The Class 6A title game is finally upon us and it's no surprise that Lake Oswego and Sheldon are the two squads ready to battle on Jeld-Wen Field tomorrow at 1 p.m. The two opened the season ranked in the top five and overtook the top two slots midway through the fall.
No. 1 Sheldon has been brilliant on offense behind the pin-point passing of ESPNHS All-State first-teamer Dillon Miller, who has guided an offense that is averaging 45.6 points a contest. The defense has also been instrumental to the team's 13-0 season, as Sam McCaskill has shown a propensity for wrecking havoc in the backfield.
On the other side is Lake Oswego, which features the Gatorade State Player of the Year in senior RB Steven Long. The Lakers average a shade under 45 points and force teams into a conundrum on defense with their multifaceted attack. Senior QB Alex Matthews has been outstanding in his first year as a starter and has forged a strong connection with WR Stevie Coury, while Long has found the end zone 33 times in his first season after transferring from Sherwood.
Lake Oswego won the last meeting when Miller threw five picks in a 45-14 blowout last fall. This game has all the makings of an instant classic and should go down as one of the best championship contests in recent years.
Prediction: Thomas Tyner chose Sheldon in his inaugural column yesterday, and I'm going to agree with him. While Lake Oswego will have the best player on the field in Long, Sheldon has more weapons and enough playmakers on defense to neutralize the Lakers' attack.