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Cavs, Pioneers, Mustangs, Glads, Falcons win

Tough defense down the stretch proves pivotal in Cavalier victory


by: JOHN LARIVIERE - Clackamas running back Dan Sherrell bursts through a hole in Newbergs line to score an early touchdown in last Fridays 27-20 win over the Tigers.Clackamas rode the legs of junior running back Dan Sherrell to a 27-6 advantage, and then held off the Newberg Tigers for a 27-20 win in a preseason football game played at Clackamas last Friday.

Sherrell rushed for 88 yards and three touchdowns before leaving the game at halftime due to muscle spasms in his lower back.

In Sherrell’s absence, the Cavaliers sputtered on offense, and the Tigers came roaring back.

Newberg gained momentum just before halftime. With the line of scrimmage at the Cavalier 19 and time expired on the first-half clock, Cavalier defenders chased Tigard quarterback Andrew Reichenbach all around the backfield. But Reichenbach somehow got a pass off and Tigard receiver Trevor Danielson hauled it in for a touchdown that narrowed Clackamas’ lead to 27-13 at the break.

Clackamas’ offense penetrated to just outside Newberg’s goal line late in the third quarter, only to have their drive stopped on downs at the Tiger 2. Fourteen plays and 98 yards later, Reichenbach found wide receiver Tyler Delashmutt open up the middle for a 33-yard touchdown pass. The PAT kick rang true, and with 6:05 left to play, the scoreboard read Clackamas 27, Tigard 20, and it was anybody’s game.

Two big defensive plays down the stretch helped save the Cavaliers’ bacon.

Clackamas senior linebacker Jonah McMoore pounced on a fumbled pitch at the Newberg 24 with 4:02 remaining to end one Tiger possession.

Newberg got the ball back with 2:35 left to play following a missed field goal.

Clackamas junior linebacker Zach Farnes saved the day a short time later when he intercepted a pass. The Cavaliers ran out the clock and celebrated the victory.

McMoore caused the fumble on the Newberg miscue that he pounced on.

“I was blitzing the right gap and I pushed the quarterback [as he pitched the ball],” McMoore said.

Farnes praised his linemen for the role they played in his late-game pass interception.

“The defensive line did a great job putting the pressure on and forcing that play,” he said.

Junior quarterback Doonie Johnson (15-for-25, 168 yards and one touchdown passing) and Sherrell (13 carries/88 yards and 3 touchdowns rushing; 3 receptions/15 yards) headed Clackamas’ offense, along with senior wide receiver Erick Douglas III (5 receptions/97 yards/one touchdown).

Senior Nick Adams, who took over at running back when Sherrell was sidelined, rushed 22 times for 68 yards.

The Cavaliers outgained the Tigers 327- to 268 yards in total offense.

Clackamas coach Joe Bushman told his players following the game: “I’m happy we won, but I think we can play better than we did tonight. I know we can play better.”

Bushman said he expects Sherrell to be ready to return to play for this Friday’s game at South Salem. The Saxons are 0-2 to start the season, with losses in games with Roseburg (22-15) and David Douglas (38-20). Clackamas is 2-0, having defeated Grants Pass 42-39 in its season opener.

Thompson leads

OC past Crater

Oregon City senior Mitchell Thompson was at the top of his game Friday, as the 5-8, 170-pound senior led the Pioneers in a 30-14 win over Crater.

Thompson was a workhorse, rushing 34 times for 223 yards and two touchdowns.

The Pioneers marched 57 yards and scored on their first possession of the game, with Thompson taking the ball in from the Comet 3-yard line.

Daniel Slack added a 39-yard field goal just before halftime to make it 10-0 Oregon City, and the Pioneers led the rest of the way.

Crater got on board, scoring on its first possession of the second half.

But the Pioneers answered with a 67-yard drive. Jacob Tipton passed six yards to Matthew Oades for the touchdown, and Slack’s on-target PAT kick made it 17-7 Oregon City.

Following a Comet punt, Thompson sprinted 49 yards to the end zone to up Oregon City’s lead to 24-7 with 1:47 left in the third quarter, and the Pioneers had the game in hand.

Tipton passed 17 yards to Oades as the game was winding down for Oregon City’s final score.

The Pioneers earned a 376- to 354-yard edge in total offense on the night.

Tipton competed 12-of-24 passes for 125 yards. Justin Cornejo was the top receiver, with four catches for 70 yards; Oades had six receptions for 45 yards and two touchdowns.

Crater quarterbacks Chase Mackey and Ty Fox combined to complete 20-of-40 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns.

The win followed on the heels of a 63-20 loss to 2011 Washington state finalist Camas in the Pioneers’ Aug. 31 season opener. The Pioneers generated 546 yards in offense in the loss, but they couldn’t stop Camas quarterback Reilly Hennessey, who completed 22-of-32 passes for 413 yards and four touchdowns.

Tipton passed for 258 yards and Thompson rushed for 140 yards in the losing effort.

Oregon City (1-1) hosts David Douglas (1-1) this Friday. The Scots defeated South Salem 38-20 last Friday, after dropping their opener to Sunset (31-20).

Mustangs put up

a record 66 points

Rumors have been flying around that the Milwaukie Mustangs have one of the best football teams they’ve had in years.

Based on the performance of the Mustangs in last week’s preseason game with Franklin, the rumors may be true. The Mustangs scored 10 touchdowns and they upended the Quakers 66-12.

The 66 points is a school record, beating the old mark of 60 points, set way back in 1939, when the Mustangs trounced McMinnville 60-0 en route to a season record of 8-0-1.

“We scored 66 points and we had three touchdowns called back,” said first-year head coach Don Johnson. “We’re a team that can move the ball on anybody. We’ve got athletes everywhere. We can put up points on anybody.”

