Cascade Christian football players had an extra bounce in their stride, along with bling around their necks, on Monday after claiming the Class 3A...
ASHLAND — Goodbye grass stains and mud-caked cleats, hello traction and rug burns. And not only for football players — for everybody.
BEND — Cascade Christian football players gathered in a circle after winning the Class 3A state championship and, one by one, stood up to give praise to teammates.
BEND — Dennis Gettman held his clipboard firmly and jotted down defensive statistics during his son's football game on Saturday.
Making a second straight appearance in the Class 3A football state championship game stands to give Cascade Christian an advantage, but Challengers head coach Jon Gettman knows that only gets you so far.
All the ingredients are there for Seth Knox to play the role of quarterback.
EUGENE — Sherwood head coach Greg Lawrence expressly wanted to see his defending champion Bowmen challenged by Ashland in Saturday's Class 5A state semifinals at Autzen Stadium.
BEND — Cooper Clark watched from the stands last year as the Cascade Christian football team fell to Dayton in the Class 3A state final.
TIGARD — Fifth-ranked North Medford knew it was running into a buzz saw in No. 2 Tigard on Friday night as it prepared for the Class 6A football state quarterfinals.
There's no denying that a fresh wind has blown through the North Medford football program this season.
Few football teams can claim to have the kind of postseason experience that Cascade Christian possesses: The Challengers are about to make their sixth straight appearance in the Class 3A state semifinals.
If a football coach seems to be almost rooting for his team's next opponent, practically pulling for them to at least put up a fight, chances are he's not short on confidence.
When fifth-ranked North Medford visits No. 2 Tigard on Friday, there's no question it will be the underdog.
The roots of Cody Parker's football career began with trees.
It wasn't as if Rainier dared Cascade Christian quarterback Seth Knox to throw the football on Saturday afternoon.
Ashland High senior linebacker Mason Montgomery was voted defensive Most Valuable Player for the second year in a row and nabbed one of the Grizzlies 10 first-team nods as Ashland cleaned house with this week's release of the Midwestern League...
A lot of heart and a little luck proved to be a winning combination for North Medford against Oregon City in a top-10 matchup during the Class 6A football state playoffs Friday at Spiegelberg Stadium.
PORTLAND — Ashland's defense came up big Friday night to push the third-ranked Grizzlies to a 13-7 win at seventh-ranked Roosevelt in the OSAA Class 5A state quarterfinals.
TIGARD — Grants Pass lost a fumble on its first offensive snap and gave up five touchdowns in the first 14 minutes against Tigard in the second-round of the Class 6A state football playoffs Friday.
North Medford 14, Oregon City 9
When Jon Gettman roamed the field as quarterback at Cascade Christian, the Challengers embraced the run-first double-wing offense.
ASHLAND — So, how about that Roosevelt offensive line?
If it seems like Edmund Polataivao plays with a chip on his shoulder, well, it's because he does.
The only matchup of top-10 Class 6A football programs will be at Spiegelberg Stadium on Friday, with No. 5 North Medford and No. 6 Oregon City offering a lot of familiarity and some similarities for the second-round battle.
Unlike the University of Oregon football fans who visited Palo Alto, Calif., on Thursday, Ducks enthusiasts at Spiegelberg Stadium got the program's marching band and its electric offense on Friday.
At the start of the fourth quarter, Seth Knox and Cody Parker shared an embrace and some light-hearted chat on the sidelines as the Cascade Christian offense took the field.
If the Ashland Grizzlies had one concern heading into Friday's first-round Class 5A playoff game against Pendleton, it was how their defense would match up with one of the top passing attacks in the state.
LAKE OSWEGO — A rally by South Medford in the fourth quarter fell short, and the Panthers dropped a 30-17 decision to Lakeridge in the first round of the Class 6A football playoffs Friday.
North Medford 49, Reynolds 27
Illinois Valley had the offensive, a defensive and the coach of the year to cap a successful football season in the Southern Cascade Hybrid.
South Medford's football season ended a year ago in Lake Oswego and the Panthers will be out to not let that happen again tonight when they open the Class 6A state playoffs at Lakeridge High.
This won't be the first time Crater football head coach John Beck has taken the field with a decided underdog against a powerful Jesuit team.
The North Medford football team will have a couple hundred unexpected supporters for tonight's state playoff game at Spiegelberg Stadium.
While they enjoy goofing around — often at each other's expense — North Medford's leading trio of receivers Eugene Ellis, Jared Evans and Tristen Holmes have proven to be no joke this season for the fifth-ranked Black Tornado.
If it ain't broke then don't try to fix it, at least that's been the thought this week in the North Medford football camp as the Black Tornado prepares for its first state playoff game since 2010.
When football is fun, good things typically happen.
FOREST GROVE — The bad news for Crater is, it didn't put together one of its better games in a Class 6A play-in contest against Forest Grove Friday.
Crater 41, Forest Grove 39
EAGLE POINT — For the better part of his first season at the helm of Eagle Point's football team, Seth Womack has held the belief that Eagles history is, well, just that ... it's history.
CENTRAL POINT — When you lose the first six games in a season, looking ahead becomes a method of survival.
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The St. Mary's football team ran past Bonanza, 63-20, in nonleague action at Spiegelberg Stadium on Saturday night.
One by one they poured out of the North Medford locker room late Friday night at Spiegelberg Stadium, smiles as broad as the Grand Canyon as echoes of Queen's "We are the champions" blared from the overhead speakers.
EAGLE POINT — From the Eagle Point Eagles' perspective, they had the Ashland Grizzlies right where they wanted them — facing a third-and-14 and in danger of giving the ball back to the Eagles in a one-possession game.
CENTRAL POINT — Feel-good moments have been scarce for South Medford's football team this year. The Panthers have dealt with many key injuries and several close losses.
PHOENIX — After Jose Deras' interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter, the Phoenix football team appeared to be in control and advancing toward a much-needed Skyline Conference victory over Henley on Friday.
North Medford 14, Roseburg 10
ASHLAND — Former Ashland High star Jeremy Guthrie, a starting pitcher for the Kansas City Royals, has offered to provide funding for an all-purpose, artificial-turf field at his alma mater, according to an Ashland Public Schools press release.
EAGLE POINT — Odds are if you're lined up against Eagle Point senior Peyton Dole, the Eagles believe that is a matchup in their favor.
CENTRAL POINT — As he looked at the roster last year for what would be his 2013 football team, the choice became clear for Crater head coach John Beck.
Sharing is great if you're a toddler with toys or a wily veteran overflowing with wisdom. But when you're a teenaged athlete and an outright championship is yours for the taking, the last thing you want to consider is sharing.
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CAMAS VALLEY — Weston Tilton and Josh Mattox accounted for three touchdowns each as undefeated Camas Valley blanked Prospect, 60-0, in District 2 football action on Saturday.
A season of clearing hurdles simply wouldn't have been complete for North Medford without a win in the 28th annual Black and Blue Game against South Medford at Spiegelberg Stadium.
ASHLAND — The third-ranked Ashland Grizzlies didn't get the dominating performance they were looking for against Willamette. Maybe a conference championship will help take the sting away.
EAGLE POINT — The Eagle Point football team didn't ask for much on Friday night, just a chance to redeem itself in the final 31 seconds.
Cody Parker scored four straight touchdowns in three different fashions to lead the Cascade Christian football team in one of its best all-around performances of the season Friday.