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Southridge slides into finals with solid win over LO

Coleman racks up 138 second-half rushing yards, helps secure Skyhawks' 27-7 victory
by: jaime VALDEZ, Southridge football players carry teammate Kevin Coleman off the field at PGE Park in Portland Friday night after the Skyhawks beat Lake Oswego 27-7 in the state semifinal game. Southridge goes on to play Metro rival Jesuit in the finals next Saturday.

PORTLAND - After barely being used in the first half, Southridge running back Kevin Coleman rambled for 138 second-half yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead the Skyhawks to an impressive 27-7 victory over Lake Oswego in the semifinals of the 6A state playoffs Friday at PGE Park.

Southridge (9-4) will now play Metro League rival Jesuit in the state championship game next Saturday at Autzen Stadium in Eugene. Coleman, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound senior, was a non-factor in the first half of Friday's semifinal, rushing for just six yards on two carries.

But Coleman became the go-to back in the second half as Southridge opted for a straight-ahead running style that the Lakers (10-3) couldn't stop. Coleman set the tone on the first series of the third quarter when he carried 10 times, most of them up the middle, for 72 yards. Coleman capped the drive with a three-yard scoring run that put the Skyhawks ahead for good at 13-7.

That's the way it stayed until midway through the fourth quarter when Coleman struck once again. This time he ended with a quick, five-play drive with a 26-yard touchdown run up the middle. With Trevor Harman's extra point, the Skyhawks led 20-7 with 7:22 left in the game.

Southridge got the ball back about a minute later when the Lakers failed to convert a fourth-down pass near midfield. The 'Hawks then chewed up another three minutes while moving the ball to the Lakers' 18. Southridge put the game away on the next play when Tom Farinacci hit Marcus Matthews with an 18-yard touchdown pass.

Farinacci, who lost his starting quarterback job late in the season but reassumed his spot midway through the first half of Friday's game, completed 7 of 12 passes for 71 yards. He also had two touchdown passes, including a 22-yarder to Tyler Harman just before intermission.

Coleman, meanwhile, finished with a game-high 144 yards on 22 carries. The Lakers were led by quarterback Duncan White, who went 10 for 19 for 132 yards. He had a hand in Lake Oswego's only score of the game, a 54-yard toss to Jon Dulong midway through the first quarter.