Oregon high school football Week 1 recap: Top stars, best games, biggest wins

The Oregon high school football season kicked off this week with Week 1 action around the state.

Here’s a look at some of the best games, top stars and memorable performances.

Note: Entries are based on information provided by coaches, statisticians and high school football fans. Don’t see any details for your team’s game? Email some notes and/or stats to jd@scorebooklive.com. We will be updating this post throughout the weekend.

Eric Mee (West Linn) photo by Leon Neuschwander/SBLive Oregon

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West Linn 17, Jesuit 3 | Story, photos

Mark Hamper caught the go-ahead touchdown pass in the third quarter and made a fourth-quarter interception to quash a Jesuit drive, sparking the visiting Lions to victory over the Crusaders of Beaverton at Cronin Field. 

Hamper’s touchdown grab on a play of about 50 yards put the Lions ahead 10-3 with 7½ minutes left in the third quarter. Chase Harmon passed for both of the Lions’ touchdowns. 

The teams traded field goals by sophomore kickers in the second quarter — a 21-yarder by Gage Hurych for the Lions and a 40-yarder by Kadyn Butcher for the Crusaders — to forge a 3-3 halftime score. 

Central Catholic 28, Camas (Wash.) 7 | Story, photos

Stryder Todd-Fields returned the opening kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown — the first of his two scores — and Solomon McDaniel returned an interception for a touchdown as the Rams of Southeast Portland defeated the defending WIAA Class 4A champion Papermakers in Oregon City. 

With the score 14-3 five minutes after halftime, Todd-Fields scored on a 77-yard catch-and-run pass from Cru Newman. Todd-Fields got behind the defense, caught the pass in stride at about the Papermakers’ 40 and scored easily for a 21-3 lead. Todd-Fields had an apparent 86-yard punt-return touchdown negated by penalty later in the game. 

Newman passed to Jordan King in the left corner of the end zone for a 13-yard touchdown and a 28-9 lead with 9:43 left. 

Newman and backup Emerson Dennis both turned in impressive plays on fourth downs to sustain fourth-quarter drives. Newman kept the ball and went around right end for an important first down to set up the scoring pass to King. With 2:40 left, as the Rams tried to protect their lead, Dennis passed to Riley Williams for a first down in Papermakers territory. 

Stryder Todd-Fields (Central Catholic) photo by Ken Waz/SBLive Oregon

Lake Oswego 40, Mountainside 7 | Photos | Video

Jack Layne passed for four touchdowns to pace the Lakers to the home victory over the Mavericks of Beaverton. 

Justius Lowe, who transferred to Lake Oswego from Lincoln of Southwest Portland, had two scoring catches and an interception. 

The Mavericks’ Kadin Kingsbury had four receptions for 95 yards and a touchdown on a pass from Brian Mannion, who totaled 175 yards through the air. Bowen Stinson had four tackles and an interception.  

Sunset 48, Tigard 6 | Story, photos

Grady Newsom had three touchdown passes (two to Hayden Hurley, one to Aiden Timbo) in the first half as the Apollos of Northwest Portland took a 28-0 halftime lead and defeated the host Tigers for their seventh win in a row. 

Konner Grant returned the second-half kickoff 86 yards to make the score 28-6. 

Hurley, Caleb Kim and Luke Rogers had interceptions for the Apollos, whose offense was led by Kim (16 carries, 107 yards, three touchdowns), Newsom (17 of 27, 140 yards, one interception in addition to the three touchdowns) and Hurley (four catches, 60 yards, two touchdowns). 

Tualatin 44, Menlo-Atherton (Calif). 33

The Timberwolves traveled to the San Francisco Bay Area and knocked off the Bears (0-2). 

Jackson Jones passed for 233 yards and three touchdowns, Peter Burke had 65 yards receiving and a score, and Malik Ross gained 148 yards on the ground. 

Will Wilson had six tackles for the Timberwolves, who opened their season with a win over the team ranked fifth in the Bay Area News Group’s preseason poll. 

Tualatin took a 14-0 lead and never trailed. The score was 22-14 at halftime, and after Menlo-Atherton pulled within 29-27 with 4:20 left in the third, Tualatin protected its lead by denying a two-point conversion.

The teams combined for three touchdowns in the final 4:20 of the third quarter.  

Leading by four late in the fourth, the Timberwolves forced a turnover on downs and scored an insurance touchdown.  

Jalen Moss had four touchdowns for the Bears. 

Lakeridge 42, Sherwood 21 | Photos

Jake Reichle rushed 24 times for 189 yards, Ryan Oliver passed for 212 yards, and a fumble recovery in the red zone set up the final touchdown as the Pacers of Lake Oswego defeated the visiting Bowmen. 

Sherwood took the opening kickoff and scored first before the Pacers took command. 

