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Final 2011 football rankings

December, 12, 2011
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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.
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.
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.

Round 3: Friday football pick 'em

October, 14, 2011
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Commitments to their football teams kept Taylor Walcott and Steven Long from making predictions for this week's games. Don't fret, they should be back next week. In their absence we'll put together an abbreviated version of Friday football pick em. Here are the top three games for this weekend's action with the expected winner in bold.

No. 6 Jesuit (4-2) at Aloha (2-4)
Thomas Tyner and Sheldon Prince are likely to skip this game with injuries which means Aloha's losing streak will continue. Without the duo, the defending state champs just don't have enough weapons to hang with Jesuit. Look for big games from A.J. Glass and Nicholas Rothstein, again.

No. 1 Sheldon (6-0) at Roseburg (5-1)
ESPNHS All-State QB Dillon Miller has Sheldon's offense rolling. He has completed better than 70 percent of his throws and has passed for nearly 1,600 yards and 18 scores.

Southridge (3-3) at Sunset (4-2)
Sunset has dropped its last two contests after beginning the year at 4-0. The losing skid comes to a halt tonight.

Here's some quick highlights from last night's games.
No. 9 West Linn posted a big win for the second straight week, sending Lakeridge to its second straight loss, 31-26. Senior Mason Finnerty piled up 228 yards and three scores to set up a first-place duel with No. 2 Lake Oswego next week.

Central Catholic appears to have rounded back into form after clinching its fourth straight win last night. QBs Aiden Wilder and Ben Cook combined for four TDs in a 37-13 defeat of Gresham.

Grant captured its first league victory and Nathan Halverson recorded his first pick of the season in the Generals' 28-14 defeat of Redmond.
Taylor and I enjoyed good weeks and Steven had a strong debut during Round 2 of Friday football pick 'em. Not to toot my own horn but I went 5-0 (boss status, Steven) to pull away in first place. Steve went 4-1 with his only wrong pick coming in the Roseburg-South Medford contest. Taylor bounced back from a 3-2 showing to go 4-1, just a game out of first. Here's what the standings currently look like:


This week's contests are headlined by a top 10 matchup pitting No. 2 Lake Oswego and No. 10 Lakeridge. Again, we encourage you to leave your picks in the comments section and we will chart your results in next week's challenge. You can also make your picks on Twitter by tweeting me with who you think will win in Week 6.

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We’re trying to keep things Ziploc fresh around here, so we’ll be churning out new content and talking to as many local stars whenever it's possible. Football Pick ‘em is some new flavor we’ll be adding to the mix on a weekly basis. We’ve enlisted the services of Marist senior WR Taylor Walcott to go head-to-head with me in picking the winners of the weekend’s top games. We’ll keep a yearlong tally to see who had the most success for the season.

We’d love for you guys to participate also by leaving your picks in the comment section and the top commenters will get some love in the following week's post. So go ahead and see if you can hang with us experts.

With no further ado, lets get going with this week’s slate of games.

No. 2 Lake Oswego (3-0) at No. 4 Jesuit (2-1) — live on ESPNU, 7 p.m.
Lakeridge (3-0) at Aloha (2-1)
Scappoose (3-0) Central (3-0)
Roseburg (3-0) at Thurston (3-0)
Beaverton (2-1) at Grant (2-1)

Taylor’s picks (Record 0-0)
Lake Oswego, 56-49 — Steven Long is tearing it up, so I feel like Lake Oswego got it. It will be a high-scoring game.
Aloha, 36-28 — The Warriors will give Thomas Tyner the ball often and they will win.
Central, by a good amount — We played them two years ago and they were good. Don’t know the score, but they will win.
Thurston, 35-28 — Thurston will get theirs on offense and Trevor Westover will be the player of the game.
Grant, 50-14 — I have to go with Grant. I see all their players at combines and their talented.

My picks (Record 0-0)
Lake Oswego, 42-35 — Both teams feature high-powered offenses, but Steven Long has been the best player in the state over the first month of the season. I’m riding the hot hand.
Aloha, 24-10 — Chris Casey won’t let his team play uninspired ball this weekend, especially not at home. The Warriors begin a new winning streak tonight with Brayden Kearsley and the O-line dominating in the trenches.
Scappoose, 34-28 — Scoreboard operators should get paid overtime for this contest. Scappoose pulls off an upset against arguably the top Class 4A squad.
Thurston, 42-28 — Both of these unbeaten squads feature potent offensive attacks led by prolific passers. I’m giving a slight edge to Thurston’s Chad Olson over Hayden Lent in this one.
Grant 42-21 —I can’t pick against Paris Penn after he dismantled Aloha's defense last week with 457 total yards and 3 TDs.
Aloha’s stunning loss to Grant shook up the top three as a new No. 1 has emerged in Oregon. Sheldon has been the most consistent team in the state with statement wins over West Salem and Jesuit and therefore gets top billing. The Irish have eclipsed the 50-point mark in each contest while the defense has posted a pair of shutouts.

