Gladiators, Falcons continue on track in Class 4A football
Glads bury the Indians; Falcons win big at Madras
Gladstone and La Salle, the top two-ranked teams in the state in Oregon Class 4A high school football, continued on track last week.
The top-ranked Gladiators out-classed Molalla 47-8, while the No. 2-ranked Falcons breezed to a 42-13 win at Madras.
With two games remaining in Tri-Valley Conference play, the Falcons (5-2, 3-0) continued unbeaten and maintained their grip on first place in the conference.
Gladstone (6-1, 2-1), Estacada (5-2, 2-1) and Madras (3-4, 2-1) were tied for second place.
La Salle plays Estacada on the road this Friday and the Falcons host Molalla a week from Friday.
Gladstone entertains Madras this Friday and the Gladiators vie at North Marion (3-3, 0-3) in their final conference game.
The Gladiators were in charge of last weeks game with Molalla from the outset, outscoring the Indians 34-0 in the first half and putting all 47 points on the scoreboard before Molalla found the end zone in the fourth quarter.
Six different Gladstone players scored touchdowns, including a defender and a special teams player.
Gladstone senior linebacker Oscar Sanchez picked up a Molalla fumble early in the second period and rambled 80 yards to the end zone to make it 21-0 Gladstone. And Gladiator senior Dalton Moe returned a punt 45 yards to the end zone to up the Gladiator lead to 34-0 at the half.
Gladstone junior quarterback Austin Galvin threw touchdown passes of 29 yards to Moe and 33 yards to wide receiver Michael Stoutt.
Austin Winter, Handsome Smith and D.J. Williams scored rushing touchdowns.
Eleven different Gladstone plays ran with the football, amassing 277 yards on 42 carries.
The Gladiators out-gained the Indians in total offense 390 yards to 207 yards.
The defending state champion La Salle Falcons rallied around senior quarterback Mark Holenstein and senior running back Colin Meisner to roll to a 35-7 halftime advantage in last Thursdays game at Madras.
Holenstein completed 8-of-14 passes for 126 yards, with scoring strikes to tight end Sean Hays and to wide receiver Alex Tetherow.
Meisner rushed 17 times for 122 yards and two touchdowns.
The Falcons were also tough on defense, allowing the White Buffaloes just 54 yards in rushing offense.
Junior lineman Ryan Cavanagh made 12 solo tackles. Hays intercepted a pass.