Prep Football Wrap: Local teams battle for playoff lives
6A State Championship Bracket
Sheldon 28, Tualatin 14
The No. 2-seeded Irish pulled away from the No. 3-seeded Timberwolves late in the second quarter and sealed their win with a third-quarter Luke Leighton 3-yard touchdown run to defeat Tualatin and advance to next Friday's state final.
Sheldon quarterback Brock Thomas completed 13 of his 21 pass attempts for 173 yards and two touchdowns and added a third score on the ground.
With the scored tied 14-14 in the second quarter, Sheldon took the lead for good on an 8-yard touchdown pass from Thomas to Luke Leighton.
Leighton finished with five catches for 114 yards and two scores.
Tualatin quarterback Jack Wagner completed 20 of his 30 pass attempts for 218 yards and one touchdown, while senior running back Luke Ash tallied 97 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries for the Timberwolves.
Sheldon (12-0) will face West Linn in the state final game at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, at Hillsboro Stadium.
6A Columbia Cup
Westview 35, Lakeridge 14
Jordan Fisher did what Jordan Fisher does, rushing for 201 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries in a three-touchdown win over the Pacers of the Three Rivers League.
With the win, the Wildcats advanced to the 2022 Columbia Cup finals where they'll face North Salem Saturday, Nov. 26, at Hillsboro Stadium.
Westview built a 28-0 lead on Lakeridge due primarily to Fisher's work from his running back position, but also got solid contributions from sophomore quarterback Nolan Keeney, who both ran and passed for scores, along with senior receiver Jaydon McBreen who caught a touchdown pass from the Wildcats' young signal-caller.
Lakeridge quarterback Ryan Oliver completed 17 of his 25 pass attempts for 205 yards and one touchdown, while junior backup quarterback Gabe Motschenbacher also threw for a score, connecting with Drew Weiler for the Pacers' second touchdown.
North Salem 39, Liberty 21
North Salem reached its first football final — of any sort — since 1963, riding the back of junior running back Jerrik Wangler, who carried 20 times for 155 yards and three touchdowns, both of which were season highs.
Vikings standout quarterback TC Manumaleuna II completed 5 of his 9 pass attempts for 150 yards, including a scoring strike to senior receiver Erick Gonzalez.
North Salem's Josiah Davis also ran nine times for 70 yards and a score.
Liberty finishes the season with a 7-5 overall record and recorded two straight postseason wins over Reynolds and Clackamas before falling to the Vikings.
Estacada 14, Scappoose 7
For the second time this year the Rangers defeated the Indians, this time punching their ticket to the 3A state final game.
Estacada's Waylon Riedel's 1-yard touchdown run gave the Rangers an early 6-0 lead, but Scappoose took a 7-6 lead when D'Angelo Macedo Becker scored from 13 yards out.
The Rangers again took the lead on a Cory James 4-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter, then milked nearly seven minutes off the clock on the game's final drive to ice the semifinal matchup.
Riedel rushed for 115 yards on 25 carries, while James carried 15 times for 110 yards.
Macedo Becker finished with 83 yards on 21 carries, and Scappoose sophomore quarterback Max Nowlin completed 13 of his 23 pass attempts for 122 yards.
Warren Haatia led the Indians with 15 tackles.
Kennedy 15, Banks 7
The Trojans, who chose to play up from the 2A level this season, got what would amount to the game-winning score when quarterback Elijah Traeger found Brett Boen with a 15-yard touchdown pass in the final minute of the third quarter, then hung-on as a compromised Banks offense unsuccessfully slugged away over the game's final quarter.
Braves quarterback Christian Lyda left the game with a wrist injury in the second quarter, leaving No. 4-seeded Banks to a rotation between running back Ashton Crossen and freshman backup Lane Gilbert at the quarterback position.
Banks scored first when Lyda found Max Walker on an 11-yard scoring throw late in the first quarter.
Kennedy — following a Lyda interception deep in Braves territory — answered in the second quarter, tying the game on a Traeger to Owen Bruner pass with 7:42 remaining before halftime.
Logan Kind and Daevon Vereen combined for 22 tackles for Banks.
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