OAKRIDGE — After beginning the season with three straight losses, the Toledo High School football team completed its dramatic turnaround Oct. 29 with a dominating 46-6 road victory in the Boomers’ 2A-SD 3 regular season finale.

“Our team won the first league title in quite a few years,” Toledo head coach Jeff Taylor wrote in his postgame media report. “I’m very proud of my assistant coaches and even more so of every single one of our players. This is truly a team title. Without every single one of them, it doesn’t happen.”

The Boomers (6-3), winners of six straight after their early-season struggles, earned a No. 8 seed from the OSAA and host a state 2A playoff game at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, against nine-seed Weston-McEwen at jack Dahl Stadium. The winner there will face the winner of a first-round matchup between top-seed Heppner and Regis on either Nov. 12 or 13.

Toledo fell 19-0 to Heppner on Sept. 3 in both schools’ season opener.

Last Friday night, Toledo raced to a 32-6 lead at the end of the first quarter before Taylor sat the majority of his starters for the remainder of the game against the winless Warriors.

“It was awesome to get an opportunity to have all of our young guys get a substantial amount of snaps,” Taylor wrote. “From the second quarter on, our young guys continued what the varsity had started.”

Tickets for Toledo’s playoff game on Saturday, and all OSAA state tournament contests, are available for purchase beforehand at https://www.osaa.org/shop/tickets.

See the Friday edition of the News-Times for a preview of the Boomers’ first-round playoff game.

Oct. 29

Toledo        32    8   6    0 — 46

Oakridge      6    0   0    0  —  6

Elsewhere:

Waldport 60, Falls City/Kings Valley Charter 22

At Falls City, a trio of Waldport seniors made their final regular season game count last Friday night as the fourth-ranked Irish prepped for the 1A, 8-player playoffs with a convincing SD-1 North victory.

Senior quarterback Zak Holsey rushed for 182 yards and four touchdowns and passed for 179 yards and three scores as Waldport improved to 7-1. Senior running back Levi Fruechte ran for 170 yards and added 42 yards receiving for Waldport, and senior receiver/defensive back Levi Schrock caught two touchdown passes and finished with 129 receiving yards. Schrock added two interceptions while on defense.

“He was the MVP for us this weekend,” Waldport head coach Jeff Skirvin said. “He had a couple of key picks for us to go with his great night at receiver.”

Skirvin gave credit for the Waldport scoring spree to his offensive line.

“Our offensive line gave a clinic on how to block to the whistle,” he said. “They did their job and then some.”

Defensively, the Irish held the Huskies scoreless through three quarters.

The Irish take a No. 5 seed into the state playoffs, where they host a first-round matchup at 7 p.m. night against 12-seed Elgin (4-4) from SD-2 East. The Huskies claimed their state playoff spot last weekend with an 80-6 defeat of Lyle/Wishram/Klickitat at Eastern Oregon University in a league playoff game. They enter the state playoffs having outscored their previous two opponents 146-6.


Oct. 29

Waldport   28  26 6   0  — 60

FC/KVC     0    0   0  22 — 22

Stayton 49, Newport 25

At Stayton, the Eagles ended Newport’s season on a sour note Oct. 29 in rolling to the 4A-SD 3 defeat of the Cubs. Further details were not submitted to the media.

Newport’s season ended at 0-4 in league, 1-8 overall.

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