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Cavs win in a 56-49 donnybrook


Dan Sherrell leads the way, rushing for 248 yards and six touchdowns

by: JOHN LARIVIERE - Clackamas junior Dan Sherrell (1), pictured in a preseason game with Newberg, was in form Friday night, as he rushed for 248 yards and six touchdowns to lead Clackamas in a 56-49 win over West Linn.The Clackamas Cavaliers won a Three Rivers League football dogfight with West Linn on Friday, 56-49.

It was a game in which the lead changed hands four times. The score was tied at 7-7 in the first quarter, at 21-21 in the second period, and at 42-42 and 49-49 in the final period.

Clackamas running back Dan Sherrell scored a touchdown on a 29-yard run with just 1:22 left to play to gain Clackamas the victory.

Sherrell had a career night for the Cavaliers, rushing 39 times for 248 yards and six touchdowns.

The 5-8, 165-pound junior put points on the scoreboard in every quarter, scoring on a one-yard run to put Clackamas up 7-0 at the start of the game, on an 11-yard run for a 13-7 first-quarter lead, on a 5-yard run to knot the score at 21-all in the second period, on a 3-yard run to put Clackamas up 35-27 in the third stanza, on a 26-yard run to knot the score at 42-42 early in the fourth quarter, and on his 29-yard game-winner.

The game had a wild finish, with defense turning the tide for the Cavaliers at crunch time.

West Linn junior quarterback Hayden Coppedge had his way in a potent aerial assault most of the night, completing 31-of-43 passes for 431 yards and four touchdowns.

Coppedge didn’t throw an interception in the first 46 minutes of the 48-minute game. But he was picked twice in the final two minutes, when the game was on the line.

With the score tied at 49-49 and 4-1/2 minutes left to play, things appeared bright for Clackamas, when a Cavalier fell on a short kickoff at the Clackamas 42.

But three plays later, West Linn junior linebacker Kevin Edwards pounced on a Clackamas fumble at the Clackamas 49, and the Lion sidelines went crazy.

The celebration was short-lived. On the Lions’ third play, Clackamas sophomore defensive back Hayden Kirsch stepped in front of a Coppedge sideline pass for an interception and returned the ball to the West Linn 45, and the Cavaliers were back in business.

Three plays later, Sherrell burst through a hole in the Lion line and raced 29 yards for the game-winner.

A short time later, Clackamas junior linebacker Zach Farnes intercepted another Coppedge aerial and returned the ball 27 yards to the West Linn 28. And the game belonged to Clackamas, as the Cavaliers wound out the clock.

Even with Coppedge’s big passing night, the Cavaliers out-gained their guests 495- to 474 yards in total offense.

Clackamas junior quarterback Doonie Johnson completed 13-of-19 passes for 182 yards and a touchdown, and he did not throw a single interception.

With the win, the unheralded Cavaliers (4-2, 2-0) remained tied with second-ranked Lake Oswego (6-0, 2-0) in first place in the TRL standings. The Cavaliers square off with the Lakers at Lake Oswego this Thursday. They play Oregon City on the road a week from Friday.

Pioneers meet their

match in Grant

Turnovers and the inability to stop Grant 5-11, 170-pound sophomore quarterback Sam Davis proved the difference Friday night at Lincoln High School, as the Oregon City Pioneers dropped a nonleague football game to the Generals 49-34.

Davis had his way in a prolific aerial assault, completing 16-of-26 passes for 355 yards and three touchdowns.

Oregon City quarterbacks Jon Hall and Austin Whitton threw four interceptions and two of the picks were returned for touchdowns. Together they connected with Oregon City receivers on only 6-of-23 attempted passes for 100 yards and one touchdown.

Grant junior defensive back Isaiah Pernell returned an intercepted pass 25 yards to the end zone for a 22-7 lead in the second quarter; and General senior defensive back Kyrell Bishop put the game on ice when he returned a wayward aerial 65 yards to the end zone for a 49-28 lead in the fourth stanza.

Still, the Pioneers stayed close, thanks to the efforts of Pioneer running back Mitchell Thompson. The 5-8, 170-pound senior rushed 20 times for 242 yards and three touchdowns. Thompson’s 44-yard sprint to the end zone late in the second period pulled the Pioneers to within a touchdown, at 28-21, at the intermission.

Grant 5-10, 185-pound senior running back Bryant Peek Jr. kept the Pioneer defense honest, picking up 158 yards and scoring two touchdowns in 32 trips with the pigskin.

Cordell Harris, a 5-7, 160-pound senior, and Nathan Halverson, a 5-10, 175-pound senior, headed up the General receiver corps. Harris hauled in seven passes for 182 yards, with touchdown receptions of 65 and 19 yards; Halverson had five catches for 92 yards and a touchdown.

The Pioneers were without quarterback Jacob Tipton, who was suspended from play for an unspecified reason.

The Pioneers (3-3, 1-1) will attempt to regroup this Thursday, when they travel to West Linn (2-4, 0-2) for a showdown with their league rivals.