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Santiam Christian Picks Off West Valley Championship

5 Interceptions Turn Tide For Eagles Against Hawks


Adair – Santiam Christian literally picked off the West Valley League championship Friday night, using 5 interceptions, 4 of which directly affected the scoreboard, to take a solid 41-12 win over Horizon Christian. 4 of the 5 picks were by Ty Villers, who was easily the player of the game.


In a winner take all contest for the WVL title, with the league’s second place seed into the OSAA 3A playoffs a nice consolation prize for the loser, it was the host Eagles that struck first, driving the length of the field on the first possession of the game to go up 7-0 not 3 1/2 minutes into the game on a cool but dry night on the turf in Adair, on a 7 yard keeper by Santiam Christian quarterback Daniel Hendrix.


The Hawks responded with a length of the field drive of their own, highlighted by 5 of 5 passing by Koby MaCallum. But a shot at the end zone on a right boundary go route sailed a little too far, and Santiam Christian’s Joshua Swigart-Risinger made a diving interception in the Eagle end zone to prevent an apparent answering score.


On the third play of the ensuing drive, Hendrix hooked up with Riley Roberts on a pass and run over the middle that covered nearly 70 yards, setting Santiam Christian up with a first and goal. Horizon Christian’s defense dug in, and forces a 4th down, but the Eagles’ Mason McClain broke through for a 4 yard touchdown 13.7 seconds before the end of the opening quarter.


Cascade Sews Up OWL Championship

21-0 Win In Shaff Road Showdown Secures Title


Turner – Cascade sewed up the Oregon West League Title with a 21-0 win over rival Stayton in the annual “Shaff Road Showdown” Friday night. It was the last home fame of the regular season for Cascade, and the Cougars’ second OWL title in the 3 years since former assistant coach Steve Turner came home to become head coach.


The story was more about the 0 than the 21 in the score, as defense was the story of the night, as Cascade not only shut out Stayton, the Eagles were only able to threaten to score once against the aggressive Cougar defense.


After an initial exchange of punts, Cascade took the initial lead by capitalizing on a short field, a result of a 47 yard punt to start the exchange by the Cougars’ John Schirmer that pinned the Eagles at their own 4 yard line. Taking over at the Stayton 44, Cascade ran 7 of 8 times, with the drive capped by Garrett Coffey’s 4 yard run just over 7 minutes into the contest.


Silverton Makes Statement Against South Albany


Foxes Overwhelm Rebels


Logan Munson DSC06002Silverton – OSAA 5A top rated Silverton made a statement Thursday night, blowing South Albany off the field to the tune of a 62-14 score before the end of the 3rd quarter. The Rebels, enjoying their best season in a very long time, came into the game just 1 game back in the Mid-Willamette Conference standings. But they were no match for the tempo of the Foxes, and the depth, as 8 different players found the end zone, and Silverton got points from all 3 aspects of the game.


The Foxes forced the Rebels into a 3 and punt on the first possession of the game, and then capitalized on an apparent missed fumble call, the first of many officiating events that would draw the ire of both sideline staffs, to score first, on a 16 yard run by Austin Wiesz, while the South Albany squad seemed still distracted by the disallowed fumble recovery.


The conversion kick sailed wide right, one of the few things that didn’t go right for Silverton on the evening, but the Foxes quickly made up for it. On the second play from scrimmage on the ensuing South Albany drive, a quick out pass into the right flat by Rebel quarterback Tyler Kelsch was an easy read, and a quick 12 yard pick 6 for Colton Harle.


This time Noah Dahl drilled the PAT kick, something he would do 7 more times before the night was done.


2014 Premature Playoff Predictions, Week 5

I’m back, making my semi-educated guesses about who will end up playing who where in the OSAA football playoffs for 2014. I make no guarantees about the ultimate correctness of these predictions, only that they are rightish at best.


This year the OSAA has decided to include the Colley Matrix as part of their rating system. Unless you’ve had a college course in linear algebra (and I’ve had several, thanks.) you won’t understand most of how they work. Trust me, my spreadsheet does them correctly if all the data is entered right. (It is….I hope.)


All future predictions are based on the Freeman Ratings found on I promise, I don’t hate your school….and I really could care less if they beat that team you don’t like or not.


