But they hold their own with the 2010 semifinalist Raiders
MILWAUKIE - It was a heartbreaking loss.
The Rex Putnam Kingsmen proved Friday night that last year's successful football season was not a one-year deal, as they gave the 2010 Class 5A semifinalist Crescent Valley Raiders all they could handle in a 35-33 loss.
Jarred Baumgartner played hero for the Raiders, who are ranked the fourth-best team in the state in the OSAA 5A RPI ratings. The 6-2 junior safety broke up a pass on an attempt at a two-point conversion late in the fourth quarter.
Had the pass been completed, Putnam had a good chance of pulling out the victory, as the Kingsmen appeared to have the momentum.
Putnam got the ball back after the failed PAT, but fumbled it away - following a completed pass, and the Raiders ran out the clock for the narrow win.
The Kingsmen trailed all the way, after giving up two first-quarter touchdowns, but they kept the game close.
DeShawn Stephens busted an 83-yard run and Eli Skiles hauled in a 27-yard touchdown pass from Max Bailey in the second quarter to trim the Raiders' lead to 28-19 at the intermission.
Stephens returned the second-half kickoff 85 yards to the end zone and Bailey passed to Tucker Fleishman for the two-point conversion, and it was a one-point game, with Putnam trailing 28-27.
The Raiders got an insurance score early in the fourth period to make it 35-27.
But Bailey hit Zach Martin with a 26-yard scoring strike as the fourth quarter was winding down, and the scoreboard read: Crescent Valley 35, Putnam 33.
Putnam coach Brad Lewman elected to go for a two-point conversion and the tie. But Baumgartner got in position to make the stop, and the Raiders hung on for the victory.
'We had our chances,' said Lewman. 'These kids did everything with class; we just didn't take care of the little things that win these types of games….
'But I love these kids, and I couldn't be prouder of the way they fought.'
The Kingsmen generated 463 yards of offense in the losing effort.
Bailey found his target on 11-of-23 attempted passes for 197 yards and three touchdowns, and he didn't throw an interception.
Stephens made four catches for 105 yards and a touchdown, giving him three touchdowns on the night.
Skiles had a big night, rushing 10 times for 101 yards.
Danny Grigsby carried the Raiders on his back. The 5-10, 230-pound senior rushed 40 times for what is thought to be a school-record 350 yards and two touchdowns.
Crescent Valley 6-4 sophomore quarterback Tanner Sanders completed 9-of-18 passes for 78 yards and a touchdown, and the 6-4, 185-pound sophomore rushed for 38 yards and two touchdowns.
The Raiders finished with a net offense of 474 yards.
The Raiders (3-1, 1-1) meet Lebanon on the road this Friday, while Putnam (2-2, 1-1) returns to Northwest Oregon Conference play at Sandy (1-3, 0-2). The Pioneers lost at Bend, 24-14, last Friday.
The Milwaukie Mustangs last Friday had one of their better offensive showings of the season despite getting blown out by Silverton, 47-6.
The Mustangs generated 297 yards in offense. Milwaukie first-year quarterback DaJuan Gant completed 12 passes for 136 yards; and the 6-0, 190-pound junior rushed 21 times for 82 yards and Milwaukie's only touchdown.
The visiting Silver Foxes broke the game open with their passing game. Silverton quarterback Alex Clokey complete 7-of-12 passes for 230 yards and four touchdowns.
The Foxes took charge of the game in the second quarter, when Clokey threw scoring strikes of 50, 32 and 21 yards, and Silverton's Torrey Rogness intercepted a pass and returned it 40 yards to the end zone.
Silverton (3-1, 1-1) hosts South Albany (0-4, 0-2) this Friday, while the Mustangs (1-3, 0-2) play host to St. Helens (2-2, 1-1). The Lions got blown out by Sherwood 61-21 last Friday.