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Sheldon holds off Jesuit for Class 6A title

CORVALLIS — Sheldon held off one last run from Jesuit in the closing seconds to hold on for a 50-43 victory in the OSAA Class 6A state championship game at Reser Stadium on Saturday night.

Jesuit recovered an onside kick and reached the Sheldon 14 before time ran out.

Sheldon's second title in three years overshadowed a huge day by Jesuit running back Keanon Lowe, who rushed for 310 yards and six touchdowns, including Jesuit's final score with 1:22 left.

Jordan Johnson passed for 244 yards and two touchdowns for Sheldon (14-0) of Eugene. One of those touchdowns went to Curtis White, who caught six balls for 102 yards.

Three times, Jesuit (12-2) cut a two-score deficit to one. The Crusaders, of Portland, also scored two times in the second half after trailing by three touchdowns.

But Sheldon had an answer every time.

"Our guys battled and they did a very good job of persevering," White said. "That's the only way we wanted to end it ... on top."

Cameron Abeene finished with 89 yards rushing and three touchdowns for Sheldon. Jesuit had a 221-215 advantage in yardage at halftime but trailed 35-21.

The teams combined for three touchdowns during a span of 1:37 in the second quarter.

Sheldon went ahead by two scores for the first time at 21-6 on a 20-yard pass from Johnson to White.

Jesuit answered quickly with a 66-yard run by Lowe. After an 85-yard kickoff return by John Campbell, Sheldon scored again on Abeene's 10-yard run.

The teams traded touchdowns again before halftime.

Sheldon went up 42-21 on Johnson's 24-yard pass to Abeene on the first drive of the third quarter. Lowe scored on runs of 42 and 26 yards as Jesuit closed within 42-36 at the end of the third.

Abeene scored on a 1-yard run with 9:24 remaining, giving Sheldon a touchdown that turned out to be the game-winner.

Class 5A

HILLSBORO 20, JEFFERSON 6 — At Corvallis, Colt Lyerla rushed for a touchdown and caught another to help Hillsboro in the 5A state championship at Reser Stadium.

Hillsboro (13-1) scored on the first drive of the game and never trailed, claiming its first state title since 1973.

Jefferson (9-5), of Portland, trailed 13-0 at halftime but scored on its first possession of the third quarter. Deangelo Bell's 12-yard touchdown reception from Elisonoa Aluesi cut the Democrats' deficit to 13-6.

But Hillsboro answered back, scoring on a 22-yard pass from Dominique Mims to Mikkel Smythe.

Class 4A

MARIST 55, BAKER 16 — At Corvallis, Logan Silver rushed for 139 yards and four touchdowns to lead Marist in the 4A state championship game at Reser Stadium.

Tevin Cheever added four passing touchdowns for Marist, which rolled to a 48-0 halftime lead.

Marist (14-0), of Eugene, finished with 472 yards of offense, including 364 in the first half.

Stephen Talbot had 51 yards rushing and one touchdown for Baker (11-2), which defeated Skyline champion Phoenix in the semifinals.

Marist took advantage of several early Baker turnovers to build a 27-0 lead after one quarter.

"We had something going then turned the ball over, and that didn't help," Baker coach David Johnson said. "They're a good football team without a short field."

The game was played with a running clock in the second half due to the 45-point rule.

Silver had 136 rushing yards and four touchdowns by halftime. Cheever had 149 yards passing and three touchdowns in the first half.

Marist's only game of the season decided by fewer than 28 points was a 30-22 win against Central in the state quarterfinals.

Marist's Brady Kirkpatrick caught five passes for 74 yards and a touchdown. Teammate Jeff Bedbury added three receptions for 88 yards and two scores.

The Spartans' championship comes in their final year in the 4A classification. Marist will move to 5A next school year.

"It's pretty doggone nice, because you never know when you're going to have a shot," Marist coach Frank Geske said.