High-SchoolOregon: football

Seumalo to play in Thursday's UA All-America Game

January, 5, 2012
Corvallis senior Isaac Seumalo will be Oregon's lone representative at the fifth annual Under Armour All-America Game, which airs Thursday live on ESPN at 4:30 p.m. The Oregon State-bound OL/DL guided the Spartans to seven wins in the fall before the team fell to Wilsonville in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs. Seumalo was an ESPNHS All-State first-teamer and also landed a spot on the Oregonian's All-State squad.
Corvallis senior Isaac Seumalo was the lone Oregon football player picked for the ESPNHS Football All-American squad.

The Oregon State commit was selected to the second team after guiding the Spartans to a 7-4 mark and a berth in the Class 5A playoffs. His two-way play in the trenches helped Corvallis average nearly 30 points a game on offense while yielding only 13.9 on defense. Seumalo will also play in January's Under Armour All-American game.

Click here to see the entire list of 2011 All-Americans.

Across the country, the high school football season is now complete, and Oregon's football champs join the list of state champions in every classification throughout the nation.

To see the full list of state champions as well as how this state stacks up, click here.

Five Days of List-Mas: OR's underclass football stars

December, 13, 2011

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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: The top underclassmen in high school football.

The state championships are over and the Class of 2012 had a great run, but it’s never too early to start looking at the impressive players in the Class of 2013 and beyond. Who’s going to rule the gridiron in Oregon next season? We give you the early rundown of who to watch for.

5. Jordan Morgan (SO), Southridge, WR/DB
Credentials: Gets the edge over Grant's Nathan Halverson, who missed time with injuries. Morgan is arguably the top player in the Class of 2014 and was a touchdown machine for the Skyhawks

4. Connor Strahm (JR), Sheldon, WR
Credentials: Key figure in Irish's dynamic attack, SWC Offensive Player of the Year, 11 TDs in the postseason

3. Doug Brenner (JR), Jesuit, TE/OL
Credentials: Bulldozed the way for an offense that averaged 36.6 points a contest

2. Jake LaCoste (JR), West Albany, RB/DB
Credentials: Set single-game state rushing mark with 508 yards and five scores in October, finished season with 1,988 yards and 22 touchdowns

1. Thomas Tyner (JR), Aloha, RB
Credentials: Potential top-10 national recruit as a senior, rushed for 1,136 yards and 12 scores in injury-plagued season

Click here to check out some of the other states in our Five Days of List-Mas.

Tomorrow: The POWERADE Oregon Weekly Basketball Rankings.

Final 2011 football rankings

December, 12, 2011
Lake Oswego ended the season undefeated and ranked No. 25 in the POWERADE FAB 50. Led by QB Alex Matthews and RB Steven Long, the Lakers were unstoppable on offense and their defense came up with several clutch performances during the run to the Class 6A crown. Sheldon was No. 1 for most of the fall but fell in the finals to drop to No. 2. Mountain View shocked Sherwood to secure the 5A crown and take No. 3 in our rankings, while 4A champ La Salle and Sherwood rounded out the top five.

Here's how the top three teams fared last week:
Lake Oswego — defeated Sheldon in Class 6A finals, 47-14 (Final regular season ranking: No. 2)
Sheldon — lost to Lake Oswego in Class 6A finals, 47-14 (Final regular season ranking: No. 1)
Mountain View — defeated Sherwood in Class 5A finals, 14-13 (Final regular season ranking: NR)

Click here for the rest of the POWERADE Oregon Football Rankings.

David Auguste is an associate editor for ESPNHS and ESPNHS.com. Follow him on Twitter@ESPNHSAuguste or email him at David.Auguste@espn.com.

Aloha's Thomas Tyner talks Class 6A football title game

December, 8, 2011
We want to welcome aboard Aloha junior running back Thomas Tyner as a guest blogger at ESPNHS Oregon. The Oregon recruit is one of the state's premier athletes (track and football) and has developed an interest in journalism, which made him a no-brainer for a high school correspondent. He will make guest spots throughout the year to assist us in coverage of Oregon sports. We asked Thomas to give us his take on this weekend's Class 6A title game between Lake Oswego and Sheldon for his first assignment. Take it away, Thomas.

