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West Albany tramples Glencoe for 5A crown

CORVALLIS — Anthony LaCoste ran for 210 yards, Reese Miller passed for 151, and West Albany cruised to a 34-7 win over Glencoe in the OSAA 5A state final Saturday, capturing the first football title in school history.

The top-ranked Bulldogs finished an undefeated season and earned the championship that eluded them in a 17-14 triple-overtime loss to Corvallis in the finals last year.

West Albany, of the Mid-Willamette Conference, cruised through the regular-season and playoffs, drilling Hermiston, Crater and Mountain View en route to the championship game.

David Puckett ran for 107 yards in the first half and Glencoe led 7-3 at halftime, but Puckett, who has run for 2,854 yards this season, suffered cramping and gained just four yards in the second half.

The Bulldogs (14-0) rolled up 31 unanswered points, scoring three times in the third quarter and twice in the fourth. West Albany was outscoring opponents by an average of 38.3 points entering the game.

With its power-I formation, Glencoe gained 219 yards on the ground and chewed up clock effectively in the second half. But after West Albany retook the lead, the Crimson Tide had didn't have the offense to counter, especially with Puckett on the bench.

Miller attempted just five passes, but he completed four and they were big plays. One floater that Elliott O'Bryan ran under and caught went 70 yards for a touchdown that gave the lead back and 10-7. Miller also connected with Will Murphy for two receptions of 38 yards, and a five-yard TD pass to Scot Foss.

Kyle Hogan ran for 103 yards and AJ Burke passed for 122 yards for No. 4 Glencoe (11-3). The Crimson Tide, of the Northwest Oregon Conference, beat Churchill, Ashland and Bend in the playoffs.

Class 4A championship

Marist 36, Sisters 28

At Corvallis, Ryan Bell passed for 203 yards, Bobby Edwards ran for 169 yards and Marist won its fourth football state title with a win over Sisters.

The No. 5 Spartans (11-3) rolled up 468 yards of total offense. Colton Thomas had five catches for 74 yards, Gianni Carter had five catches for 53 yards and Marist shut down prolific Sisters rusher Cory McCaffrey in the first half.

McCaffrey, the state's all-time leading rusher at 8,460 yards, ran for 99 yards, mostly in the third quarter for the Outlaws (13-1).

Jarred Hasskamp threw for 195 yards and three touchdowns for top-ranked Sisters, the Sky-Em conference champion, which lost in the 4A title game for the second straight year.

The Spartans led 13-0 at halftime. Bell ran for a 20-yard touchdown and then threw a 21-yard pass to Mitchel Wilson.

Marist stifled McCaffrey in the first half, holding him to 11 yards on 12 carries. But McCaffrey and the Outlaws warmed up in third quarter. The senior tailback ran for 84 yards in the third and Sisters scored three times in the quarter, taking a 21-19 lead.

But Gabe Schepergerdes kicked a 28-yard field goal and Edwards ran for scores of 24 and 17 yards for the Spartans.

Hasskamp found Hodges for a 45-yard reception that set up a 5-yard TD pass to Nathan Jackson, but the Outlaws couldn't recover the onside kick and Marist ran out the clock.

Hodges had eight catches for 111 yards and two touchdowns for the Outlaws.