PIL champion Wilson gets Pendleton in first round
Wilson showed Marshall it could pass a week ago when quarterback Sean Setzer threw for five touchdowns in a 38-14 win.
On Friday, the Trojans showed they can run, too, with tailback Kacy Fairfax rushing for five touchdowns in a 49-13 victory in the PIL title game at Lincoln's Mike Walsh Field.
Wilson (9-0, 7-0 PIL) won the crown for the first time in eight years and now will try to get some attention with victories in the state playoffs.
The Trojans play host to Pendleton (5-4) in the first round Friday at 7 p.m.
'We've built up a lot of steam for the playoffs,' senior receiver Gates Anderton says. 'We feel like we're peaking, and the playoffs is a good time for that.'
'We feel like we're a team capable of going the distance,' junior lineman Joe Bozikovich says. 'The only thing that's going to keep us from playing well is us being afraid of the competition. And I don't see that happening.'
Marshall (5-4), which struggled to get its running game going, will play host to McMinnville (5-4) Friday at Lincoln.
'We played a playoff-caliber team the last two weeks, so I hope that got us ready,' Marshall coach Ray Byzewski says. 'But our game plan is going to be pretty much what we've done all year Ñ run the ball, play good defense and try not to fall behind.'
Lincoln beat Benson 15-6 in the PIL's third-place game on Thursday and will play at South Medford, which upset North Medford before more than 9,000 fans at Spiegelberg Stadium. Lincoln's win drew slightly more than 100 fans.
Jesuit (8-1) begins its playoff drive with a home game against McKay (8-1) of the Valley League.
Central Catholic (8-1) will play host to Roseburg (5-4) at PGE Park and will have its eye on a rematch with Jesuit in the second round, provided both teams win on Friday.
David Douglas (5-4), which started the season with three straight losses, will play host to Tigard (7-2) in the first round. The Scots lost at home in the first round last season.
Centennial (5-4) came back from what looked like a dismal season to reach the playoffs for the second straight season and will play at unbeaten Hermiston on Friday. The Eagles lost 28-24 to unbeaten Sheldon in the first round of last season's playoffs.
GIRLS SOCCER: Grant's promising season came to an end Saturday in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs with a 3-2 home loss to Southridge of Beaverton in double overtime.
Lincoln, the PIL's No. 2 seed, scored a 2-0 win over Sunset on Thursday in its first-round game and will play at home against South Medford on Tuesday. Ruth Gilliam, PIL player of the year, said before the playoffs began that Lincoln could beat not only Sunset but other teams in the bracket. 'There's a bunch of teams that can win the state title,' she says. 'And we think we're one of them.'
Defending state champion Jesuit easily advanced with a 5-0 win over Putnam and will play host to Tigard today.
St. Mary's beat Summit of Bend 2-1 in penalty kicks at Delta Park on Friday and will play host to South Eugene today.
Central Catholic beat Redmond 2-0 and advanced to a second-round game at South Salem, which reached the state final last year.
BOYS SOCCER: Top-ranked Jesuit beat Grant 3-0 on Friday and moved into the second round of the state playoffs to meet Woodburn today. Mount Hood champion Central Catholic also won its first-round game, beating Putnam 2-1 on Saturday. The Rams play host to McMinnville today at Delta Park's Strasser Field.
Lincoln, which reached the semifinals two years ago, also moved into the second round with a 4-0 win over Centennial and will play host to Hood River today at Mike Walsh Field.
Cleveland, which beat Grant in a tiebreaker for second place, won its first-round game over visiting Ashland 1-0 on penalty kicks and plays at Westview tonight.
VOLLEYBALL: The four state tournaments will be held this week at four different locations in Portland and Eugene.
The Class 4A tournament is Friday and Saturday at the Chiles Center at the University of Portland. PIL champion Benson plays in the same pool with title contender Barlow on Friday. Benson has a shot at finishing second in its four-team pool, which also includes Mountain View of Bend and Oregon City.
Central Catholic won three subtournament matches and is in a pool with West Linn, Sheldon and Aloha. Reynolds has an excellent chance of winning a trophy because it is in the weakest of the four pools.
No. 2 Jesuit, which won the Metro League and beat No. 1 Gresham in an October tournament, is in a pool with Three Rivers League champion Canby, Southern Oregon champion Ashland and Gresham. Only two teams advance to Saturday's championship round.
Portland Christian begins play in the Class 2A tournament Friday at David Douglas.