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St. Mary’s loses heartbreaker to Lakeview

LAKEVIEW — St. Mary’s bid for a second straight Class 3A state playoff appearance came up short with a 27-26 loss to Lakeview in Southern Cascade League football Friday.

The victory gives Lakeview (4-4, 2-1 SCL) second place in the SCL and the league’s second and final state playoff spot. The Crusaders finish the season at 1-2 in league and 4-5 overall.

The Crusaders took a 26-21 lead early in the fourth quarter on a 42-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Aliiloa Kaeo-Wailehua to senior Mike Miles.

“It was a short pass to the perimeter and (Miles) broke some tackles and took it up the sidelines,” said St. Mary’s coach Jamie Young. “That was a senior trying really hard to make it into the postseason.”

The Crusaders’ defense held the Honkers on a fourth down deep in St. Mary’s territory late in the final period but on the ensuing possession, Kaeo-Wailehua was intercepted to set up the winning touchdown — a 4-yard run by Lonnie Brooks with just over two minutes remaining.

St. Mary’s put together a final drive that stalled in Lakeview territory.

Gavin Rajagopal scored on a 79-yard touchdown run in the second quarter for the Crusaders. The junior running back rushed for 148 yards on 18 carries but got injured near the end of the third quarter and never returned.

Kaeo-Wailehua threw for three touchdowns but had three interceptions. Alex Heycke was the Crusaders’ leading receiver with five catches for 73 yards and a touchdown.

“I’m really proud of the way we battled tonight,” said Young. “We just kept coming back and moving the football.”

St. Mary’s;7;6;7;6;—;26

Lakeview;7;14;0;6;—;27

L — 58 punt return (kick good)

SM — A. Heycke 44 pass from Kaeo-Wailehua (Rajagopal kick)

L — Brooks 5 run (kick good)

SM — Rajagopal 79 run (kick blocked)

L — 25 pass (kick good)

SM — Aldrich 14 pass from Kaeo-Wailehua (Rajagopal kick)

SM — Miles 42 pass from Kaeo-Wailehua (run failed)

L — Brooks 4 run (pass failed)

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 62, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0: Cascade Christian’s Caleb Jordan scored three rushing touchdowns and rumbled to 155 yards of total offense as the Challengers claimed the Southern Cascade League title with a win over Illinois Valley at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

The Challengers (8-1, 3-0 SCL), who will host a team to be determined next week in the opening round of the Class 3A state playoffs, used their defense to set the tone with two turnovers in the first quarter as they jumped out to a 27-0 lead. Cascade Christian allowed just 49 yards of total offense.

On nine carries, Jordan ran for 85 yards and added 70 with a pair of catches while quarterback Haiden Schaan finished 10-for-11 for 185 yards, threw a touchdown and ran in for score.

Illinois Valley;0;0;0;0;—;0

Cascade Christian;27;21;7;7;—;62

CC — Crowl 19 run (Hoffman kick)

CC — J. Fralich 4 run (conversion failed)

CC — H. Schaan 8 run (Hoffman kick

CC — Jordan 3 run (Hoffman kick)

CC — Dunn 9 pass from H. Schaan (Hoffman kick)

CC — Jordan 1 run (Hoffman kick)

CC — Stanfield blocked punt return (Hoffman kick)

CC — Jordan 1 run (Hoffman kick)

CC — Scaglione 8 pass from Martin (Hoffman kick)

ROGUE RIVER 36, BONANZA 14: At Bonanza, junior quarterback Derek Nelson had four touchdowns passes as Rogue River defeated Bonanza for the second time in four weeks.

Ethan Canoe, Jacob Tambellini, Aiden Canoe and Austin Gardner each caught a touchdown and Jose Chavez added a 75-yard run for the Chieftains, who finished the season with a 7-2 overall record while playing an independent schedule.

The Antlers ended their season at 5-3 overall.

Rogue River;8;14;14;0;—;36

Bonanza;0;6;8;0;—;14

RR — E. Canoe 60 pass from Nelson (Gardner run)

RR — Chavez 75 run (run failed)

RR — Tambellini 5 pass from Nelson (Tognoni run)

B — Madera 20 run (run failed)

RR — A. Canoe 20 pass from Nelson (Nelson run)

RR — Gardner 30 pass from Nelson (run failed)

B — Ireland 40 run (Ireland run)