The Bowmen’s Seth Glenn ran for more than 100 yards and played the entire game both ways. Coach Kevin Hastin also lauded quarterback Bjorn Bergstrom and wide receiver Cody Hall for their connections in the passing game, and lineman Nolan Manning.  

“We’re a young team that fought hard,” Hastin said via text, referring to Sherwood starting one freshman and playing six sophomores. 

Jake Reichle (Lakeridge) photo by Howard Lao, for The Oregonian/OregonLive

Sheldon 36, Glencoe 29

Quarterbacks Brock Thomas and Royce Fasel were in on all nine touchdowns as the Irish of Eugene defeated the host Crimson Tide at Hare Field in Hillsboro. 

Thomas rushed for three touchdowns and passed for two. Fasel ran for three and passed for a fourth. 

Fasel’s first score, a three-yard run, put the Crimson Tide up 7-0. Sheldon answered with two scoring runs by Thomas for a 14-7 lead. 

The Crimson Tide made the score 21-21 on Zack Schlottmann’s 80-yard catch early in the third quarter, and Glencoe went ahead 29-28 on Fasel’s final score, a 7-yard run, followed by a conversion run by the quarterback midway through the fourth. 

Thomas scored on a 29-yard keeper with about 5:15 left and passed for the conversion and the seven-point lead. Glencoe’s final drive reached the Sheldon 48 before Grafton Robinson made an interception near midfield. 

“Hard-fought, physical high school football game,” said Irish coach Josh Line, who credited Keegan Line for a big hit on defense that forced a key turnover.

Thomas carried 17 times for 150 yards and was 16 of 26 passing for 247 yards with an interception. Fasel ran 29 times for 273 yards and was 2 of 5 for 95 yards passing — including the 80-yard connection with Schlottmann. 

West Salem 34, Newberg 29

Zach Dodsen-Greene had three touchdown catches to power the host Titans to the victory over the Tigers. 

West Salem’s Brooks Ferguson was 10 of 16 for 210 yards with the three scoring passes and no interceptions. Dodsen-Greene piled up 159 yards on six catches. 

Hudson Giertych caused a fumble and Jimmy Lathan made a recovery for the Titans’ defense.

Levi Durrell’s pass to Sam Murphy pulled the Tigers within five with about three minutes left.  

Giertych and the offensive line came up with two big first downs to allow West Salem to run out the clock. 

Hudson Davis scored two touchdowns for Newberg.

McNary 35, South Medford 14

Dakota Dungan ran for two touchdowns, Gunner Smedema had two receiving touchdowns, and the Celtics defeated the Panthers in Keizer. 

Junior quarterback Deacon Edgar passed for both of the Panthers’ scores — a three-yard connection with wide receiver Colton Samis and a 21-yarder to wide receiver Josh Phillips. Isaack Valdez’s interception return to the Celtics’ 4-yard line set up South Medford’s first touchdown. 

McNary’s Tyler Copeland, making his first varsity start at quarterback, was 14 of 18 for 201 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. Dungan carried 10 times for 85 yards. 

Smedema had an interception and Zane Aicher had three tackles and a tackle for loss for the Celtics’ defense. 

The Panthers’ Arik Parker blocked a 30-yard field goal attempt. 

Liberty 56, Aloha 0

Hiro Diamond passed for four touchdowns and ran for two, and the Falcons’ defense intercepted four passes in defeating the visiting Warriors in Hillsboro. 

Zane Kiser had two interceptions, and Tanner Steinbach and Cade Hammond had one each — Hammond returning his for a touchdown. 

Diamond finished 9 of 12 for 184 yards. 

Aloha suffered its first shutout defeat since a 66-0 loss to Jesuit in the sixth game of the 2017 season.

Westview 49, Oregon City 0 | Photos

Sam Leavitt passed for four touchdowns in his return to Westview, and the Wildcats of Northwest Portland handled the visiting Pioneers. 

Jordan Fisher had 13 carries for 196 yards and two touchdowns, including a 53-yard score in the first quarter that got the Wildcats on the scoreboard. 

Brock Jolie caught two touchdown passes in the second quarter, and Drew Bennett and Jaydon McBreen were also on the receiving end of Leavitt’s touchdown throws. 

Leavitt was among three Westview players who attended Pleasant Grove (Utah) High School last fall after the OSAA postponed the season. A junior, he reportedly has received an offer from Florida State.

The Wildcats’ Darrius Clemons had two catches for 32 yards. 

Westview won by shutout for the first time since Week 5 of the 2011 season, when the Wildcats defeated Aloha 17-0.  

The game was the debut at Oregon City of coach Shane Hedrick. 

Jordan Fisher (Westview) photo by Taylor Balkom/SBLive Oregon

South Salem 42, Jefferson 0

Carter Boyles ran for two touchdowns and Daschel Smith passed for two, Camden McCool recovered a fumble in the end zone for a score, and the host Saxons opened by defeating the Democrats of North Portland. 

