, slightly

The football program has ambitions beyond money
By Cliff Pfenning,

When the athletic year began at North Portland’s Jefferson High School last Monday, the athletic budget began with its seasonal influx from the district athletic budget.


Every season, each of the nine high school in the Portland Public School system receives $5,000 for things such as equipment, training supplies and travel. It leaves each team: varsity, junior varsity and freshman; at a school essentially on its own to raise money to operate.

At Jefferson, the football program, which has won the PIL’s Class 5A district title in three of the last four years and played in the 5A title game in 2009, the program has regularly struggled to raise funds from neighboring supporters. Last season, a poster with the team’s schedule raised $350, about 10 percent of what suburban schools might raise from a similar poster.

The budget challenge has regularly been handled through the wallet of coach Anthony Stoudamire.

On Monday, though, the program hoped to establish an annual form of fundraising by holding a bowling event at Southeast Portland’s Grand Central Bowl.

The event ran 7 p.m. and run through 9:30 p.m. with each game priced at $10 with all proceeds benefiting the football program.

The night raised $820, which fell short of the total the group of organizers were aiming for, but the event was a big success in turnout, with numerous alumni showing up.

The turnout supported the goal Stoudamire hoped to accomplish of raising awareness of the team's needs.

“We’re very excited about what this event might become for our program,” Stoudamire said Friday. “It’s an event that has the potential to raise a lot of money, but also gives us a chance to build the support for the program and for the school throughout our community.”

Promoting the event has helped the team’s coaches and volunteers focus on who their core supporters are: neighboring businesses, alumni, teachers at the school or feeder schools and parents.

In finding economic supporters, the program is hoping to also build a community fanbase, which has largely been non-existent in the past years. Jefferson attracts crowds of hundreds of fans for many of its basketball home games, but only dozens for football games.

“It’s a shame the team doesn’t have more of a community following because it’s done a great job of representing the school,” says Murray Todd, a Jefferson graduate and team supporter. “But the community around the school has been a troubling issue for quite a while.

“This is the kind of event that can bring the school and community together, and it would be especially helpful this year because of the redesign.”

Jefferson, as part of a district-wide redesign, is the home of a Middle College, which allows students to take college classes during their junior and senior year and earn credits toward a degree.

The high school football season begins Friday across the state. Jefferson has a home game scheduled with Crescent Valley of Corvallis.


Aloha finally makes magic happen

Warriors claim first title with win over Tualatin
Staff Report

Just a year after reaching the state playoffs for the first time in 13 years, Aloha won its first state title with a 34-13 win over Tualatin at Reser Stadium.

Thomas Tyner ran for 163 yards and a touchdown, Jesse Brenner caught a scoring pass and returned an interception for a touchdown and the Warriors’ defense recorded five turnovers in the win.

Aloha finished 13-1, two years after a 2-7 season in which they were outscored 197-54 in five Metro League games.

Tualatin, which played in the 2007 final, finished 13-1.

Aloha led 24-0 when Tualatin scored twice and got the ball back on the Aloha 39 with 39 seconds left in the third quarter. They were only able to gain eight yards before turning the ball over on downs. Aloha drove 51 yards in 10 plays for a 35-yard field goal by Brock Hemphill and a 27-13 lead.

Tualatin again drove into Aloha territory behind quarterback Matt Yarbrough, but stalled at the Warrior 27.

New blood highlights championship Saturday

Sherwood, Baker, Rainier end title-game frustration
Staff Report

New and returning champions were the highlights of the small-school championship day to cap the football season of five classes at Hillsboro Stadium and Liberty High in Hillsboro.

Sherwood, Baker and Rainier all won their first title, while Scio and St. Paul defended theirs on the cold, wind-swept day.

Sherwood capped the excitement of the five title games by beating Eugene power Marist 26-23 in overtime.



CLASS 5A: The perennial title-contending Bowmen won the school's first title on a 25-yard field goal by Taylor Bonawitz on the final play of overtime at Hillsboro Stadium.

Sherwood, which finished 13-0, recovered a fumble on Marist's overtime possession, then drove to the Marist 8 on its possession to set up the winning field goal - the second of the game by Bonawitz.

Stephen Long ran for 217 yards and two touchdowns for the Bowmen, who finished with 378 yards on the ground.

Marist, the Class 4A champion last year, got 221 yards and two touchdowns rushing from quarterback Logan Silver, who also passed for 159 yards and a score. Silver also had 1.5 tackles and forced a fumble on defense.