Lake Oswego posted a huge victory over Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.) behind a huge effort from ESPNHS Regional Football Player of the Week Steven Long. The senior racked up 424 yards and scored seven times in the 54-46 shootout.

Aloha falls to No. 3 after dropping a 51-27 contest at Grant, which re-enters the rankings at No. 9. Central Catholic’s loss to No. 4 Jesuit dropped the Rams from the rankings, while Tigard moved up a few spots to No. 7.

Here is how the top three teams fared last week:

1. Sheldon — defeated South Eugene, 56-0 (last week No. 2)

2. Lake Oswego — defeated Skyline, 54-46 (last week No. 3)

3. Aloha — lost to No. 9 Grant, 51-27 (last week No. 1)

Click here for the rest of the POWERADE Oregon Football Rankings.
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Quavondo/ESPNHSThomas Tyner knows his football.

The start of the Week 3 slate of games is just hours away. Here’s some of the best action this weekend will offer.

Game of the Week: Central Catholic (1-1) at Jesuit (1-1)
A pair of top 10 teams Catholic schools collide in the 2011 “Holy War.” This contest may have lost some of its luster when Rams QB Ben Cook went down with an injury last week, but Central’s defense and team speed should help even the score against Jesuit’s size and exceptional QB play. Look for Central senior RB Hayward Demison III to get the lion’s share of carries on the ground as the Rams look to neutralize Jesuit’s explosive offense.

For more on this game, we asked Aloha RB Thomas Tyner to give us his breakdown:

“Jesuit always has been the hype team, and Central has some outstanding athletes. Dallin Leavitt on defense should be a huge factor for Central. Rocky (Nicholas Rothstein) will be a huge threat at quarterback. I predict Rocky will get huge rushing yards off draw plays.”

Tyner’s pick: Jesuit 28, Central Catholic 21
David’s pick (1-0): The Crusaders have won the last four in this head-to-head series and that will continue tonight, Jesuit 34-14

Other Games of note:

Aloha (2-0) at Grant (1-1)
These two rosters are littered with athletic playmakers ready to put on a show. On the Aloha side, you have the state’s fastest player and Gatorade Player of the Year candidate Thomas Tyner (490 yards and 3 TDs). Behind him, the Warriors boast several other thoroughbreds with Sheldon Prince, Ryan Russo and Christian Wood all capable of taking it to the house from any spot on the field. Grant counters with the pitch-and-catch tandem of QB Paris Penn and WR Daniel Halverson and senior T.J. Sly-Cain, another exceptional athlete and a game-changer on special teams.

Thurston (2-0) at Crater (2-0)
These two high-octane attacks will keep the scoreboard operators busy tonight. Thurston QB Chad Olson leads the state in passing (706 yards) and is coming off a 3-TD effort in a win against West Albany. McNary senior Chance Fahndrich is a load to handle on the ground and has scored two touchdowns in each of the team’s first two games to help the Comets put up 102 points.

Skyline (1-1) at Lake Oswego (2-0)
The Lakers are looking to knock off the perennial Seattle power this weekend and gain a measure of revenge after last year’s loss. The Lakers’ offense has thrived with senior Steven Long (229 yards, five touchdowns) in the backfield and receivers Blake Dutton and Stevie Coury on the outside. Skyline LB Peyton Pelluer will have the daunting task of limiting Long’s contributions in this one. Junior Max Browne, an ESPNHS All-American and the recipient of several Pac-12 offers marshals Skyline’s potent offense. Browne has gotten off to a fast start this season with five touchdown passes but threw a pair of costly picks in last week’s loss to Bellevue.

Eagle Point (1-1) at Willamette (2-0)
Getting to see Eagle Point senior DL Tyrone Holmes try to stop Willamette senior RB Jordan Visarraga (437 yards, 7 touchdowns) alone should be worth the price of admission.
There was some major movement within the top four this week after Sheldon dropped Jesuit, 52-37. The loss bumped the Crusaders down to No. 4, while Sheldon moved into the vacated spot at No. 2.