The Saxons posted their first shutout victory since October 2016. South Salem’s Levi Wilhite had two sacks, and McCool and Steven Smith had one apiece.  

Boyles carried eight times for 82 yards, including touchdowns of two and five yards. After Boyles’ first score, McCool recovered a Jefferson fumble to send the Saxons to a 14-0 first-quarter lead. 

Democrats quarterback Dondrae Fair Jr. completed 8 of 27 passes for 78 yards, and Zavier Russell carried 11 times for 43 yards. 

The Saxons led 28-0 at halftime after Elias Hudson’s six-yard touchdown run and Smith’s 42-yard scoring connection with Jaxson Watson. 

Boyles’ second score was followed by a one-yard scoring pass from Smith to Brady Vogt, both in the third quarter. 

Smith was 8 of 17 for 107 yards and the two touchdowns. 

Coach Anthony Stoudamire said the Democrats committed too many mistakes to overcome. 

“We’re a very young team with only four seniors,” Stoudamire said. “Heat and low numbers affected us.” 

Stoudamire said senior Trejon Williams, who has committed to Oregon, played well but suffered from cramps in the second half. 

“We saw some bright spots we can build on,” Stoudamire said, mentioning the Democrats’ ability to move the ball well in spots and the emergence of some young players. 

Roseburg 23, Summit 7

Sophomore Cayden Eckel ran for two touchdowns as Roseburg scored 23 unanswered points to defeat the Storm of Bend at Don King Field at Cottage Grove High School. The game was moved to a neutral site on account of wildfire-related air-quality issues in Roseburg and Bend. 

The Storm struck first when senior linebacker Jack Clemans returned a bobbled snap 70 yards for a touchdown. Before the first quarter was over, Roseburg senior Dominic Tatone scored on a 10-yard run to tie the score. 

Eckel, who totaled about 150 yards rushing, scored from 10 yards out to push Roseburg to a 14-7 second-quarter lead. Roseburg’s advantage grew by two points when a snap from the Summit 24 on an attempted punt bounced before it reached the punter, squirted behind him and was kicked out of the end zone for a safety. 

After a scoreless third quarter, Roseburg added to its lead when Eckel tore off a 13-yard scoring run with 3:57 left.  

Clemans led the Storm in tackles and Ryan Powell had a strong performance in the team’s running game. 

Mountain View 42, Century 22

Sayre Williamson rushed for 203 yards and four touchdowns as the Cougars of Bend won in Hillsboro over the host Jaguars. 

The win was Mountain View’s eighth in succession dating to 2019. 

The Cougars’ Jacoby Moss passed for more than 100 yards and two touchdowns. On defense, Connor Crum had an interception. 

Barlow 41, Nelson 0 | Video

Gavin Dow — inserted as starting quarterback after a season-ending injury to Ethan Jones suffered during preseason — ran for a score that gave the Bruins of Gresham a 14-0 lead in the win over the host Hawks of Happy Valley, who were playing the first game in school history. 

After Dow’s touchdown, Hunter MacDonald rushed for three touchdowns and sophomore Isaiah Ivers scored another. 

“We played with good physicality,” Barlow coach Tracy Jackson said.

The Bruins rushed for 346 yards.

David Douglas 31 Centennial 6 

Senior running back Jayden Poulschock rushed for 176 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries and scored another touchdown on a kick return, and the Scots of Southeast Portland defeated the host Eagles in Gresham. 

The victory gave David Douglas coach Cal Szueber his 100th win as an Oregon high school coach. Szueber is 100-64 in Oregon. 

The Scots’ defense created four turnovers. Junior Blake Wade led the team with eight tackles. 

Bend 27, Grants Pass 7

Malakai Nutter rushed for 186 yards and two touchdowns in the Lava Bears’ victory over the visiting Cavemen at Punk Hunnell Stadium. 

The Lava Bears rushed for 266 yards and scored all four of their touchdowns on the ground, including Jack Sorenson’s six-yard run — at the end of an 18-play drive — with two minutes to go. 

The Cavemen’s Jace Blanchard scored on a five-yard run midway through the second quarter to make the score 14-7. Blanchard (18 of 30) passed for 193 yards with an interception. Jayce Jordan caught six passes for 75 yards. 

Bend’s defense stopped two promising Cavemen drives — one with an interception and the other by forcing a turnover on downs.  

McMinnville 19, Wells 8 

The Guardians of Southwest Portland closed within 13-8 with about four minutes left, but the host Grizzlies scored an insurance touchdown to ice the victory. 

Wells junior Harley Dodge had more than 115 yards rushing to pace the Guardians’ running game. 

