The Oregon high school football season concluded this weekend with state championship games.
Here’s a look at some of the top stars and memorable performances.
Photo by Jeff Hinds
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CLASS 6A | Bracket
No. 1 West Linn 23, No. 2 Sheldon 14
The Lions bolted to a 20-0 first-half advantage that proved too deep of a hole for the Irish to dig out of, and West Linn (12-1) avenged a regular-season loss with the victory in the OSAA Class 6A championship game.
The state title was the second in the past six OSAA championship seasons for the Lions, who lost 35-31 to the Irish (12-1) in a Week 2 game in West Linn.
Trailing 20-0, the Irish of Eugene received the second-half kickoff and went 80 yards, capped by Teitum Tuioti’s one-yard touchdown run, to make it 20-7.
The Irish made it 20-14 four minutes into the fourth quarter when quarterback Brock Thomas went 50 yards on the first snap after a Lions punt.
The Lions answered with their only points of the second half, on a 35-yard field goal by Gage Hurych that provided insurance that turned out not to be needed, as neither of the Irish’s final two possessions — which ended on a turnover on downs and an interception by Hudson Staats — reached midfield.
West Linn led 20-0 after its first three possessions. The first two drives went 77 and 80 yards and ended with touchdown runs of 16 yards by quarterback Sam Leavitt and two yards by Koffi Kouame.
The Lions’ third possession started at the Irish 45 with 2:40 left in the first quarter and ended 52 seconds into the second quarter with a three-yard touchdown run by Ben Winjum.
Leavitt, who averaged more than 200 yards passing in the Lions’ first three playoff games, ran 20 times for a season-high 171 yards and passed for 131. Winjum’s nine total tackles led the Lions.
Thomas carried 18 times for 113 yards and passed for 118 yards for the Irish, who were runners-up for the second time in the past four championships. Mana Tuioti had nine solo and eight assisted tackles (17 total) for the Irish defense.
CLASS 6A COLUMBIA CUP | Bracket
No. 18 Westview 51, No. 28 North Salem 22
Jordan Fisher piled up 417 yards and five touchdowns rushing to power the Wildcats to the victory over the Vikings in the inaugural OSAA Class 6A Columbia Cup final.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Wildcats (8-5) of Northwest Portland went up 20-0 by halftime. Fisher’s second touchdown, with 9:13 left in the third quarter, made it 28-0.
The Vikings (8-5) got two long touchdown passes from TC Manumaleuna II to Erick Gonzalez to pull within 28-14 barely two minutes later, but Fisher and the Wildcats kept North Salem at bay to collect the victory in their first appearance in an OSAA football final.
Gonzalez caught seven passes for 154 yards and the two touchdowns for the Vikings, who made their first appearance in an OSAA football final since 1963. Manumaleuna II was 11 of 26 for 265 yards and the two scores.
Jaydon McBreen had two of the Wildcats’ four interceptions. Jacob Munly, who opened the scoring on an eight-yard run a minute into the second quarter, led the Wildcats in tackles with 10. Jason Cephus had two tackles for loss, and Aiden Cox had an interception.
In his final game of OSAA-sanctioned competition, Fisher produced the most prolific performance of his high school career. His 417 yards is a career high, a 2022 Oregon Class 6A season high and the most in any OSAA Class 5A or 6A playoff game in at least the past five seasons.
Fisher finished the season with 2,972 yards and 40 touchdowns rushing with an average of 8.9 yards per carry. He had 1,191 yards and 16 touchdowns in the four postseason games this fall. For his career, Fisher had 4,632 rushing yards.
After Munly’s touchdown and an 88-yard touchdown by Fisher, Jonny Collyer returned an interception 68 yards for the Wildcats’ third touchdown and a 20-0 score.
After Gonzalez’s second touchdown catch, the Wildcats extended their lead on a three-yard run by Fisher. The Vikings closed within 36-22 on the first snap of the fourth quarter on Pierce Walker’s 18-yard run.
CLASS 5A | Bracket
No. 1 Summit 35, No. 2 Wilsonville 28
A lost fumble on their first offensive snap was part of a forgettable start for the Storm, but they righted themselves quickly enough and strongly enough to defeat the Wildcats and win the OSAA Class 5A football championship.
The Storm (12-1) of Northwest Bend trailed 13-0 at Hillsboro Stadium after the Wildcats’ first two possessions, led 14-13 at halftime and went ahead for good on an unusual touchdown run by Sam Stephens in the fourth quarter.
