Story by Kadin Freauff, student. Photo by Steve Morgan.
Last week Oregon City hosted the ninety-third meeting for the "Battle for the Bridge" against the West Linn Lions. Oregon City earned their fiftieth all time win in the series by a score of 31-28. The series is still in Oregon City's favor with a record of 50-42-1.
Oregon City got off to a hot start in the first half of the game and the score was 24-7 at halftime. Senior cornerback Clay Reece got the Oregon City Pioneer crowd pumped with an amazing one handed interception at the end of the first quarter. The pass was originally intended for Lion tight end Sam Chitty.
After what Oregon City fans would describe as a quiet third quarter, West Linn came out swinging. The Pioneers let their guard down allowing West Linn to score three touchdowns in the 4th quarter.
On their first drive in the fourth quarter Lion Chance Mazzia ran in for a three yard touchdown.
Then Oregon City went on to score on the ensuing drive with a three yard touchdown of their own from sophomore Connor Mitchell.
West Linn sophomore tailback Dean Swanson then took the ensuing kick 91 yards to the house with hopes of keeping the Lions alive, but they would come up short.
Oregon City senior cornerback Clay Reece was not letting this game slip out from underneath the Pioneers. On West Linn's last "miracle" drive Reece intercepted his second pass of the night.
The momentum from Reece's interception and the way the Pioneers defensive line was shutting down West Linn's overall confidence opened a window on the offensive side of the ball. And did sophomore tailback Connor Mitchell and senior quarterback Jon Hall ever see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Hall had a very efficient and solid game passing for 126 yards with a touchdown off of 10 completions. Hall's touchdown throw was a 21 yard strike to junior wide out Hunter Knighton. Mitchell was the work horse behind Hall again this week, carrying the ball 40 times for 237 yards and 3 touchdowns.
How about those season totals for Hall and Mitchell?
Mitchell, after another great night on the ground, brought his totals up to 190 carries, 1,286 yards and 9 touchdowns.
Hall had another very solid night. He brought his totals up to 1,100 yards 15 touchdowns and just 3 interceptions.
Oregon City made a four spot jump in this week's poll. They went from 20 to 16.
This week Oregon City is on the road. They go to Clackamas to play the always tough and ranked sixth in the state, Cavaliers.