Sixth-ranked Clackamas rides its high-scoring offense to a 55-21 win over the Crimson Tide

CLACKAMAS – The Glencoe football team ran into a buzz saw last Friday night, and his name was Dan HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - Glencoe running back Anthony Lambert runs through the attempted tackle of Clackamas linebacker Zach Farnes during last Friday's second-round Class 6A state playoff game.

In the Crimson Tide’s second-round Class 6A state playoff matchup, the Clackamas senior running back lit up the field, chewing up rushing yards by the bunches and scoring his team’s first five touchdowns — and six overall — en route to his side’s 55-21 victory.

With the win, sixth-ranked Clackamas (9-2) moved on to tonight’s state quarterfinal matchup against undefeated Central Catholic at Hillsboro Stadium. No. 22 Glencoe ended a successful 2013 season at 6-5.

“We didn’t have an answer for him,” Crimson Tide coach Steve Jones said about Sherrell. “That was a tough thing. He was a huge difference-maker. You separate him and you look at what they did on the ground or what they did in the air — without him, that was it. He was the game.”

On a night when the wind was blowing the rain sideways, Sherrell got Clackamas going early, setting the tone in a game in which the Cavaliers never trailed. On Clackamas’ first down of the contest, the 5-foot-7, 170-pound speedster took a 70-yard run to the house. He then added a 7-yard run, putting the home team up 13-0 just like that.

Still in the first quarter, the Tide tried to swing momentum back their way on Matt Fields’ 73-yard scoring run, but Sherrell put the Cavaliers back up by two touchdowns with a 45-yard scoring burst of his own. Sherrell saw much of his success by running the ball to his left side.

“We had a great game plan coming in. It was just hard to execute,” said Fields, a senior wide receiver and defensive back. “(Sherrell), I mean no doubt about it, that kid is fast. It’s hard to duplicate that kind of speed in practice. Seeing him on the field, I guess it kind of caught us off guard.”

Glencoe stuck close in the second quarter, cutting its deficit to 20-14 on Kainoa Hanchett’s 13-yard rushing TD. But once again Sherrell had the answer — two of them, in fact — with scoring runs of 42 yards and 5 yards to stake Clackamas to a 35-14 lead and put the Cavaliers firmly in control.

The Tide did open the second half with a 78-yard scoring drive that lasted almost eight minutes, capped by quarterback Avery Elrod’s 2-yard keeper. That touchdown trimmed the margin back to 35-21, but Glencoe would get no closer, instead yielding three more touchdowns to the Cavaliers before the end of the night.

“We went up against a great team,” Elrod said. “Great defense, just pulled the short end of the stick tonight. We played hard tonight ... gave it our all. The seniors have no regrets this year.”

Despite their growing deficit as the game wore on, the visitors did not quit, pulling some trick plays out of the playbook in efforts to keep themselves in the contest.

And they had some fun, too. After the matter was decided, Glencoe turned the ball late in the game to some of its big boys and seniors, players such as the 6-foot-1, 300-pound Walker Rabon and 6-1, 200-pound David Vanoudenhaegen, both of whom normally play on the offensive line.

“You need to have fun to the bitter end, because you won’t be seeing these guys again,” Jones noted.

So last Friday Rabon got to close his high school career with three carries for six yards and Vanoudenhaegen contributed two carries for seven yards.

Hanchett paced the offense with 23 carries for 122 yards and a touchdown. Fields added 88 yards and a TD on his six carries, while Elrod was 3-for-11 on passing attempts for 64 yards and an interception. Junior running back Anthony Lambert led receivers with two catches for 63 yards.

Kaelen Stow paced the defense with 5½ total tackles.

While the 2013 season no doubt ended before Glencoe wanted to, it was still a pretty darn respectable year. The Tide finished tied for third place with Newberg in the Pacific Conference, earned their first state playoff victory since 2009 two weeks ago in a masterful 49-34 triumph at No. 11 West Salem, and picked up their first state playoff victory in the state’s largest classification since the 2001 season.

Along the way, Glencoe knocked off Newberg 6-0 on a first-quarter fumble recovery returned for a touchdown, and Andre Becton made the big stop on the final play of a 19-12 victory against Forest Grove. Senior running back Kainoa Hanchett, who racked up more than 1,200 rushing yards, Vanoudenhagen (offensive line) and Becton (defensive back) were all first team all-conference selections.

“Going into the season, we preached about how we wanted to put Glencoe back on the map, get Glencoe back in the playoffs, get it so Glencoe’s not laughed at anymore,” Fields said. “I really think we did that this year.”

All in all, the verdict for Glencoe’s 2013 season: not too shabby.

“You just gotta tip your hat. We were outplayed tonight, no doubt about it,” Jones said. “But boy, we ended up in the top 16 in the state of Oregon in 6A. I’m a proud ... papa of these guys. These are like my kids, and I’m just proud of them.”

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