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Canby and Wilsonville are both 6-0, setting up a battle of unbeatens for the league title this Friday at Canby

Friday night's 43-14 win over Forest Grove sets up a big showdown Oct. 29 for the Canby High football team. The Cougars (6-0) will host Wilsonville (6-0) for the league title.

Canby coach Jimmy Joyce said Friday night's win was a "good team win," with the defense once again coming up big time after time.

COURTESY PHOTO: SARAH OLIVER - Canby's defense has been stout the last six weeks, once again holding an opponent (Forest Grove) to 14 points or less. A test is coming with the explosive Wilsonville offense in Friday night's battle of unbeatens to decide the league title.

"Joe Brauckmiller was all over the field on both sides of the ball and showed why he is one of the best defensive players in the league," Joyce said.

While the defense was limiting Forest Grove to 14 points overall, the fifth time in the last six games opponents have scored 14 or less points, the offense continued to roll.

The running game once again pummeled the opponent's defense. Running backs Tyler Konold (137 yards) and Bryce Oliver (126 yards) carved out huge chunks of yards behind an offensive line that has found its groove. Oliver had three touchdown runs on the night, while Konold had one.

COURTESY PHOTO: SARAH OLIVER - Canby's running game was once again potent, pounding Forest Grove into submission. Quarterback Mikey Gibson hand's off to Tyler Konold. Konold and Bryce Oliver both rushed for more than 100 yards as they split carries.

Quarterback Mikey Gibson had an efficient evening, completing 9-of-17 passes for 122 yards and two scores. He also ran for 52 yards and another score. Matt Soles led the receiving corps with four catches for 63 yards and a score. Konold has 26 yards and another score on two catches, while Brauckmiller had two receptions for 24 yards.

Canby's defense will get a test against Wilsonville, which comes into the game averaging 46 points per game. The Cougar's defense is giving up just 14.6 points per game this season.

Wilsonville comes into the game ranked No. 2 in the OSAA rankings, while Canby is at No. 4.

"Sets up a big game to close out the regular season," Joyce said. "They are an extremely well-coached team with an explosive offense and an aggressive defense. They have been one of the state's best for a long time and coach Guenther does a great job."


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