It's football championship week

Five title games are scheduled for Saturday
Nov. 25, 2013 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
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The annual close to the fall athletic season for high schools begins Saturday with five football state championship games set for Hillsboro Stadium and Summit High School in Bend.

Among the games, only one defending champion is involved, while three schools will be looking to win a title for the first time.

In Class 6A, both games will be played at Jeld-Wen Field in Portland, with the two winners returning for the final the following week.

TITLE GAME PREVIEWS

CLASS 5A

Sherwood is playing for the title for the fourth consecutive year, and won two of the previous three games, including last year. The Bowmen have given up just 19 points in three playoff wins.

West Albany won 5A titles in 2007-08 and is the second seed this year. Game time is 5:30 p.m. at Hillsboro Stadium.

CLASS 4A

A new champion - with vastly different backgrounds - will be crowned when the teams play at Hillsboro Stadium at 11 a.m.

Cottage Grove entered this year having not won a playoff game since 2006, and had not reached the semifinals since 1945. Its quarterfinal and semifinal wins were by a combined seven points.

Ridgeview of Redmond has been a school for just two years, having split off from Redmond last year. Its three playoff wins have been by an average of 22 points.

CLASS 3A

Nyssa is back in the final for the first time since 2006, when it capped a two-year run as champion. This year's squad beat defending champion Dayton in the semifinals.

Cascade Christian of Medford is in the final for the second consecutive year, having played in from the No. 3 seed. The title game is set for Summit High at 2:30 p.m.

CLASS 2A

Regis and Grant Union are schedule to battle for another title each at 11 a.m. at Summit High.

Regis is fifth overall in the state in terms of program victories with 57. Grant Union will play for its third title, with the first coming in 1943. It also won in 2008.

CLASS 1A

Top-seeded Lowell has scored 56, 60 and 66 points in its three wins and enters the final looking for its first title when it meets Imbler at Hillsboro Stadium at 2:15 p.m.

The Red Devils reached the playoffs in 1949, but hadn't been to a semifinal before last year.

Since the expansion to six classes, Imbler is one of the most successful schools in the state with 15 wins, including the 2008 title.

 

 

 

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