Oregon's 2004 2A football champion will not be a familiar nameAmity? Gone. Dayton? Out. Regis? Done.

Scio? Myrtle Point? Kennedy? Done, done and done.

The Big Dogs of Class 2A football - usually preparing for the quarterfinals this time of year - are instead gearing up for basketball and wrestling.

All four semifinalists of 2003 - Scio, Amity, Regis and Dayton - are done for the year as the 2004 quarterfinals get under way this weekend.

And of the four semifinalists from 2002, only Warrenton remains in title contention.

Does that signal a changing of the guard among the top 2A football programs in the state? Is the underrated Northwest League replacing the overrated West Valley League as the state's toughest?

Only time will tell, but heading into this weekend's action, the NWL still has two teams in contention to just one for the West Valley League, and the one constant is the Warrenton Warriors.

"Bandon and us," are the surprise teams in the quarterfinals, said Warrenton coach John Mattila. "All the rest of the final eight are first-round teams."

The Panthers and Warriors are both coming off upsets last week with Gold Beach holding off Dayton 16-14, and Warrenton knocking off unbeaten Kennedy, 20-7.

All that being said, it's time for the school comparisons as the two teams get set to battle at 1 p.m. Saturday (AM 1230 ESPN Radio).

Last week: Gold Beach 16, Dayton 14

Gold Beach upset the favored Pirates as quarterback Nic McNair scored on a 2-yard run with 4:42 left in the game.

The Panthers also made a big defensive stand late in the game to preserve the win.

Jebb Curtis rushed for 89 yards for Gold Beach, which included a 75-yard run to give the Panthers a 10-0 halftime lead.

Dayton had 207 yards rushing, but only 23 passing, while Gold Beach rushed for 129 yards. Dayton had 14 first downs to seven for the Panthers.

Gold Beach quarterback Nic McNair, who was averaging 134 yards per game on the ground coming into the game, was stuffed for minus-15 yards on 13 attempts.

McNair made his mark in every area of the game, intercepting two passes on defense and blocking a fourth quarter punt on special teams, setting up his game-winning touchdown.

Warrenton 20, Kennedy 7The Warriors upset the favored Trojans as Warrenton quarterback Eric Gantenbein hooked up with tight end Brandon Engebretson for three touchdowns.

Warrenton defensive tackle Jon Anderson made 12 tackles and the Warriors limited Kennedy to just 47 yards passing.

Gantenbein was 10-of-16 for 180 yards, including six completions for 86 yards to Engebretson.

Record-setter?: Gantenbein has thrown for 1,485 yards this season, the third-best single-season mark in school history. He needs 111 yards passing to surpass Nate McBride's school record of 1,595 set last season.

Engebretson has 36 receptions this year, second-best behind Zach Gantenbein's 48 in 2003.

Gold Beach Players to Watch:

Nic McNair (All-League defensive back, quarterback and punter, voted Defensive Player of the Year in the Big Fir League)

Jebb Curtis (Plays tailback in the Panthers' veer formation; All-Big Fir League honors on offense and defense; sprinter on track team)

Mike Manuele (All-league guard, linebacker)

Nick Kolen (All-league center)

Ray Boon (All-league linebacker)

Warrenton Leaders (through 11 games)

Rushing:

Shane Rudduck (152 carries, 938 yards)

Michael O'Casey (71 carries, 311 yards)

David Dyer (50 carries, 212 yards)

Passing:

Eric Gantenbein (89-for-183, 1,485 yards, 17 TD's, 7 interceptions)

Receiving:

Brandon Engebretson (36 catches, 610 yards)

Nick Miller (20 catches, 271 yards)

Aaron Torres (16 catches, 358 yards)

Scoring:

Brandon Engebretson, 56 (nine TD's, one tackle for safety)

Shane Rudduck 54 (eight TD's, six rushing, two returns, three 2-point conversions)

Tackles:

Dan Wolfe, 88 (34 unassisted, seven for lost yardage)

Jon Anderson, 76 (25 unassisted, eight for lost yardage)

Interceptions:

Aaron Torres, 6

Nick Miller, 3

Dan Wolfe, 3

Warrenton Score by Quarters

Opponent - 19 - 42 - 56 - 48 - 123

Warrenton - 71 - 109 - 60 - 71 - 311

Team Totals

Opp. WHS

First Downs 76 104

Rushing Yards 1,710 1,840

Passing Yards 666 1,596

Total Offense 2,376 3,436

Fumbles-Lost 28-13 23-9

Turnovers 29 14

Penalties-Yards 47-343 36-330

Quick Facts: According to Mapquest.com, the two schools are separated by 304.9 miles ... Gold Beach was 0-9 two years ago ... Warrenton is the proud alma mater of Dusty McGrorty of the St. Louis Rams.

Gold Beach and WarrentonBy the Numbers

2004 Results

GOLD BEACH (9-1)

GB Opp.

37 at Riddle 0

20 Brookings-Harbor 24

42 Illinois Valley 22

57 at Yoncalla 16

28 at Reedsport 22

56 Myrtle Point 36

61 at Oakland 32

44 Bandon 14

17 Glide 6

State Playoffs

16 Dayton 14

WARRENTON (9-2)

WHS Opp.

30 at Nestucca 6

25 Adna, Wash. 14

26 Corbett 0

6 Knappa 10

35 at Neah-Kah-Nie 6

41 Riverdale 7

22 at Vernonia 30

34 at Clatskanie 7

39 Portland Christian 14

State Playoffs

33 at Sherman County 22

20 at Kennedy 7

Week-by-week Coaches Poll rankings:

GOLD BEACH

Sept. 7: Not ranked

Sept. 14: 19th

Sept. 21: 19th

Sept. 28: 17th

Oct. 5: 16th

Oct. 12: 11th

Oct. 19: 10th

Oct. 26: 9th

Nov. 2: 9th

Nov. 9: 7th

WARRENTON

Sept. 7: 10th

Sept. 14: 9th

Sept. 21: 6th

Sept. 28: 8th

Oct. 5: 14th

Oct. 12: 17th

Oct. 19: 17th

Oct. 26: 18th

Nov. 2: Not ranked

Nov. 9: Not ranked

Gold Beach in the State Playoffs

(Panthers formerly competed in Class 3A - they are making their first post-season appearance at the 2A level)

Post-season record: 6-9-1

Previous appearance: 1998

Appearances: 10

Quarterfinals: 7

Semifinals: 2

Championships: 1*

*Co-champions in 1976 with South Umpqua (8-8 tie)

Warrenton in the State Playoffs

Post-season record: 10-18

Previous appearance: 2003

Appearances: 18

Quarterfinals: 8

Semifinals: 4

Finals: 0

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