Silverton moves into 5A semifinals
SILVERTON — Nothing went the way Scappoose had drawn it up.
But Silverton couldn't have painted a much prettier picture Friday night.
A work of art it was for the Foxes as they turned some Scappoose errors into an early lead, then combined that leverage wth their potent and balanced offense to run away with a 48-14 Class 5A quarterfinal victory.
Silverton led 48-0 before the end of the third quarter, bringing forth a running clock.
The Indians scored two late touchdowns, both by quarterback/safety Jakobi Kessi (11-yard run, 70-yard fumble recovery run), but their second season up from the 4A ranks ended at 7-4.
"We came out really flat and just didn't play our game," Kessi said.
Silverton (10-1) will play in next week's semifinals at No. 1-ranked Thurstson, a 48-9 winner Friday over visiting Wilsonville.
"Guys came out from the start and played an aggressive, physical and clean game," Silverton coach Josh Craig said. "I'm proud of them."
The fourth-ranked Foxes took advantage of two muffed punt snaps by Scappoose for their first touchdown and then a safety.
The first miscue gave Silverton the ball at the Indians' 17-yard line, and two plays later, 6-1, 200-pound senior Hayden Roth found a hole on the left side of the line and went 14 yards to the end zone.
Silverton upped its lead to 15-0 in the final minute of the first quarter, going 61 yards in six plays and scoring on Roth's 2-yard run.
The keys in that drive were third-and-6 completions by sophomore quarterback Jordan McCarty to sophomore Vandon Fessler and sophomore Keegan Walter.
The Foxes' ability to move the ball in the air wasn't something the Indians totally saw coming.
"We came prepared for the run, and they caught us with the pass and made some big plays," Kessi said. "They're good players, they've got some good coaches, and they just made some good plays."
Early in the second quarter, McCarty hit Walter for 15 yards and senior Grant Buchheit for 40 to set up the QB's designed run of 16 yards for a touchdown and 22-0 lead.
McCarty ran 16 yards for another TD six minutes later, and with 27 seconds left in the half Roth ran through a bunch of tackles to cap a 71-yard drive with a 12-yard scoring run for a 36-0 lead.
Walter got into the secondary and more early in the third quarter, dashing 41 yards to give the Foxes a 42-0 advantage.
The final TD came with 14.5 seconds left in the quarter on a 35-yard interception return by senior Cole Runion.
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