High school football preview capsules

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Sprague at McNary

Sprague at McNary

When: 7 p.m. tonight.

Records: Sprague (1-1 Central Valley Conference, 5-1 overall); McNary (1-1 CVC, 2-4 overall).

On the air: CCTV2 (Comcast 22) at 12:01 a.m.

Outlook: The Olympians have won two straight. Sprague has scored 205 points, most among Central Valley Conference teams. Senior quarterback Jon Schaub leads the league in passing with 1,025 yards and 14 touchdowns against two interceptions and senior running back Devvon Gage leads the league in rushing with 824 yards and 11 touchdowns. The Celtics ended a three-game losing streak with a 26-19 win last week against North Salem. McNary junior running back Brett Hildebrand has rushed for 710 yards and seven touchdowns on 123 yards. The Celtics are 1-2 at home this season.

North Salem at

No. 8 West Salem

North Salem at No. 8 West Salem

When: 7 p.m. tonight.

Records: North Salem (0-2 CVC, 0-6 overall); West Salem (2-0 CVC, 5-1 overall).

On the air: 1490 KBZY at 6:45 p.m.

Outlook: The Vikings gave up a 19-12 lead in the fourth quarter last week in a loss to McNary. The 26 points North Salem gave up was the fewest it has allowed this season. North Salem has given up 254 points, six most among Class 6A teams. The Titans have won five straight, including last week’s 41-0 win at McKay. The shutout was West Salem’s first in 26 games. West Salem senior receiver Cody Oden leads the Central Valley Conference with 444 yards receiving. The Titans have scored at least 28 points in each of their past five games. “I know from last year they had some really talented juniors so they’ve got some guys who are really athletic,” West Salem coach Shawn Stanley said.

No. 5 West Albany

at Dallas

No. 5 West Albany at Dallas

When: 7 p.m. tonight.

Records: West Albany (3-1 Mid-Willamette Conference, 5-1 overall), Dallas (1-3 MWC, 2-4 overall).

Outlook: The Bulldogs have scored 312 points, most among Class 5A teams this season. West Albany junior running back Jake LaCoste has rushed for 1,708 yards and 25 touchdowns on 175 carries. Dallas ended a four-game losing streak with Friday’s 27-21 win against Woodburn. The Dragons rushed for 375 yards, including Caleb Haughton’s 237.

Woodburn at

No. 2 Silverton

Woodburn at No. 2 Silverton

When: 7 p.m. tonight.

Records: Woodburn (0-4 MWC, 2-4 overall); Silverton (4-0 MWC, 6-0 overall).

Outlook: The Bulldogs have lost four straight. Senior quarterback Sergi Yakis completed two of 10 passes in last week’s 27-21 loss to Dallas, but both of those completed passes went for touchdowns. The Foxes defeated Lebanon 28-6 Friday. Chris Garcia ran for touchdowns of 26 and 72 yards and Ken Pike ran for touchdowns of 32 and 40 yards in the win.

Estacada at

North Marion

Estacada at North Marion

When: 7 p.m. tonight.

Records: Estacada (1-1 Tri-Valley League, 4-2 overall); North Marion (0-2 TVL, 3-2 overall).

Outlook: The Rangers lost 46-7 to Gladstone a week ago. Running back Brandon Beck (390 yards, four touchdowns) and Alec Barstad (305 yards, touchdown) have led the team’s ground attack. The Huskies gave up an early 7-0 lead in a 42-15 loss to La Salle a week ago. Quarterback Wyatt Moore was sacked twice and intercepted twice.

Taft at


Taft at Central

When: 7 p.m. tonight.

Records: Taft (1-1 Oregon West Conference, 1-5 overall); Central (0-2 OWC, 1-4 overall).

On the air: KAJC 90.1 FM.

Outlook: The Tigers lost 42-6 to Philomath a week ago. Taft gave up over 300 yards rushing in the loss. The Panthers have lost four straight. In last week’s 49-32 loss to Cascade. Quarterback Ben Finnegan threw four touchdown passes, including three to Kelton Chapman. Senior linebacker Branden Cutsforth leads the Panthers with 51 tackles.

No. 7 Cascade

at Stayton

No. 7 Cascade at Stayton

When: 7 p.m. tonight.

Records: Cascade (1-1 OWC, 5-1 overall); Stayton (0-2 OWC, 1-5 overall).

Outlook: This is the annual rivalry game between the near-by schools. The Cougars defeated Central 49-32 behind three rushing and one passing touchdowns by senior quarterback Cody Crawford. The Eagles have lost four straight, but played Newport close in a 36-22 loss on the road last week. Austin Rayas threw two touchdown passes, but was intercepted three times.

Sheridan at Gervais

Sheridan at Gervais

When: 7 p.m. tonight.

Records: Sheridan (0-2 West Valley League, 3-2 overall); Gervais (0-2 WVL, 0-6 overall).

Outlook: The Spartans defeated Chemawa 47-12 in a non-league game last week. Sheridan rushed for 503 yards, including 277 and five touchdowns by Joey Hertel and 145 by Jacob John. The Cougars lost 48-16 to Horizon Christian a week ago. Gervais hasn’t scored more than 26 points in a game this season.

Willamina at Colton

Willamina at Colton

When: 7 p.m. tonight.

Records: Willamina (2-0 WVL, 4-1 overall); Colton (1-2 WVL, 4-2 overall).

