Lions pancake Putnam for fourth Northwest Oregon Conference seed
St. Helens eliminates Kingsmen 42-14 on Senior Night
If the Lions are to make a deep Class 5A state playoff run, this is the year to do it.
St. Helens steamrolled Putnam 42-14 and clinched the fourth and final Northwest Oregon Conference seed on Senior Night on Friday, Oct. 21, at Doc Ackerson Stadium.
"[Being Senior Night] made it the best football game ever," said Haidon Allen, a running back and one of 26 seniors. "An unforgettable moment for all of us, and I'm blessed to be a part of it."
The Lions (6-2 overall, 4-2 Northwest Oregon) are the fourth seed in the conference for the second year in a row and will reach state for the third time in six seasons.
Jax Ogle started Friday with a one-yard first-quarter touchdown run, and Myles Terry's 10-yard grab had the Lions up 14-0 after one as the Kingsmen (3-5, 2-4) could not catch him.
"Senior Night was amazing," said Dylan Brady, also a senior running back. "All of our seniors played well, and it was just such a great experience. I soaked it all up."
Putnam senior running back Beau Winters ran 25 yards for a touchdown in the second, but Tyler Rea broke through tacklers 29 yards for a touchdown and St. Helens led 21-7 at halftime.
"Senior Night couldn't have been any better," Terry said.
Allen's 20-yard run, Austin Dragoo's eight-yard burst and Terry's 50-yard catch set up by Tucker Mosley's interception at the St. Helens 48 put the Lions up 42-7 after three.
Putnam junior running back Landy Wilson ran two yards for a score with 42.7 left in the fourth, but St. Helens could hardly be upset.
The Lions out-threw the Kingsmen 216-26 and outran them 256-152.
Levi Norton completed 12 of 13 passes for 213 yards, and Terry made eight catches for 180 yards.
Rea ran seven times for 76 yards, Allen went 68 yards on eight carries and Ogle rushed five times for 43 yards.
Jake Hawins made all six point-after kicks.
The Kingsmen went 1-for-6 passing for 37 yards and an additional interception to Colton Beisley.
The Lions won Class 3A state championships in 1992 and 1996.
"I don't want two more weeks [as the Lions will play at No. 3 Sandy at 7 p.m. next Friday and enter a state first-round game on Nov. 4 or 5], I want six more weeks," was the Lions' concensus. "Don't check out, check in."
St. Helens 42, Putnam 14
P 0 7 0 7 14
SH 14 7 14 7 42
SH Jax Ogle 1-yard run (Jacob Hawkins PAT), 4:10
SH Myles Terry 9-yard pass from Levi Norton (Hawkins PAT), 1:30
P Beau Winters 25-yard run (Drew Urben PAT), 6:30
SH Tyler Rea 29-yard run (Hawkins PAT), 4:00
SH Haidon Allen 21-yard run (Hawkins PAT), 7:30
SH Austin Dragoo 8-yard run (Hawkins PAT), 1:30
SH Terry 51-yard pass from Norton (Hawkins PAT), 10:56
P Landy Wilson 1-yard run (Urben PAT), :42.7