For Ashland, road ends at Silverton
SILVERTON — Silverton’s defense proved to be as good as advertised in the first half and even better in the second, smothering Ashland’s big-play threats and dominating the line of scrimmage en route to a 28-0 win in a Class 5A state quarterfinal game Friday at Silverton High School.
The top-ranked and No. 2-seeded Foxes, led by the best defense in the state in terms of points allowed, eased into the state semifinals for the third year in a row behind their fourth shutout of the season and third in their last four games. They’ll play Midwestern League champion Springfield in the semifinals next Saturday.
Ashland (8-3) was held to 134 yards of total offense, including 41 in the second half, and only once managed to drive beyond the Foxes’ 40-yard line.
“They are the state’s leading defense for points allowed for a reason, but we missed some opportunities,” Ashland coach Charlie Hall said. “We had some guys that were open and we didn’t get the ball to them, and we had some protection issues. And, you can’t turn the ball over three or four times and expect to stay competitive.”
The Foxes scored the only touchdown they would need on their opening drive when quarterback Cole Chandler hit Logan Munson in the corner of the end zone to cap a 49-yard drive with 7:35 to go in the opening quarter.
The Grizzlies nearly got it right back. Kyle Weinberg’s 51-yard bomb to brother Nicky Weinberg gave Ashland a first down at the Silverton 9, but the Grizzlies spun their wheels from there and ended up falling five yards short on a fourth-down pass play. Ashland never threatened again.
A week after passing for more than 300 yards against Hillsboro, Kyle Weinberg completed 9 of 21 passes for 86 yards and was picked off three times. Ashland’s running backs also struggled on the sloppy turf, as Silverton held the Grizzlies to 48 yards rushing on 23 carries.
Silverton running back Sam Kuschnick, who rushed for 157 yards, scored on a 7-yard run with 2:51 to go in the first half to extend Silverton’s lead to 13-0.
The Grizz defense held firm in the third quarter to keep the game reasonably competitive, but when Weinberg was sacked on fourth-and-5 at the Ashland 25 and Silverton scored its third touchdown five plays later, it was all but over.
Ashland’s defense had seven sacks and an interception by Max Montgomery.
Silverton 28, Ashland 0
At Silverton High
S — Munson 15 pass from Chandler (Dahl kick)
S — Kuschnick 7 run (Dahl kick)
S — Chandler 2 run (Dahl kick)
S — Chandler 1 run (Dahl kick)
Ashland — Ryne Robitz 8-45, Shashi Penn 1-11, Kiowa Jayne 2-10, Nicky Weinberg 3-(-3), Parker Layton 1-(-3), Kyle Weinberg 8-(-12).
Silverton — Sam Kuschnick 26-157, Austin Weisz 3-49, Noah Dahl 6-8, Cole Chandler 11-5.
Ashland — Kyle Weinberg 9-21-3 86, Tucker Atteberry 0-1-0 0.
Silverton — Cole Chandler 9-19-1 113, Travis Sinn 0-1-0 0.
Ashland — Nicky Weinberg 2-55, Shashi Penn 2-15, Max Montgomery 2-15, Parker Layton 1-1, Kiowa Jayne 1-0, Ryne Robitz 1-0.
Silverton — Logan Munson 4-62, Noah Dahl 4-43, Sam Kuschnick 1-8.
GRANTS PASS 28, LAKE OSWEGO 21, OT: At Grants Pass, Grants Pass blanked Lake Oswego in overtime to win the Class 6A second-round state playoff game at Mel Ingram Field.
Grants Pass (11-0) will play West Salem next week in a state quarterfinal in Grants Pass.
Grants Pass allowed a first down on the first play of overtime, but stopped the Lakers (6-5) on four straight plays after that.
Grants Pass quarterback Javan Appling was 15 of 26 passing for 227 yards and three touchdowns.
He hit Kadin Lopez for a 32-yard score on a screen in the first, Kirkland Meadows on a 46-yard score in the fourth and Keegan Weiss for a 39-yard strike in overtime.
Zac Hannan ran for 104 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.
Grants Pass 28, Lake Oswego 21, OT
At Grants Pass High
LO — Parker 27 pass from Verburg (Agritelley kick)
GP — Lopez 32 pass from Appling (Dinkins kick)
LO — Burton 8 run (Agritelley kick)
GP — Hannan 23 run (Dinkins kick)
GP — Meadows 46 pass from Appling (Dinkins kick)
LO — Shimota 1 pass from Verburg (Agritelley kick)
GP — Weiss 39 pass from Appling (Dinkins kick)
;Lake Oswego;Grants Pass
Lake Oswego — Will Burton 30-189, Jonas Lamont 2-18, Noah Bucchi 3-8, Mitchell Verburg 2-2.
Grants Pass — Zac Hannan 20-104, Keegan Weiss 2-28, Javan Appling 6-23, Ben Dean 5-8.
Lake Oswego — Mitchell Verburg 15-34-1 175.
Grants Pass — Javan Appling 15-26-1 227.
Lake Oswego — Devin King 5-55, Andrew Bartley 2-31, Zach Parker 1-27, Will Burton 2-21, Nate Hidalgo 2-16, Max Oppenheimer 1-14, Drew Todd 1-10, Ben Shimota 1-1.
Grants Pass — Keegan Weiss 4-84, Kirkland Meadows 3-56, Kadin Lopez 2-32, Jeret Musser 2-23, Jason McKinley 2-19, Easton Bents 1-9, Zac Hannan 1-4.
ASHLAND FALLS: At Corvallis, Ashland High’s boys and girls teams both had their championship hopes dashed in the state semifinals at Osborne Aquatic Center.
The Ashland boys dropped a double-overtime thriller to Summit, 9-8, while the Ashland girls suffered a 19-8 setback to Madras.
Both teams will play for third place today — the boys will face Marist and the girls Summit.
The Grizzly boys were led by team captain Tristan Gavin, who had four goals, two assists and five steals. Luke Abell added two goals, Devon Lancaster one goal, one assist and two steals and goalkeeper Vincent Wright 18 blocks.
Ashland and Summit were tied at 1 after one and at 2 at the half. Summit took a 3-2 lead into the fourth quarter, but after a flurry of goals the two teams went to overtime tied at 6.
Ashland’s girls were led by Sabrina Scoggins, who had three goals, three assists and seven steals. Amelia Zeve added two goals, one assist and four steals, Leilani Suckles two goals, one assist and three steals and goalkeeper Kyilyn Boehm 11 blocks.