Outlook: The Bulldogs have won four straight. Tyson Jahn rushed for 277 yards and four touchdowns on 33 carries in last week’s 30-6 win against Amity. The Vikings lost 48-17 last week to Dayton, the team’s second straight defeat after starting the season 4-0. Colton accumulated 335 yards, including 212 in the air in the loss

Horizon Christian

at Dayton

Horizon Christian at Dayton

When: 7 p.m. tonight.

Records: Horizon Christian (3-0 WVL, 4-1 overall); Dayton (3-0 WVL, 5-0 overall).

Outlook: This game will go a long ways in determining the West Valley League champion. The Hawks offense came to life in a 48-16 win against Gervais. The Pirates continued their strong start to the season with a 48-17 win against Colton last week behind three touchdowns – two rushing and on a punt return – by Forrest Garcia and Justin Sutton catching three touchdown passes from Nathan Bernards.


at Jefferson

Blanchet at Jefferson

When: 7 p.m. tonight.

Records: Blanchet (3-1 PacWest Conference, 4-2 overall); Jefferson (0-5 PWC, 0-6 overall).

Outlook: The Cavaliers defeated Creswell 43-15 Friday. Running backs Kyle Ruiz and Jake Handran and quarterback Trent Gianella all ran for two touchdowns in the win, and the team accumulated over 400 yards rushing. The Lions are still searching for their first win of the season. Jefferson lost 47-7 to Salem Academy last week.

Salem Academy

at Harrisburg

Salem Academy at Harrisburg

When: 7 p.m. tonight.

Records: Salem Academy (2-2 PWC, 3-3 overall); Harrisburg (1-3 PWC, 2-4 overall).

Outlook: The Crusaders have won two straight. Junior quarterback Carlin Ables threw four touchdown passes among his five completions in last week’s 47-7 win against Jefferson. The Eagles lost 47-21 to Santiam Christian a week ago. Quarterback Zach Hollenbeck threw a touchdown pass, but also was intercepted four times.

Santiam Christian at Scio

Santiam Christian at Scio

When: 7 p.m. Friday.

Records: Santiam Christian (5-0 PWC, 5-1 overall); Scio (4-0 PWC, 5-1 overall).

Outlook: This is one of the week’s marquee matchups, pitting the defending Class 3A champion (Santiam Christian) and last year’s 2A runner-up (Scio). Both teams have won five straight since losing their season openers. Senior quarterback Grant Schroeder threw six touchdown passes Friday in a 47-21 win against Harrisburg. Senior running backs Daniel Harper and Nathan Jones both have rushed for over 1,000 yards and 14 touchdowns. “Coach (David) Lange is a great guy,” Scio coach Jim Mask said. “I’m sure he’s going to have some tricks up his sleeve defensively.”

St. Mary’s

at Chemawa

St. Mary’s at Chemawa

When: 7 p.m. Friday.

Records: St. Mary’s (5-1); Chemawa (3-2).

Outlook: This is a matchup of the Oregon’s two Class 3A teams playing an independent schedule this season. This is Chemawa’s third 11-man football game this season. The Braves lost 47-12 to Sheridan a week ago. The Crusaders of Medford defeated Chiloquin 61-6 Friday. This is St. Mary’s last game against an Oregon opponent this season.


at Santiam

Waldport at Santiam

When: 7 p.m. Friday.

Records: Waldport (0-1 Tri-River Conference, 3-3 overall); Santiam (0-2 TRC, 0-6 overall).

Outlook: The Irish lost 42-8 last week. Waldport played its past four games at home. The Wolverines lost 48-0 to Kennedy last week, the first time the team has been shut out this season. Santiam senior quarterback Braydon Mizell had 74 yards of total offense, 40 rushing and 34 passing in last week’s loss, but he was intercepted three times.

Kennedy at Regis

Kennedy at Regis

When: 7 p.m. Friday.

Records: Kennedy (1-0 TRC, 2-3 overall); Regis (1-0 TRC, 3-2 overall).

Outlook: This is a rivalry game that will go a long ways in determining the Tri-River Conference championship. Both team won big in their league openers last week, Kennedy 48-0 against Santiam and Regis 64-0 against Culver. “I understand the rivalry, but in all seriousness it’s another game, it’s another week,” Regis coach Tom Beckett said. “We’re not going to do anything extra or anything special that we didn’t do against Culver.”

Falls City at Portland Lutheran

Falls City at Portland Lutheran

When: 3 p.m. today

Records: Falls City (0-2 Special District 1, 0-5 overall); Portland Lutheran (0-2, 0-5 overall).

Outlook: Both teams are looking for their first wins of the season. The Mountaineers scored a season-high 32 points in last week’s 76-32 loss to Perrydale. Falls City has allowed an average of 75.4 points per game. The Blue Jays lost 38-28 to Washington School for the Deaf a week ago.

Jewell at St. Paul

Jewell at St. Paul

When: 7 p.m. tonight.

Records: Jewell (1-0, 4-1 overall); St. Paul (1-0, 5-0 overall).

Outlook: The Blue Jays lost 68-40 to Ocasta of Washington last week, the team’s first loss of the year. This could be the Buckaroos’ best challenge so far. St. Paul had a bye last week and has a bye next week.


vs Days Creek

Perrydale vs Days Creek

When: 1 p.m. Friday

Where: North Eugene High School

Records: Perrydale (4-1 overall); Days Creek (1-4).

Outlook: The Pirates are on a four-game winning streak. Perrydale defeated Falls City 76-32 behind five touchdowns – four rushing and one on a punt return – by Josh Hiebenthal. Days Creek is an independent 2A team that plays only eight-man opponents. The Wolves lost 56-32 last week against Powers in a game that was played as a six-man game.

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