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CLACKAMAS — Despite a heroic performance from running back Evan Hisey, the North Medford football team fell 49-28 to Clackamas in its Class 6A state play-in game on Friday.
The senior running back rushed for 205 yards and two touchdowns on 23 attempts, including an 86-yard run in the second quarter for the Black Tornado. He also caught a 24-yard scoring strike from quarterback Jordan Towe, who was filling in for the injured Troy Fowler, but it wasn't enough for North.
Clackamas led 21-13 at halftime and outscored the Black Tornado 28-15 in the second half. The Cavaliers finished with 579 total yards, including 402 rushing.
North (2-8) had 240 rushing yards.
Jared Evans and Alafou Polataivao scored the other two touchdowns for the Black Tornado.
Towe completed six of his 16 attempts for 108 yards and two TDs.
Dan Sherrell led Clackamas (5-5) with 279 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.
McNARY 13, GRANTS PASS 6 — At Keizer, Brett Hildebrand's 7-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter gave McNary the Class 6A state play-in win.
Quarterback Javan Appling, who completed just two passes, put the Cavers on the scoreboard first with a 5-yard TD run in the first quarter.
Hildebrand, who finished with 138 rushing yards on 27 carries, evened the score at 12 in the third quarter for McNary (4-6).
Ben Dean had 18 carries for 74 yards for Grants Pass (3-7), which turned the ball over four times, including three lost fumbles.
ROSEBURG 55, NORTH SALEM 14 — At Roseburg, Roseburg racked up 451 rushing yards against North Salem in the Class 6A state play-in game at Finlay Field.
The Indians (5-5) converted each of their first four possessions into touchdowns — the first two on runs by Jake Heverly of 14 and 33 yards — and raced out to a 34-0 halftime lead on 303 yards of offense.
The Vikings (0-10) were limited to two first downs in the first half, the first of which was given away on a fumble.
Heverly carried the ball 18 times for 159 yards to lead Roseburg while Levi Holden had nine rushes for 124 yards.