McDaniel 56, Fort Vancouver 12

The Mountain Lions of Northeast Portland gobbled up nearly 600 yards of offense in defeating the WIAA Class 2A Trappers in Vancouver, Wash. 

James Bell had runs of 22, 33 and 25 yards and passed for more than 250 yards. Senior Lakota Bailey forced two fumbles in the first quarter.


North Salem 48, Roosevelt 28

Two touchdowns in the final four seconds of the first half launched the Vikings to the home win over the Roughriders of North Portland. 

Josiah Davis scored one of his three touchdowns four seconds before the half. On the kickoff, Travis Frost forced a fumble and returned it for a score as the half ended, North Salem leading 22-8. 

Vikings sophomore quarterback TC Manumaleuna II passed for 75 yards and a touchdown to Erick Gonzalez. 

Roughriders quarterback Imarion Kelly scrambled 65 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown, breaking a couple of tackles in the pocket and making the rest of the defense miss.  

Jackson Flatner and Dom McDonald-Barber caught scoring passes, and Roosevelt’s running game was led by Lindell Betts, playing his first game since suffering an injury in the spring season opener. 

North Salem’s Jerrik Wangler had 19 carries for 130 yards and a touchdown and forced two fumbles on defense. Davis had 18 rushes for 90 yards and the three touchdowns as the Vikings amassed 396 yards on the ground.

Pendleton 27, Southridge 26 

The Buckaroos stopped a two-point conversion try with 1:26 left to preserve the victory over the host Skyhawks in Beaverton in a back-and-forth game in which the teams were never separated by more than one score. 

Southridge pulled within one point on Cypress Albright’s touchdown run, but the Buckaroos protected their advantage on the conversion for the win. The Skyhawks’ ensuing onside kick failed.  

Pendleton broke a 20-20 tie on Payton Lambert’s third touchdown run, a six-yarder in the fourth quarter. Lambert finished with 139 yards on 22 carries and added 45 yards receiving. 

Luke Bensching had an interception for the Buckaroos. Kyle Liscom, who ran for Pendleton’s first touchdown, had seven tackles and three tackles for loss.

Silverton 41, Grant 7 

Jackson Pfeifer ran for three touchdowns, Jordan McCarty rushed for two, and the Foxes’ defense pitched a shutout against the visiting Generals of Northeast Portland at McGinnis Field. 

McCarty was 12 of 20 for 322 yards passing with a touchdown (69 yards to Austin Ratliff) and an interception. 

The Generals scored on Malachi Mathews’ 50-yard return of a fumble with nine minutes left. That was the game’s final score. Grant’s Jae’Sean Pete rushed six times for 29 yards. Max von Arx recorded an interception.

Pfeifer had 11 carries for 73 yards. His touchdowns covered five, 26 and 20 yards. 

Jordan McCarty (Silverton) photo by Leon Neuschwander/SBLive Oregon

West Albany 21, Beaverton 17 

Marcus Allen’s four-yard touchdown run with seven minutes left in the third quarter vaulted the Bulldogs over the visiting Beavers. 

Beaverton took a 17-14 lead when Kyron Albright returned the second-half kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown. 

The Beavers’ Hunter Borter was 11 of 16 for 107 yards, and Jay Keuter was 5 of 9 for 34 yards and a touchdown to Cristian Gonzalez.  

Gonzalez, Ethan Engstrom and Hayden Eiguren had interceptions for Beaverton. 

DeMarcus Houston caught a touchdown pass from Michael Cale, who also ran for a score for the Bulldogs. 

Sprague 41, Corvallis 20

Senior quarterback Logan Smith threw for five touchdowns in the visiting Olympians’ win over the Spartans. 

Smith threw two scoring passes to junior wide receiver Drew Rodriguez, who also had an interception return for a touchdown, and two to senior wide receiver Blaise Pearson. 

Junior running back Riley Davis spearheaded the running game for the Olympians of Salem. 

Crescent Valley 28, Lincoln 27

The Raiders of Corvallis turned away a two-point conversion try with 15 seconds left to defeat the host Cardinals of Southwest Portland in a game at Wells High School in the Hillsdale neighborhood of Southwest Portland. 

Rocco McClave passed for two touchdowns, and Landen Parker had three touchdowns (two on the ground) for the Raiders, who led 21-7 at halftime. 

Cardinals senior Brady Kopetz ran for three touchdowns, including the score with 15 seconds left. 

The Cardinals lost their starting quarterback for the game on their first offensive series. 

Three of the Raiders’ four touchdowns covered more than 65 yards. 

South Albany 21, Franklin 14

The RedHawks ended a 10-game losing streak with the victory over the host Lightning of Southeast Portland. 

Maxwell Louber and Kaden Younger ran for touchdowns and Tyler Seiber had a scoring catch for South Albany, which scored the only touchdown in the second half. 

