Kingsmen, Mustangs, Gladiators come up short

Last Friday was a good day for Oregon City, Clackamas and La Salle high school football teams, while Putnam, Milwaukie and Gladstone went down to defeat.

Oregon City bounced back from a 35-13 season-opening loss to Roseburg, rallying around 155-pound scatback Mitchell Thompson and 6-2, 190-pound wide receiver Trevor Dye to trip David Douglas 35-17.

Clackamas on Friday rebounded from a 34-14 loss to Centennial in its season opener, rallying around sophomore talent Cade Wilkins and senior Oliver Farnes to dump McKay 50-6.

La Salle on Friday upped its preseason record to 2-0, following up its 62-40 season-opening win at Roosevelt with a 50-0 trouncing of Amity.

It wasn't as bad as last year, when they got embarrassed by Sherwood, losing 47-0 in their Northwest Conference opener. But the Rex Putnam Kingsmen last Friday got blown out by the defending state champs 59-20. Junior Max Bailey, who had passed for 370 yards and six touchdowns in this year's season opener [a 41-13 win at Madison], was intercepted five times.

The Milwaukie Mustangs found out on Friday that they still have a lot of work to do. They trailed 51-0 at halftime and they disappointed their fans with a 51-6 loss to Wilsonville. The Mustangs had played a solid defensive game in their season opener a week earlier, containing their opponent to a net of just 120 yards in offense in a 6-0 win at Cleveland.

The Gladstone Gladiators on Friday shot themselves in the foot. They out-gained visiting Roosevelt 392- to 374 yards in total offense, but ended up with a variety of miscues in a 37-21 loss. It was like day and night from the Gladiators' season opener, in which they piled up 538 yards in offense in a 56-14 shellacking of Yamhill-Carlton.

Oregon City last Friday trailed the visiting David Douglas Scots 17-14 at halftime. But it was all Oregon City in the second half, as the Pioneer coaching staff put the ball in the hands of Thompson.

Thompson rushed for a career-high 157 yards, picking up 124 yards on 18 carries after the halftime break.

Dye had a big night, hauling in touchdown passes of 84, 26 and 8 yards from senior helmsman Landon Martinez. Dye had two touchdown receptions in the third period, when the Pioneers took charge of the game.

Martinez (9-of-22, 174 yards) passed for four touchdowns.

Oregon City defensive back Derien Ward had two pass interceptions.

The Pioneers entertain Southridge this Friday. The Skyhawks are 0-2 to start the season, with losses to Tigard (49-41) and to Lincoln (27-20).

Wilkins put on an offensive show in Friday's Cavalier victory, completing 16-of-20 passes for 186 yards and a touchdown.

Farnes had a career night running the football, carrying 26 times for 191 yards and four - almost five - touchdowns. Except for a fumble in the end zone that teammate Ryan Gilbert pounced on, the 180-pound senior would have had a fifth touchdown.

Nursing a 13-6 lead, the Cavaliers took charge of the game in the third quarter, when Farnes scored on 5- and 19-yard runs, and Gilbert scored on the fumble recovery.

Wilkins' main targets were 6-2 junior Jacob Iverson (5 catches, 71 yards and a touchdown), 5-9 junior Erick Douglass III (6 catches, 53 yards) and 5-8 junior Ryan Gilbert (4 receptions, 53 yards).

The Cavalier defense was tough, forcing four fumbles. Ben Watzig collected two of them, while Cody Davis and Wade Henry also claimed McKay miscues.

Nick Chancellor was in on nine tackles, five of them solo tackles.

Discipline was a key for the Cavaliers. They cut down their penalties from the Centennial game, in which they had 116 yards in infractions.

Clackamas entertains Barlow this Friday. The Bruins beat North Salem 40-20 last Friday, after dropping their opener to West Linn 31-14.

La Salle's rout of Amity was a team win, with six different players scoring touchdowns. Senior Colin Meisner led the way, scoring on a 23-yard run and on a 62-yard punt return.

Mark Holenstein and Grant Studdard both threw touchdown passes.

The Falcons are at Philomath this Friday. The Warriors (1-0) upended Yamhill-Carlton 49-21 last Friday.

Junior Deshawn Stephens, who caught four touchdown passes in Putnam's season opener, continued on track last Friday, returning two kickoffs for touchdowns.

But Bailey was intercepted five times, and the Kingsmen were unable to stop Sherwood's ground attack, which ground out 451 yards.

Putnam (1-1, 0-1) hosts Parkrose this Friday. The Broncs (1-1, 0-1) began the season with a 21-18 win over Dallas, but they fell to Liberty (21-14) last Friday.

The first half of last Friday's game with Wilsonville was a nightmare for Milwaukie, as everything that could go wrong did. The Mustangs had only one first down in the first half.

Wilsonville went up 30-0 in the first quarter, scoring on a one-yard run by quarterback Jacob Haqq, a 30-yard fumble recovery by Danny Leece, a 28-yard pass interception by Tanner Shipley, a 42-yard field goal by Derik Sawyer, and on a short pass from Haqq to Johnny Ragin.

Keynan Middleton foiled the Wildcat shutout, scoring on a one-yard run in the final period.

The Mustangs generated only 146 yards of offense on the night.

Milwaukie (1-1, 0-1) travels to Liberty this Friday. The Falcons (1-1, 1-0) won at Parkrose last Friday, after dropping their opener 47-20 at Century.

The Roughriders got plenty of help from the Gladiators in last Friday's 37-21 win.

A fumbled punt led to a Roosevelt score, and the Roughriders also scored on a 67-yard pass interception return and on a 40-yard fumble recovery return. The Gladiators also had a touchdown called back because of an illegal block.

Nick Hernandez and A.J. Prom both rushed for just under 100 yards in the losing effort. Quarterback Eamon Burrell completed 10-of-17 passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns.

Roosevelt never trailed, going up 6-0 in the first quarter, 19-6 by halftime, and leading 25-13 heading into the fourth quarter.

Gladstone (1-1) takes on Tillamook (1-0) on the road this Friday. The Cheesemakers creamed McLoughlin 33-13 in their Sept. 2 opener.

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