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)
Shane Rudduck (152 carries, 938 yards)
Michael O'Casey (71 carries, 311 yards)
David Dyer (50 carries, 212 yards)
Eric Gantenbein (89-for-183, 1,485 yards, 17 TD's, 7 interceptions)
Brandon Engebretson (36 catches, 610 yards)
Nick Miller (20 catches, 271 yards)
Aaron Torres (16 catches, 358 yards)
Brandon Engebretson, 56 (nine TD's, one tackle for safety)
Shane Rudduck 54 (eight TD's, six rushing, two returns, three 2-point conversions)
Dan Wolfe, 88 (34 unassisted, seven for lost yardage)
Jon Anderson, 76 (25 unassisted, eight for lost yardage)
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
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
GOLD BEACH (9-1)
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
16 Dayton 14
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
33 at Sherman County 22
20 at Kennedy 7
Week-by-week Coaches Poll rankings:
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
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
*Co-champions in 1976 with South Umpqua (8-8 tie)
Warrenton in the State Playoffs
Post-season record: 10-18
Previous appearance: 2003