Clackamas wins wild final

A late field goal earns Cavaliers 31-30 win over South Medford
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

CORVALLIS - Clackamas closed out an undefeated season with the most memorable of wins - a late field goal earning the Cavaliers their first state title.

Jeffrey Nelson nailed a 37-yard field goal with three seconds remaining for the final points of a wild game that included several key emotional swings in the final four minutes.

Trailing 30-28, Clackamas failed on a fourth-down play at the South Medford 41 with 4:02 left in the game. then failed to stop the Panthers on their fourth-down attempt from midfield - the Panthers earning a first down by just inches with two minutes remaining. Needing a dramatic turn of events, the Cavaliers forced a fumble just seconds later and started the game-winning drive on its 21 with 1:39 left.

Amazingly, the Cavs were able to run 10 plays to reach the South Medford 20, setting Nelson up for the winning score.

Clackamas, which reached the semifinals last season, got 160 yards and three touchdowns rushing from James Millspaugh, and 230 yards and a scoring pass from Mitchell Modjeski

South Medford, playing in its first title game, got three touchdown passes from quarterback Robbie Patterson, who also ran for a score.




Cardinals move PIL forward

Football playoffs begin with few upsets statewide

The OSAA football playoffs got underway Friday with the usual slew of big scores from heavy favorites, one near major upset, and one score that reminded fans statewide that basketball season is less than a month away.

Teams that played host to games Friday went 34-8, although top-seeded Mountain View essentially survived it's game with Milwaukie, winning 3-0. The Cougars improved to 10-0 on the season, but won for the second consecutive game by just three points. Milwaukie, which lost to second-seeded Wilsonville 49-0 two weeks ago, closed out its season at 5-4. Wilsonville beat Bend 41-21 in its first-round game.

Of the home teams that lost, none were seeded lower than fifth, and three were in the Class 3A ranks.

The noteworthy score happened in Oregon City, where the host Pioneers beat visiting Sunset, 75-72, to advance to a second-round game at second-seeded Clackamas, which beat Willamette of Eugene 53-0.

Portland Interscholastic League champion Lincoln broke free from a 7-3 lead at halftime with four touchdowns in the third quarter and held off Lakeridge, 49-38, and Grant beat McMinnville, 47-13, to earn the district two representatives in the second round.



Double T and friends run past Westview, 50-28

Junior Maurice McSwain shows his game to aid Thomas Tyner in Aloha win
Sept. 28, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

The football fans who visited Westview High to see football sensation Thomas Tyner got their fill of his game as he ran for 185 yards on just 16 carries.

But, they also got a glimpse of the team's next all-around standout as junior Maurice McSwain caught a touchdown pass and returned a kickoff for a touchdown in Aloha's 50-28 win over the Wildcats in a Metro League game.

Tyner, the 6-foot, 207 pound senior who is headed for the University of Oregon, dazzled the crowd on his first carry by picking his way through the Westview defense and running 75 yards for a touchdown. Later, he ran through a canal-sized hole in the Westview defense for a 48-yard touchdown to give the Warriors a 17-7 lead. A week after carrying the ball 42 times, Tyner carried the ball just 16 times, but finished with 185 yards, an average of nearly 12 yards per carry. Hi's number was called on consecutive plays just three times.

McSwain, a 5-11, 165 pound receiver, caught a pair of passes for 75 yards, including a 34-yard scoring pass from senior quarterback CJ Eytel, and also carried once for 12 yards. His 70-yard kickoff return opened the second half.

Eytel ran for a pair of scores himself as the Warriors improved to 5-0 and stayed atop the Metro League standings. Their state ranking, though, dropped from No. 1 to No. 4 due to Westview's 2-3 record.

"It's big for us to have Maurice be a factor in games," Eytel said. "He's one of the best receivers in the state and when teams see that, they'll have to make sure to cover him and that's only oging to make Thomas that much more dangerous because they can't key on him."

Quarterbacks Julius Rucker, a senior, and Austin Brisbee, a sophomore, guided a pair of scoring drives for the Wildcats, who struggled to move the ball consistently against the Aloha defense, which held Sunset to just eight points last week. Aloha led 43-7 after Eytel scored on a 12-yard run with 7:16 left in the third quarter. Aloha coach Chris Casey sent in the second team offense thereafter.

Aloha faces Beaverton next week, with No. 3 Jesuit on the schedule Oct. 19.

Westview plays at Jesuit Friday.

Jesuit moved from No. 4 to 3 after a hard-fought 27-21 win over Sunset.


Tyner leads Aloha to another win

Oregon-bound tailback carries 42 times in 13-8 win at Sunset
Sept. 21, 2012

Thomas Tyner followed up his 10-touchdown performance from last week with a 254-yard, two score effort Friday that helped Aloha gut out a 13-8 win at scrappy Sunset among Friday's key scores.

Tyner, who ran for 643 yards in a wild 84-63 win over Lakeridge last week, fumbled twice in the game at Sunset, but had a 41-yard burst for a score to open the fourth quarter. He carried the ball 42 times, which still left his average per carry at 6 yards.

Aloha improved to 4-0, and is No. 1 in the Class 6A rankings - one of six unbeaten teams at the level.

Central Catholic improved to No. 2 after it beat Jesuit, 13-8, at Hillsboro Stadium - the Crusaders dropping only to No. 4 with the loss.

Defending state champion Lake Oswego beat Southridge 28-21 to improve to 4-0.


Sherwood easily remained No. 1 with a 42-0 victory at St. Helens. The Bowmen meet No. 24 Liberty next week.


Gladstone beat Philomath 42-22 but dropped to No. 2 in the rankings behind Klamath Union.


Strong programs primed for more titles

Jesuit girls chasing ninth-straight championship
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

With a core of returning state scorers, the Jesuit Crusaders are poised to continue their run atop Class 6A in girls cross country this fall.

All five Jesuit scorers, including state champion Annamarie Maag, were underclass runners last fall when the Crusaders won their eighth-straight title at Class 6A or 4A.

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