On Saturday some of the biggest matches of the season went down as Prep Football in the Pacific Northwest took one more step towards a conclusion. The Best NW Prep Football Teams are left. Idaho wrapped things up and crowned a Champion as Oregon and Washington are down to the final teams. Here is a look at where we are and who is left in the 2013 Championship run.
Idaho Prep Football
Coeur d’Alene won its third title in four years late Friday, defeating Highland 31-28 at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow.
After being down 28-24 in the fourth quarter, Coeur d’Alene (9-3) drove 80 yards in the final minute and Quarterback Austin Lee scrambled the final 15 yards to score and seal the win. This was an am amazing end to a season that the Vikings no doubt will never forget. They traveled to Oregon, Washington, and took on teams like Skyline, Bothell, and West Linn along the way. The loss of their leader, Senior Gunnar Amos (QB) to a broken leg, made this victory all the sweeter. More to follow on this one. Congrats to Highland and Coeur d’ Alene on this great season.
Oregon Prep Football
In 6A: Canby went to Eugene and beat the Sheldon, Irish to move on winning 24-17. This has been an emotional year for both teams who lost key players along the way. Canby will move on to play Jesuit who dominated Lakeridge 62 -33 in what turned out to be a very controversial game in terms of the number of penalties and overall conduct by some of the Pacers. 22 Penalties and 14 of those were conduct.
Also in the 6A the Tigard Tigers punched their ticket to the final 4 with a 42-0 win over a tough North Medford squad who had a near magical season. North Medford lost their starting QB Troy Fowler in this one which did not help. Manu Rasmussen had 209 yards and 2 TD’s and the Tigers got great work out of Jett Even at QB, Aj Hotchkins at FB, and a stout defense. The Tigers line play on both sides was particularly special. The Tigers will play the Central Catholic Rams next week who beat a tough Clackamas squad 42-7 to move on. Next weeks match up is one people have wanted to see all year and they are going to get quite a show.
Final dates and game locations for these games is subject to the Timbers results today.
In 5A and 4A:
Sherwood remained perfect winning over Ashland 57-12. Ashland was perfect coming into this one and had a terrific season playing some of the best fundamental football and defense that we have seen in years. The Bowmen will play for the State Title next week; time and location TBD.
The other half of the State Title Bracket has West Albany moving on after beating Silverton 17-0. Jake LaCoste ran for 207 yards on 36 tough carries and scored 2 TD’s for the Bulldogs to help them advance. Logan Munson had 101 yards receiving on 8 catches for Silverton.
In 4A Football Ridgeview beat Philomath 49-17. Ridgeview Qb Boomer Flemming ran for 3 TD’s and for 200 yards to lead his squad to the State Title Game next week. The other half of the bracket had Cottage Grove narrowly defeating North Bend in a game for the ages; 37-34. Mason Laird and Cameron Lucero had a combined 280 yards and 3 TD’s rushing for North Bend. But Cottage Grove QB Scotty Hitner played at Max potential rushing for 130 yards and 2 TD’s and throwing for 240 yards and 3 Td’s. The play next Saturday as well at a location and time to be determined.
WASHINGTON Prep Football
The following were the outcome of this past week and associated brackets for the Semi Finals and Championships in Washington.
1 A : Bracket is Here Mount Baker beat LaCenter 63-33 to move on. Cascade Christian beat always tough King’s 37-13. Those two winners play in the top half of the final 4. Cashmere beat Okanogan 36-14 to move on. Freeman beat Royal 33-14. Those two will meet in the bottom of the bracket. Game time and locations available at the link.
2A: Bracket is Here: Lynden beat Sumner 54 to 21 and Ellensburg beat Othello to set up the match up in the Top 1/2 of the 2 A Bracket. Tumwater got past White River 45-7 and Prosser beat Mark Morris 41-22 to set up the other 1/2. Dates and Times for next week at the link.
3A: Bracket is Here: Bellevue had a battle with Peninsula but came out on top 48-27 to move on. They will face Shadle Park led by Junior QB sensation Brett Rypien who beat Kamiakin 34-16. Those two winners will play at Joe Albi Stadium next Saturday. Time to be determined. Eastside Catholic beat Meadowdale 21-16 to move on in the lower part of the bracket. They face O’Dea who walloped Mountain View 63-20. Those two winner get to play at the Tacoma Dome next Friday at 7:30 PM.
4A Bracket is Here: Federal Way beat Richland 41-34 in a slug fest to move on to the Final Four. They will play Chiawana who bested Wenatchee 56-34. That game will be next weekend @ Edgar Brown Stadium. See link for time. On the lower half of the 4A Bracket Bellarmine Prep surged past Bothell and hung on to win 20-17 in a battle of two amazing teams. The Lions get the pleasure of playing #1 Camas who beat Eastlake last week 47-28 in a game that was highly competitive.
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