Wilsonville HS to host six-player football semifinals on Nov. 12
The road to Oregon's first-ever official high school state championship in six-player football will run through Wilsonville.
The six-player game has long been played around the state, but the modified version of the familiar pastime — which is played on a considerably smaller field than the 11-player version — became an OSAA-sanctioned sport just this past year. With that added legitimacy comes a brighter spotlight, as the state semifinals will come to spacious Randall Stadium at Wilsonville High School on Saturday, Nov. 12.
This year's final four in six-man football consists of No. 1 Powers (9-0, 6-0), No. 2 Triangle Lake (9-0, 6-0), No. 3 South Wasco County (8-1, 7-1) and No. 4 Wheeler County (8-1, 7-1), a combined team made up of the high schools in Spray, Mitchell and Wheeler. Though they are the lowest remaining seed in the tournament, Wheeler County enters the semifinals as the defending champions. The Rattlers won the unsanctioned six-player state title in 2021 when they defeated Triangle Lake 30-0 in Sisters. It was a crowning moment for head coach Jerry Anderson, his team and the Wheeler County community at large.
"Look at all the people here that came," said Anderson in 2021 after the state title game, pointing to the crowds in attendance at Sisters High School. "We've had so many people from our community here. We're the smallest county in Oregon. For us to represent for all them, it's fantastic. Just really fantastic."
Now, the so-called Rattler Nation will make its way to Wilsonville High School alongside the enthusiastic fanbases rooting for Powers, Triangle Lake and South Wasco County.
The first semifinal, which begins at noon on Saturday, will feature the Lakers of Triangle Lake looking to get back to the state title game in a matchup with the Redsides of South Wasco County. Following that game, Powers and Wheeler County will face off at 3:30 p.m. in a rematch of last year's state semifinal. The Rattlers won that game 53-13, but the Cruisers have the higher seeding this time around.
For more information or to purchase tickets for the event, visit osaa.org/shop/tickets.
The OSAA 1A Six-Player State Championship game is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 19. The time and location have yet to be determined.
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