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Oregon high school football Round 4 recap: Top stars, best games, biggest wins

The Oregon high school football playoffs continued this weekend with the 6A semifinals and the 5A-1A finals.
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The Oregon high school football playoffs continued this weekend with the 6A semifinals and the 5A-1A finals.

Here’s a look at some of the top stars and memorable performances.

Note: Entries are based on information provided by coaches, statisticians and high school football fans. Don’t see any details for your team’s game? Email some notes and/or stats to jd@scorebooklive.com. We will be updating this post throughout the weekend.

Photo by Leon Neuschwander

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Regular-season statistical leaders:

Class 6A | Class 5A | Class 4A

Our complete high school football preview:

Breaking down every 6A, 5A, 4A team in the state

6ASEMIFINALS| Bracket

No. 4 Central Catholic 35, No. 9 Jesuit 28 | Full story, photos

The Rams built a 21-point lead midway through the fourth quarter but didn’t lock down the win until Jordan King intercepted a pass with about two minutes left in an OSAA Class 6A semifinal Friday at Hillsboro Stadium.

When Ellis Bynum reached the end zone from nine yards with 6:29 to play, the Rams (14-0) of Southeast Portland led the Crusaders (11-2) of Southwest Portland 35-14 in the matchup between Portland’s two largest private schools.

After a holding penalty on the kickoff pushed the Crusaders back to their 8-yard line, the Rams’ lead appeared even safer. Jesuit closed within 35-21 in less than two minutes, though, when Jacob Hutchinson passed to Noah Staley for a 45-yard score with 5:17 left.

The Crusaders recovered their onside kick at the Rams’ 49, and after a short completion and a false-start penalty, Hutchinson connected with Tyree Blake for a 49-yard touchdown and a 35-28 score with 4:30 remaining.

The Rams recovered the next onside kick and held possession until they turned the ball over on downs at the Crusaders’ 12 with 2:22 left. On Jesuit’s second snap, King made an interception. After gaining one first down on two carries by Bynum, the Rams were able to run out the clock. 

King’s game-sealing interception was his third interception of the game. His first ended a Crusaders drive that reached the Rams’ 32 with the score 7-7 midway through the second quarter. Late in the third quarter, after the Rams had taken a 21-14 lead, King snatched a pass and returned it 14 yards for a touchdown that made it 28-14.

Hutchinson finished with 314 yards passing, including touchdowns of 72 yards to Michael Rincon (on the third snap) and 38 yards to Spencer McKelligon (which made it 14-14 five minutes after halftime). Hutchinson, who passed for 11 touchdowns in eight regular-season games, threw for nine scores in four playoff games.

Rams sophomore quarterback Cru Newman completed 14 of 26 passes (54 percent — his second-lowest completion percentage of the season) for 197 yards and three touchdowns. Newman connected with Riley Williams for Central Catholic’s first two touchdowns, and a 33-yard fourth-down hookup with Stryder Todd-Fields gave the Rams their 21-14 lead — which King soon turned into a 28-14 advantage.

The Crusaders responded to King’s interception return with a promising drive. Starting on their 47, they reached the Rams’ 13. Needing eight yards for a first down, the Crusaders threw incomplete, a turnover on downs that was the starting point to the drive ending with Bynum’s touchdown run. 

No. 3 Tualatin 35, No. 2 West Linn 13 | Full story, photos

The Timberwolves followed their regular-season win over the Lions with another emphatic victory in the rematch Friday in an OSAA Class 6A semifinal at Hillsboro Stadium. 

Jack Wagner intercepted a pass on the first snap, and the second of his two touchdown runs staked the Timberwolves (12-1) to a 28-0 lead midway through the second quarter. The Lions’ Mark Hamper rushed for a score and caught a pass for another touchdown, but the Timberwolves weren’t threatened in the second half. 

Two of the Lions’ three lowest-scoring games this season were against the Timberwolves, who won their Three Rivers League meeting 49-14 in Week 5. On Friday, Tualatin limited West Linn (11-2) to 167 yards of total offense and held the Lions without a successful third-down conversion in 10 attempts. 

