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25 games to watch in fall 2021 Oregon high school football season

Here are 25 can’t-miss games on the schedule this Oregon high school football season.
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By René Ferrán

During the shortened spring football season, we focused our top 25 games to highlight regional rivalries. The fall season, though, will have league and state championships up for grabs. So, when the season kicks off Thursday, how each game affects teams’ title hopes will be foremost on our minds.

Here are 25 can’t-miss games on the schedule this Oregon high school football season.

AJ Perez (Tigard) photo by Leon Neuschwander

25. Newberg at West Salem, Sept. 3

This season opener will feature two of the spring’s breakthrough teams. The Tigers were 5-1, knocking off Pacific Conference rival Sherwood before losing to West Linn in the culminating week, while West Salem won the Salem city championship and finished 6-0.

24. Mazama at Cascade Christian, Sept. 10

Week 2 features this intriguing matchup between the spring’s Class 4A (Mazama) and 3A (Cascade Christian) unofficial state champions.

23. Marist Catholic at Marshfield, Oct. 29

The spring’s No. 2 and No. 3 teams in the 4A committee’s rankings both reside in the Sky Em League, and this season finale should determine the league champion and a top-3 seed in the state playoffs.

22. Mountain View at West Salem, Oct. 1

While the Titans won the Salem city championship, Mountain View won the Bend city championship, sweeping a double round robin with Bend and Summit en route to a 6-0 record. Back together in the Mountain Valley Conference, this midseason tilt could have major title ramifications.

21. Mazama at Hidden Valley, Oct. 15

The Skyline Conference championship should come down to three teams, and two of the top contenders meet here. Mustangs quarterback Nate Vidlak might be one of the most underrated players in the state.

20. Pendleton at La Salle Prep, Oct. 7

This Thursday night tilt matches two of the top contenders in the Northwest Oregon East Division and offers Portland-area fans an opportunity to see Buckaroos senior Kyle Liscom, one of the best linebackers in Oregon.

19. West Albany at Silverton, Oct. 22

The Mid-Willamette Conference title race might be as wide-open as it’s ever been, and the Bulldogs and Foxes figure to be right in the middle of it with two of Class 5A’s top quarterbacks in West Albany’s Michael Cale and Silverton’s Jordan McCarty.

18. West Linn at Jesuit, Sept. 3

The Lions graduated a deep and talented senior class from a team that dominated the spring season and will bring an inexperienced but talented group to Cronin Stadium for the programs’ second regular-season meeting (the other? 1975). The last time these teams met was in the 2015 Class 6A state final, won by the Crusaders 21-14 for the last of their six titles.

17. Mountainside at Sunset, Oct. 8

A key Metro League matchup. Mavericks quarterback Brian Mannion is receiving attention from Division I schools entering his senior season.

16. South Medford at North Medford, Oct. 29

The annual Black and Blue Bowl will play a key role in determining the Southwest Conference champion — although Sheldon will have something to say about who ultimately wins the title.

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