The Mustangs rallied around 5-9, 160-pound sophomore quarterback Aaron Walston and a stable of athletic receivers to turn the Franklin game into a rout.

Walston, in his first varsity start, completed 12-of-17 passes for 343 yards and five touchdowns, and he didn’t throw an interception.

“He’s fearless,” Johnson said of his newfound helmsman. “He throws a great ball in money spots, and he’s not afraid to throw into coverage....”

Walston completed touchdown passes to four different receivers in the rout of the Quakers. Trevontae Anderson had five receptions for 159 yards, with touchdown receptions of 65- and 50 yards.

Kendrick Bourne caught three passes for 99 yards, and he had a touchdown reception of 42 yards. Richard Ramsey had two catches for 47 yards, with a 42-yard catch for a touchdown; Tyler Spencer had a seven-yard touchdown reception.

Ramsey also intercepted a pass and ran it back 98 yards for a score, and he carried the ball 12 times for 56 yards and a third touchdown.

Eddy Barrientos-Thomas headed a ground attack that netted 219 yards, picking up 85 yards and a touchdown in 12 trips with the pigskin.

Chris Besaw and Bourne also ran for touchdowns.

The Mustangs led 60-12 heading into the fourth quarter, when Johnson turned the play over to reserves.

The win followed a 56-6 season-opening loss at 2011 state finalist Sherwood.

“The game was a lot closer than the score indicates,” said Johnson. “They had three consecutive perfect onside kicks and we didn’t have the ball. They had the ball for 40-some consecutive plays.”

Sherwood finished with a 518- to 171-yard advantage in total offense. Cristian Morris (11 carries/134 yards) led a ground attack that amassed 441 yards, with five different running backs making major contributions.

Milwaukie quarterbacks DaJuan Gant and Walston combined to complete 17-of-40 passes for 166 yards, while the Mustangs struggled to get anything going with their ground attack.

Bourne had a good game on the receiving end, hauling down eight passes for 92 yards.

Chris Besaw scored Milwaukie’s only touchdown on a nine-yard run.

Milwaukie (1-1) hosts Pendleton (0-2) this Friday. The Buckaroos have losses to West Albany (62-35) and to W.F. West of Washington (21-17).

Kingsmen off

to a slow start

The Rex Putnam Kingsmen (0-2) are still looking for their first win, as they begin Northwest Oregon Conference play this Friday, hosting Sandy (0-2). The Pioneers are also 0-2, having lost to Hood River 35-28 and to Wilson 28-14.

Putnam fell to Crescent Valley 43-22 last Friday, after dropping a 20-14 heartbreaker to Hermiston in their season opener.

Crescent Valley put 26 points on the scoreboard in the third quarter and built a 30-7 advantage

The Raiders rallied around 5-9, 185-pound running back Nick Pozzesi and 6-5, 195-pound quarterback Tanner Sanders to put the Kingsmen away. Pozzesi picked up 138 yards and three touchdowns in 24 plays; Sanders completed 9-of-13 passes for 183 yards.

Putnam quarterback Max Bailey completed 11-of-35 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns, but he was intercepted three times. Brad Taylor made four catches for 65 yards.

Six turnovers — five interceptions and one fumble — proved the difference in the loss to Hermiston.

Nick Cropley, a 6-3, 195-pound quarterback, headed up Putnam’s offense, completing 15-of-38 passes for 121 yards and a touchdown, and rushing 13 times for 77 yards and a touchdown.

Putnam senior Tucker Fleischmann had a big game, flagging down eight passes for 90 yards, and scoring a second-half touchdown on a five-yard pass play.

Glads, Falcons

tough as nails

The 2012 Tri-Valley Conference football title chase promises to once again be a two-team battle between cross-town rivals Gladstone and La Salle. The two teams were ranked third and sixth in the state respectively in Class 4A after the first week of play. Douglas and Siuslaw were ranked second and third.

The Gladiators have been dominant in their first two games, blanking Astoria 52-0, and winning at Class 5A Roosevelt 41-12.

La Salle last Friday stunned top-ranked Douglas 44-14, after dropping its opener to Hawaii state powerhouse McKinley 43-22.

The Gladiator rushing attack has been unstoppable. Nine Gladstone running backs racked up 335 yards in 41 rushing plays at Roosevelt; ten backs rushed 62 times for 357 yards and eight touchdowns at Astoria.

Handsome Smith, a 5-8, 160-pound sophomore, is Gladstone’s leading rusher, with 28 carries for 214 yards and three touchdowns in the Gladiators’ first two games. Smith also had two catches for 52 yards at Roosevelt.

Zach Smith, a 5-8, 165-pound sophomore, has rushed for 106 yards in the two games; Dalton Moe, a 5-7, 150-pound senior, has rushed for 97 yards.

Gladstone junior quarterback Austin Galvin completed 5-of-10 passes for 127 yards and a touchdown in the rout of Roosevelt.

The Gladiators (2-0) host Stayton (1-1) this Friday. The Eagles defeated Molalla 42-27 last Friday, after losing their opener to Madras, 26-14.

Mark Holenstein played a major role in La Salle’s upset of Douglas. The 6-1, 172 pound senior helmsman rushed 11 times for 182 yards and three touchdowns, completed 6-of-8 passes for 79 yards and two touchdowns, and he kicked a 25-yard field goal and went 5-for-5 on PAT kicks.

Senior running back Colin Meisner picked up 120 yards on 16 carries.

The Falcons were up 44-0 before Douglas put any points on the scoreboard. They outgained Douglas in total offense, 426 yards to 292 yards.

La Salle returns to the gridiron this Friday, when the Falcons entertain eighth-ranked Philomath (2-0). The Warriors have been dominant in their openers, defeating Yamhill-Carlton 52-7 and Elmira 49-13.