The Oregon high school football playoffs continued this weekend with the 6A quarterfinals and the 5A-1A semifinals.
Here’s a look at some of the top stars and memorable performances.
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CLASS 6A | Bracket
No. 9 Jesuit 56, No. 1 Lake Oswego 49 | Full story, photos
Michael Rincon scored the Crusaders’ final five touchdowns as they outlasted the Lakers at Cobb Field in Lake Oswego.
The game featured five tie scores. Neither team led by more than one score until the fourth quarter, when Rincon’s touchdowns gave the Crusaders (11-1) of Southwest Portland breathing room.
The Lakers ended the Crusaders’ playoff runs in each of the previous three postseasons.
After the Lakers (10-2) led 28-21 and 35-28, the Crusaders got tying touchdown runs both times from Rincon. He scored from seven yards to put Jesuit ahead for good, 42-35, with 10 minutes left.
The Crusaders (11-1) made it 49-35 one minute later when Rincon found the end zone from near midfield.
The Lakers weren’t done. Jack Layne, who exceeded his previous season high of four touchdown passes with six, connected with Owen West on a score that made it 49-42 midway through the final quarter.
After the Lakers regained possession, a lost fumble ended up turning into Rincon’s final score, which produced a 56-42 lead for the Crusaders.
Layne connected with West again with about a minute left to account for the final margin. Layne also threw scoring passes to Justius Lowe (two), Gabe Olvera and Zach Jarrett.
Friday’s game was a rematch of a 2019 OSAA Class 6A semifinal, which the Lakers won 28-21 to extend their win streak in the series to five.
No. 4 Central Catholic 63, No. 21 Sherwood 21
Timmy Mitchell returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, Ellis Bynum rushed for three scores, and the Rams ran away from the Bowmen (7-5) for the home-field win at Hillsboro Stadium.
Bynum carried the ball 12 times for 109 yards. It was his second game with three rushing touchdowns in the past two weeks (and the third in 10 games this season).
The Rams (13-0) of Southeast Portland led 28-7 after the first quarter and 49-21 at halftime after the Bowmen committed three turnovers and the Rams returned two kickoffs for touchdowns.
Mitchell (who made six tackles), Solon Sanders, Zachery Grisham and Stryder Todd-Fields made interceptions for the Rams, who got two sacks from Emar’rion Winston. Todd-Fields also scored a touchdown on a kickoff return.
The Bowmen’s Bjorn Bergstrom threw three touchdown passes to Cody Hall, who exceeded 150 yards receiving. It was Hall’s second consecutive game with three touchdown receptions and gave him 19 scoring catches in 10 games.
Jordan King caught seven passes for 109 yards and a touchdown, and sophomore quarterback Cru Newman (14 of 18) passed for 241 yards and two touchdowns for Central Catholic.
The 21 points the Bowmen scored matched the most points by an Oregon opponent of Central Catholic this season. Sherwood won its previous seven games.
No. 3 Tualatin 42, No. 6 Summit 13
Peter Burke and Noah Ogoli caught touchdown passes from Jackson Jones and Malik Ross and Jack Wagner ran for scores to propel the Timberwolves (11-1) to the home-field win over the Storm (9-3) of northwest Bend.
The Storm, who hadn’t allowed more than 28 points in a game this season, returned an interception for a touchdown and led 7-6 after the first quarter but trailed 27-7 at halftime.
Ross, coming off a six-touchdown game last week against Westview, had 18 carries for 150 yards and the touchdown, early in the second quarter, that gave the Timberwolves the lead for good. In 12 games this season, he has rushed for 21 touchdowns, caught four scoring passes and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns.
Jones completed 17 of 27 passes for 158 yards and the two scores, giving him eight games out of 10 this season with at least two scoring passes.
The Timberwolves advanced to the OSAA Class 6A semifinals for the first time since 2010, when they reached the state championship game.
The Storm won 10 of their previous 11 games, all of the victories by at least 17 points, as they surpassed the program’s win total from the previous three seasons combined.
No. 2 West Linn 10, No. 10 Lakeridge 7 (OT) | Full story, photos
Gage Hurych kicked a 23-yard field goal for the winning points to lift the Lions over the visiting Pacers at Pioneer Memorial Stadium in Oregon City.
The Pacers (8-4) of Lake Oswego had the first possession of overtime and missed on a field goal try of nearly 40 yards.
The Lions (11-1) struck first, on an 11-yard touchdown pass from Earl Ingle to Mark Hamper midway through the first quarter. The Pacers answered with Jake Reichle’s 10-yard scoring run less than two minutes into the second quarter.
Hurych’s winning kick was set up by a big run by Hamper to the 9-yard line.
Friday’s game, the second meeting of the season between the Three Rivers League teams, was as close as their first.