After the Wildcats (10-3) made the score 21-21 on a 43-yard touchdown pass from Mark Wiepert to Cooper Hiday followed by a two-point conversion pass from Kallen Gutridge to Wiepert, Summit took possession and drove to the Wildcats’ 13. A false start penalty pushed Summit to the 18 before Stephens got a carry that appeared to have ended by virtue of contact with a Wildcats defender — but the Storm running back was never ruled down, and he continued unimpeded to the end zone for a 28-21 lead.
An interception by Charlie Ozolin ended the Wildcats’ next possession near midfield, a takeaway that quickly produced a two-possession lead. On a fourth-and-nine play from the Wildcats’ 35, Hogan Carmichael hit Ethan Carlson for a touchdown and a 35-21 lead with 3:09 left.
Two snaps later, the Wildcats pulled back within seven points with a 50-yard scoring connection between Gutridge and Hiday.
The Storm recovered the Wildcats’ onside kick with 2:53 left and gained one first down before facing a fourth-and-four at the Wildcats’ 32 with 1:18 left. Carmichael found Ozolin for an eight-yard gain and a first down that allowed the Storm to run out the clock.
The Storm won their second Class 5A title in their second appearance in the championship game. They won in 2015 and followed by making the quarterfinals in 2016. From the 2018 through 2021 seasons, the Storm competed in Class 6A.
Friday’s game was a rematch of the teams’ Week 4 meeting, which the Storm won 33-21 in Bend. The Wildcats ended the season as OSAA Class 5A runners-up for the third time in the past six championships (2016 and 2018).
Stephens had 40 carries for 235 yards and the touchdown. He finished the four-game postseason with 658 yards rushing. Carmichael (17 of 26) passed for 259 yards and threw for three touchdowns for the fourth time in this playoff run.
Ozolin, Lucas Steffen and Carter Nelson had five total tackles apiece for the Storm, who went ahead 21-13 in the third quarter on a 48-yard punt return by Carlson.
Gutridge was 13 of 28 for 227 yards and two touchdowns. Hiday finished with five catches — three for touchdowns — and 125 yards, and Wiepert had nine catches for 145 yards.
Jonny Lazaro-Hampton’s nine tackles led the Wildcats. Brennan Martin had seven total tackles, two for loss.
CLASS 4A | Bracket
No. 5 Estacada 32, No. 6 Tillamook 8
The Rangers ground down the Cheesemakers at Hillsboro Stadium to win the OSAA Class 4A football championship — the first in Estacada’s history.
Estacada (12-1) took a 25-0 lead on the way to its 12th consecutive victory, but the Cheesemakers (10-3) made the Rangers earn things. All five of the Rangers’ scoring drives went at least 52 yards, including touchdown drives of 12, 14 and 11 plays.
At the end, the Rangers had advantages in time of possession (35:23 to 12:37) and offensive plays (70 to 41) that translated into the victory.
The Rangers made their second appearance in a final. The other came in 1953.
The Cheesemakers also were in a championship game for the second time, the first since 1977, and like the Rangers were seeking their first title.
The Rangers went ahead on their first possession, taking over after the Cheesemakers punted and driving 67 yards, with quarterback Cory James scoring from the 4.
A Tillamook drive reached the Rangers’ 8 early in the second quarter, but Jacoby Fullerton stopped a fourth-and-one run for a loss of two yards. The Rangers turned that stop into a 90-yard drive that included only two third-down plays — the second of which was James Durand’s two-yard touchdown run that made the score 14-0 with 4:17 before halftime.
The Rangers then forced a turnover on downs at their 48 and again drove for a score, with Durand getting his second touchdown and pushing the lead to 22-0.
Ben Haefs kicked a 30-yard field goal on the Rangers’ first possession of the second half — capping a 16-play, 75-yard drive — for a 25-0 lead. The Cheesemakers answered two snaps later on a 55-yard scoring connection between Tanner Hoskins and Zeyon Hurliman to draw within 25-8 with 2:44 left in the third quarter.
The Cheesemakers had three more possessions, none of which got as far as the Rangers’ 40-yard line.
James’ second touchdown, an 18-yard run with two minutes left, pushed the Rangers’ lead to 32-8.
Sam Diaz had 18 total tackles and Seth Wehinger had 15 for the Cheesemakers, who entered on a 10-game winning streak and hadn’t given up more than 21 points in any game this season.