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Hawks soar in postseason opener

Horizon opens the Class 3A state playoffs with 31-13 win over Glide


TUALATIN — In its Class 3A state playoff opener, the Horizon Christian High School football team created plenty of opportunities.

The Hawks took advantage of those opportunities, and came away with a big win.

Horizon Christian, striking when it had the chance, came away with a 31-13 win over Glide in a Class 3A state playoff first-round game played Friday at Horizon Christian High School.

Glide, the No. 2 team from the Sunset League, finished its season with a final overall record of 7-4.

Horizon Christian, the No. 2 team from the West Valley League, improved to 7-2 on the season. The Hawks also advance to play in the quarterfinal round of the Class 3A state playoffs. They’ll host defending Class 3A state champion Santiam Christian Friday at 7 p.m. in a Class 3A state playoff match-up.

Horizon Christian, in last Friday’s postseason opener against Glide, grabbed the early lead. Senior quarterback Wyatt Houston threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to senior Zack Selland, capping off a seven-play, 59-yard drive and giving the Hawks a 7-0 lead with 1 minute and 38 seconds left to play in the first quarter.

The Hawks struck again early in the second quarter. A 34-yard reception by sophomore receiver Colton Cosner and a 47-yard run by senior Taylor Grimmett helped set up a 4-yard scoring pass from Houston to Cosner.

The TD toss upped the Horizon Christian lead to 13-0 with 10:27 remaining in the second quarter. The Hawks would take the 13-point lead to halftime.

Horizon Christian would then add on to its advantage in the third quarter. Cosner caught a 10-yard scoring pass from Selland with 4:25 left in the period. The two then teamed up for a two-point conversion pass to make the score 21-0.

The big play on the 94-yard scoring drive was a 57-yard reception by Cosner when the Hawks were facing third down on their own 10-yard line.

Glide trimmed the lead to 21-6 following a 57-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Halter to Corey Finlay with 3:35 left in the third quarter.

But Horizon Christian answered back, and then some, in the final stanza.

Selland intercepted a Glide pass and returned the ball 35 yards to the Wildcat 9-yard line. That set up a 21-yard field goal by Grimmett, which upped the margin to 24-6 with 8:14 left in the game.

Then, after Hawk junior Connor Marleau recovered a Glide fumble at the Wildcat 21-yard line, Selland threw a 14-yard TD pass to Cosner to make the score 31-6 with 5:04 remaining.

Glide got a late 29-yard touchdown pass from Halter to Michael Loomis to make the final score 31-13.

Cosner had a big game for the Hawks in the win. He had seven receptions for 156 yards and three touchdowns.

Selland had four catches for 86 yards and a score and he also completed four of 11 pass attempts for 96 yards and two touchdowns.

Houston completed 11 of his 15 pass attempts for 196 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 36 yards on eight carries.

Grimmett led the Horizon Christian rushing attack with 100 yards on 15 carries.

Santiam Christian, the No. 2 team from the PacWest Conference, brings a 9-2 record into Friday’s quarterfinal game. The winner of Friday’s game at Horizon Christian will face either Dayton or Willamina, both from the West Valley League, in the semifinal round.



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