By René Ferrán
The Oregon high school football playoffs continue Friday. Here’s a look at every Class 6A quarterfinal.
Cody Hall (Sherwood) photo by Leon Neuschwander
No. 9 Jesuit Crusaders (10-1) at No. 1 Lake Oswego Lakers (10-1)
7 p.m. Friday, Lake Oswego High School
Last meeting: The Lakers won 28-21 in the 2019 state semifinals, extending their win streak in the series to five. Lake Oswego has ended Jesuit’s season in the playoffs each of the past three postseasons.
About the Crusaders: Jesuit has come a long way since opening the season with a 17-3 home loss to West Linn. The Crusaders have reeled off 10 consecutive victories to move coach Ken Potter to No. 2 on the state’s all-time wins list — he’s now at 335 victories, 17 behind Dayton’s Dewey Sullivan for the record. Senior RB Michael Rincon, who fell out of favor early in the season, came back against Westview in Week 4 and has taken over lead back duties, leading the team with 1,111 yards and 14 touchdowns. Sophomore QB Jacob Hutchison has come on the second half of the season, cutting down on the interceptions while throwing for 878 yards and 13 touchdowns in the past six games. The one constant this season — the defense, which allowed 42 points to the Wildcats and 60 in its other eight games, including three shutouts and seven points to Clackamas in last week’s 19-7 quarterfinal victory.
About the Lakers: Lake Oswego, the 2018 champion and 2019 runner-up, has just one blip this season, falling at home 31-14 to West Linn. The loss didn’t cost the Lakers the No. 1 seed — the third time in the past four postseasons they earned the top seed. Coach Steve Coury has moved into 11th on the state's all-time wins list with 259. They have one of the state’s top QB-RB-WR combos, led by senior Jack Layne, who led 6A during the regular season with 2,319 passing yards and threw for 25 touchdowns, completing more than 72 percent of his passes. Senior RB Gabe Olvera is a weapon in both the running and passing games, and senior WR Justius Lowe (a transfer from Lincoln over the summer) is a big-play threat who averages more than 22 yards per catch with 10 touchdowns. Senior S Dylan Layne (five interceptions) and DL Gavin McGuire (6.5 sacks) lead a defense that has allowed 18.6 points per game.
No. 21 Sherwood Bowmen (7-4) vs. No. 4 Central Catholic Rams (12-0)
7 p.m. Friday, Hillsboro Stadium
Last meeting: The Rams won 35-29 in Week 4 of the 2019 season en route to winning the state championship.
About the Bowmen: Talk about a tale of two seasons. Sherwood opened 0-4, starting with two eventual quarterfinalists (Lakeridge and Lake Oswego) before losing to playoff qualifiers North Medford and Mountainside in nonleague play. The Bowmen looked as if they might fall again in their Pacific Conference opener at home against Newberg before scoring in the final half-minute to pull out a 23-17 victory, and they haven’t looked back. They rolled through the remainder of their conference schedule, including a 49-39 victory in Week 9 at Liberty, and have won two road games in the playoffs to become the first big-school team to start a season 0-4 and reach the quarterfinals. Senior RB/LB Seth Glenn is the program’s latest 1,000-yard back and had a team-high 70 tackles during the regular season, and senior WR Cody Hall has had a record-setting campaign, going over 1,000 receiving yards.