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Rams too much for North

HILLSBORO — Central Catholic lived up to its No. 5 power ranking, scoring 36 straight points to pull away from North Medford for a 43-14 win Friday in the first round of the Class 6A football state playoffs at Hillsboro Stadium.

The Black Tornado capitalized on a Central Catholic miscue in the first quarter and junior Zach Tanner scored on a 6-yard run to even the score at 7-all after Darren Cossette's point-after kick.

After that, however, it was all Rams (8-2) as the Mount Hood Conference champions used the running of Demetri Posey and dual-threat ability of freshman quarterback Aidan Wilder to put the game out of reach.

"I really was very pleased with how we played," said North head coach Jeff Olson, whose team finished the season at 5-6. "The score doesn't indicate it and that's what people will look at, but overall I was very proud of the way the kids played."

Senior tailback Jesse Hornbrook injured his shoulder in the first half and left for good in the third quarter. Hornbrook, who ran for more than 1,000 yards this season, was limited to 42 on 18 carries. Tanner also injured his shoulder and was replaced at different times by senior Cory Pine and freshman Mark Winans.

Posey matched Wilder's first-quarter TD run, then Mitch Seeley drilled a 40-yard field goal to make it 17-7. After Tanner was intercepted deep in Tornado territory, Wilder capitalized with a 22-yard scoring strike to Greg Heath for a 23-7 halftime lead.

Wilder added an 8-yard scoring run and 48-yard TD pass to Heath in the third quarter and Blaine Morgan scored on a 3-yard run to cap the string of 36 straight points.

Jeremy Scottow hauled in a 12-yard pass from Tanner midway through the fourth quarter to complete the scoring.

"They were bigger, faster, stronger than us," added Olson. "We battled and did the best we could but they're a better team. They're going to beat some people before this is all said and done."

Cen. Catholic 43, No. Medford 14

At Hillsboro

North Medford 7 0 0 7 —14

Central Catholic 7 16 14 6 —43

CC — Wilder 1 run (Seeley kick)

NM — Tanner 6 run (Cossette kick)

CC — Posey 5 run (Seeley kick)

CC — FG Seeley 40

CC — Heath 22 pass from Wilder (kick failed)

CC — Wilder 8 run (Seeley kick)

CC — Heath 48 pass from Wilder (Seeley kick)

CC — Morgan 3 run (kick blocked)

NM — Scottow 12 pass from Tanner (Cossette kick)

TEAM STATISTICS

NM CC

First Downs 10 12

Rushes-Yards 36-47 49-266

Passing Yards 173 83

Comp-Att-Int 9-20-1 7-14-0

Total Yards 220 349

Punts 6-24.5 2-29.0

Fumbles-lost 3-1 2-0

Penalties-yards 3-23 8-70

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING

North Medford — Hornbrook 18-42, Tanner 7-3, Scottow 2-1, Saldana 1-2, H. Alvarez 3-7, Cossette 1-(-2), Castellano 1-3, Takahashi 2-7, Team 1-(-16).

Central Catholic — Posey 20-114, Wilder 12-36, Gernhart 2-13, Heath 1-(-10), Morgan 4-19, Bradley 6-90, Brannon 1-9, Ka'ahanui 1-6, Welsh 2-(-11).

PASSING

North Medford — Tanner 7-18-1 159, Winans 2-2-0 14.

Central Catholic — Wilder 6-13-0 79, Welsch 1-1-0 4.

RECEIVING

North Medford — Scottow 5-97, Silafau 1-40, Browne-Moore 1-17, Knox 1-6, Ellis 1-8.

Central Catholic — Heath 3-76, Posey 1-(-2), Gernhart 2-5, Brannon 1-4.

ROSEBURG 42, GRANT 28 — At Roseburg, Ben Goirigolzarri scored three touchdowns among his six carries and Selmar Hutchins scooted in for two more TDs to lead Roseburg to the first-round victory at Finlay Field.

The Indians (9-1) opened a 21-0 lead but had to stave off several comeback attempts by Grant to secure the victory. Micah Audiss (11 carries for 164 yards), Selmar Hutchins (15 for 119) and Hector Mandera (16 for 104) led a Roseburg attack that included only two pass attempts.

Trevionte Riley ran for three scores to pace Grant (5-5).