Zander Garner threw two touchdown passes to Beckett Parker-Lisk for Franklin’s scores. 


Canby 26, Dallas 20

Matthew Soles scored a touchdown and had two interceptions in the first half, Koby Kessler returned an interception more than 90 yards for a touchdown, and Tyler Konold scored on a reception and a 47-yard run to power the Cougars to the victory over the host Dragons. 

An Isaac Ostrom-led Dallas defense made six plays resulting in negative yardage in the first half, Brock Duncan rushed for 77 yards and two touchdowns, and Logan Person picked up more than 100 yards on the ground for the Dragons.  

Soles scored on a shovel pass from Mikey Gibson to make the score 7-7 with 5:18 left in the first half. The Cougars took the lead for good on a pass from Gibson to Konold with less than a minute before halftime, and Kessler intercepted a pass and ran it back on the final play of the half for a 20-7 lead. 

The Dragons scored on their first possession of the third quarter, but Canby made it a two-score game when Konold burst 47 yards on a fourth-and-one play 3½ minutes after halftime.  

Dallas drove inside the Cougars’ 10 late in the third but Canby held and took over with 11:55 left. With the Dragons within six points, Soles had a pass breakup on Dallas’ final drive to protect the lead. 

Wilsonville 42, Lebanon 19

Linebacker Nick Cooper was among the leaders of a strong Wildcats defense in the home win over Lebanon. 

Coach Adam Guenther also singled out ends Tristan Davis and Ryder McElroy. Connor Green had an interception to seal the victory.  

Senior quarterback Chase Hix passed for two touchdowns. Jay Rummell-West had two rushing touchdowns, Rochne Beecham ran for a score, and Jack Johnson had a receiving touchdown and returned a punt for a touchdown. Brennan Martin had the Wildcats’ other receiving touchdown.

Nick Cooper (Wilsonville) photo by Leon Neuschwander/SBLive Oregon

Hood River Valley 42, Hillsboro 6

The Spartans scored on their first drive of the season, but after that it was almost all Hood River Valley in the Eagles’ home victory in the season opener for both teams. 

Hillsboro launched a six-minute drive to open the game, and Jaden Echeverria’s rushing touchdown put the Spartans on top 6-0. Trenton Hughes, the first-team all-Northwest Oregon Conference East kick returner last season, returned the Spartans’ kickoff 81 yards for a touchdown that started the Eagles on a closing 42-0 scoring run. 

The Eagles’ Shaw Burns carried 11 times for 95 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught a touchdown pass from Hughes (8 of 12 passing, 139 yards), one of two the senior threw, the other going to Joey Frazier (three receptions, 56 yards). Hughes rushed for 76 yards and a score. 

Spartans coach Dan Shuff said his team, which starts one senior, pieced together good offensive drives after the first possession, but he said they typically ended with Hillsboro making a misstep.  

“Inexperience definitely showed up early but the kids didn’t give up,” Shuff said, “so we can build off that.” 

The Eagles led 28-6 at halftime. 

McKay 25, Putnam 21

Kyrin Fuimaono had three touchdown passes — two to Chansse Lee — and the Royal Scots made a game-sealing defensive stand in the victory over the visiting Kingsmen of Milwaukie. 

Putnam’s Damien Baldwin ran for two touchdowns — including a 75-yard score — among a number of his chunk-yardage rushes. Jason Crowe had an interception to help spearhead the Kingsmen’s defense. 

The victory ended a 10-game losing streak for the Royal Scots, whose previous win came Oct. 4, 2019, at North Salem. 

Lee totaled more than 100 receiving yards, had multiple sacks and returned a kick for a touchdown for McKay of Salem. The Royal Scots’ Juan Chavez forced a fumble on a key sack. 

As the Kingsmen were driving late, they moved about 40 yards before McKay got a third-down sack and broke up a deep pass on fourth down to ice the win. 

Fuimaono, whose freshman season was cut short by injury, has thrown for multiple touchdowns in all three games he has started at quarterback.

Churchill 35, Eagle Point 28 

Gage Young made an interception in the end zone on fourth and goal with 15 seconds left to preserve the Lancers’ lead in their Midwestern League victory over the visiting Eagles. 

Churchill of Eugene made five interceptions: two by Will Dau and one each by Young, Austin Mills and Riley Van Camp. Braden Rohde had two sacks. 

Mills had 16 carries for 102 yards and four touchdowns, and Van Camp had a receiving touchdown on a pass from Chace Pence. 

The Lancers led 21-0 in the second quarter. The Eagles tied the score before halftime on Caiden Lacey’s touchdown pass to Wyatt Graves. 

Mills’ third and fourth touchdowns gave the Lancers a 35-21 lead before Lacey’s second touchdown pass made it a one-score game in the fourth quarter. 

