The Pioneers turn the ball over five times and score a season-low six points in defeat.

SANDY POST: MATT RAWLINGS - Sandy's Iosefa Polamalu bulls through a pile of Lebanon tacklers.

Playoffs (First Round)
5A Football

Team Score

SANDY — The Sandy defense put together one of their best performances of the season, however their offense failed to hold up their end of the bargain.

Turnovers, mental mistakes and missed opportunities plagued Sandy (7-3) all night. And Lebanon (7-3) was able to take advantage, beating the Pioneers 22-6 in their first round playoff game on Friday night. This is the second season in a row where Sandy has lost their first round matchup at home to a lower-seeded foe.

Sandy came into this game as the seventh-ranked team in the state while Lebanon entered the contest ranked 10th. It is safe to say, however, that the Pioneers got a tough draw after taking second place in the Northwest Oregon Conference.

Lebanon is the reigning 5A state champion, and while they did have three conference losses by a combined six points on the season, each defeat was to a team ranked inside the top 10.

"We knew it was going to be a slugfest. Lebanon is a great program and I really respect the way their kids play," Sandy head coach Joe Polamlau said. "They made plays when they had to and we didn't."

Look for extended coverage in the Nov. 8 print edition.

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