COTTAGE GROVE — The Siuslaw High School football team held off a late rally by La Pine to advance to its first state championship game since 2011 with a 28-26 victory in a 3A semifinal Saturday at Cottage Grove High School.
The Vikings (11-0) led 16-0 in the first half, but La Pine charged back and got within 28-26 with 3:41 to play in the fourth quarter on a 13-yard Mike Brown touchdown reception from quarterback Colton Campbell. On the ensuing 2-point conversion attempt, Braydon Thornton picked off a Campbell pass in the end zone.
Vikings senior running back Camp Lacouture pounced on La Pine’s following onside kick attempt, and Siuslaw ran out the clock to seal the win.
Lacouture paced the Siuslaw offense, rushing for 168 yards and four touchdowns and the Vikings outgained La Pine 424-270. Siuslaw quarterback Beau Erickson was 7-for-10 passing for 141 yards. Thornton caught two passes for 74 yards.
With the win, the Vikings earned a berth in the 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, championship game at Cottage Grove High School against South Umpqua (11-1).
La Pine 0 8 12 6 — 26
Siuslaw 8 8 6 6 — 28
3A semifinal: South Umpqua 24, Vale 21
At Bend, Juri Moros kicked a 28-yard field goal with 18 seconds remaining in regulation Saturday to lift South Umpqua to victory in a 3A semifinal Saturday at Caldera High School.
Jace Johnson was 15 of 30 through the air for 211 yards and two touchdowns for the Lancers. Andrew Christiansen caught five passes for 75 yards and two touchdowns for South Umpqua, which improved to 11-1.
Vale 7 7 7 0 — 21
S. Umpqua 7 14 0 3 — 24
5A semifinal: Silverton 44, West Albany 14
At McMinnville, senior quarterback Jordan McCarty paced the No. 2-seeded Foxes to the 5A semifinal win Friday night at McMinnville High School.
McCarty was 17-for-24 passing for 272 yards and three touchdown passes to classmate Austin Ratliff, the longest a 72-yard TD connection. McCarty also ran for a TD as Silverton (11-1) earned a berth in the title game at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27 at Hillsboro Stadium against Thurston.
The Bulldogs’ season ended at 10-2.
Silverton 0 24 13 7 — 44
West Albany 0 7 0 7 — 14
5A semifinal: Thurston 34, Wilsonville 14
At Keizer, Brycen Indell ran for 79 yards and two touchdowns as Thurston posted the Friday night 5A semifinal win over the top seed at Flesher Field.
Gavin Knights ran for 84 yards and a score for the Colts (10-0), who took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and on the evening forced seven Wilsonville turnovers. Parker Saunders, Vaun Halstead, Micah McGillivray and Miguel Perez all had interceptions for Thurston.
Wilsonville quarterback Chase Hix threw for 368 yards in the loss.
Thurston 14 3 7 10 — 34
Wilsonville 0 7 7 0 — 14
4A semifinal: Marist Catholic 42, Estacada 8
At McMinnville, the bracket’s seventh seed used a dominating second half to roll past No. 3-seed Estacada on Saturday night in a 4A semifinal at McMinnville High School.
Marist Catholic senior running back Lucas Taki ran for 180 yards and four touchdowns for the Spartans (10-2), who scored on their first five possessions of the second half after trailing 8-6 at the break.
After the Rangers used a 14-play, 55-yard drive to score on their opening possession, Estacada failed to solve the Marist Catholic defense the rest of the way.
Marist Catholic 0 6 15 21 — 42
Estacada 8 0 0 0 — 8
4A semifinal: Marshfield 36, Mazama 0
At Grants Pass, the top-seeded Pirates scored all their points in the second and third quarters in earning the 4A semifinal shutout Saturday at Grants Pass High School.
Marshfield (14-0) limited Mazama to 153 yards of offense and forced five Viking turnovers. Pirates quarterback Dom Montiel threw for 256 yards and a touchdown.
The win set up a rematch in the title tilt of Marshfield’s 48-41 defeat of Marist Catholic in both schools’ regular season finale. Marshfield will make its first state title game appearance since 2017 and seeks its first state championship since 1992.
The Pirates and Spartans meet in a 7 p.m. championship game Saturday, Nov. 27.
Mazama 0 0 0 0 — 0
Marshfield 0 15 21 0 — 36
2A semifinal: Coquille 8, Heppner 6
At McMinnville, the No. 4 Red Devils got a 7-yard touchdown run from Gunner Yates with 2:23 left in regulation, and Brock Willis’ successful run on the ensuing 2-point conversion lifted Coquille to the Saturday 2A semifinal win over the top seed at Wortman Stadium.
Yates TD run capped a 9-play, 78-yard drive that took 3:02 off the clock in the later stages of the fourth quarter in the defensive battle. Coquille’s victory snapped a 29-game Heppner winning streak.
With the win over the defending state champs, Coquille (9-1) secured its first state championship game berth since the Red Devils won it all in 1970.
Heppner quarterback Landon Mitchell’s 8-yard touchdown pass to Derrick Smith with 5:32 left in the fourth quarter broke a scoreless tie. The Mustangs closed the season 11-1.
Coquille 0 0 0 8 — 8
Heppner 0 0 0 6 — 6
2A semifinal: Kennedy 21, Lakeview 0
At Grants Pass, quarterback Riley Cantu threw a pair of second quarter touchdown passes, and the Trojan defense pitched a shutout in the 2A semifinal Saturday at Grants Pass High School.
Kennedy (11-1) led 7-0 after William Schaecher’s 11-yard touchdown run in the first quarter before Cantu connected with Luke Beyer for a 44-yard scoring pass and a 23-yard TD strike to Owen Bruner, securing Kennedy’s third straight championship game appearance.
The Trojans meet Coquille for the 2A championship at 3 p.m. Saturday at Cottage Grove High School.
Lakeview 0 0 0 0 — 0
Kennedy 7 14 0 0 — 21
1A, 8-player semifinal: Adrian 62, Lost River 20
At Bend, Conley Martin ran 13 times for 221 yards and six touchdowns as Adrian ran away with the win in a 1A, 8-player
semifinal Saturday at Caldera High School.
Jace Martin added 165 yards rushing and two TDs on just nine carries for the Antelopes (12-0), who meet No. 2 Powder Valley at 1 p.m. Saturday at Baker High School in the 1A, 8-player title tilt.
Lost River quarterback Chase McAuliffe ran for a 59-yard touchdown and passed for a 39-yard score.
Lost River 0 8 12 0 — 20
Adrian 20 20 16 6 — 62
1A, 8-player semifinal: Powder Valley 46, St. Paul 8
At Bend, Reece Dixon ran 24 times for 108 yards and three touchdowns in leading the Badgers to the 1A, 8-player semifinal win Saturday at Caldera High School.
Powder Valley (11-1) limited the Buckaroos to 217 yards of offense and yielded just eight first downs.
Powder Valley fell 38-0 on Oct. 1 to Adrian, which meets the Badgers in Saturday’s state championship game.
St. Paul 0 8 0 0 — 8
Powder Valley 8 16 16 6 — 46