The Cougars are unable to convert a late extra-point attempt and settle for their first sub-.500 season in league play since 2005.

by: KORY MACGREGOR - Josh Payne (right) caught two touchdown passes Oct. 25 at Cougar Stadium, but the Canby football team came up short in a 42-41 overtime loss to Clackamas.In a matter of seconds, the Canby football team’s conference finale against Clackamas went from promising to disappointing.

Extra disappointing.

Needing seven points to match the Cavaliers in overtime, the Cougars scored a touchdown but couldn’t convert the ensuing extra-point attempt and came away with a crushing 42-41 defeat Oct. 25 at Cougar Stadium.

The loss snapped a nine-game series winning streak for Canby, which had not lost to Clackamas since 1988.

It also dealt the Cougars (4-5, 2-3 in the Three Rivers League) their first sub-.500 league season since 2005, when they went 2-4 in the Pac-9 Conference and missed the state playoffs.

This year, though, a losing record in conference play won’t keep them out of the postseason.

Despite the outcome of its regular-season finale, Canby earned a spot in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs as the highest-ranked team remaining after all of the state’s automatic league qualifiers were granted bids. The team has a bye this week and will likely play Nov. 8 against a to-be-determined opponent.

But the Cougars weren’t happy with how things ended against Clackamas, which scored on its first play of overtime with a 25-yard run by Dan Sherrell and tacked on an extra point by Michael McDonald. Canby responded on its second play with an 11-yard run by senior running back Noah Kyllo, but kicker Alejandro Sandoval was unable to tie the game on the point-after try.

Kyllo followed up his 44-carry, 362-yard performance against West Linn a week earlier with another strong outing, racking up 181 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries.

The Cougars led 28-14 after Kyllo’s 15-yard touchdown run and Sandoval’s extra point in the third quarter, but the Cavaliers mounted a comeback on touchdown runs by Sherrell and Bryce Dickey.

Sherrell, who finished with 174 yards and four touchdowns on 21 carries, then put Clackamas ahead by a touchdown in the fourth quarter before Canby forced overtime on a 7-yard touchdown pass from Austin Taylor to Josh Payne and an extra point by Sandoval.

Four of Taylor’s five completions went through Payne, who tallied 40 yards and two scores in a standout effort.



Clackamas 42, Canby 41 (OT)

Oct. 25 at Cougar Stadium

                        1          2          3          4          OT       F

Clackamas       7          7          7          14        7          42

Canby              0          21        7          7          6          41

First quarter

Clack — Doonie Johnson 2 run (Michael McDonald kick)

Second quarter

Canby — Cole Thompson 9 run (Alejandro Sandoval kick)

Clack — Dan Sherrell 51 run (McDonald kick)

Canby — Thompson 59 run (Sandoval kick)

Canby — Josh Payne 11 pass from Austin Taylor (Sandoval kick)

Third quarter

Canby — Noah Kyllo 15 run (Sandoval kick)

Clack — Sherrell 25 run (McDonald kick)

Fourth quarter

Clack — Bryce Dickey 7 run (McDonald kick)

Clack — Sherrell 1 run (McDonald kick)

Canby — Payne 7 pass from Taylor (Sandoval kick)


Clack — Sherrell 25 run (McDonald kick)

Canby — Kyllo 11 run (kick failed)



The Canby football team lost to Clackamas for the first time since 1988, ending a nine-game streak in the series:

1988: Clackamas 19, CANBY 15

1989: Canby 49, CLACKAMAS 6

1990: CANBY 50, Clackamas 6

1991: Canby 34, CLACKAMAS 0

1992: CANBY 27, Clackamas 13

1993: Canby 26, CLACKAMAS 8

2007: Canby 20, CLACKAMAS 6

2010: Canby 44, CLACKAMAS 7

2011: CANBY 49, Clackamas 18

2012: Canby 35, CLACKAMAS 28

2013: Clackamas 42, CANBY 41 (OT)

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