As the state is set to declare the top dog in Class 6A, both Sheldon and Lake Oswego are preparing mentally and physically one day at a time. The two spread-type teams will battle it out on the field Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Jeld-Wen Field. Both teams boast explosive offenses that can get it done on the ground and through the air, which will be huge Saturday. Throughout the season both defenses have held opponents to a minimum of points, but neither unit has faced a high-octane offense like what they will experience in the finals. Central Catholic gave Sheldon a test, but Sheldon's defense came on strong in the end. Jesuit also gave Lake O a test, but its defense came out strong as well.

Besides last week's 18-9 semifinal victory over Central Catholic, Sheldon has outscored opponents by more than 20 points a game this season. Sheldon's players have wanted to play Lake O all season after they took a 45-14 beating from the Lakers in last year's playoff quarterfinals. The Irish will come into this game looking for revenge and to walk out with a ring on their fingers.

Lake O has the potential to change the crowd’s mind on the outcome as Sheldon enters the contest No. 1 in the state. Sherwood transfer and Portland State commit Steven Long has had a big impact on offense this year and brings energy out of the backfield in this championship matchup. Long has made a successful debut in jumping from 5A to 6A, earning Gatorade Player of the Year honors and rushing for more than 1,800 yards and 33 touchdowns.

This will be the fourth time Lake O competes in the state championship in the past decade. This team will not only be playing to get a ring, but playing for the 27 seniors on the team who have worked their entire high school career for this moment. Sheldon has won three state championships in the last decade, but will they have enough to make it four? Four titles in one decade; that would be unbelievable.

My prediction: Sheldon, 28-24.

Oregon playoff football primer

December, 2, 2011
There are several good matchups going down in Oregon this weekend. Here's our take on the slate of games.

Class 6A semifinals — Lake Oswego vs. Jesuit
Lake Oswego's passing attack came alive during the first meeting between these two squads, but look for Gatorade State Player of the Year Steven Long and the running game to be more effective time around. Jesuit won't let the Alex Matthews-t0-Stevie Coury (four TDs in the last matchup) connection get going, so look for less defenders in the box providing space for Long. Jesuit's defense has stepped it up a notch in the playoffs, allowing 18.3 ppg, and will lean on its rushing attack to keep the Lakers' offense off the field. A.J. Glass (more than 2,00 yards, 23 TDs) and Nicholas Rothstein could be vital to that effort.

Class 6A semifinals — Sheldon vs. Central Catholic
The Irish welcome back senior tailback Ryan Land, who leads the squad with 724 rushing yards and five scores despite missing the last three games with a lacerated kidney. He should complement Sheldon's potent passing attack led by QB Dillon Miller (more than 3,000 yards and 36 scores) and Connor Strahm (15 receiving touchdowns). Central Catholic counters with Oregon recruit Alex Balducci and a defensive unit that piled up eight sacks last week. RB Hayward Demison III is Central's workhorse and has amassed nearly 700 yards and eight touchdowns this season.

Class 5A finals — Sherwood vs. Mountain View
Mountain View broke up the Sherwood-Marist finals most people predicted and now they're hoping to knock off the defending champs in the finals. The Joel Skotte-led defense is limiting foes to 11.6 points a contest. Sherwood has been held under 20 points once all season and are averaging an eye-popping 48.6 points a contest behind RB Paul Dodson. Sherwood won the regular season matchup, 41-18.

Class 4A finals — Siuslaw vs. La Salle Prep
Siuslaw puts its undefeated mark on the line when they face a La Salle Prep team which has been explosive on offense all season. The Falcons are putting up 44.3 points a contest and J.J. Fisher has been virtually unstoppable on the ground in the postseason and is coming off a four-TD output in the semis. Siuslaw has been to the finals three times and are in quest of their second outright title (tied in 1980).

