Grants in command
Prep Football: Generals push around Lincoln to clinch PIL
The final seconds ticked off, Grant players doused coach Diallo Lewis with a huge bucket of water and, a few minutes later, quarterback Andre Broadous turned on his cell phone.
Already, he had 22 text messages, congratulating him and the Generals for their 38-17 victory over Lincoln in the game of a generation at Lincoln's Mike Walsh Field.
It had been a 'rough week,' Broadous says.
'I had to go buy 40 tickets Monday at school,' he explains. 'Can't say no to my family.'
Grant won with speed and talent on defense, plus a powerful running attack featuring the inside-outside threat of Kasseem Osheroff and the blasts of fullback Grant Schuberg -all behind a dominant offensive line.
Left tackle Matti Maki, left guard Brandon Vance, center Phil Knight, right guard Marcus Dyer and right tackle Cullen Taunton did most of the damage up front. And when Grant really wanted to pound the ball, Dyer moved into the backfield with some combination of Schuberg, Osheroff and running back Alex Melson.
'Marcus Dyer is my best friend. I'll follow him anywhere,' Schuberg says. 'That was the best game our line has ever played in their lives. They're going to take us to Eugene (site of the state title game).'
• Grant was a power team on offense last season but has opened up this year, utilizing the speedy Broadous, an improved passer, and fleet wideouts Paul McCoy, Bryan Butcher and Isaiah Buchanan.
But the Lincoln game was more like old times for Schuberg, who had 11 carries for 61 yards and two touchdowns after spending most of the season as a blocker.
'I don't mind not getting many touches,' Schuberg says. 'Whatever it takes to help us win.'
• Osheroff, one of several two-way standouts for Grant, helped set the tone defensively with an active game at linebacker. He also averaged 41 yards on two punts -oh, and ran 21 times for 172 yards and two TDs.
'Kasseem had the best game I've seen him play,' Broadous says.
• Grant's quickness on defense and pass rush affected Lincoln's passing game most of the night.
'They won the toss and said they wanted the ball. Our defense wasn't happy with that,' says Broadous, also a free safety.
• The 38 points were the most allowed by Lincoln since eventual state champion Sprague tallied 42 in a 2004 quarterfinal game.
'Last year, we scored 17 points against Grant and won (17-14),' notes Cardinal coach Chad Carlson.
• Carlson says Grant's defensive backs 'did a good job of disrupting us. I probably should have tried to run more early.'
• Franklin plays at Wilson on Friday, with the winner getting the third and final playoff spot from PIL 6A. Wilson is 1-7 overall and has been outscored by an average of 30 to 11. Franklin edged the Trojans 14-12 last year.
• Defending state champ Jesuit can clinch the Metro League title - and avenge last year's season-opening, 28-20 loss - by beating Southridge in a nationally televised game Thursday night at Jesuit. Fox Sports Net Northwest will carry the contest live.
The Crusaders demolished Metro challenger Westview last week 51-7. It was 25-0 after one quarter, and Paul Weatheroy finished with 250 yards and four TDs on 25 carries. 'Probably the line's best performance of the season,' Weatheroy says.
Is this the best team veteran Jesuit coach Ken Potter has ever had, or what?
'It's more experienced that any team I've had. That's the biggest thing,' he says. 'We have 18 returning starters and a lot of seniors. They compare favorably to our 2000 year when we won a state championship. It's a quality team.'
• In 6A, 28 of 46 teams (61 percent) make the playoffs. In 5A, 20 of 40 teams (50 percent) get in. By luck of the draw, four of the seven 6A champions have first-round byes. The Metro, Mount Hood Conference and Three Rivers League winners automatically are in the 16-team second round on Nov. 17 or Nov.18, but PIL No. 1 Grant has to open Nov. 10. The Generals will be at home against the MHC No. 4 seed (Centennial, Reynolds or Gresham).
Central Catholic, David Douglas and Barlow are 1-2-3 in the MHC.
• Lincoln will open the playoffs at home Nov. 10. The Cardinals will face the fourth-place team from the Pacific Conference, either Tualatin or Forest Grove. Tualatin was in the state semifinals last year.
• Twelve of the 13 league leaders in 6A and 5A are undefeated in league play heading into the final week of the regular season. The 5A Intermountain Conference has a four-way tie at 5-1 between Bend, Hermiston, Mountain View and Pendleton.