Gold Beach running back scores five touchdownsGold Beach 50, Warrenton 21WARRENTON - There he goes! Jebb Curtis just scored again.
That's probably a nightmare the Warrenton Warriors will have to deal with for the next few days, chasing No. 8 down the field, over and over and over.
And over and over. There were five touchdowns in all scored by the Gold Beach senior running back, who rushed for 311 yards on 20 carries to lead the Panthers to a 50-21 win at Warrenton Saturday afternoon.
The Warriors simply could not stop Curtis and the Gold Beach rushing attack in the Class 2A state football playoff quarterfinal game.
The Panthers racked up 487 yards on the ground and finished with 518 yards in total offense, as they gradually pulled away from Warrenton to clinch a spot in the semifinals.
Gold Beach will face fellow Big Fir League opponent Bandon Saturday in Coos Bay. Bandon defeated Northwest League No. 1 seed Vernonia 21-14, also Saturday afternoon.
The Warriors finish an otherwise positive season with a 9-3 record, their fifth straight with nine or more wins.
The Panthers, now 10-1, were running as soon as they stepped off the bus. They scored touchdowns on four of their five first-half possessions, and all four of their second-half possessions.
"They were a better football team than us - I don't think there was any question of that," Warrenton coach John Mattila said. "They were more physical at the line of scrimmage, their backs are good, and the quarterback (Nic McNair) was fantastic today.
"They've got good speed, and they're just a better football team."
To the Warriors' credit, they didn't exactly fold up their tents, despite the margin of victory.
After falling behind 21-0, Warrenton answered Gold Beach touchdown-for-touchdown into the fourth quarter, before Curtis put the game away with his last runs.
Warrenton trailed 28-7 after three quarters, when the Warriors put together a long drive capped by Eric Gantenbein's 10-yard scoring toss to Aaron Torres with 9:57 left in the fourth, after key completions to Brandon Engebretson and Nick Miller.
Less than a minute later, Curtis ran around the right end on his way to a 54-yard touchdown run, his third score of the game.
Just 30 seconds after that, Gantenbein hit Engebretson with a short pass, and the big tight end sprinted down the Gold Beach sideline for a 70-yard TD.
But that would be Warrenton's final score, while Curtis wasn't quite done.
The next time he touched the ball, the elusive Panther running back went all the way for a 65-yard touchdown run with 8:12 left, the third touchdown in a span of one minute, 45 seconds.
Curtis's final run covered 38 yards to help the Panthers hit the 50-point mark for the fourth time this season.
"We didn't even get to see their punter, which is unusual," Mattila said. "Our kids played real well. We hung in there with 'em - we just couldn't stop them. The quarterback had a great day, and the fullback runs hard and was getting four and five yards at a crack.
"They just handled us up front. They moved us off the ball and sealed the linebackers off."
McNair had 116 yards rushing, a quiet day compared to Curtis's 311. McNair also intercepted two passes defensively for the second game in a row.
Gantenbein - Warrenton's sophomore quarterback - set a single-season school record in the loss, completing 15-of-30 passes for 264 yards, giving him 1,749 for the season.
The mark breaks the old record of 1,595, set by Nate McBride last year.
Engebretson capped his career with five receptions for 154 yards, while Shane Rudduck scored on a 5-yard run in the first half and gained 75 yards rushing. Rudduck finished with 1,013 yards rushing for the season.
"It was a pleasure to coach these boys," Mattila said. "They were positive, all the time. They were willing to work as hard as we asked them to work, and they had a lot of confidence in each other.
"We just got a lot better as the year went on," said Mattila, whose team won six of its final eight games. "I was real pleased with these guys. They can feel really good about themselves and how they improved."
Bandon 21, Vernonia 14BANDON - Bandon's Simon Fraser scored on a 3-yard run in the fourth quarter to give the Tigers a 21-14 victory over No. 9-ranked Vernonia in the quarterfinals of
the OSAA Class 2A state football playoffs Saturday.
Camerron Waldrop scored twice in the second quarter to give Bandon a 14-0 halftime lead. Waldrop scored his first TD on a 66-yard pass from Marc Rogers, then added a 10-yard run.
The Loggers cut the deficit to 14-7 when Russell Lende caught a 24-yard scoring pass from Eric Schmidlin in the third quarter.
Trailing 21-7, Vernonia's Bryan Budge capped the scoring with a 48-yard pass from Schmidlin.