Class 3A finals — Santiam Christian vs. Dayton
The top two teams in the Class get together in this meeting of high-powered offenses. The Pirates have made quick work out of their opponents and have outscored the opposition by a 578-143 mark, while Santiam Christian is holding teams to 9.1 points a game and has topped the 50-point mark eight times this fall.

Class 2A finals — Scio vs. Gold Beach
Teams have found it virtually impossible to score on Scio in recent weeks, as the Loggers are holding foes to 2.6 points a game thus far in the postseason. Gold Beach should be a good test for Scio's unit as the Panthers enter this contest after scoring 40 or more in four of their last five games.

Class 1A finals — Camas Valley vs. Perrydale
Camas Valley has yet to experience a close contest this year as the team has posted six shutouts to go with an offense that has produced 820 points this fall. Perrydale's Tell Cruickshank was dominant in the team's upset of St. Paul, rushing for 300 yards and six touchdowns.

Lake Oswego's Steven Long named Gatorade POY

December, 1, 2011
Lake Oswego running back Steven Long was named Gatorade Oregon Football Player of the Year this morning.

Long, a senior, has guided the Lakers to an undefeated mark and a berth in the Class 6A semifinals, where they will face Jesuit Saturday. The Portland State commit has piled up more than 1,800 yards and scored 33 touchdowns in the team's 12 contests this fall.

For the breakdown on Long's award, click here.

Oregon football playoff primer

November, 25, 2011
The state playoffs continue this weekend, and we're highlighting four of the top matchups on the gridiron. Check out the entire playoff brackets here and keep reading for more on this weekend's slate of games.

Best Bets

Grant at Sheldon
This is easily the game of the week in Oregon. Sheldon has run roughshod over every opponent it's faced this year, outscoring foes by an insane 527-104 margin. QB Dillon Miller kept the offense sizzling in the playoffs, passing for three TDs in a 45-21 win over Lincoln last week. The team has also enjoyed the emergence of junior Connor Strahm, who collected 269 total yards against Lincoln. If there's one team in the state with the athletes and firepower to challenge Sheldon, it's Grant. The Generals have topped the 40-point mark in each of its last four games, and the return of junior Nathan Halverson has added another weapon for QB Paris Penn. Points will come in bunches in this one.

Tigard at Jesuit
You won't be disappointed in this matchup of high-scoring 6A heavyweights. Tigard enters the contest with an unblemished 11-0 mark and is averaging an astounding 49.9 points a contest while the defense has yielded 25 or more points only once this season. On the other side of the field is the Nicholas Rothstein-led Crusaders, who have regained their swagger after a pair of surprising September losses. Jesuit rebounded to claim wins in six of its last seven, including a 22-14 win over a tough Tualatin team last week.

Mountain View at Marist
The Cougars defense is holding foes to less than 15 points a game. They will be really tested by a Marist squad that scores at will and hasn't been held under 40 points since Week 1.

Elmira at La Salle Prep
Elmira enters this contest winners of nine straight and with a stifling defense that punishes ball-carriers, while La Salle, led by clutch quarterback/kicker Mark Holenstein, puts its undefeated mark and 12-game win streak on the line.

Top Oregon junior football recruit picks Ducks

November, 21, 2011
Tyner Quavondo /ESPNHSThomas Tyner will take his blazing speed to the Oregon Ducks' football program.

The Oregon football team likely dropped from the national championship battle this weekend, but the Ducks came out on top in the race for ESPNU 150 Watch List running back Thomas Tyner. Despite garnering interest from a number of BCS programs, the Aloha (Beaverton, Ore.) junior gave a verbal commitment to Chip Kelly moments after the Ducks’ 38-35 loss to Pac-12 rival USC.

“I chose Oregon because I’ve been going to all their home games, and I got that ‘family’ feeling,” Tyner told ESPNHS. “I really think I can do some damage in the spread offense. Just getting out in the open (field) would be great for my speed.”

