Newberg falls 34-14 to North Salem in first round playoff loss
The Newberg football team's first foray in the Cascade Cup ended in disappointing fashion Friday, falling 34-14 to the visiting North Salem Vikings.
Playing host in the OSAA's new consolation playoff bracket, the Tigers got off to a strong start. But the combination of the Vikings' dual threat running back combo of Josiah Davis and Jerrik Wrangler and a deluge of stormy weather were too much for Newberg to handle after getting off to a 7-0 lead after the first quarter.
Davis and Wrangler combined for 248 of the Vikings' 306 yards on the ground as North Salem took advantage of the Tigers' inability to maintain possession of the slick football, going on a 27-0 run after initially falling behind.
The game started off promising for the Tigers, hosting their first home playoff game since 2019. Opening with four straight power run plays for senior Hudson Davis, junior Isaac Heveron then took a 61-yard run to the outside for a touchdown that put Newberg up with just two minutes off the clock.
The Tigers continued to put the pressure on when junior kicker Danny Valdez-Espinoza recovered his own onside kick to give Newberg the ball at midfield.
The Tigers' ensuing drive stalled at the North Salem 28-yard line, but Newberg got another chance four plays later when a fumbled Viking punt attempt was recovered by sophomore lineman Austin Phillips 16 yards from the end zone.
But the Tigers were stifled on three straight run plays and Valdez-Espinoza's 31-yard field goal attempt missed the mark.
Things began to go downhill for Newberg from there.
North Salem junior quarterback TC Manumaleuna connected on a 64-yard touchdown pass to teammate Pierce Walker to tie the game a few ticks into the second quarter.
From there, all three of Newberg's second quarter possessions ended in fumbles as the Tigers struggled to maintain control of the ball in the slick conditions. The Vikings turned two of those opportunities into touchdown drives to take a 13-point lead going into the half and came out of the locker room with another touchdown drive to make it 27-7 halfway through the third quarter.
On their next drive, Newberg took advantage of a roughing the kicker penalty and two offsides calls to set up a six-yard touchdown run from junior Gannon Williams to cut it the deficit to 27-14.
The Vikings responded with a touchdown drive of their own, putting the Tigers behind 34-14 with 11:24 left on the clock. Newberg drove the ball down to the 1-yard line, but their comeback hopes were dashed with another lost fumble on fourth down to put the final nail in the coffin.
The Tigers finish the season with a 5-5 record, while the Vikings (6-4) advance to the Cascade Cup quarterfinals to face Jefferson (7-3).
CASCADE CUP FIRST ROUND PLAYOFF GAME
Nov. 4, 2022 at Newberg High School
NEWBERG — 7 0 7 0 — 14
N. SALEM — 0 20 7 7 — 34
Newberg (9:15) — Heveron 61-yard run. PAT good.
N. Salem (11:50) — Manumaleuna 64-yard pass to Walker. PAT good.
N. Salem (9:25) — Wangler 1-yard run. PAT good.
N. Salem (5:23) — Davis 1-yard run. PAT no good.
N. Salem (7:20) — Wangler 9-yard run. PAT good.
Newberg (4:10) — Williams 6-yard run. PAT good.
N. Salem (11:24) — Davis 4-yard run. PAT good.
Heveron — 8/123/TD, Davis — 14/52, Williams — 7/31/TD, Schuback — 1/1, Negra — 1/-2, C. Thomas — 8/-17
Phillips — Fumble Recovery, D. Burton — Fumble Recovery
Manumaleuna — 2-of-3/64/TD
Davis — 24/172/2TD, Wangler — 17/76/2TD, Richter — 5/41, Thompson — 2/33, Odom — 1/6, Manumaleuna — 4/-22
Walker — 1/64/TD, Davis — 1/5
I. Aguilar — Fumble Recovery, Sandoval — Fumble Recovery, E. Aguilar — Fumble Recovery
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