Prep football roundup
Onward and upward. That's what Hillsboro plans to do after defeating Hood River Valley 34-6 in a league playoff game last Friday, Nov. 1, at Hare Field.
The Spartans scored first, taking a 7-0 lead on a Trevor Schubmehl 2-yard touchdown run. Then, after the Eagles pulled within 7-6 on a 9-yard pass from Ryan Gray to Juanluis Jimenez on the final play of the first quarter, Hillsboro answered with 27 unanswered points to cruise to an easy home playoff win.
Running back Thomas Johnson led the Sparts, totaling more than 200 yards of total offense, including touchdown runs of 12 and 19 yards, before capping the night with a 79-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kane Kiaunis with 9:25 left in the game. The strike was one of two TD passes for Kiaunis on the night, who completed 20 of his 31 pass attempts for 270 yards with two interceptions.
Tristan Keffer led Hillsboro with seven receptions for 113 yards.
In all, the Spartans outgained the Eagles 424 yards on just 59 plays, to 292 yards on 79 plays for Hood River.
Schubmehl led Hilhi with 14 tackles.
With the win, Hillsboro earned a first round playoff game with No. 2-ranked Crater at 7 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 8, at Crater High School.
Newberg 42, Glencoe 0
Playing their best football at the right time, the Newberg Tigers could be a team to watch in the 6A postseason.
The Tigers (7-2, 3-1 Pacific Conference) blew the doors off Glencoe 42-0 on Friday, Nov. 1, at Loran Douglas Field in Newberg.
Per usual, Newberg's defense catalyzed its offense, forcing three turnovers and scoring a touchdown of its own. Defenders swarmed to the ball all night, leaving little room for Glencoe to breathe.
The Tiger offense opened the high-scoring outing with a big play, going up 7-0 in the first quarter on a 57-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Levi Durrell to junior wide receiver Owen Hawley. Durrell found Hawley on his left, streaking down the sideline and well beyond his trailing defender.
A few minutes later, Durrell and Hawley connected once more, with the lanky wideout leaping over the defense and hauling in a perfectly thrown ball in the back of the end zone. The 23-yard score made it 14-0 at that point.
It didn't take long for it to become 21-0, as junior linebacker Conner Croskrey picked off a poor pass from Glencoe on the next drive and ran it back 25 yards for the touchdown.
Newberg led by 21 points after a quarter, 35 at the half and 42-0 at the end of the third en route to their blowout win.
In all, the Tigers outgained the Tide 496 to 162, rushing for 377 yards to just seven for Glencoe.
Despite the loss, the Tide earned a first round playoff game with Barlow at 7 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 8, at Barlow High School.
Liberty 45, McMinnville 14
After a blowout loss to Sherwood a week prior and a disappointing loss to Glencoe two weeks before that, the Falcons got a little momentum for the upcoming state playoffs with a one-sided victory over the Grizzlies Friday, Nov. 1, at Liberty High School.
With the win, Liberty improved to 5-3 on the season and ended the conference slate with an even mark at 2-2.
The Falcons are scheduled to face Grant of the PIL in the opening round of the state playoffs, in a game slated for 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at Marshall High School.
It was all Bowmen in the Jaguars' regular season finale, with Sherwood racking up 365 rushing yards en route to 28 first half points and an easy Pacific Conference win.
Brody Stevens led the way for Sherwood, rushing for 126 yards and a touchdown on just five carries. In all, four Bowmen backs rushed for more than 50 yards, while quarterbacks Bjorn Bergstrom and Gavin Evans combined to throw just nine times for 53 yards and one touchdown.
Century was led by receiver Chance Sparks who caught 15 balls for 125 yards and a score.
Ernesto Alvarez led the Jaguars with 12 tackles.
The Jags are scheduled to face No. 1-ranked Tigard in the playoffs' opening round at 7 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 8, at Tigard High School.
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