November 4, 2014
Friday night it looked like Oregon City could do no wrong as they were on the road at Barlow. Oregon City won by a mile, 36-7.
A change at running back for the Pioneers helped take their balance attack to another level. Friday junior halfback Richie Mock used his 6'3-205 pound frame to shred through the Barlow defense all night.
The Pioneers established the run game with the workhorse Mock early on. The first possession of the game for the Pioneers resulted in a seven yard touchdown run by Mock.
The Pioneer defensive line which featured senior Chris Mengis alongside junior Trevor Vandervort clogged every hole possible for Barlow's star running back Speedy Sanchez. Barlow could not get anything going on the offensive side of the ball during the first half.
Meanwhile the Oregon City offensive fired on all cylinders throughout the night. Early on in the second quarter senior quarterback Thomas Hamilton found senior wideout Hunter Knighton from 13 yards out to put the Pioneers up 17-0.
Hamilton just before the half would find the endzone himself. Hamilton punched in the quarterback keeper from a yard out to put the Pioneers up 23-0 headed into halftime.
Barlow would end up finding the endzone in the second half. The Bruins senior quarterback Dru Fitz found his junior tight end Ian VanderMeer from five yards to prevent the shutout.
Mock and the Pioneers would strike right back. Mock continued to run over Bruin defenders this time from four yards out with just five seconds left remaining in the third quarter.
Hamilton would throw one more touchdown pass, late in the fourth he connected with junior Trevon Bradford who put on an agility clinic from 25 yards out to find the endzone.
Hamilton finished off the regular season with a solid performance. Hamilton went 11-20 for 174 yards passing, with a pair of passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown.
Mock brought another dimension of running to this prolific Pioneer offense. Mock finished with 29 carries for 145 yards and a pair of rushing touchdowns.
Oregon City would win by a final score of 36-7.
Friday, November 7th will be the first round of 6A playoffs.
The Pioneers ended up with the 13 seed which means they will be hosting on Friday. Oregon City will host the 20 seed McNary Celtics from Salem.
Mt.Hood Roundup Week 9
Halloween night marked the end of the regular season and the end of the Pioneers first season apart of the Mt.Hood conference.
Centennial hosted Gresham as both teams battled to try and keep their playoff hopes alive. Gresham plowed over Centennial 27-7.
Central Catholic was on the road. The Rams traveled to David Douglas to take on the Scots. Central Catholic rammed David Douglas 43-14.
Clackamas played a struggling Reynolds team at home. Clackamas had no problems with a win and a final score of 52-14.
Photos by Teresa Parker, OC GridIron.