Lacey (27 of 40) passed for 322 yards. 

Scappoose 63, Parkrose 0 | Photos

Scappoose scored touchdowns five ways in the victory over the visiting Broncos of Northeast Portland. 

Quarterback Luke McNabb ran for two scores and passed for two more. Colin Stoddard had a touchdown catch and returned a kickoff for a touchdown. Quorey Bays returned a punt for a touchdown, and Trey Dieringer had a touchdown on an interception return. 

Parkrose wide receiver Junior Bradford made an impact on offense and special teams. He generated yards after the catch on offense and had multiple kick returns of 30-plus yards. 

Wide receiver DeShawn Wright made multiple tough or contested catches, providing energy and helping the Broncos drive down the field. 

Kevin Interian, an offensive lineman and outside linebacker for Parkrose, filled in at center and took control of the line to help open room for big runs. He made his presence felt on defense with involvement in multiple tackles and stops. 

The shutout was Scappoose’s third in its past six games. 

Luke McNabb (Scappoose) photo by Taylor Balkom/SBLive Oregon

Forest Grove 40, The Dalles 0

Defense and special teams stood out for the Vikings in their win over the host Riverhawks. 

David Johnson returned the second-half kickoff for a touchdown, and Austin Case returned a punt for a fourth-quarter touchdown. 

Kaden Hale played most of the game at quarterback for the Vikings and threw for one touchdown and ran for another. 

St. Helens 28, La Salle Prep 6 

Tyler Tolles had two touchdown passes to Dylan Shafer, Korbyn Lee and Colby Shafer each recorded an interception, and the visiting Lions defeated the Falcons in Milwaukie.

St. Helens coach Cory Young credited his team’s offensive line for getting the running game going. Kameron Shuttlesworth and others had some physical runs early.

Other standouts on defense for the Lions included Houston Lee (multiple sacks and a forced fumble) and Carson Salisbury (forced fumble).

La Salle Prep scored on a one-yard run by Zach Frazier. Falcons coach Dustin Janz said Grant Ellison and Mason Mueller had several big catches, and Dayne Lavoie and Cameron Zeilsdorf “both played extremely hard.” The Falcons, though, were undone by four turnovers and a missed field goal.

Crater 31, North Bend 0

Caden Lasater returned one of his two interceptions 90 yards for a touchdown, caught a touchdown pass and rushed for more than 100 yards to help the Comets of Central Point defeat the Bulldogs in a Midwestern League game at Pete Susick Stadium at Marshfield High School in Coos Bay.  

Jimmy Jordahl also had a huge game on defense, getting two sacks and three tackles for loss. Jaden Andre also had an interception. 

Shane Wood had three touchdown passes, two to Kayden Gardner and the other to Lasater. 

Central 40, Redmond 24

Chase Nelson passed for 283 yards and four touchdowns, Kohler Hernandez had 300 yards from scrimmage and scored three touchdowns, and host Central of Independence defeated Redmond, which hurt itself with four turnovers in a five-minute span of the third quarter.  

Hernandez racked up 190 yards rushing and 110 receiving, Nelson passed for 283 yards, and Central forced four turnovers (three interceptions and a fumble recovery). 

Redmond scored on its first two possessions for an 11-0 lead and went into halftime up 18-7. 

Central scored on its first snap of the second half and converted successive Redmond turnovers inside its 35 into touchdowns to take the lead. 

Central capitalized again when Redmond bobbled a kick, converting the ensuing short field for another score.  

Hayden Parrish passed for close to 300 yards for Redmond. The team’s top receiver was Aiden Gebhard, with about 150 yards. 

Chase Nelson (Central) photo by Leon Neuschwander/SBLive Oregon


Ridgeview 26, Crook County 20 (OT) 

Eric Pendergrass’ second touchdown run gave the Ravens the lead in overtime, and Jace Nagler intercepted a pass in the end zone to seal the win as Ridgeview of Redmond downed the host Cowboys in Prineville. 

The Cowboys tied the score twice and took their only lead, 20-12, after they took advantage of a bad snap on an attempted Ravens punt. 

Jeremiah Schwartz’s second touchdown catch, followed by a two-point conversion by Aidan Brenneman, made it 20-20.  

The Ravens had a chance to win in regulation, but the Cowboys intercepted a pass by Brenneman in the end zone. 

Pard Smith, in his Crook County head coaching debut, praised his team’s effort and singled out running back Brayden Duke, quarterback Palmer Smith and wide receiver Josh Knight. 

Henley 35, Ashland 14 

The Hornets of Klamath Falls led 20-0 in the first quarter en route to the victory over the Grizzlies in a game played at Willamette High School in Eugene because of air-quality problems in southern Oregon. 

Henley quarterback Shaw Stork passed for two scores and ran for two more. 