CLASS 4A: Making their second trip to Hillsboro in eight days, the Bulldogs rallied from a 20-13 deficit to win the school's first championship.

Stephen Talbot ran for 152 yards and a score, and quarterback Jesse Brown accounted for four touchdowns - two an the ground and two through the air - for Baker, which scored on five of its seven possessions. The Bulldogs, who lost to Marist in the title game last year, took a 21-20 lead on the final play of the first half when Brown hit Ty Everson with a 7-yard scoring pass.

Douglas got 173 yards and two touchdown passes from Tyson Dahl, but couldn't break the Baker defense on its final three possessions.

The game featured just 13 possessions, including Baker running out the game clock on its seventh possession.

Douglas, which hadn't won a playoff game in 28 years, reached the championship game for the first time.

Baker finished 12-1, having lost only to Fruitland, Idaho, in the third week of the season.



CLASS 3A: Carson Skeans ran for 198 yards and five touchdowns, including a pair of fourth-quarter scores, to help the Columbians stave off an inspired comeback and win their first state title.

Rainier led 26-3 at halftime, but just 26-18 after the Eagles scored with 9:37 left in the fourth quarter on a 14 yard pass from Grant Schroeder to Joe Pelley that capped a 10-play, 75-yard drive.

The Columbians responded with a six-play, 48-yard drive capped by Skeans' 25-yard run for a 34-16 lead. The teams traded scores and Rainier, which lost in the title game last season, celebrated its first title. The Columbians, who didn't attempt a pass, were 2-3 after a loss to eventual Class 2A champion Scio on Oct. 1, but reeled off nine straight wins to finish 11-3.

Santiam Christian, looking for its first title, got three touchdown passes from Schroeder, but couldn't over come five interceptions of both Schroeder and Brian Kessi and lost its first game of the season.

Neither team attempted a punt.



CLASS 2A: The Loggers used three long first-half drives and a stellar defensive performance to finish 14-0 and win their second-straight title.

Daniel Harper ran for 208 yards and three touchdowns and Sean Heil ran for 115 yards scored twice for Scio, which had drives of 11, 12 and 10 plays in the first half.

Scio finished with 415 rushing yards and didn't attempt a pass, while holding the ball for nearly 33 minutes of the 48-minute game.

The Panthers got 87 of their 157 total yards from Travis Wood, and trailed just 16-8 midway through the second quarter after driving 55 yards in six plays. Scio responded with a 10-play, 80-yard drive for a 24-8 halftime lead.

Scio finished 14-0 last year and has a 28-game winning streak.



CLASS 1A: Defending champion St. Paul shook off a sterling defensive performance from Camas Valley with a 99-yard drive that took up most of the fourth quarter to finish unbeaten and with its sixth state title.

St. Paul led just 14-8 when it took over at its own 1 following a defensive stand that kept the Hornets out of the end zone after they had first-and-goal and the 2. The Buckaroos drove 99 yards on 16 plays and used up 7 minutes, 57 seconds, scoring on a 1-yard run by Joe Kelly.

T.J. Weisz ran for 323 yards and two touchdowns for St. Paul, which finished with 408 total yards.

Camas Valley, which won a playoff game for the first time in 26 years this season, managed just 174 total yards, but intercepted three passes and had just one turnover of its own. Andreas Richard ran for 77 yards and a touchdown on seven carries for the Hornets.

St. Paul, which edged Imbler 38-34 in the title game last season, went unbeaten last year as well and has a 29-game winning streak.




Title favorites still making their case

Teams move into quarterfinals across the state
By Cliff Pfenning,

Heavy fog covered much of the Portland area Friday, but the state’s new playoff structure worked like magic – to produce the usual number of first-round blowouts - as teams moved into the bracket round of games.

Virtually all of the higher-seeded teams in the OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires playoffs won Friday, although there were three upsets in Class 6A and a big one in Class 5A.

In Class 6A, No. 5 seed Forest Grove beat No. 4 seed Centennial 24-21, No. 5 Canby beat No. 4 David Douglas 35-20 and, in the biggest upset of the night, No. 6 West Linn beat No. 3 Thurston 21-14.

The most interesting game of the second round pits Hillsboro, the Class 5A champion last season, at West Salem.

In Class 5A, Churchill of Eugene pulled off the biggest upset of the night, beating host Wilsonville 42-41. The Lancers were the No. 8 seed in the lower half of the 16-team playoff bracket, while the Wildcats were the No. 1 seed.

In Class 4A, all six home teams won by an average of 32 points. Two more games are scheduled for today.