Grant 0 14 7 7 — 28

Roseburg 21 0 6 15 — 42

R — Hutchins 60 run (Hernandez kick)

R — Goirigolzarri 6 run (Hernandez kick)

R — Audiss 4 run (Hernandez kick)

G — Riley 4 run (Watkins kick)

G — Riley 4 run (Watkins kick)

R — Hutchins 5 run (kick failed)

G — Brown 18 pass from Pinkley (Watkins kick)

R — Goirigolzarri 2 run (Goirigolzarri run)

G — Riley 18 run (Watkins kick)

R — Goirigolzarri 38 run (Hernandez kick)

WEST LINN 21, THURSTON 14 — At Springfield, West Linn's Keaton Hedman scored on a 10-yard run to cap a 20-play drive that opened the third quarter and added a 38-yard score with six minutes to play to push the Lions (5-5) to the first-round win.

Thurston (6-4) cut its deficit to 21-14 with 2:43 to go on Marquis Jackson's 5-yard TD pass to A.J. Glander and an two-point conversion pass from Jackson to Devin Chappell.

Earlier, Jackson had given his team a 6-0 lead on a 4-yard run in the second quarter.

On the Colts' final possession, Jackson's last-ditch effort from midfield fell incomplete as time expired.

Class 5A

SHERWOOD 63, ASHLAND 14 — At Sherwood, top-ranked Sherwood rushed for 644 yards and cruised to the first-round Class 5A playoff victory.

Jake Scarminach accounted for both touchdowns for the ninth-ranked Grizzlies. His 2-yard run in the opening quarter tied it at 7-all before Sherwood (10-0) took control. He also connected with Lee Dodds on a 46-yard touchdown pass just before the half.

Dodds had six receptions for 120 yards, while Scarminach threw for 162 and paced the Grizzlies (7-3) on the ground with 37 yards.

Sherwood's Steven Long rushed for 213 yards and four touchdowns on just six carries. Cody Setere added 133 yards on the ground with a score.

Sherwood 63, Ashland 14

At Sherwood

Ashland 7 7 0 0 —14

Sherwood 14 28 21 0 —63

S — Long 79 run (Pollock kick)

A — Scarminach 2 run (Wurfl kick)

S — Long 16 run (Pollock kick)

S — Balfour 1 run (Pollock kick)

S — Long 22 run (Pollock kick)

S — Long 64 run (Pollock kick)

S — FG Morris 19

A — Dodds 46 pass from Scarminach (Wurfl kick)

S — Organiz 16 run (Montgomery kick)

S — Morris 3 run (Montgomery kick)

S — Setere 1 run (Montgomery kick)

TEAM STATISTICS

Ash She

First Downs 10 28

Rushes-Yards 22-54 49-644

Passing Yards 162 29

Comp-Att-Int 15-28-2 3-10-1

Total Yards 216 673

Punts 7-34.4 0-0

Fumbles-lost 0-0 1-1

Penalties-yards 4-30 9-75

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING

Ashland — Scarminach 14-37, Ja. Volz 6-13, Humphrey 1-2, Jo. Volz 1-2.

Sherwood — Long 6-213, Setere 12-133, Morris 7-93, Balfour 7-59, Dodson 4-45, Duppenthaler 2-31, Munro 3-28, Organiz 3-24, Bonowitz 3-18, Goff 1-4, Crabtree 1-(-4).

PASSING

Ashland — Scarminach 15-28-2 162.

Sherwood — Ramp 3-10-1 29.

RECEIVING

Ashland — Dodds 6-120, Humphrey 4-18, Lime 3-17, Heater 1-5, Volz 1-2.

Sherwood — Patterson 2-16, Lawrence 1-13.

Class 3A

ILLINOIS VALLEY 27, HORIZON CHRISTIAN 7 — At Hood River, Roger Hults' three touchdown passes helped guide Illinois Valley past Horizon Christian in the opening round of the Class 3A state playoffs.

Hults was 13-for-24 for 193 yards in the air and ran for 91 yards on 14 carries for the Cougars (7-4), who will face Santiam Christian in the next round.

Tyler Robbins was on the receiving end of two second-half touchdown grabs for the Cougars. Hults also found his brother, Fred Hults, three times for 93 yards and a first-quarter score.

Gabe Miller also scored on a 2-yard run for IV.

Illinois Valley 7 7 7 6 — 27

Horizon Christian 0 7 0 0 — 7

IV — F. Hults 2 pass from R. Hults (Mavity kick)

IV — Miller 2 run (Mavity kick)

HC — 56 pass from Houston (kick good)

IV — Robbins 7 pass from R. Hults (Mavity kick)

IV — Robbins 33 pass from Hults (kick failed)