Prep Football Wrap: Liberty, Westview get Columbia Cup wins
Tualatin 53, Mountainside 21
The Timberwolves scored on the first play from scrimmage and ultimately tallied 14 points in the game's first 1:11 en route to and easy quarterfinal win over visiting Mountainside.
"I don't know that I've ever seen anything like it," Tualatin head coach Dominic Ferraro said. "We just kind of shot out of a cannon…but after that we reminded the guys that Mountainside wasn't going to quit. That's a good group over there and a well-coached team, and we knew they were going to keep coming."
Tualatin's A.J. Noland returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown and Naasei Lynn returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown as part of a lethal Timberwolves run that led to 47 first-half points against the Metro League Mavericks.
Wolves quarterback Jack Wagner finished 13-for-17 for 218 yards passing for 172 yards and four touchdowns, tight end Richie Anderson caught four balls for 94 yards and two scores, and Luke Ash finished with 103 yards on 12 carries, while scoring two total touchdowns.
Aaron rey Simpson and Elym Young ran for touchdowns for the Mavericks, who got a touchdown pass from Alex Ingalls to Jared Lang.
Tualatin will face Sheldon in their state semifinal game at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at McNary High School in Salem.
Central Catholic 23, Jesuit 20
The Central Catholic-Jesuit quarterfinal game came down to Jesuit's final possession. The Crusaders had the ball inside the Rams 30-yard line but were forced into a fourth-and-11 with only 46 seconds left on the clock.
Instead of going for the game-tying field goal, quarterback Jacob Hutchinson rolled to his right trying to hit his favorite target on the night, Jace Burton. The throw was too wide for a diving Burton as the ball hit the turf and sent the Rams' faithful into a frenzy.
As for the decision to go for it instead of attempting a field goal, Jesuit head coach Ken Potter didn't hesitate after seeing the previous extra point attempt go wide on the same side of the field.
"Hindsight is always 20-20, but no," Potter said. "Did you see the extra point? I don't know what your mindset as a kicker is when an extra point like that goes awry."
Central Catholic (10-1) took a 23-20 lead on Zhaiel Smith's touchdown catch with 7:55 left in the fourth quarter, which created the fourth lead change of the game.
Rams quarterback Cru Newman finished 13 for 23 passing for 137 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing 17 times for 89 yards.
Jesuit's Payton Roth carried 30 times for 170 yards and one touchdown.
Central Catholic will face West Linn at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at Pioneer Stadium in Oregon City.
West Linn 56, Sherwood 7
The Lions (10-1) continued to show people why they're the top-seeded team in the State Championship Bracket, beating up on the Bowmen early and often en route to their 49-point win.
Quarterback Sam Leavitt passed for more than 300 yards and threw three touchdown passes to University of Oregon basketball commit Jackson Shelstad. Additionally, West Linn got four rushing touchdowns, three from Koffi Kouame and another from Earl Ingle.
Sherwood—who won the Pacific Conference regular season title—finished the year 8-3.
West Linn will face Central Catholic in their semifinal at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at Pioneer Stadium in Oregon City.
Sheldon 42, Lake Oswego 7
The Irish (11-0) continued their impressive 2022 run, getting four rushing touchdowns from Brock Thomas and five total interceptions on their way to a decisive home win over the Lakers (7-4).
Sheldon—who's the only team to defeat West Linn this season—has held 10 of their 11 opponents this season to seven or fewer points.
Teitum Tuioti returned one of the Irish's five interceptions for a touchdown in the game.
Thomas also threw for a touchdown to go with his four on the ground.
Sheldon will face Tualatin in their semifinal at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at McNary High School in Salem.
Liberty 28, Clackamas 18
The Falcons (7-4) kept their 2022 season alive with a gutsy Columbia Cup second round win over the Cavaliers (5-6).
Liberty went for it on fourth down from their own 8-yard line in the first quarter, then capped what was a 98-yard drive with a Tanner Steinbach touchdown run.
Steinbach led the Falcons with 90 yards rushing. In all, Liberty ran for 288 yards.
After trailing 6-0 following a Clackamas quarterback Hudson Normand 1-yard scoring run, the Falcons scored 28 unanswered points, 14 of which came after Cavalier turnovers.
In addition to Steinbach's score, Liberty got touchdown runs from Houstyn Lee-Perry and quarterback Tytan Rekow who also threw to Elijah Streeter for a score. Streeter also tallied two interceptions in the game.
Liberty's Ryan Berger also had six tackles and a sack to lead the Falcons defense.
Liberty will now face North Salem in a Columbia Cup semifinal at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at Wilsonville High School.
The Wildcats' running back Jordan Fisher continues to amazing, this past week running roughshod over the Olympians (6-5) to the tune of 324 yards and five touchdowns.
Fisher carried 34 times and scored on runs of five, eight, nine, 29 and 60 yards.
The senior has run for a total of 2,354 yards and 32 touchdowns in 11 games this season.
Westview recorded two sacks in the game defensively, and were led by Jacob Munly who totaled seven tackles.
The Wildcats will play Lakeridge in their Columbia Cup semifinal at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at Hillsboro Stadium.
Scappoose 28, Mazama 27 (OT)
The No. 8-seeded Indians' sophomore quarterback Max Nowlin threw for four touchdowns, one of which came with 1:04 remaining in regulation to tie the score, and another in overtime to help Scappoose to an upset win over the top-ranked Indians.
Nowlin finished 18-for-35 for 198 yards passing, while Trey Dieringer carried 13 times for 100 yards.
Scappoose stopped a Mazama two-point conversion attempt in overtime which would've given the home Vikings the win.
Mazama's Trevor Anderson rushed for 233 yards and two touchdowns.
Banks 10, Santiam Chrisitan 7
The Braves (11-0) came from seven points behind, took a 10-7 lead, then hung on in the final seconds to defeat the Eagles and advance to the 3A state semifinals.
Banks' Max Walker intercepted an Eagles pass near the Braves' goal line with 14 seconds remaining, thwarting what had begun as a first-and-goal from the 2-yard line three plays prior.
Caden Harris scored Banks' tying touchdown in the third quarter, and Cole Crossen gave the Braves the lead with a 35-yard field goal with 3:30 remaining, setting up Banks' triumphant goal line stand.
Banks will play Kennedy in their semifinal game at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Hillsboro Stadium.
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