La Salle's Fisher rushes for 315 yards and three touchdowns
by John Denny
La Salle Prep and Gladstone football teams both turned in impressive performances last Friday.
The Falcons took charge in the second half in a 42-27 win at Philomath, while the Gladiators rolled to a 31-7 win at Tillamook.
La Salle 190-pound senior running back J.J. Fisher carried the Falcons on his back, rushing for an incredible 315 yards and three touchdowns in 25 trips with the pigskin.
Still, it wasn't until the second half that the Falcons took charge of the game. Trailing 27-21 at the intermission, the Falcons outscored their hosts 21-7 after the break.
Senior Nate Kaiel put the Falcons on top for good, scoring on a 16-yard run in the third quarter.
Fisher followed with scoring runs of 7 and 3 yards to seal the victory. He also scored on a 65-yard run to put the Falcons up 14-7 in the first quarter.
La Salle quarterback Mark Holenstein completed four passes for 84 yards, and he passed to Colin Meisner for the game's first touchdown.
Meisner had five receptions for 90 yards.
The win put the Falcons at 3-0 on the 2011 season. They've scored the most points of any team in Oregon Class 4A high school football, outscoring their first three opponents 154-67.
La Salle hosts former Capital Conference rival Cascade this Friday. The Cougars (2-1) took care of business with Molalla last Friday, winning 15-0.
Seniors Eamon Burrell and A.J. Prom packed the one-two punch for Gladstone in last Friday's rout of the Cheesemakers.
Burrell had one of the best nights of his high school career, completing 15-of-22 passes - without an interception - for 165 yards and a touchdown. Burrell connected with seven different receivers.
Prom was a workhorse in a varied running attack, rushing 26 times for 133 yards and a touchdown.
The Gladiators out-gained their hosts 387- to 224 yards in total offense. They led 24-0 before Tillamook (1-1) found the end zone in the fourth quarter.
Gladstone (2-1) plays host to Sisters (0-3) this Friday. The Outlaws dropped a 22-19 barnburner to Madras last Friday.
In Class 5A and the Northwest Oregon Conference, Putnam (2-1, 1-1) bounced back from a loss to Sherwood with a 64-34 rout of Parkrose on Friday, while Milwaukie (1-2, 0-2) came up short, losing 40-14 at Liberty.
Keynan Middleton rushed for 87 yards in Milwaukie's loss. Trevontae Anderson and Eddy Barrientos-Thomas both scored touchdowns.
After a rough start, Milwaukie shut out Liberty 14-0 in the second half.
Putnam did not report details of the Parkrose game to this newspaper.
The NWOC takes a break from league action this week, with Putnam hosting Crescent Valley and Milwaukie hosting Silverton.
Silverton (2-1) dropped a close one to Crescent Valley (2-1) last Friday, losing 27-21.