The Cougars, who earned a bye week despite losing to Clackamas in their regular-season finale, are in the hunt for a sixth-straight win in their series against the Tigers.

by: VERN UYETAKE / PAMPLIN MEDIA - Senior quarterback Austin Taylor (right) and the Canby football team will host Newberg in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs Nov. 8.It there was one high school football team in the state that benefited from a bye week, it was probably Canby.

The Cougars were pushed to their physical limits during the regular season, repeatedly forced to adapt and extend themselves in the wake of injuries to several key players.

But after avoiding the Class 6A play-in round, they’ll likely be as rested and as healthy as they’ve been in weeks when they host Newberg at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at Cougar Stadium in the first round of the state playoffs.

The winner will play Nov. 15 in the second round against either Sprague or Beaverton.

Canby (4-5) and Newberg have never met in the playoffs, but they have a long history together as former league opponents in the Pacific Conference. The Cougars faced the Tigers every year from 1994-2009.

Canby has won five-straight meetings in the series, has not lost to Newberg since 2004 and has not fallen to the Tigers at home since 2001.

The schools will rekindle their relationship in earnest next year, when Newberg (5-4) joins the expanded Three Rivers League.

The 12th-seeded Cougars, who are making their eighth-straight playoff appearance, have had an extra week to recover from a heartbreaking 42-41 loss to Clackamas in which they failed to convert an extra point in overtime. (The 21st-seeded Tigers can probably sympathize — they fell to Clackamas by one point in preseason play.)

Newberg is making its 11th playoff appearance in history and its first since 2009. It has not won a playoff game since 2000.

Under fourth-year coach T.J. Tomlin, the Tigers won four of their last five games to tie Glencoe for third place in the Pacific Conference this season. In their eight games against teams other than Tigard, they are giving up a stingy average of just 14.9 points per game.

Even with its depleted backfield, Canby has been much more comfortable with its running game than with its passing offense. The team is averaging 293.4 rushing yards per game.

Many of those gains in the Cougars’ last two games have come on the legs of senior Noah Kyllo, who has tallied a whopping 543 yards and four touchdowns on 78 carries during that span.

But coach Mike Vaught said after the win over West Linn that his team will likely have to diversify its offense to be successful in the postseason.

Canby’s defense, meanwhile, will try to keep Newberg’s ground game in check. Running backs Andy Tautfest and Garrison Hardin combined for 243 yards and four touchdowns on 29 carries in the Tigers’ regular-season rout of Hillsboro.

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A look at the last 20 meetings between Canby and Newberg:

1982: CANBY 33, Newberg 0

1983: Canby 28, NEWBERG 7

1984: CANBY 35, Newberg 6

1985: Canby 19, NEWBERG 0

1994: Canby 7, NEWBERG 6

1995: CANBY 21, Newberg 14

1996: Canby 35, NEWBERT 28 (OT)

1997: CANBY 45, Newberg 35

1998: CANBY 33, Newberg 23

1999: NEWBERG 42, Canby 34

2000: NEWBERG 28, Canby 9

2001: Newberg 28, CANBY 21

2002: Canby 34, NEWBERG 14

2003: CANBY 41, Newberg 7

2004: NEWBERG 24, Canby 14

2005: CANBY 56, Newberg 7

2006: Canby 49, NEWBERG 26

2007: CANBY 55, Newberg 20

2008: Canby 43, NEWBERG 12

2009: CANBY 33, Newberg 27

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