Also: Pioneers come up short in a first-round playoff game with Thurston
The Clackamas Cavaliers on Friday made a game of it with eighth-ranked Tualatin in a first-round game of the Class 6A high school football playoffs, thanks to four Timberwolf turnovers.
Clackamas defensive lineman Jon Kenion pounced on a Tualatin fumble in the end zone early in the second quarter for a 7-0 Cavalier lead. And it wasnt until the Wolves scored on Brandon Shroyers 46-yard pass to Nick Hines in closing seconds of the first half that Tualatin gained its first lead, at 13-7.
It was still a 25-20 game when Tualatin senior Andrew Schlottmann broke loose for a 77-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.
Clackamas running back Dan Sherrell capped off a successful junior year, rushing 39 times for a 138 yards. Clackamas junior quarterback Doonie Johnson completed 19-of-47 passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns. Junior Brody Haehlen made seven catches for 75 yards, with a 35-yard reception for a touchdown that trimmed Tualatins lead to 19-14 in the third quarter.
Seniors Kenion and Ryan Gilbert, and junior Dalon Hudson recovered Tualatin fumbles, and Cavalier junior Kyle Anderegg had an interception.
Clackamas junior linebacker Zach Farnes was also tough on defense, with nine solo tackles and two assists.
Tualatin finished up with a 421- to 346-yard edge in offense on the night.
Schlottmann, a 6-1, 210-pound senior, led the Timberwolf ground attack with 13 carries for 140 yards and two touchdowns. Shroyer rushed six times for 96 yards and a touchdown, and the 6-1, 195-pound junior completed 8-of-19 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns.
Clackamas finished the season with an overall record of 5-6. Tualatin (9-1), whose only loss this season was at the hands of seventh-ranked Tigard, hosts ninth-ranked Sprague (9-1) in this Fridays second round.
bite the bullet
Oregon City dropped a 30-28 heartbreaker to 17th-ranked Thurston in its Friday night first-round playoff game.
The Pioneers shot themselves in the foot, making things easy for the visiting Colts with untimely turnovers.
The Pioneers staged a defensive stand, halting a Thurston drive inside the Oregon City 10 on the Colts first possession of the game.
But just two plays later, Thurston lineman Wade Perry picked up a fumbled exchange and skipped to the end zone for a 6-0 Colt lead.
Before the first quarter was out, Thurston linebacker Roy Jackson picked off a pass at the Oregon City 37. Two plays later, Jackson took the ball in from the Pioneer 18, upping the gap to 12-0.
Oregon City got on board two minutes into the second period when sophomore quarterback Austin Whitton, filling in for injured quarterback Daniel Slack (knee injury), capped off 12-play, 66-yard drive with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Nick Martin.
The Colts were quick to answer, marching 67 yards in eight plays on their next possession. Aaron Downes one-yard touchdown dash upped the Colt advantage to 18-7.
But there was no quit in the Pioneers, and Whitton hooked up with Matt Oades for a 17-yard touchdown pass just before the intermission.
The Pioneers went ahead briefly, at 21-18, in the third quarter, when the Pioneers took the second-half kickoff and scored in nine plays. Pioneer running back Mitch Thompson did the honors from the 5.
Thurston answered, marching 75 yards in 10 plays, with Downes scoring from the 5.
The Colts sealed the deal early in the fourth quarter. Thurston defensive back Raymond Gibeau picked off a pass at the Thurston 26. And 13 plays later, senior quarterback Cory Weick scored from the 7, making it 30-21 Thurston with 4:17 to play.
Martin gained the Pioneers renewed hope when he returned the ensuing kickoff 75 yards to the end zone for an Oregon City touchdown. But that was the Pioneers last hurrah, because the Colts maintained possession, earning four first downs, inside the final horn.
The Pioneers struggled to slow Thurstons offense all night and the Colts finished with a 436- to 191-yard advantage in total offense.
Downes, a 6-0, 215-pound senior, rushed for 107 yards on 25 carries, and he hauled in three passes for 54 yards; Weick rushed 14 times for 100 yards, and he completed 16-of-24 passes for 181 yards.
Thompson rushed 29 times for 119 yards, but he was the only Pioneer who had much success on offense.
Oregon City finished up with a 5-5 record. The win advanced the Colts to a second-round game at top-ranked Jesuit.