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Cascade Christian unleashed a powerful ground attack and sprinkled in some timely passing en route to a 51-12 victory over visiting Burns in the opening round of the Class 3A state football playoffs Saturday at Spiegelberg Stadium.
The Challengers (9-2) will host Horizon Christian (8-2) of Tualatin in next week's quarterfinals.
Cascade Christian led 24-0 at halftime and wasn't threatened in the second half.
The Challengers rushed for 320 yards and tacked on another 87 through the air.
Brandon Williams, a junior running back, paced the offense with 136 yards rushing on 11 carries and two touchdowns. Williams also caught a 20-yard TD pass from junior quarterback Daniel Scottow, who was 6 of 10 passing with two touchdowns. Levi Girardot added 88 yards on the ground for the Challengers.
Senior safety Dom Coombs spearheaded the Challengers' defense with seven tackles and one fumble recovery.
Burns was limited to 199 yards in offense.
Burns 0 0 6 6 — 12
Cascade Christian 14 10 14 13 — 51
CC — Brite 5 run (Parker kick)
CC — Morse 19 pass from Scottow (Parker kick)
CC — FG Parker 35
CC — Williams 20 pass from Scottow (Parker kick)
CC — Williams 27 run (Parker kick)
B — Stanwyck 21 pass from Nonnenmacher (pass failed)
CC — Williams 4 run (Parker kick)
B — Crafts 87 kickoff return (pass failed)
CC — Girardot 2 run (Parker kick)
CC — Parker 3 run (kick failed)
CROOK COUNTY 3, HIDDEN VALLEY 0 — At Eugene, Crook County won its sixth consecutive state championship with a 25-22, 25-14, 25-22 victory at Lane Community College.
Crook County (22-4) registered its second straight 4A title after posting crowns at the 5A level from 2006-2009.
Bailey Bars had nine kills for Hidden Valley (26-4) in the final and setter Elly Lengwin dished off 20 assists.
Makayla Lindburg put down 20 kills for Crook County.
VALLEY CATHOLIC 3, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0 — At Eugene, Cascade Christian suffered a 25-10, 25-10, 25-19 loss in the state consolation semifinals at Lane Community College.
The Challengers, the Southern Cascade Hybrid champion, finished the season with a 17-7 record.
Burns defeated Willamina, 25-18, 25-16, 25-16 for the state championship.
ASHLAND 11, WEST ALBANY 6 — At Corvallis, Adam Good and Forrest Kollar combined for 10 goals as Ashland claimed the 5A state title at the Osborn Acquatic Center.
The Grizzlies avenged a loss to West Albany in last year's championship match.
Ashland used a big second half and 15 saves by goalie Miles Furuichi to defeat the Bulldogs.
Evan Westhelle-Grant, who was selected first-team all-state, scored the Grizzlies' other goal.
Kollar was picked the state tournament most valuable player and also garnered first-team all-state honors along with Furuichi. Brendan Reece-Sullivan received all-state honorable mention for Ashland.
WEST ALBANY 11, ASHLAND 6 — At Corvallis, Ashland's Sadie Kasiah and Ada Lawson scored two goals each but the Grizzlies came up short in the 5A championship match at the Osborn Acquatic Center.
Ashland improved on last year's third-place finish.
West Albany, last year's runner-up, led 7-5 at halftime.
Sadie Kasiah also had three steals and Lawson had one steal and one assist. Emma Frantz and Maddy Longshore registered goals for the Grizzlies.
Ashland goalkeeper Halie Haynes recorded four saves.
Sarah Kasiah and Molly Cochrane made the all-state first team, and Sadie Kasiah, Lawson and Halie Haynes were second-team picks.