Freshman Jojo Harrower threw a touchdown pass for the Grizzlies’ second score. 


Marshfield 35, Mazama 20

Dom Montiel passed for four touchdowns, two to Pierce Davidson, and ran for a score as the host Pirates took a 21-0 lead and defeated the Vikings in Coos Bay. 

Montiel was 19 of 30 for 330 yards with the four scores and two interceptions. DJ Daugherty and Mason Pederson also caught scoring passes. Davidson finished with five catches for 155 yards.

For the Vikings of Klamath Falls, the offense was led by Zeke Heaton (127 yards and two fourth-quarter rushing touchdowns) and quarterback Tyson VanGastel (one rushing touchdown). Brendon Monteith and Savien Burk each had an interception, and Ben Whalen forced a fumble on a punt that Trevor Anderson recovered. 

The Pirates’ Hayden Murphy drew praise for his play at center and defensive tackle, part of a unit that caused three fumbles (two recovered). Aaron Hutchins, Ezra Waterman, Cobin Bouska, Mitchell George, Toby Johnston, Miguel Velasquez and Ben Mahaffy also played well defensively for Marshfield. 

Banks 24, Gladstone 0 

Jamar Flippen returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown, Cooper Gobel threw a touchdown pass to Charlie White, and Banks held the visiting Gladiators scoreless. 

Wyatt Hesselman kicked three field goals for Banks. Tristen Nonne had an interception for Gladstone.

Marist Catholic 49, Sweet Home 12

Carter Greene passed for five touchdowns — three to Connor Chase — and Lucas Tuski returned the opening kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown as the Spartans of Eugene defeated the host Huskies. 

Sweet Home’s Heath Nichol passed for 150 yards and a touchdown to Brady Nichols, who totaled 100 yards receiving. Jeremy Zook ran for the Huskies’ second score with 3½ minutes left in the game. 

Marist Catholic led 49-0 at halftime. 

Carter Greene (Marist Catholic) photo by Taylor Balkom/SBLive Oregon

Estacada 38, Stayton 8 

The Rangers had five players rush for touchdowns in defeating the Eagles in Stayton. 

Estacada outgained Stayton by more than 300 yards, led by quarterback Cory James, who completed 6 of 11 passes for 96 yards to go with 11 rushes for 80 yards.

Caleb McDonald caught a 47-yard touchdown pass to put the Rangers up 24-0 midway through the second quarter. Teammate Waylon Riedel found the end zone twice and led the defense with 11 tackles — one for loss.

“Our balance on offense was the big highlight,” Rangers coach Andy Mott said. “After a rough opening series, our offense scored TDs on four consecutive possessions.”

Stayton quarterback Cody Leming completed 10 of 18 passes for 68 yards — most of that total coming on the last play of the game, a 54-yard touchdown strike to Owen O’Connor.

“They dominated the game in every aspect,” Eagles coach Randy Nyquist acknowledged.

Astoria 45, Cottage Grove 7 

Junior running back Luke Cummings and senior tight end Colton McMaster had big scoring plays for the host Fishermen in the victory over the Lions.  

Cottage Grove quarterback Brayden Crump connected with wide receiver Ethan Petersen for the Lions’ touchdown. 

Cottage Grove coach Joe Polamalu said via text message that defensive lineman Ayden Freeman had a good night up front on both sides of the ball. He said running back Jason Travis also had a good game. 

Fishermen coach Howard Rub said senior quarterback Rocky Rub had some nice runs and throws. 

Cascade 35, Baker 0

Colin Smittle returned an interception 90-plus yards for a touchdown that turned a 7-0 lead into a two-score margin, and the Cougars of Turner stayed in control the rest of the way in defeating the Bulldogs in Baker City. 

After Smittle’s touchdown, the Cougars recovered their onside kick and drove for a 21-0 lead. The score was 35-0 at halftime. 

Coach Brandon Bennett said among the most important revelations was the play of the Cougars’ offensive line. He called it a question coming into the season but left Saturday’s game thinking he had an answer. 

“They came out hungry and aggressive,” Bennett said. 

Senior Blake Lewis carried in the neighborhood of 20 times for about 175 yards and three touchdowns. Senior Lance Van Hoose had the Cougars’ other touchdown. Senior Jacob Hage passed for about 100 yards and made two interceptions on defense. 

“Our kids played hard, turned the ball over too much and missed tackles,” Bulldogs coach Jason Ramos said in a text message. “Cascade is a good ballclub, and we are going to use it as a learning opportunity.” 

Tillamook 48, Newport 13

Running backs Judah Werner, Gilbert Whitlatch and Jacob Torres and quarterback Trent Buchler rushed for touchdowns to pace the host Cheesemakers to the win over the Cubs. 

The Cheesemakers led 21-0 before Newport returned a kickoff for a touchdown. Tillamook answered when Peyton Reiger returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown of his own. 

