OC gridders get it done in Redmond
The Pioneers shut down the Panthers in the second half en route to a 42-14 victory
REDMOND - The Oregon City Pioneers last Friday upended Redmond 42-14 in their final tuneup for this Friday's Three Rivers League football opener with cross-river rival West Linn.
Still, it wasn't until the second half that the Pioneers broke the Redmond game open.
Mitchell Thompson provided the spark. With under a minute remaining in the first half and the score tied at 14-14, the 155-pound Pioneer running back weaved through a host of defenders and sprinted 85 yards for the go-ahead score.
The Pioneers then shut the Panther offense down in the second half, outscoring Redmond 21-0 in the final two periods.
Senior helmsman Landon Martinez was huge for Oregon City in the second half, passing for two touchdowns and rushing for a third.
Martinez was sharp all through the game, completing 11-of-18 passes for 196 yards and three touchdowns. The 5-11, 175-pound senior connected with seven different receivers.
Martinez orchestrated an 80-yard drive on the Pioneers' second possession of the third period, scoring on a one-yard quarterback keeper.
Another score came quickly, as the Pioneers took advantage of a shanked punt to take over at the Redmond 30. Martinez then hooked up with Jonathan Reece for a 30-yard scoring strike, putting Oregon City up 35-14 with 1-1/2 minutes remaining in the third stanza.
Early in the fourth quarter, Louis Wolf pounced on a Panther miscue near the midfield stripe. Martinez hit Reece with a 34-yard pass; a couple of plays later Martinez passed five yards to Trevor Dye in the end zone, and the game was in hand.
Martinez also hit Justin Cornejo with a 51-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, and Wolf scored on a 33-yard run early in the second period.
The Pioneers out-gained their hosts 472- to 250 yards in total offense.
Thompson rushed eight times for 148 yards, for his third consecutive 100-yard game.
Reece was Oregon City's top receiver, with three catches for 80 yards.
The Pioneers completed the game without a turnover.
With the loss, Redmond slipped to 2-2 in preseason.
Lions in town
Although it's only the first game of the Three Rivers League season for Oregon City, this Friday's game with West Linn has special significance for Oregon City. The Pioneers have lost the last eight games with their rivals in what is heralded as the longest uninterrupted high school football rivalry west of the Mississippi.
Oregon City holds a 48-41-1 edge in the series, which started in 1921. West Linn won 35-0 last year.
The two teams have similar records this fall. The Pioneers are off to a 3-1 start, with wins over David Douglas (35-17), Southridge (37-22) and Redmond (42-14), after a 35-13 season-opening loss to Roseburg.
The Lions also sport a 3-1 record, with a 31-27 league win over Canby last Friday, nonleague wins over Barlow (31-14) and Centennial (55-14), and a loss to West Salem (24-3).
Gametime Friday is 7 p.m., at Oregon City.
Cavs turn over
GRESHAM - The youthful Clackamas Cavaliers were their own worst enemy last Friday, as they shot themselves in the foot in a 27-6 loss at Gresham.
Due to offensive miscues, the Cavaliers struggled all night to get much going on offense. Clackamas sophomore quarterback Cade Wilkins (12-of-36, 140 yards) threw four interceptions and the Cavaliers lost two fumbles.
Gresham sophomore Mason McCoy made three interceptions on the night, and he nearly had two more in the fourth quarter.
Clackamas senior running back Oliver Farnes (21 carries, 84 yards) reached the end zone on a second-quarter fourth-down play for the Cavaliers' only score. The PAT attempt was blocked.
Jacob Iverson set up Farnes' score with a 41-yard reception inside the Gopher 10.
Erick Douglas III had five receptions for 72 yards in the losing effort.
Led by running backs Marcus Martinez (16 carries, 128 yards) and Devauntae Hoffman (23 carries, 101 yards), the Gophers out-gained their guests 413- to 243 yards in total offense.
Hoffman scored two touchdowns, putting the Gophers up 13-0 with a 19-yard run early in the second period, and 20-6 with a 13-yard touchdown run two minutes before halftime.
The Gophers put the game out of reach when Micah Tolai scored on a 25-yard run three minutes into the fourth quarter.
It was the first home win for the Gophers since October of 2009, and their third win in four starts this season.
In earlier games this fall, Gresham defeated Glencoe 41-7 and McNary 47-36, after a season-opening 21-14 loss to Sunset.
Clackamas (1-3) begins league pay this Friday, when the Cavaliers entertain Lakeridge. The Pacers have been impressive in preseason, averaging 52 points in wins over North Medford (64-14), Hillsboro (46-6), North Salem (51-14) and defending state champion Aloha (47-40).