We hope you enjoyed Thanksgiving Day last week and got your fill of all of the weekend's great playoff football action. We zip around the state to highlight some of the top performances from the last week of play. Here's a look at the playoff brackets.
Arguably the biggest upset of the postseason was achieved by Joel Skotte and the tenacious Mountain View defense. The Cougars limited mighty Marist's offense to less than 250 offensive yards in capturing a 31-14 victory. Demitri Dillard toted the rock 28 times for 234 yards and Joel Skotte added 77 yards and two scores to power the Cougars' attack. Senior Taylor Walcott scored both Marist touchdowns in his final high school contest... Sherwood received four rushing touchdowns from senior RB Paul Dodson (159 yards) to keep its repeat bid alive.
Lake Oswego continued its offensive onslaught in a 47-7 victory over Roseburg. J.B. Holmes, Stevie Coury and Steven Long each scored twice and senior QB Alex Matthews passed for 300 yards and three touchdowns as the Lakers set up a rematch with Jesuit later this week... Jesuit pounded Tigard 35-7 behind Morgan Sellers 199 yards and three scores... Sheldon showed no signs of slowing down and blasted Grant 49-7. Connor Strahm continued his strong end-of-season play, scoring four touchdowns... Central Catholic reeled off its ninth straight win with a 55-33 win against Oregon City. Six different players found the end zone as the Rams netted 21 points in both the first and fourth quarters.
Thanks to J.J. Fisher's 250 yards and four touchdowns, La Salle will live to play another week. The Falcons scored 33 unanswered points to clinch a 47-29 victory against Elmira... Not to be outdone, senior RB Sony Tupua gashed Central's defense for 274 yards and also reached the end zone four times to lead Siuslaw to a 38-21 win. Siuslaw tallied 417 yards on offense.
Dayton cruised to a 42-20 win over Rainier behind senior A.J. Hedgecock's four touchdowns (three rushing, one passing). The Pirates will take on Santiam Christian, which topped Cascade Christian, 56-36. It was the Jeff Hendrix show as the senior notched five touchdowns (four rushing, one receiving).
Scio jumped out to a 40-0 lead and never looked back in a 46-6 drubbing of Weston-McEwen. Scio racked up 406 rushing yards and scored all six of its touchdowns on the ground. Daniel Harper (206 yards, two TDs) and Sean Heil (108, 2) led the way on offense. The defense held W-M to 148 yards... Gold Beach made its mark on special teams with 338 kickoff return yards and took a 28-6 halftime lead en route to a 50-6 win against Oakland. Travis Wood (three TDs) and Kipp Marstall (two TDs) each topped the 100-yard mark and tallied five scores in the win.
Camas Valley moved on to the finals after a 54-6 beating of The Triad School. Ryan Dancer (6 scores) was all the offense the Hornets needed... Corbin Reed's 7-yard strike to Josh Hiebenthal proved to be the difference in Perrydale's 34-32 win over Crane. RB Tell Chruickshank rushed for 237 yards and four touchdowns in the win.