Tyner was satisfied with the recruiting pitch from Kelly and his staff and elected to make his decision early to alleviate any stress during his senior season. He originally joked about announcing during a scripted touchdown celebration next season.

The commitment concluded a tumultuous fall for Tyner, who battled myriad injuries as the Warriors fell in the first round of the state playoffs while he watched from the sidelines. He played in only half of Aloha’s games, racking up more than 1,000 yards and scoring 12 times. As a sophomore, Tyner guided Aloha to its first Class 6A crown and was Gatorade State Player of the Year last fall.

He expects to be back to 100 percent for the spring track season, when he hopes to repeat as state champ in the 100 and defend his title as Oregon’s fastest sprinter.

At Oregon, Tyner hopes to compete in both football and track while he pursues a degree in journalism.

“The track tradition there is excellent,” he said. “I also want to [work] in broadcasting after my sports career, possibly for ESPN.”

Tyner appeared on the cover of the ESPNHS Oregon Magazine in September. Check out the feature here.

Oregon football playoff primer

November, 18, 2011
Ashland (8-2) at Sherwood (11-0)
If you love high-scoring games, this might be the matchup for you. Sherwood has been one of the state's premier offensive units throughout the fall, while Ashland is coming off a 43-35 win over Silverton in a contest where the Grizzlies piled up more than 250 yards on the ground. Ashland is saddled with the tough task of trying to take down the state's No. 3-ranked team and a squad that outscored opponents, 557-174, in going 11-0 this fall. The defending 5A champs have overcome the transfer of RB Steven Long (Lake Oswego) and continued to flourish on offense behind the play of RBs Paul Dodson and A.J. Spencer. Ashland sophomore Danial White has been phenominal under center while junior tailback Jon Volz has been a complementary option in the backfield.

Wilsonville (9-2) at Marist (10-0)
Marist has its sights set on a rematch against Sherwood, so you can expect the Spartans to come out on fire at the outset of this one. QB Kamerun Smith is coming off a five touchdown effort in a 40-point win over Sandy last week. He has passed for more than 2,000 yards and connected for 39 touchdowns through the air in his first season at Marist. Senior Taylor Walcott serves as Smith's primary target in an offense that rang up 491 points this season. Wilsonville has its own offensive stars led by RB Tanner Shipley and Ryan Walsh. Their ability to churn out big gains on the ground while Jacob Haqq picks apart secondaries with his pin-point passing could make this a closer game than expected.

Thurston (10-0) at Central Catholic (8-2)
Thurston ended Aloha's repeat bid last week behind an offensive explosion by Trevor Westover. The senior RB is the state's top rusher and piled up more than 500 yards and reached pay dirt an incredible seven times in the win. Central Catholic will be loading the box to ensure he doesn't have a repeat performance. The Rams had their own huge scoring output against South Salem, hanging 51 points in their win last week.

Southridge (6-4) at Tigard (10-0)
Who can forget the Week 1 matchup between these two squads? The teams combined for 90 points and junior Sam Stelk's 75-yard bomb to classmate Zach Floyd clinched the victory for Tigard. Southridge will be looking for revenge and have been on a roll in recent weeks, outscoring its past two opponents 80-7. WR Jordan Morgan has played well this fall and is coming off a two-TD performance against Century. Tigard's ground attack has piled up nearly 3,000 yards and 37 scores as junior Kaz Greene has been tough to bring down.

Football playoff round-up: Aloha, Sherwood ready to defend titles

November, 7, 2011
Let's take a quick trip around the state in the first week of postseason play.

Class 6A
Aloha finally resembled the squad that won last year’s Class 6A trophy, as the Warriors took down Redmond, 41-26. Senior Cory Sinner piled up three first-half touchdowns and Ray Ayo and Jeffrey Horton returned punts for scores in the contest… Lakeridge also looked like a different team than the one that lost four in a row down the stretch, routing Glencoe, 45-27… Lincoln’s two-headed RB attack of Andrew Ellsworth and Koleman Vance accounted for more than 200 yards and two scores in a 28-16 victory over Hillsboro.