Buchler (12 of 18) compiled 263 yards of total offense. Werner finished with two rushing touchdowns. Zeyon Hurlima and Tanner Hoskins had three catches each. 

Seaside 55, North Marion 0

The host Seagulls led 35-0 after the first quarter and got touchdowns from six players in defeating the Huskies of Aurora. 

Lawson Talamantez rushed for three touchdowns. 

Milwaukie 21, Molalla 12

The Mustangs rallied from a 12-0 hole and overcame five turnovers to defeat host Molalla. 

Molalla led 6-0 in the first quarter and 12-0 at halftime.  

Coach Tim Price, in his debut with the Mustangs, called the victory a total team effort, especially with the offense led by junior varsity players in place of regulars sidelined by COVID issues. 

Linebacker Zane Garvey had four sacks and linemen Marquies A’Au and Jake Cooper had a sack and three tackles apiece. 

Molalla’s Matt Mueller ran the ball well, coach Sean McElhaney said, and Isaac Klementis was the team’s leading receiver. 

Woodburn 35, Klamath Union 0

Tomás Veliz ran for three touchdowns and scored one on a reception, Ty Beyer also had a rushing touchdown, and the Bulldogs opened with a convincing victory over the visiting Pelicans. 

The Bulldogs scored at least 35 points for the second game in row, dating to the spring season, and posted their first shutout since Week 4 in 2018, when they downed North Marion 21-0. According to Woodburn coach Ken Mace, this one was a total team effort. 

“Kaleb Robles, Santi Roque, Eric Torralba and Malachi Nava were all over the field defensively against the run,” Mace said. “Tomás Veliz, Ty Beyer and Cruz Veliz had some great pass breakups and kept guys in front of them. 

“Offensively, it took us a couple of series to start executing. But we started to get dialed in and our offensive line — Santi Roque, Ricardo Ascencio, Dez Chavez, Carlos Turjillo, Ulises Garcia, Eric Torralba and Tomas Felix — really started to open up some holes for Tomás Veliz, Ty Beyer and Carter Pickett against a pretty big KU front.” 

Homedale (Idaho) 54, Ontario 8 

The Trojans led 47-0 at halftime of the win over the visiting Tigers. Homedale registered 14 tackles for loss and seven sacks. 

Ruben Hernandez hooked up with Matteo Walker for a long touchdown to get Ontario on the scoreboard in the second half.

“First game for us, so I know our boys will improve upon this performance,” Tigers coach Greg Simmons said.


Philomath 52, Valley Catholic 0 

The Warriors defeated the host Valiants of Beaverton, who lost five two-way starters during the game. 

Valley Catholic’s Noah Houlb and freshman Jackson Ferris made multiple stops for negative yards, and Henry McCarthy led the Valiants in tackles.  

“Injuries really hurt us,” Valley Catholic coach Michael Snyder said. “We had guys in positions they never practiced in.” 

Junction City 39, North Eugene 13 

Gabriel Ward returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown to launch the Tigers to the win over the visiting Highlanders. 

Ward accounted for five touchdowns — running for two and passing for two more after starting quarterback Colby Evans left with an injury. 

Devon Anderson passed to Nolan Wyers for both of the Highlanders’ touchdowns. 

Sutherlin 46, Phoenix 6 

William Greenwood ran 78 yards for a tying touchdown in the first quarter for the visiting Pirates, but it was all Bulldogs after that. 

Greenwood finished with eight carries for 100 yards and two tackles for loss.

North Valley 21, St. Mary’s (Medford) 20 

The Knights of Grants Pass survived when Nate Love blocked a last-minute field goal try in the victory over the Class 3A Crusaders in a game at Sutherlin High School. 


Vale 25, Parma (Idaho) 0

Quarterback Tanner Steele passed for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead the offense in the Vikings’ victory over the Panthers. 

“The defense played extremely well for the first game of the year,” Vale coach Jeff Aldred said, mentioning seniors Colt Cummings, Willie Tolman and Jackson Schaffeld.

Steele was 10 of 14 for 108 yards with one interception. His touchdown run covered 67 yards. 

Wide receiver John Wolfe had five receptions for 72 yards and a touchdown. Wolfe returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown and totaled 152 yards in punt returns. 

Running back Nathan Kimball had 84 yards rushing and caught a 16-yard touchdown pass as part of what Aldred called a great game. 

Cole Valley Christian 16, Nyssa 0 

The Bulldogs’ defense drew raves for its play, but Nyssa’s offense couldn’t sustain drives in the loss to the Chargers of Meridian, Idaho. 

Nyssa coach Lance Lovitt also praised backup quarterback Landon McDowall.

“He did a great job for only having two practices,” said Lovitt, who had been out two weeks in quarantine.

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