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Jesuit hits the accelerator

The top-ranked Crusaders beat Canby 63-21 to reach the state championship game
by: JAIME VALDEZ, TD TIME - Jesuit senior wide receiver Michael Lowe stretches across the goal line to score his team;s seventh touchdown in from front of Canby's Mike Stogsdill during his team's 63-21 win at PGE Park Friday night.

PORTLAND - The traveling road show known as the Jesuit football team made yet another triumphant appearance in Friday night's Class 6A state semifinals, routing Canby 63-21 at PGE Park to move within one game of a second straight state championship.

The Crusaders (12-0) used a 49-7 scoring edge in the game's middle two quarters and added a potent passing attack to their regularly devastating running game to overwhelm the Cougars (10-4), the Pacific Conference champions.

"It was really fun," said senior quarterback Dan Wagner, who connected on 12-of-15 passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns. "The coach was calling great plays, and the offensive line gave me time to throw and that was really the key."

In addition to Wagner's heroics - he threw two TDs to Michael Lowe (43 yards and 16 yards) and one to Raphiel Lambert (45 yards) - senior tailback Paul Weatheroy and the Crusader offensive line were there usual dominating selves, racking up 386 yards total, with Weatheroy collecting 228 yards and five touchdowns.

"It was fun to air it out," Wagner said. "The coach told me the plays would be there and I just needed to do my job."

The Crusaders, who will meet Metro foe Southridge in the Class 6A state title game at 5 p.m. Dec. 9 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, led just 7-0 after the first quarter, then broke loose for 28 points in the second and 21 more in the third before handing the game over to their reserves in the fourth.

For a complete game story and more photos, please see Thursday's edition of the Beaverton Valley Times.