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State playoffs set to kick off Friday


Tigard, Tualatin, Sherwood, Horizon all play at home

It’s not too much of a reach to say that the local high school football teams haven enjoyed a successful regular season.

In fact, that’s probably a heck of an understatement.

The four area teams — Tigard, Tualatin, Sherwood and Horizon Christian — had a combined regular-season overall record of 31-4, with the Tigers and Bowmen each claiming league championships.

That may be nice, but, as of now, none of that really matters all that much.by: DAN BROOD - PLAYOFFS -- Taylor Grimmett (9), Wyatt Houston (4) and their Horizon Christian teammates will host Glide on Friday.

That’s because everyone’s season is on the line now as the state playoffs begin on Friday.

“It’s a new season,” Tigard senior Robby Chabreck said of the playoffs following the Tigers’ regular season-ending 48-14 win over Forest Grove in a game played Oct. 26 at Tigard High School. “We need to step it up more.”

“We’re excited for the playoffs,” Tualatin coach Rob Hastin said. “We’ve tried to use the bye week to our advantage. We’ve gotten healthy and focused on fundamentals.”

All four of the area squads will open the state playoffs with home games on Friday.

At the Class 6A level, Tigard will be home to face Reynolds and Tualatin will host Clackamas in first-round games. Sherwood will be home to take on Lebanon in a Class 5A first-round playoff contest. Horizon Christian will host Glide in a Class 3A playoff opener.

All of those games will start at 7 p.m.

Tigard, which won its second straight Pacific Conference championship, brings an overall record of 8-1 into its playoff contest. Reynolds, the No. 3 team out of the Mt. Hood Conference, has an overall mark of 5-4.

The Tigers bring a high-powered offensive attack into the playoffs, featuring senior running back Zach Floyd. So far on the season, Floyd has rushed for 1,016 yards and 15 touchdowns in 112 carries. He also has two receiving touchdowns, two kickoff returns for scores, one punt return touchdown and one interception return for a score. Floyd has also thrown five touchdown passes out of the wildcat formation.

Tualatin also brings an overall mark of 8-1 into the playoffs, with the Timberwolves’ only setback coming to Tigard. Clackamas, the No. 4 team out of the Three Rivers League, is 5-5 on the season.

“Clackamas is a very athletic team,” Hastin said. “They’ve averaged quite a few points. We’re going to have to step up on defense, eliminate the big plays and force some turnovers.”

Sherwood, the Northwest Oregon Conference champion, brings a perfect 9-0 record into the playoffs. The Bowmen also have had plenty of postseason success the past few seasons, as they won the Class 5A state championship in 2010 and were the state runner-ups last year.

Sherwood brings averages of 54.6 points a game and 481.2 rushing yards a game into the postseason.

Speedy senior Cristian Morris lead the Sherwood rushing attack with 1,127 yards and 14 touchdowns on only 62 carries.

Lebanon, the No. 4 team from the Mid-Willamette Conference, is 5-5 on the season.

Horizon Christian, the No. 2 team from the West Valley League, is making its third state playoff appearance. The Hawks are 6-2 on the season.

Horizon Christian senior quarterback Wyatt Houston has put together an impressive season heading into the playoffs.

He has completed 114 of 193 pass attempts for 1,858 yards and 30 touchdowns with eight interceptions. He’s also rushed for 815 yards and eight more scores.

Glide, the No. 2 team out of the Sunset League, is 7-3 on the season.

The local teams, if they win on Friday, will host state playoff games next week. Tigard and Tualatin will be home for Class 6A state playoff second round games. Sherwood would host a Class 5A quarterfinal game and Horizon Christian would be home to play a Class 3A quarterfinal contest.