Clackamas will host the upstart Glencoe Crimson Tide in this Fridays second round

The Clackamas Cavaliers last Friday continued on track for one of their best football seasons in school history, as they outclassed 27th-ranked Aloha 47-7 in a first-round game of the Class 6A state high school football playoffs.

With the win the sixth-ranked Cavaliers advanced to a second-round state playoff game with unheralded Glencoe. Ranked 21st in the state, the Crimson Tide last Friday upset 11th-ranked West Salem 49-34, dealing the Titans (8-2) only their second loss of the season. Glencoe, the third-place team from the Pacific Conference, improved to 6-4 with the win.

Clackamas improved to 8-2 on the season with its rout of Aloha, the most wins since 2005, when a Cavalier team coached by Ray Baker went 9-2, losing to Tualatin 35-19 in the second round of the playoffs.

The Cavaliers’ last appearance in a second-round game was in 2009, when they lost to Centennial 42-21. Clackamas’ last appearance in a quarterfinal was in 2006, when the Cavaliers lost to Southridge 27-25.

The Cavaliers were clearly the dominant team in last Friday’s first-round game with Aloha. Clackamas was up 47-0 before Aloha found the end zone with under two minutes to play, and the Warriors were held to just 160 yards in offense.

Clackamas quarterbacks Cade Wilkins and Doonie Johnson combined to complete 15-of-22 passes for 226 yards, with Wilkins throwing scoring strikes of 51 yards to Nick Krska, 29 yards to Brody Haehlen and 11 yards to Keegan Daley. Daley (5 catches, 89 yards) led a stable of talented receivers.

Dan Sherrell carried most of the load on the ground, picking up 213 yards in 17 trips with the pigskin and scoring three touchdowns. His 76-yard sprint to paydirt in the second quarter made it 33-0 Clackamas at the intermission.

Clackamas and Glencoe had one common opponent this year in 20th-ranked Newberg. Clackamas beat the Tigers 29-28 in a Sept. 6 game at Newberg; Glencoe won 6-0 in a Sept. 13 game in Hillsboro.

Glencoe is averaging 25 points a game this season, to 22 points by its opponents. The Cavaliers head into this Friday’s second-round game averaging 36 points, to 24 points by their opponents.

The winner of the second-round game will advance to a quarterfinal match-up with either third-ranked Central Catholic (10-0) or 14th-ranked McNary (6-4).

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