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Hawks can't keep pace with Santiam Christian

Horizon Christian falls in the state playoff quarterfinal contest


by: JAIME VALDEZ - TWISTING AND TURNING -- Horizon Chrsitian High School sophomore receiver Colton Cosner (3) tries to twist his way past a pair of Santiam Christian defenders during Friday's state playoff quarterfinal game. Cosner had seven catches for 90 yardss. TUALATIN — The Horizon Christian High School started Friday’s state playoff game with a big disadvantage.

And, soon after the contest started, the Hawks were staring at big disadvantage on the scoreboard.

The Hawks, after falling behind 14-0 before the game was even two minutes old, fell 47-14 to Santiam Christian in a Class 3A state playoff quarterfinal game played Friday at Horizon Christian High School.

“It was a tough game for us,” Horizon Christian coach George Crace said. “We were a little out of sorts at the beginning of the game.”

With the win, defending Class 3A state champion Santiam Christian, the No. 2 team out of the PacWest Conference, improved to 10-2 on the season. The Eagles also advanced to the semifinal round of the state playoffs. They’ll face Dayton Saturday in a semifinal game set to start at 7 p.m. at Willamette University in Salem.

by: JAIME VALDEZ - RUNNING HARD -- Horizon senior Taylor Grimmett picks up yardage during the Hawks' playoff game with Santiam Christian. Horizon Christian, the No. 2 team out of the West Valley League, finished its season with a final overall record of 7-3.

“It’s always good to get to the playoffs,” Crace said. “This year, we got a home game in the second round. That’s a step up from last year.”

But the Hawks had to play Friday’s home playoff game without standout senior quarterback Wyatt Houston.

Houston, who also is a key player for the Horizon Christian defense, suffered a separated shoulder in the Hawks’ first-round state playoff win over Glide.

“We lost about 85-percent of our offense without Wyatt,” Crace said.

Santiam Christian, after taking the opening kickoff in Friday’s game, quickly moved up field and got an 11-yard touchdown run by junior Trenton Jantzi to take a 7-0 lead. Then, following a turnover, the Eagles got a 1-yard TD run by senior Jordan Lange to make the score 14-0 with 10 minutes and 55 seconds left in the first quarter.

Horizon Christian, trying to answer back, marched the ball down to the Santiam Christian 25-yard line. But the Hawks lost a fumble at that point.

“After that, and down 14-0, we never really got back on track,” Crace said. “We gave up two early touchdowns that we probably wouldn’t usually give up.”

Santiam Christian went on to take a 28-0 halftime lead and the Eagles went up 47-0 at the end of the third quarter.

Horizon Christian came up with a pair of touchdowns in the final stanza.

Hawk senior Zack Selland, who moved from receiver to take over the quarterbacking duties, scored on a 10-yard run with 9:26 left to play. Selland then added another 10-yard touchdown run with 4:12 left to play to make the final score 47-14.

For the game, Selland completed 20 of 38 pass attempts for 193 yards. He also rushed for a team-high 57 yards.

Horizon sophomore Colton Cosner had seven receptions for 90 yards and senior Taylor Grimmett had four catches for 44 yards to go with 29 rushing yards.

The loss marked the final high school game for Horizon’s seven seniors, Selland, Houston, Grimmett, Ethan Schierman, Dalton McGrath, Dallas Davies and Grant Phillips.

Houston finished his season with 2,056 passing yards and 32 passing touchdowns, with Selland on the receiving end of 20 of those TD passes. Houston also led the Hawks with 851 rushing yards and eight more touchdowns.

“The good news is that we have 27 players who potentially could return next year,” Crace said. “That’s the most we’ve ever had.”




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