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There were nine teams from the county playing in the first round of the playoffs, with seven going to the quarterfinals.

PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - West Linn senior Koffi Kouame (with ball) scored two of the Lions' eight rushing touchdowns in a 59-0 win over Grant in the first round of the OSAA 6A Football State Championship, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022.

Football teams from around Clackamas County did very well, by and large, during the first round of the postseason.

There were nine teams from the county that qualified for the playoffs in their respective classifications, and seven of those teams are still alive in the state title hunt. From West Linn backing up its No. 1 ranking in the 6A field to Gladstone pulling off the state's biggest upset of the first round, here's how all the teams from Clackamas County fared last week.

Class 6A — Championship

(1) West Linn 59, (16) Grant 0

The Lions lived up to their top billing in the 6A bracket by demolishing No. 16 Grant on Friday night, Nov. 4, behind a strong rushing attack. While West Linn's offense usually revolves around its passing game, the Lions went for eight rushing scores in the driving rain on Friday, including two apiece from seniors Koffi Kouame, Earl Ingle and Sam Leavitt.

Up next: (8) Sherwood at (1) West Linn, Friday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m.

(7) Lake Oswego 28, (10) North Medford 13

The Lakers bounced back from a disappointing loss to rival Lakeridge in the regular-season finale to cruise past North Medford. Sophomore quarterback Liam Davis connected on 18 of 20 passes, with two touchdown passes to Ethan Park and another to Matt Layne. Senior Calvin Macy also had 85 rushing yards, including a 60-yard score, in Lake Oswego's win.

Up next: (7) Lake Oswego at (2) Sheldon, Friday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m.

PMG PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Nelson running back Charlie Engelgau (6) rushes in the rain during the Hawks' first-round game against Mountainside in the OSAA 6A Football State Championship tournament on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022.

(6) Mountainside 31, (11) Nelson 0

After an incredible turnaround in just its second year of existence, the Nelson football program ran into a brick wall in the first round against Mountainside. The Hawks' normally potent offense couldn't get anything going on the road against the Mustangs' staunch defense. Still, Nelson should feel good about flipping last year's 2-7 record into a 7-2 finish in 2022.

PMG PHOTO: ANDY DIECKHOFF - Oregon City running back Marcus Jordan (center), shown here during a Sept. 29 game against Tigard, rushed for 347 yards and three touchdowns in the Pioneers' 36-16 win over Ida. B Wells on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, in the first round of the inaugural OSAA 6A Columbia Cup tournament.

Class 6A — Columbia Cup

(19) Oregon City 36, (30) Ida B. Wells 16

The Pioneers went almost exclusively to the run game in its rain-drenched defeat of Wells. Oregon City senior Marcus Jordan broke out for an eye-popping 347 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries. Meanwhile, Pioneer quarterback Ben Schneider attempted just one pass all game, which fell incomplete, but the sophomore ran in one of the team's two remaining touchdowns. Junior running back Clay Martineau rushed for the other.

Up next: (22) Lakeridge at (19) Oregon City, Friday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m.

(22) Lakeridge 40, (27) Sandy 0

The Pacers kept the good times rolling after last week's rivalry win over Lake Oswego. Back on their home turf, Lakeridge got rushing touchdowns of 79 and 55 yards from senior Chili Stephens Jr., while freshman Ansu Sanoe added 63-yard score late in the game. Pacer quarterback Ryan Oliver threw touchdowns to Tashi Crofut and Baylor Corbin, also running one in himself.

Up next: (22) Lakeridge at (19) Oregon City, Friday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m.

(25) Clackamas 41, (24) Roosevelt 6

Clackamas is having a late-season resurgence after posting back-to-back blowout wins. In their first-round victory at Roosevelt, the Cavaliers broke out to a 35-0 halftime lead on the strength of Zachariah Frazier's 153-yard, three-touchdown performance on the ground. Max Maehara and Hudson Normand each added rushing touchdowns for Clackamas, and quarterback Blake Baker hit fellow senior AJ Perez for a 16-yard score through the air.

Up next: (25) Clackamas at (17) Liberty, Friday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m.

PMG PHOTO: ANDY DIECKHOFF - Wilsonville quarterback Kallen Gutridge (11), pictured during the Wildcats' Oct. 29 win over Putnam, threw four touchdowns and ran for another in his team's 51-7 win over North Eugene on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, in the first round of the OSAA 5A Football State Championship tournament at Wilsonville High School.

Class 5A

(2) Wilsonville 51, (15) North Eugene 7

The Wildcats sustained their dominance on the football field in the first round, trouncing North Eugene by 44 points and extending its win streak to six games. Wilsonville quarterback Kallen Gutridge threw for four touchdowns — two to Mark Wiepert and one apiece to Cooper Hiday and Sean Colyer — while also running for 154 yards and a score. On the defensive side, Ryder McElroy and Nick Crowley each scored after recovering North Eugene fumbles, both of which came from bad snaps in the driving rain.

Up next: (7) Silverton at (2) Wilsonville, Friday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m.

(12) Dallas 29, (5) Rex Putnam 20

The Kingsmen came into the state playoffs on the heels of their best season since 1986, but the rain slowed down Putnam's fast offense in the first half. Dallas jumped out to an 18-0 lead, but the Kingsmen came back to score 20 unanswered points — including touchdown tosses from Konnor Bickford to James Bauman and Emmitt Pratt. The Dragons responded with a touchdown to take back the lead, however, and added a field goal in the fourth quarter to secure the upset win on the road in Milwaukie.

PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Gladstone senior Brayde Owen (3) throws a pass during the Gladiators' game against Estacada on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, at Gladstone High School.

Class 4A

(14) Gladstone 21, (3) Marist Catholic 20

In the state's biggest upset of the first round, Gladstone pulled off the unthinkable and knocked off No. 3 Marist Catholic on their own turf in Eugene after trailing 20-7 at halftime.

Gladiator senior defensive lineman/tight end Ethan Finnigan had an amazing performance in the win, including running back a fumble 68 yards for Gladstone's only touchdown in the first half. Finnigan also caught a deflected Brayde Owen pass in the end zone in the third quarter to bring the Glads within one score against the Spartans.

After that, it was Tristan Nonne's time to shine. The Gladstone senior helped force a Marist field goal attempt wide, and on the following possession, reeled off an 18-yard run to set up his own 38-yard go-ahead touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter.

Once Gladstone had the lead, senior Hayden Smith made fourth-down stops on each of Marist's final two drives, ending the first with an interception and the second with a bruising open-field tackle. With the ball back in their hands, the Gladiators were able to go into victory formation before celebrating their massive upset of last year's state runner-up in Class 4A.

Up next: (14) Gladstone at (6) Tillamook, Friday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m.


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