Jewell, Knappa and Warrenton seal victories as state playoffs loomBANKS - Untimely turnovers and one tough running back were too much to handle for the Astoria football team Friday night, as Banks clinched its first-ever Cowapa League title with a 27-7 win over the Fishermen.
The Braves racked up 379 yards on the ground - 226 by one player - and forced three turnovers to remain unbeaten (4-0) in league play.
Banks running back Greg Poe ran 37 times for 226 yards and two touchdowns, and the Braves controlled the ball and time of possession, allowing Astoria just two offensive possessions in the first half.
Despite the Braves' dominance over the first two quarters, the Fishermen trailed only 7-0 at halftime, thanks in part to some big defensive stands.
James Jasper intercepted a pass to end the Braves' first series, and a huge goal line stand by Astoria at the end of the first half brought an end to a 14-play, 94-yard drive that lasted over seven minutes.
On a fourth-and-goal from the 3-yard line, the Braves' Cole Linehan carried the ball, but was stopped just short of the goal line.
"That was a tremendous goalline stand," said Astoria coach Howard Rub. "That was championship stuff - it was a great effort by our guys.
"Unfortunately, the turnovers really hurt us," he said. "When you're playing a team like that, you can't afford to make mistakes."
Astoria had the ball first to start the second half, but on the first play from scrimmage, Banks' Rocky Falotico intercepted a Keenan Borgardt pass, and the Braves scored two plays later on a 23-yard run by Poe.
Banks built a 21-0 lead, before Mike Roberts put Astoria on the board, scoring on a 4-yard pass from Borgardt with 7:36 left in the game.
Now out of the playoff picture, Astoria hosts Scappoose Friday to end the season.
Scappoose 43, Seaside 7SCAPPOOSE - A short-handed Seaside team did the best it could at Scappoose Friday night at Scappoose, but fell short by a 43-7 count.
The Indians' Jason Brasmer scored three touchdowns - one rushing, one receiving, and another on an 80-yard punt return - and teammate Sean Robbins added two scores.
The Gulls scored their lone touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard run by Justin Simila.
Daniel Stowers had 56 yards rushing on 14 carries to lead Seaside, while Bryan Robison caught three passes for 65 yards.
The Gulls host Rainier in their regular season finale Friday.
Jewell 40, Riverdale 18PORTLAND - Coupled with Perrydale's win over St. Paul, Jewell officially reserved a spot in the state playoffs Friday night, with a 40-18 win over Riverdale in a game played at Lewis & Clark College in Portland.
Jays quarterback Joel Johnston threw four touchdown passes, returned a punt 77 yards for a score, and rushed for 101 yards on six carries.
Jewell had two 100-yard receivers, as Tim Meier caught four passes for 132 yards, including touchdown receptions of 22, 61 and 45 yards; and James Spaulding grabbed three passes for 106 yards, including a 57-yard scoring strike from Johnston.
Jewell is scheduled to play Oregon School for the Deaf Friday, but OSD may forfeit because of a lack of players.
The Bluejays may be looking at a three-week layoff, since their first playoff game would be in the second round at Powder Valley, Nov. 15.
Knappa 22, Neah-Kah-Nie 8ROCKAWAY BEACH - The Knappa Loggers overcame their road woes - for the most part - to post a 22-8 win at Neah-Kah-Nie Friday night.
It all comes down to a one-game season for the Loggers, who play at Vernonia Friday (7 p.m., KKEE 1230 AM), with the winner securing the Northwest League's No. 2 seed to the state playoffs.
Knappa struggled to put up numbers on offense against the Pirates, as Brandon Wing led the Loggers with 42 yards rushing, while Brent Brockey completed 3-of-9 passes for 95 yards.
Brockey had a hand in all three Knappa touchdowns, as he ran 15 yards for a first quarter score, then hit Sean Ferguson with a 64-yard pass play for another touchdown to give Knappa a 15-8 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, Brockey found Donald Pitts from 29 yards out for the game-clincher.
Jake Jordan had a game-high 59 yards rushing for Neah-Kah-Nie, while Ryan Harris caught three passes for 64 yards.
Knappa improves to 4-1 in league play, while Vernonia improved to 3-2 with a 34-7 win at Clatskanie. Vernonia's Travis Gwin carried the ball 27 times for 173 yards and scored four touchdowns.
