Raiders win finale, advance to state playoffs
Reynolds goes on a 28-0 run in the second half to storm past Barlow
TROUTDALE The Reynolds Raiders punched their ticket to the big-school football playoffs for the first time since 2004, using a big second half Friday night to knock off Barlow 28-21 and claim the last automatic spot out of the Mount Hood Conference.
Trailing 14-0 at the half, Reynolds came out of the locker room and needed less than two minutes to score on its opening drive when QB Josh Schleining looped a pass into the end zone, and Quentin Bates kept both feet in bounds along the sideline to complete the 13-yard scoring play.
The Raiders pulled even late in the third quarter when running back Demontrial Spinks caught a short ball and took it 50 yards to the end zone.
Schleining hooked up with Kanyon Flynn twice in the fourth quarter, getting the winning touchdown on a 25-yard strike that looped over the top of a Bruin helmet and fell into Flynns arms in the front corner of the end zone with 5:08 to play.
Barlows final chance came to an end at midfield when Spinks stepped in front of a receiver for an interception.
The Raiders (5-4) finished the regular season tied with David Douglas and Barlow for third place in the MHC, but Reynolds won the tiebreaker for the last automatic playoff spot based on finishing higher in the states RPI rankings.
Its huge for us, Reynolds coach Sean VanDeMerghel said. Three years ago we finished 0-10. Weve lost so many close ones over the last few years, but this season a lot has come together for us.
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