In Week 6, Lakeridge rallied from a 21-14 deficit to take a 27-21 lead midway through the fourth quarter. The Lions pulled out the victory that night when Nick Sakys — a sophomore making his first varsity start and among three quarterbacks the Lions have used this season — threw a touchdown pass with 22 seconds left.
Three of the Pacers’ four losses came on points their opponents scored in the final 25 seconds of regulation or in overtime. Three of those losses were by a combined seven points.
Gage Hurych (West Linn) photo by Ken Waz
CLASS 5A | Bracket
No. 5 Thurston 34, No. 1 Wilsonville 14 | Full story, photos
Bryce Indell ran for two scores and the Colts of Springfield capitalized on six Wildcats turnovers for the victory at McNary High School in Keizer.
Indell’s first score, from 14 yards, made it 7-0 three minutes into the game. Gavin Knights reached the end zone from 25 yards for a 14-0 Colts lead later in the first quarter.
After Jay Rummell-West scored from a yard out to pull the Wildcats (11-1) within 14-7 three minutes before halftime, the Colts (10-0) stretched the lead on the first of Gavin Levesque’s two field goals and quarterback Alex Boring’s touchdown run.
Chase Hix threw a touchdown pass to Jack Johnson to bring the Wildcats within 24-14, but Indell’s second touchdown and Levesque’s second field goal iced the victory.
Wildcats coach Adam Guenther said despite the loss, Johnson, Nick Cooper and Connor Green played well on defense.
Friday’s game marked the third consecutive postseason these teams have met, all three games won by the Colts. They defeated the Wildcats on a late field goal for the 2018 championship and defeated them in the 2019 quarterfinals.
No. 2 Silverton 44, No. 3 West Albany 14
The Foxes (11-1) scored touchdowns in all three phases of the game on the way to eliminating the Bulldogs (10-2) in a quarterfinal at McMinnville High School.
Austin Ratliff caught three touchdown passes from Jordan McCarty (who also ran for a score) for the Foxes, who beat the Bulldogs 28-21 in their Week 8 Mid-Willamette Conference meeting.
The Bulldogs’ DeMarcus Houston and Donavyn Weddle caught touchdown passes from Michael Cale. Houston was the Bulldogs’ top tackler with seven.
The Foxes’ Vandon Fessler returned one of the three interceptions Silverton made for a touchdown, and Nolan Meyer blocked a punt and returned the ball for another score.
Silverton’s margin of victory was the greatest against West Albany — which was making its third consecutive semifinal appearance — since the Bulldogs returned to Class 5A competition beginning with the 2018 season.
No. 1 Marshfield 36, No. 5 Mazama 0
Miguel Velazquez and Ezra Waterman rushed for two touchdowns apiece as the Pirates’ offensive spotlight, and Marshfield posted its second shutout in three OSAA Class 4A playoff games this fall with the win over the Vikings (9-3) at Mel Ingram Field at Grants Pass High School.
Dom Montiel passed for 255 yards with one touchdown (to Maddux Mateski) and one interception for the Pirates (14-0) of Coos Bay, whose record includes two forfeit wins.
Mateski made two interceptions on defense. Cobin Bouska recovered a Vikings fumble, and Mitchell George was a regular presence in the Vikings’ backfield with tackles for loss.
Zeke Heaton (57 yards) and Aidan Kindt (50) were the top rushers for the Vikings of Klamath Falls. Savien Burk made 11 solo tackles.
The game was a rematch of the Pirates’ 35-20 win in Week 1.
No. 7 Marist Catholic 42, No. 3 Estacada 8
The Rangers scored on the first possession, but the Spartans of Eugene soon took off and rolled to victory at Wortman Stadium at McMinnville High School.
A 60-yard drive after the opening kickoff ended with Jake Berhman’s one-yard run and an 8-0 lead for the Rangers (11-1). The Spartans’ first two possessions ended with a punt and an interception, but they scored touchdowns on five of their next six drives (the exception coming at the end of the first half).
The first of Lucas Tuski’s four touchdown runs pulled the Spartans (10-2) within 8-6. Tuski scored from 10 yards early in the second quarter to give his team the lead for good.
Behrman carried 19 times for 87 yards to lead the Rangers’ offense. After their first drive, the Rangers gained no more than 38 yards on any possession.
Tuski finished with 22 carries for 180 yards. Carter Greene completed 11 of 14 passes for 153 yards with one touchdown (to Ryan Cary) and an interception (by the Rangers’ Andrew Turner), and the senior quarterback ran for a score.
No. 1 Siuslaw 28, No. 5 La Pine 26
Braydon Thornton intercepted a two-point conversion pass with 3:41 left, and the Vikings ran out the clock to secure the victory over the Hawks at Don King Field at Cottage Grove High School.
The Hawks (7-4) never led and trailed 16-0 late in the second quarter. Mike Brown returned an interception 58 yards for a touchdown that pulled the Hawks within 16-8 with 17 seconds before halftime, and he caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from Colton Campbell to make it 28-26 in the fourth quarter.
