2021 Oregon high school football preview

It’s time for 2021’s second Oregon high school football season!

As a run-up to kickoff, SBLive Oregon has rolled out a comprehensive statewide Oregon high school football preview, including team-by-team breakdowns for every 6A, 5A and 4A team, answers to all of the biggest questions in each league, lists of top player of the year candidates, preseason power rankings and more.

Check out the full preview with links to all of our coverage below, and follow SBLive throughout the season for in-depth coverage of Oregon high school football.

Photo by Taylor Balkom, for SBLive Oregon


6A team previews

PIL: Cleveland | Franklin | Grant | Jefferson | Lincoln | McDaniel | Roosevelt | Wells

Metro: Aloha | Beaverton | Jesuit | Mountainside | Southridge | Sunset | Westview

Pacific: Century | Glencoe | Liberty | McMinnville | Newberg | Sherwood

Mt. Hood: Barlow | Centennial | Central Catholic | Clackamas | David Douglas | Gresham | Nelson | Reynolds | Sandy

Three Rivers: Lake Oswego | Lakeridge | Oregon City | Tigard | Tualatin | West Linn

Mountain Valley: Bend | McNary | Mountain View | South Salem | Sprague | Summit | West Salem

Southwest: Grants Pass | North Medford | Roseburg | Sheldon | South Medford

5A team previews

NWOC East: Hood River Valley | La Salle Prep | Parkrose | Pendleton | Putnam | Redmond | Ridgeview | The Dalles

NWOC West: Canby | Forest Grove | Hillsboro | McKay | North Salem | Scappoose | St. Helens | Wilsonville

Mid-Willamette: Central | Corvallis | Crescent Valley | Dallas | Lebanon | Silverton | South Albany | West Albany

Midwestern: Ashland | Churchill | Crater | Eagle Point | North Bend | Springfield | Thurston | Willamette

4A team previews

Cowapa: Astoria | Banks | Milwaukie | Seaside | Tillamook | Valley Catholic

Tri-Valley: Crook County | Estacada | Gladstone | Madras | Molalla | North Marion

Oregon West: Cascade | Newport | Stayton | Sweet Home | Woodburn

Sky-Em: Cottage Grove | Elmira | Marist Catholic | Marshfield | North Eugene

Skyline: Henley | Hidden Valley | Klamath Union | Mazama | North Valley | Phoenix

Greater Oregon: Baker | Burns | La Grande | McLoughlin | Nyssa | Ontario | Vale



League previews — 10 questions, predicted order of finish

6A: PIL | Metro | Pacific | Mt. Hood | Three Rivers | Mountain Valley | Southwest

5A: NWOC East | NWOC West | Mid-Willamette | Midwestern

Player of the year candidates

6A offense | 6A defense

5A offense | 5A defense

4A offense | 4A defense

Vote for best player in each league

6A: PIL | Metro | Pacific | Mt. Hood | Three Rivers | Mountain Valley | Southwest

5A: NWOC East | NWOC West | Mid-Willamette | Midwestern

4A: Cowapa | Tri-Valley | Oregon West | Sky-Em | Skyline | Greater Oregon

More content

10 storylines entering 2021 fall season

25 games to watch this season

Here’s the quarterback situation at every 6A school

Here’s the quarterback situation at every 5A school

Here’s the quarterback situation at every 4A school

Meet each 6A team’s most indispensable player

Meet each 5A team’s most indispensable player

Meet each 4A team’s most indispensable player

One big question for each 6A team

One big question for each 5A team

One big question for each 4A team

6A power rankings: the preseason Top 25

5A power rankings: the preseason Top 25

4A power rankings: the preseason Top 25

Meet the new head coaches in 6A, 5A and 4A

Top 10 games on the Week 1 schedule

Predictions from SBLive: Who will win in Week 1?

Preseason all-classifications all-state team


Greg Lawrence leaves legacy of winning, character, love: ‘It was every kid’s dream in Sherwood to play for the Bowmen’

Where Are They Now? Cory McCaffrey, Oregon’s career rushing leader, now works to put up big numbers in another field

Like father, like son: Chris and Dillon Miller set for another season on West Linn sideline

Born to be a quarterback: After ‘summer of football,’ Jackson Jones ready to embark on potential special season as Tualatin’s signal-caller

TC Manumaleuna II, North Salem’s QB phenom and Marcus Mariota protégé, just getting started on his football journey


Top recruit Justius Lowe transfers from Lincoln to Lake Oswego for senior season

La Salle Prep’s loss is Clackamas’ gain: 2 Falcons standouts join Cavaliers for senior season

Holy War matchup between Jesuit, Central Catholic a no-go this season — unless the rivals meet in playoffs

Lake Oswego mourns loss of beloved coach Brian Bartsch: ‘I can’t explain it other than my heart just hurts’

Clackamas or Nelson? Most seniors stick with Clackamas, but new high school will hurt Cavaliers’ depth

David Younger returns to South Albany as RedHawks go with co-head coaches for 2021 fall season

Ex-Oregon City, Reynolds coach Dustin Janz takes over at 5A La Salle Prep after Brian Martinek resigns

Matt Caruso named head football coach at Lincoln High School

South Eugene cancels football season after only 19 players turn out

COVID-19 outbreaks at Bend high schools: Vaccinated players can practice, season openers still on — for now

COVID-19 outbreak puts Thurston football program on 2-week pause; Colts’ Week 1 game canceled, Week 2 game rescheduled

Preseason COVID cases cause La Grande to cancel season opener; Pendleton gets Southridge as replacement

Low turnout leads to Cleveland dropping varsity football schedule; Warriors to play JV this season

COVID outbreak at Willamette leads to cancellation of Week 1 game against Springfield

Hidden Valley-Elmira canceled as COVID hits both programs

COVID claims another game: Clackamas-Gresham canceled; Cavaliers awarded forfeit victory

COVID cancels 3 more football openers; Sandy awarded forfeit victory over Reynolds

Jamboree photos

Barlow | Oregon City | Tigard | Wilsonville

Quarterback updates

Alex Nita makes history as first starting quarterback for Nelson Hawks

Sophomore Cru Newman the winner of Central Catholic QB race … for now

Jesuit sophomore QB Jacob Hutchinson will get the start in Week 1 against West Linn

West Linn quarterback competition still too close to call on eve of opener

Clackamas names junior Blake Baker starting quarterback

Barlow QB Ethan Jones lost for season with injury; senior Gavin Dow inherits position

Chace Pence the starting QB for Churchill; the senior ‘earned the opportunity’

Oregon high school football quarterbacks: Which signal-callers are getting the nod in Week 1?

SBLive Sports has launched a free iPhone and Android app featuring exclusive coverage of Oregon high school sports. You can download the new SBLive iPhone app here, and you can download the new SBLive Android app here

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