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Monday, December 5, 2011
Oregon football playoff roundup


Class 6A semifinals
Lake Oswego marches on to the state finals after rallying to a 21-13 win over Jesuit, sweeping the both games from the Crusaders this fall. QB Alex Matthews abused Jesuit's secondary again, completing 17-of-23 passes for 251 yards and three scores. Jesuit RB Morgan Sellers had 32 rushes for 184 and a score, while senior QB Nicholas Rothstein added 102 yards through the air. Jesuit was able to get in position for a game-tying score but time expired with the offense at the Lakers' 3-yard line. Central Catholic has given plenty of teams fits this season and the same held true in the Rams' matchup with Sheldon. Unfortunately for Central Catholic, Sheldon did just enough to squeak out a 18-9 victory. Sheldon was averaging 46 points a contest but mustered only one offensive touchdown and two Sean Bellotti field goals. Connor Strahm rushed for a score and forced and recovered a fumble to keep Central Catholic at bay.

Class 5A
Defense wins championships, and no 5A team has had a better unit than Mountain View's in the postseason. The Cougars stymied a Sherwood attack that was putting up more than 46 points a contest to capture the state crown, 14-13. Josh Smith's 43-yard scoring gallop proved to be the difference as Mountain View mounted a comeback after trailing by six. The win also exacted a measure of revenge against Sheldon, which routed the Cougars 41-18 earlier this fall. QB Jacob Hollister completed 12 passes for 146 yards to his brother, Cody, to lift the offense. Sherwood's Travis Dyer scored on a 32-yard burst to pull ahead 13-7, but Joel Skotte's late fumble essentially iced the contest.

Class 4A
A 14-point deficit wasn't enough to bury La Salle Prep. The Falcons bounced back behind J.J. Fisher (156 yards, 4 TDs), and senior Mark Holenstein booted a clutch 28-yard field goal for a 45-40 victory over Siuslaw in the finals. Holenstein was brilliant on offense, passing for 235 yards and two scores and adding 72 yards on the ground. He connected with Fisher on a big 3rd-down conversion to preserve the victory. Siuslaw senior Sonny Tupua rushed for 126 yards and passed for a touchdown, while senior John Johnson tossed a pair of scores to go with his 215 yards passing.

Class 3A
Santiam Christian's Jeff Hendrix booted a 36-yarder to escape with a 31-28 victory over Dayton in the championship game. Grant Schroeder passed for 211 yards and added 43 and a score rushing to lead the way on offense. Forrest Garcia had 107 yards and A.J. Hedgecock piled up 178 yards and a score on the ground for Dayton.

Class 2A
Kipp Marstall accounted for a pair of scores and Quinn Johnston rushed for two touchdowns as Gold Beach routed Scio, 30-0. Marstall ran for a 14-yard score and hooked up with Anthony Kelly on a 41-yard bomb to lift the Panthers to the title.

Class 1A
Camas Valley took down Perrydale, 66-22, in the finals behind six total touchdowns by QB Ryan Dancer (four passing, two rushing). Richard Andreas was on the receiving end of two TD passes and Eli Wolfe Jr. added a pair of scores in the contest.