Camp Lacouture (21 carries, 168 yards) ran for all four touchdowns for the Vikings (11-0) of Florence, who have won four of their past five games by seven or fewer points.
The Hawks pulled within two points — 16-14 and 22-20 — in the third quarter on touchdown runs by Campbell and Adrian Boysha.
Aven Green had 10 solo tackles (13 total) for the Hawks.
Saturday’s meeting was a rematch of a 34-26 Week 5 Vikings win.
No. 3 South Umpqua 24, No. 7 Vale 21
Juri Moros kicked a 28-yard field goal with 18 seconds left to lift the Lancers (11-1) over the Vikings (10-2) at Caldera High School in southeast Bend.
The game between the Lancers of Myrtle Creek (85 miles south of Eugene) and the Vikings (whose home-field schedule is on Mountain time) was never more than a one-possession game. There were three ties and no lead changes.
The Lancers went to halftime up 21-14 on the strength of a touchdown run by Caj Simmons and two touchdown passes from Jace Johnson to Andrew Christensen.
A touchdown pass from Tanner Steele to John Wolfe and a short touchdown run by Steele produced the Vikings’ first-half points. They made the score 21-21 with 24 seconds left in the third quarter on Steele’s second scoring run, this one from eight yards.
The teams exchanged possessions after Steele’s tying touchdown, with the Vikings’ first drive of the fourth quarter ending on a fumble recovered by Simmons. The Lancers took over and made it to the Vikings’ 19, but Peter McBride blocked Moros’ attempt from 36 yards.
After blocking the field goal, the Vikings moved backward from their 17 to the 3. After the Vikings moved the chains once, a fumble on a second-down play led to an 11-yard loss, and a sack on third down pushed the Vikings back 12 more yards.
No. 4 Coquille 8, No. 1 Heppner 6
Gunner Yates ran seven yards for a touchdown and Brock Willis ran in the two-point conversion for the go-ahead points with 2:23 left, giving the Red Devils (9-1) the victory over the Mustangs (11-1), who had their win streak ended at 29 games.
The game at Wortman Stadium at McMinnville High School was scoreless for 3½ quarters. The Mustangs went ahead on a touchdown pass from Landon Mitchell to Derrick Smith, but their two-point conversion try failed.
After the Red Devils went ahead, the Mustangs took over at their 47. A penalty negated an apparent first down, and a fourth-and-15 pass was incomplete with 1:20 left.
The Red Devils ran 56 offensive plays (gaining 255 yards) compared with 36 (for 141 yards) for the Mustangs.
Blane Mahoney (three solo tackles, 13 assists) and Kason Cimmiyotti (five solo, eight assists) were among four Mustangs players in on at least 10 tackles. Cimmiyotti also had an interception.
No. 2 Kennedy 21, No. 3 Lakeview 0
The Trojans limited the Honkers to 147 yards of offense at Mel Ingram Field at Grants Pass High School and posted their second shutout in three OSAA Class 2A playoff games.
William Schaecher ran 11 yards for a touchdown midway through the first quarter to give the Trojans (11-1) of Mt. Angel all the points they needed. Riley Cantu threw two touchdown passes to Luke Beyer in the second quarter.
The Honkers (10-2) held the Trojans to their lowest point total of the season.
No. 1 Adrian 62, No. 4 Lost River 20
Conley Martin ran for four of his six touchdowns in the first two quarters for the Antelopes (12-0), who led 40-8 at halftime in the win over the Raiders (10-2) at Caldera High School in southeast Bend.
Martin picked up 221 yards on 13 carries, accounting for more than half of the 437 yards the Antelopes gained on the ground.
Chase McAuliffe passed for one touchdown and ran for another for the Raiders of Merrill, located southeast of Klamath Falls and just north of the California border.
Jace Martin had 13 solo tackles for Adrian, located half a mile from the Snake River near the Idaho border.
No. 2 Powder Valley 46, No. 3 St. Paul 8
Quarterback Reece Dixon ran for three touchdowns to lead the Badgers (11-1) of North Powder to the win over the Buckaroos (10-2) at Caldera High School in southeast Bend.
After Dixon’s first score and a 39-yard scoring connection on a pass from wide receiver Cole Martin to Case Olson, the Buckaroos pulled within 16-8 on a touchdown throw from Lance Tuck to Warren Rose.
Powder Valley, located about midway between La Grande and Baker just off Interstate 84, got two more scoring runs from Dixon and one each from Cole Martin and Tucker Martin to finish the scoring.
The Badgers converted 5 of 6 fourth-down chances compared with 0 of 5 by the Buckaroos.
After surrendering 34 points in the first round of the OSAA Class 1A playoffs, the Badgers have allowed a total of eight points in their past two playoff games.
The teams met in Week 3 of the regular season. The Badgers won that game 50-40.