If you want a copy of my spreadsheet in .xlsx format to play with, you can email me at Cottage Grove High School.  1A will hopefully be added in the next edition.  So, with that out of the way, I present:

Lava Bears Make I-M-C Statement, Take Down Redmond In Final Seconds


Bend High Head Coach Matt Craven (3rd Year) lead his Lava Bears (4-1/1-0) to a last second 21-20 Intermountain Conference victory Friday night at Redmond High School over the previously undefeated Panthers (4-1, 0-1), overcoming an early 20-6 deficit by scoring two late touchdowns.


You can watch a FREE replay by clicking this link for ‘Play Action Sports Media.’




Taft Tigers Maul Horizon Christian 55-34

Senior QB Pete Lahti throws for over 400 yards and 7 touchdowns as the #10 Tigers up their record to 4-0.


The Tigers, led by senior QB Pete Lahti (#8 left), have a lot of weapons in their arsenal.  Lahti looked like he was trying for Wazzu QB Connor Halliday’s NCAA record for attempts the way he slung the ball across the field.  Lahti finished the day 38-53 with 436 yards and 7 TDs – all with no interceptions.  Juniors Alroy Zacarias and Rylan Fisher were the main recipients with Zacarias catching 12 passes for 199 yards and 4 TDs and Fisher hauling in 10 catches for 11 yards and 2 TDs.


But despite all of this offense, it was the Tiger defense that played a huge role in putting away Horizon Christian.  Horizon’s first 6 possessions of the 2nd half went as follows:  forced fumble, turnover on downs, turnover on downs from unforced fumble, interception, interception, turnover on downs.  Those 2 interceptions were deep in Hawk territory and turned into quick Tiger touchdowns as Taft stretched a 7-point halftime lead into a 21-point cushion after 3 quarters.


Horizon Christian, behind junior QB Sandis Chhay, tried to keep pace with the Tigers, but found themselves outgunned.  The Hawks employed an “offense by committee” approach, regularly rotating the backfield between seniors Michael Weber, Danny Herenandez, and Trevor Tillema, along with junior Robbie Cain.  The QB duties saw a mix of junior QB Sandis Chhay and sophomore Koby McCallum running the offense.


A lot of good football teams have come through Taft over the years when the tigers were playing in the 4A Oregon West or Val-Co leagues.  Those good teams were usually the visitors, though.  It’s been a long time since the dominant team on the field in Lincoln City was the hometown Tigers.  How long?  I can’t say – my detailed records only go back to 2004 and Taft has already won more games this year than any of those seasons (their best was a 3-7 campaign in 2009).  Over the last 10 years, Taft has a combined record of 17-75 and was just 5-41 in league games.  Most would figure that Taft would see a little more success in dropping down to the 3A West Valley League, but the WVL routinely puts out teams that compete for the 3A state title – teams like Horizon Christian.  This season, though, things have changed.  The 4-0 Tigers are now 2-0 in the WVL and the talk at the Otis Cafe about the kind of team Coach James Mick has put together can be heard through the VanDuzer Corridor.  As Coach Mick told his team after the game, “This was a good win against a quality team.  You guys really stepped up”!  Inded they have, Coach Mick, and the rest of the WVL and 3A have taken notice.

2014 1A Football Polls


1A Coaches / Media Poll – 9/16/14

1 Adrian (2-0) (10) 100
2 Sherman (2-0) 70
3 Lowell (1-1) 69
4 Dufur (1-1) 58
5 Camas Valley (0-1) 49
6 Hosanna Christian (2-0) 35
7 Triad (2-0) 34
8 Wallowa (2-0) 28
9 North Douglas (2-0) 25
10 Chiloquin (2-0) 23
  Others: Yoncalla, Powers, Falls City, Crane, Days Creek, Triangle Lake, Elkton.  

2014 2A Football Polls


2A Coaches / Media Poll – 9/16/14

1 Heppner (2-0) (10) 112
2 Knappa (2-0) 99
3 Kennedy (2-0) 81
4 Burns (2-0) (2) 74
5 Gold Beach (2-0) 70
6 Culver (2-0) 35
7 Central Linn (1-1) 32
8 St Paul (2-0) 28
9 Oakridge (2-0) 20
10 Nestucca (2-0) 18
  Others: Regis, Santiam, Lost River, Bandon, Imbler, Reedsport, Weston-McEwen, Union.  
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