Defending Class 6A champ Aloha used a dominant effort from junior Thomas Tyner to secure a comeback win over Tualatin and continue its stranglehold of the No. 1 spot. New to the rankings is Tigard, a team that took down then No. 7 Grant last week and features one of the state’s most prolific offenses.

Here's how the top three teams fared:

1. Aloha — defeated Tualatin, 16-14 (last week No. 1)

2. Sheldon — defeated Jesuit, 52-37 (last week No. 4)

3. Lake Oswego — defeated Westview, 35-3 (last week No. 3

For a look at the rest of the moves, check out the full POWERADE Oregon Football Rankings.
Game of the Week: Jesuit (1-0) vs. Sheldon (1-0)
Are you ready for some offense? These two Class 6A powers put up fireworks in Week 1, combining for a ridiculous 118 points last week. We hope for more of the same this week as Jesuit QB Nicholas Rothstein looks to outmatch Sheldon signal-caller Dillon Miller.
David’s pick: I think Sheldon takes this one, 35-27.


Some more to watch

Lake Oswego (1-0) at Westview (1-0)
No one in Class 5A could stop Steven Long last season. It’s looking like 6A teams won’t have the answer either. Westview will look to keep the Sherwood transfer in check after he collected four TDs in his Lake Oswego debut. The Wildcats will try to start and finish strong after allowing a 17-point lead to slip away against Grant in Week 1. Westview QB C.J. Garcia (3 TDs last week) will look to avenge last year’s 13-point loss to the Lakers.


Tualatin (1-0) at Aloha (1-0)
This rematch of last year’s Class 6A title game will pit a stingy Tualatin defense against a Thomas Tyner-led Warriors team that has won 13 consecutive contests dating back to last year. Tualatin QB Travis Johnson leads the Timberwolves' attack, while Tyner enters the contest less than 50 yards from 2,500 career-rushing yards.


Newport (1-0) at Astoria (1-0)
Newport can take a big step in proving it’s a legit Class 4A contender with a win against Astoria, a nine-win team that lost in the state quarterfinals last fall. Oregon commit Oshay Dunmore is the player to watch in this matchup.

Stock rising for Long, Walcott

September, 7, 2011
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I want to welcome you all to the first installment of our weekly All-State Stock Watch. Each week we’ll put three of our preseason All-State selections under the microscope to see who is living up to the hype and who may be falling behind.

I don’t want to make this a one-man effort, so chime in with your picks for the state’s biggest movers in the comment's section below. For a refresher on the players in the running, here is our preseason All-State team. Let’s get going with the stock report.

OREGON ALL-STATE STOCK WATCH

Up — Steven Long, Lake Oswego, RB
The Lakers got everything they hoped for and more in Long's debut. The Sherwood transfer ignited Lake Oswego’s offense by reaching pay dirt four times and racking up 110 yards in the team’s 49-28 win over Central Catholic.


Down — Brenden Shaffer, West Salem, QB
We predict Shaffer will eventually settle in as West Salem’s starting QB, but he struggled mightily in his debut under center. The do-everything senior went 3-for-8 for 12 yards with a pair of picks. It was his first start after earning All-State honors as a wide receiver in 2010. Shaffer could get on track this week against a South Eugene defense that allowed 37 points in its opener.


UP — Taylor Walcott, Marist, WR
Walcott set a goal of 20 touchdowns this season, and he got off to a good start by hauling in a pair to lift Marist over Corvallis, 16-14. His numbers weren’t eye-popping (46 yards receiving) but Walcott continues to stand out in this high-powered offense.

Aloha tops preseason football rankings

August, 22, 2011
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Jesuit’s reign over the Metro League came to a screeching halt last fall. Aloha juniors Thomas Tyner and Brayden Kearsley made sure of that. Tyner piled up 289 rushing yards and scored three times running behind Kearsley and others as the Warriors defeated Jesuit in the regular season to announce a changing of the guard. Aloha went on to grab the state title. Therefore, we’re rewarding them with the No. 1 spot in the Oregon preseason rankings.

Senior Nicholas Rothstein and the Crusaders come in at No. 2, while Steven Long’s transfer to Lake Oswego helps the Lakers occupy the third spot. Grant is a team loaded with playmakers and has something to prove after a mediocre 2010 campaign. Central Catholic was hit hard by injury last year, but could be a top five squad by the time the playoffs start.

Here's the rest of the list. Chime in with your thoughts in the comment section below:
  1. Aloha
  2. Jesuit
  3. Lake Oswego
  4. Sheldon
  5. West Salem
  6. Marist
  7. Sherwood
  8. Central Catholic
  9. Grant
  10. Tualatin
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