Class 5A
Junior RB Richard Ramsey gashed Parkrose’s defense to the tune of 238 yards and a score to propel Jefferson to a 36-19 victory. The Democrats overcame four fumbles in the soggy weather to advance to play at Mountain View… Sandy QB Justin Adams went off for 394 yards and tossed touchdowns to four different receivers to lead the Pioneers to a 41-7 defeat of Hood River. WR Blake Robison had seven grabs for 185 yards and a touchdown... Reigning state champ Sherwood had seven different players find the end zone, including a pair of pick-6s, in a dominant 61-0 win over Benson.

Class 4A
Dalton Mor and A.J. Prom scored twice each to help Gladstone overcome a 14-0 deficit in a 30-14-defeat of Scappoose.
The real festivities are still on the horizon, but this weekend offers some intriguing play-in games for the football postseason. We take a look at three of the best matchups on the gridiron.

Scappoose (6-4) at Gladstone (7-2)
Each team features a prolific offensive attack that regularly eclipses the 40-point mark. Scappoose finished the regular season strong by putting up 157 points to claim three straight wins, while Gladstone won six of its final seven contests (scoring 25-plus in each game) to place second in the Tri-Valley League.

Pick: Gladstone

Eagle Point (4-4) at Silverton (7-2)
Silverton’s lone home loss came against a Crescent Valley team that rallied for a late 27-21 victory. Other than that, the Raiders have been dominant on their field, outscoring foes, 130-50. The Eagles have turned it on in recent weeks with back-to-back wins against North Eugene and Ashland. They will need a big game from Tyrone Holmes to score an upset and earn their first road win of the season.
Pick: Silverton

Glencoe (2-7) at Lakeridge (5-4)
At one point this season Lakeridge was ranked No. 9 in the state and had the look of a serious contender in Class 6A. But the Pacers dropped their next four games and lost QB Tommy Knecht to an arm injury. Glencoe has struggled mightily this year as the defense has failed to keep teams out of the end zone as the Crimson Tide haven’t won a game since Sept. 30.
Pick: Lakeridge

FB powers take care of business as postseason nears

October, 31, 2011
The state's heavyweights proved they were ready for the start of the postseason as the top four squads capped unbeaten regular seasons. No. 1 Sheldon bounced South Medford down a spot after a 35-12 win. Lake Oswego topped Oregon City, Sherwood bested Milwaukie and Tigard smoked Hillsboro. Don't sleep on Grant and Aloha, who both caught fire down the stretch. We'll highlight some of the top playoff matchups later this week, but here's a look at this week's rankings.
Here's how the top three teams fared last week:
Sheldon — defeated South Medford, 35-12 (last week No. 1)
Lake Oswego — defeated Oregon City, 31-13 (last week No. 2)
Sherwood — defeated Milwaukie, 56-0 (last week No. 3)

Click here for the rest of the POWERADE Oregon Football Rankings.

David Auguste is an associate editor for ESPNHS and ESPNHS.com. Follow him on Twitter @ESPNHSAuguste or email him at David.Auguste@espn.com.

Jesuit's surprising loss to Southridge knocked the Crusaders from the top 10 and into a tie atop the Metro League standings. Central Catholic took advantage of the loss and vaults back into the rankings. Since losing to Jesuit in Week 2, the Rams have won five straight contests. Grant also found its way back at No. 9. Not much movement at the top of the rankings as all teams won convincingly. Aloha is a team which could jump back in the rankings this season with Thomas Tyner making a big impact (228 yards, five TDs) in his return Friday night.

Here's how the top three teams fared last week:
Sheldon — defeated Thurston, 56-14 (last week No. 1)
Lake Oswego — defeated West Linn, 28-20 (last week No. 2)
Sherwood — defeated Sandy, 66-28 (last week No. 3)

Click here for the rest of the POWERADE Oregon Football Rankings.

David Auguste is an associate editor for ESPNHS and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @ESPNHSAuguste or email him at David.Auguste@espn.com.