Story by Kadin Freauff , student writer.
Friday the Pioneers were on the road at Clackamas in a top ten clash of top dog division rivals, in which Oregon City controlled their quest the whole game with a huge win on the road 35-21.
It all started on Clackamas's first drive of the game. They had moved down the field with ease, but once they were inside the red zone, the Pioneer defense got the momentum rolling.
Senior cornerback Clay Reece got his first interception of the night in the first quarter off a beautiful out-stretched diving catch in the corner of the Clackamas end zone.
Reece would go on to get two more interceptions that game.
Oregon City did something that night which the varsity program has not done since the year of 1996. Clinch a share of the Three Rivers League title.
Oregon City claimed their prize with the win over the Cavaliers. Lakeridge helped out Oregon City as well with their comeback win over Lake Oswego.
Senior outside linebacker Mark Anish had some words about what the win means moving forward. “It proved again to everyone that we are for real this year,” Anish said. “After all we have been through this year, we are not going to lay down to anyone. Our goal is a league championship and Friday, we have a chance to win it because of the work we have put in.”
How about season totals for senior quarterback Jon Hall and sophomore tailback Connor Mitchell?
Mitchell had a solid game against the always tough Clackamas defense. Carrying the ball 32 times for 193 yards and two touchdowns. He brought his totals up to 222 carries, 1,479 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Hall had once again a very solid game. Hall threw for 215 yards off of 10 completions to go with two passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown. He brought his totals up to 1,315 yards, 17 touchdowns and three interceptions.
Oregon City made a six spot jump in this week's poll. They went from 16 to 10.
This week is Oregon City's most critical game of the year.
They're at Lake Oswego, ranked 13 in the state, in a winner take all game for the Three Rivers League Division Title.