It's finally football season!

High schools hit the field in advance of college, pro games
By Cliff Pfenning,

All across Oregon high school football teams kicked off their 2018 seasons Friday night.

And, Saturday it'll be college.

It's a weekend that will help football fans get ready for the start of the NFL season Thursday, when Atlanta plays at Super Bowl champion Philadelphia.

The disparity of depth within the sport on opening night was on display Friday at Roosevelt, which took on district rival Benson and pounded out a 62-0 victory, giving up a first down to the Techmen only in the final minute of the game. The Roughriders led 34-0 after the first quarter, and most of the second half was played with a running clock after the score passed a 45-point difference.

Roosevelt's impressive win put it into a role as casual contender for the Portland Interscholastic League title along with Lincoln and Grant, which both scored non-league wins Friday. Lincoln beat Canby 40-7, while Grant beat Gresham 17-7.

Next week, Lincoln plays at Southridge, Grant plays at Newberg and Roosevelt plays at Centennial.


Rankings start to clarify after Week 2 results

Sheldon tames Central Catholic, PIL gets hammered again
Sept. 7, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning,

A week after pummeling Astoria 52-0 on the road, Gladstone took advantage of a series of turnovers and hammered Roosevelt on the road to improve to 2-0 as the second week of the prep football season played itself out Friday night.

Gladstone, which last won a state title 40 years ago, got a pair of short scoring runs from junior quarterback Austin Galvin and a defensive effort that included a pair of turnovers that ended drives by the Roughriders inside the Gladiator 20. On the night, five different players scored for Gladstone, which is two weeks away from a Tri-Valley League showdown with defending state champion LaSalle.

"We haven't forgotten them," said senior linebacker Oscar Sanchez, who had 12 tackles in the game. "We want to get back for losing to them last year. We've got a good defense, and want to show them that."

Of the numerous key games, Sherwood had the biggest win, upending Marist on the roa, 38-20.

Sheldon, the state runner-up last year, beat Central Catholic 33-26 in a road game played at Oregon City High.

In Portland, Grant powered past neighborhood rival Jefferson 58-12 in one of the Portland Interscholastic League's few wins of the 2012 season. Of the nine teams from the Portland Public Schools, only four have won at least one game. Overall, the district is 4-14, which includes the Grant win over league rival,

Roosevelt returns to Portland

The Roughriders rejoin the PIL among classification shifts
By Cliff Pfenning,

It was just two years ago that the Roosevelt High football team struggled to score a touchdown and then the school suffered an athletic indignity when it's athletic program got dropped from Class 5A to 4A, where it no longer played in the Portland Interscholastic League as it had for the previous eight decades.

Monday, the Roughriders returned to the PIL beginning in fall of 2012.

In a move unseen just a month earlier, Roosevelt requested and received approval from the OSAA Executive Board to move back to Class 5A where it will rejoin Benson, Cleveland, Franklin, Jefferson, Madison and Wilson as part of the longest-lasting district in the state. Roosevelt's attendance average allows for it to be classified as a 4A school, but schools are allowed to "play up" one classification upon request. Jefferson could also be classified as 4A due to its attendance.

Grant and Lincoln are also members of the PIL, but play at Class 6A as part of a special district that includes numerous other schools - from Redmond to South Eugene -  depending on the sport.

The Roughriders will rejoin the PIL as a favorite to win the league in football after a 6-3 season and ranking of No. 20 in Class 4A. Of the six PIL schools in 5A, only Jefferson posted a winning record (6-5) and five of its wins were over PIL schools, who finished ranked in the bottom five spots in Class 5A. During the 2009 season, the Roughriders were winless and were shutout four times, including their opening three games.

Roosevelt's move was one of a number of classification shifts that inluded Scio, which has played in the past three Class 2A football title games, moving up from 2A to 3A.

Most of the classification movement was downward.

Waldport, Myrtle Point and Grant Union moved from 3A to 2A, while Crow and Yoncalla moved from 2A to 1A.

Thurston (6A) and Toledo (3A) requested a move down, but were denied. Marshfield is looking into moving from 5A to 4A and South Eugene has also hinted at a move from 6A to 5A. If both Thurston and South Eugene moved to 5A, it would leave only Sheldon as a Class 6A school in the Eugene area.

Among the other news from the Executive Board meeting, the upcoming split of Redmond's student population will move the school to 5A, while the newly created Ridgeview High will enter athletic play as a 4A school.


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