Warrenton 40, Portland Christian 0PORTLAND - The Warrenton Warriors wrapped up their fourth straight Northwest League title Friday night, as they cruised to a 40-0 win at Portland Christian.
In addition to scoring three touchdowns of their own, the Warrenton defense held the Royals to just 72 yards of total offense (21 rushing, 51 passing).
Brandon Engebretson returned two interceptions for touchdowns (47 and 67 yards), and Rafael Marasigan returned a fumble 16 yards for another score. Bret Birman also had an interception.
In between, Jeremy Sleutel had a 1-yard touchdown run and Zach Gantenbein caught touchdown passes of 26 and 16 yards from Nate McBride.
Gantenbein caught six passes for 100 yards, and McBride was 11-of-20 for 170 yards passing.
The Warriors conclude the regular season Friday at Corbett.
La Center 57, Ilwaco 33ILWACO, Wash. - A Homecoming crowd was treated to an offensive football showcase Friday night at Ilwaco, as the Fishermen and La Center Wildcats combined for 90 points in a Trico League game.
Fifty-seven of the points belonged to the Wildcats, who rallied from an early 7-0 deficit to post a 57-33 victory over Ilwaco.
The performance by Fishermen quarterback Ryan Cadwell - 229 yards passing, four touchdown passes, one rushing - normally would have been enough for a win.
But the Wildcats racked up 418 yards in total offense (346 on the ground), and La Center's Jeremy Teel scored three touchdowns.
Ilwaco scored first on Cadwell's 18-yard TD pass to Rocky Mirelez, but Teel scored two touchdowns later in the period for a 14-7 lead.
Cadwell and Tommy Inserra hooked up for a 13-yard scoring play early in the second quarter, but the Wildcats came right back with a TD by Teel and two rushing touchdowns from Tim Gaston.
Ilwaco added three scores in the second half - an 11-yard Cadwell-to-Tony Crete pass; a 35-yard scoring play from Cadwell to Inserra; and Cadwell's 1-yard run with 5:05 left in the game.
Inserra caught three passes for 88 yards, while Crete had four catches for 63.
The Fishermen play at Charles Wright Academy Friday.
Southern Oregon 40, Humboldt State 21ASHLAND - Senior Night was a career night for Southern Oregon's Dusty McGrorty, playing in his last home game for the Raiders.
The Warrenton graduate equaled a career-high with four touchdowns, and surpassed his two-week-old personal best for rushing with 257 yards, leading the Raiders to a 40-21 win over Humboldt State Saturday in Ashland.
McGrorty scored on runs of 96, 59, 39 and 6 yards to help the Raiders (2-4) avenge a 31-10 loss to the NCAA Div. II Lumberjacks (3-3) in Arcata, Calif., Sept. 27.
SOU, which won its second straight at home and third straight Homecoming contest, exploded out of the gates by scoring 16 points in the opening 4:43. McGrorty rumbled 59 yards for a touchdown just three plays into the contest.
The Lumberjacks pulled to within 26-14 midway through the third quarter, but on the next play from scrimmage following Humboldt's second touchdown, McGrorty sprinted 96 yards for a touchdown, one yard shy of his own school and Northwest small-college record for longest scoring play.
The run also sealed McGrorty's fourth consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season, as he finished the contest with 1,156 for the season.
Southern Oregon plays its final three games of the season on the road, starting next week at 23rd-ranked Southern Nazarene in Bacone, Okla.
Schedule changesThe Astoria and Seaside boys soccer teams, originally scheduled to play district playoff games today at Liberty High School in Hillsboro, will instead play at Yamhill-Carlton High School.
Seaside plays Philomath in the first match (4:30 p.m.) for the No. 3 seed to the state playoffs, while Astoria faces Central at approximately 7 p.m. (the winner gains the district's No. 1 seed to state, the loser is the No. 2 seed).
In volleyball, Astoria and Seaside were scheduled to play tonight at Tillamook. The match has been changed to Wednesday (5 p.m.), at Tillamook. The winner of the Gulls-Fishermen match will play the Cheesemakers at approximately 7 p.m., for the Cowapa League's No. 3 seed to the state playoffs.