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Lions can beat Class 6A Mt. Hood Conference-bound rivals for third year in a row

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Senior lineman Caleb Carter (76), pictured looking for a receiver on a 4th-and-18 trick pass Friday, Oct. 20, at Putnam, is eager to help St. Helens sack Class 6A-bound Sandy in their Northwest Oregon Conference rivalry finale.

The Lions have a chance to send Sandy up to Class 6A with their third head-to-head win in a row Friday at Doc Ackerson Stadium.

St. Helens (1-7 overall, 1-5 Northwest Oregon Conference) is scheduled to welcome the Pioneers (6-2, 5-1) at 7 p.m.

"I'm pumped to go out with a bang," said senior quarterback Chase Parkhurst, whose Lions upset the eventual conference champions 9-7 on the road last year. "It's our last game and we have nothing to lose, but Sandy has everything to lose. If there's one thing we want as seniors, it's to pull a giant upset. It'll be a fun one."

The Pioneers and all-state seniors Elijah Cohrs (a 5-foot-10, 240-pound center) and TJ Brewster (a 6-foot-3, 310 offensive lineman) beat Hillsboro (1-7, 1-5) 28-17 Friday, Oct. 20, at Hare Field, and average 33 points per game against 17 while the Lions score 12 and give up 47.

Northwest Oregon Coach of the Year Joe Polamalu and his all-conference stars Iosefa Polamalu (a 5-foot-11, 235 junior linebacker, running back and the conference's reigning Defensive Player of the Year), senior defensive backs Levi Rotzien (5-foot-8, 160), Bryce Carmony (5-foot-8, 145) and Nolan Turin (5-foot-10, 145) and junior offensive lineman Talati Polamalu (6-foot-2, 250) can help their side beat St. Helens for the fifth time in seven years removed from the very Mt. Hood Conference to which they will soon return.

Sandy's wins in the series are slim, however, with a 24-20 average.

"It's our last game for us [11] seniors," St. Helens running back and linebacker Cody Leanna said. "We are giving this game all we have: It's going to be one heck of a game on Friday night."

SANDY AT ST. HELENS

WHERE: Doc Ackerson Stadium

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday

GOING-AWAY GIFT: The Lions are out to upset the Pioneers in their last head-to-head as Northwest Oregon Conference rivals

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