Kellen Hale had nine tackles and made an interception on the Lions’ second possession to lead Tualatin’s defense. Malik Ross, who ran for touchdowns of one and 50 yards and passed to Richie Anderson for a 33-yard touchdown late in the first quarter, had seven tackles. 

Ross has rushed for at least one touchdown in each of his past six games and has totaled 15 touchdowns on the ground in that span. He has had at least one run of 50 or more yards in his past three games and four of the past five.

Hamper and Jordan Tawa, who had seven tackles, made interceptions for the Lions. Ben Winjum led West Linn in tackles with nine. 

5AFINAL| Bracket

No. 2 Silverton 26, No. 5 Thurston 20 | Full story, photos

The Foxes forged an early lead built on two fumbles and a safety and made that advantage stand up in the OSAA Class 5A championship game at Hillsboro Stadium. 

The Colts (10-1) of Springfield lost a fumble on their first snap, and the Foxes turned that into a 26-yard touchdown drive punctuated by Alejandro Briseno’s one-yard run. Thurston lost the ball again on the third snap of its second possession, leading to a touchdown pass from Jordan McCarty to Austin Ratliff and a 14-0 Foxes lead 4½ minutes into the game.

On the Colts’ third possession, the Foxes (12-1) got a safety, pushing the score to 16-0. After Riley Sinn returned the Colts’ free kick 30 yards to the Thurston 35, the Foxes capitalized on a 25-yard touchdown pass from McCarty to Vandon Fessler, making the score 23-0 with 4:19 left in the first quarter. 

A 48-yard interception return by Kellen Humphries gave the Colts their first points and made it 23-7. Thurston’s offense didn’t score until the final play of the third quarter, on a 39-yard touchdown pass from Alex Boring to Jacob Newell. Boring passed 35 yards to Micah McGillivray for another touchdown, making it 26-20 with 8:06 left. 

Thurston got one more possession after making it a one-score game but punted after three successive plays each lost yardage. The Foxes took possession and made two first downs to run out the clock. 

McCarty passed for 183 yards — 145 of them to Fessler — as the Foxes won a state championship for the first time since 1991, when they defeated Bandon for the Class 3A title in what was a four-classification system. 

Carlos Recendiz made the tackle for the safety — one of his eight tackles — and Keegan Walter, Nolan Meyer and James Toland recovered fumbles for the Foxes. Reece Groom and Samuel Willis each had a forced fumble. 

Vaun Halstead led the Colts with 11 tackles, including 4.5 tackles for loss, to lead a defense that held the Foxes (who averaged more than 420 yards entering the game) to 216 yards of total offense. 

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4A FINAL| Bracket

No. 1 Marshfield 49, No. 7 Marist Catholic 34 | Full story, photos

Dom Montiel passed for five touchdowns — giving him 50 for the season — to help the Pirates outslug the Spartans in the OSAA Class 4A championship game at Herald White Stadium at Cottage Grove High School.

The Pirates (15-0) of Coos Bay, whose record includes two wins by forfeit, led 14-0 eight minutes in and never lost the upper hand. Their lead was seven (14-7) after the first quarter and 15 (42-27) at halftime. 

When the Pirates punted on what appeared to be the final play of the first half, they were penalized on the return, giving the Spartans of Eugene an untimed down. As might be expected on the concluding play of a quarter featuring 48 points (on seven touchdowns), the Spartans scored on a 42-yard pass from Carter Greene to Ryan Cary and went to halftime trailing by 15. 

Greene passed for 116 yards and Lucas Tuski rushed for 160. Tuski, Greene and Kaiden Ayoma had rushing touchdowns for the Spartans (10-3), who lost to the Pirates 48-41 in Week 9. 

Montiel completed 28 of 44 passes for 439 yards. Mason Pederson (nine receptions, 203 yards) had three touchdown catches, and DJ Daugherty (10 for 151) and Maddux Mateski had one score each. Montiel also rushed 13 times for 121 yards for 560 yards of total offense.

The Pirates’ seven touchdown drives averaged more than 68 yards and included possessions of 75, 82 and 99 yards.