Oregon City Earns First Victory Under Nyquist in Pioneer Fashion

Story by Kadin Freauff, student reporter.    September 29, 2014

Photo on front page by Nick Cutter, student.

Photo this page by Kadin Freauff, student.


Friday night Oregon City played Pioneer football and earned their first win of the 2014 season.  

Oregon City dominated David Douglas the entire game; the final score read, Oregon City 55 - David Douglas 28.


During the offseason Oregon City filled some new faces in new places to take over. It started last spring when Oregon City brought in Randy Nyquist to be the new head coach. Then later that spring the Pioneers picked up a key transfer. Senior quarterback Thomas Hamilton from Baker.


Head coach Randy Nyquist said, " It feels a long time coming. Three weeks, coming in with high expectations stubbing our toe a little bit," Nyquist said. " I am happy for the kids. You know you don't win and you get some people that don't believe and these kids stuck with me, they fought hard and fought through it. We have grown and improved every week."


The Pioneers could not have started off any better on the first possession of the game. Senior quarterback Thomas Hamilton ran a perfect play action to find junior wideout Trevon Bradford for a one way ticket to the endzone. Oregon City's first drive only took one minute and 14 seconds.


Early on Oregon City was up 7-0. That was just the beginning.


Later on in the first quarter, Hamilton decided to keep it himself from a yard out, he found the endzone with ease.


The score was now 14-0 Oregon City.


The next Pioneer possession Hamilton yet again took it in himself this time from a couple yards out. Making it 21-0 Oregon City, with time still left in the first quarter.


Oregon City's defense played a great game. To end the first quarter the Pioneers scored a defensive touchdown. It started with a Tristan Birge interception; he had the ball until roughly midfield then coughed it up. Oregon City and David Douglas players scrambled to find the ball but ended up moving it more down field until senior cornerback Jon Marquett scooped up the loose ball and took it in for the Pioneers.


Late in the second quarter David Douglas avoided the shutout. The Scots pounded the ground from eight out.


Oregon City still held a commanding lead. 28-7.


On the ensuing kickoff, Trevon Bradford for the Pioneers showed yet again why he is one of the state's best playmakers. Bradford took the kickoff 85 yards to the house.


Bradford said. "I mean it definitely feels good. I like scoring touchdowns."


At half Oregon City led 35-7.


The second half started with another forced turnover by the Pioneer defense. Junior defensive end Richie Mock-Seratt picked off David Douglas junior quarterback Brian Romero.


Oregon City's offense capitalized off of the Mock-Seratt interception. Junior running back Connor Mitchell found daylight into the endzone from seven yards out.


Early on in the third quarter Oregon City led 42-7.


The next David Douglas possession Romero found the endzone through the air. The Scots still trailed 42-14.


Mitchell continued to find daylight against the David Douglas defense. Mitchell's next run on the ensuing drive was a 52 yard dash to the endzone.


Mitchell said. "I prefer this pro style offense over the spread that we ran last year. I can get to the hole quick and make the safety miss and go from there," Mitchell said. " This definitely feels good coming off of three losses."


Thomas Hamilton said. " It's great, feels good to get the first win off your shoulders. Lot of more to come."


The scoreboard at Pioneer Memorial Stadium at the end of the night read:

 Oregon City 55 - David Douglas 28.




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