Most of the Class 3A, 2A and 1A games are set for today.

Five of the six classifications, playing with 16-team brackets, are scheduled to play their quarterfinal round next weekend with their finals Dec. 3 or 4. Class 6A has a 32-team bracket and will finish Dec. 11.


6A OSAA Playoffs

CENTRAL CATHOLIC 43, North Medford 14

ALOHA 42, Barlow 17

Forest Grove 24, CENTENNIAL 21

Canby 35, DAVID DOUGLAS 20

HILLSBORO 35, Sunset 14

JESUIT 76, North Salem 0


LINCOLN 35, South Medford 31

ROSEBURG 42, Grant 28

SHELDON 54, Lakeridge / Riverdale 14

SOUTH SALEM 56, Southridge 20

West Linn 21, THURSTON 14

WEST SALEM 42, Beaverton 20

WESTVIEW 35, Glencoe 28, (OT)

TIGARD 63, Oregon City 41

TUALATIN 51, Sprague 9


5A OSAA Playoffs

CORVALLIS 27, Bend 10

CRESCENT VALLEY 33, The Dalles Wahtonka 32

JEFFERSON (PDX) 28, Liberty 0

MARIST 49, Parkrose 7

MOUNTAIN VIEW 56, Franklin 7

Lebanon 38, PUTNAM 22

SHERWOOD 63, Ashland 14

Churchill 42, WILSONVILLE 41


4A OSAA Playoffs

ASTORIA 36, Central 22

BANKS 69, North Bend / Oregon Coast Technology 0

DOUGLAS 50, Newport 20

ESTACADA 37, Cottage Grove 21

GLADSTONE 36, Stayton 0

SIUSLAW 48, La Grande 21


3A OSAA Playoffs




2A OSAA Playoffs

KENNEDY 56, Bonanza 14

MONROE 22, Gaston 6

OAKLAND 41, Regis 37

OAKRIDGE 12, Culver 6

SCIO 58, Nestucca 0


1A OSAA Playoffs

THE TRIAD 62, McKenzie 6

COVE 26, Perrydale 6

Camas Valley 70, MOHAWK 30

SHERMAN 56, Dayville / Monument 12



Putnam hands Parkrose another loss

Broncos run district streak to 89 straight
By Cliff Pfenning,

Nearly two decades of frustration almost ended for the Parkrose High football program in front of a large, boisterous home crowd, but fate intervened and the Broncos lost 31-22 to Putnam in Northwest Conference play Friday night.

Parkrose led 22-12 at halftime and had three chances to score from the Putnam 2 and take at least a 28-18 lead in the fourth quarter, but Putnam responded and handed the Broncos another loss in a district game.

Parkrose has lost 89 straight league or conference games dating to 1992. Friday’s loss dropped the team to 1-2 overall and 0-2 in conference play. Putnam improved to 2-1, 1-1.

The Broncos responded to a Putnam touchdown late in the second quarter with a 73-yard kickoff return by Marquis Hammick for a 10-point cushion.

In the third quarter, Parkrose drove to the Putnam 20 before a funble ended the drive, then stopped the ensuing drive by the Kingsmen with an interception. But, the return ended with a fumble that a Putnam player recovered at the 1. The Kingsmen then drove for a score on a fourth-down play when reserve quarterback Dylan Demaris connected with Adam McAdams from 36-yards out to pull within 22-18.

After the teams traded possessions, Parkrose drove to the Putnam 2 behind the running of Hammick and had second-and-goal to take another two-score lead. But, the Kingsmen held and then took the ensuing possession 92 yards for a score and a 25-2 lead. Demaris connected with McAdams from 56 yards out with 7:34 left in the game.

Zack Martin closed out the scoring with an interception and 24-yard return for a score with 3:07 left.

A win over Putnam, which lost 47-0 to Sherwood last week, might have been the Broncos’ best chance at breaking their winless streak in district games. Their remaining five district games are all against teams ranked above them in the OSAA power rankings. They play No. 3 Wilsonville Friday.

Repeat champ challenges are all over in football

Hillsboro, Marist move up to cause problems
By Cliff Pfenning,

It just might be the year for the Jefferson Democrats.

For the past four seasons, the Democrats of the Portland Interscholastic League have moved one step closer to winning the school's first football state title in more than 50 years.

They reached the Class 5A state title game last year before losing to Hillsboro.

Although the Spartans return a key part of their team in state Player of the Year Colt Lyerla, Hillsboro isn't a 5A team anymore after moving up to 6A through reclassification.

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