Pioneers Rush McNary Out of the Playoffs

Story and photos by Kadin Freauff, student reporter.

November 12, 2014

 

Friday night Oregon City hosted the McNary Celtics of Salem andthe Pioneers showed no signs of letting go

of the six game winning streak they entered the night with. Oregon City won by a final of 38-6.

 

The Pioneers defense played their best game of the season by far. On McNary's first possession of the game Oregon City forced the Celtics senior quarterback Drew McHugh to throw an interception. But then McNary on the ensuing Pioneers drive, forced junior tailback Richie Mock to fumble on the McNary three yard line.

 

On the next Celtics possession they found the endzone with roughly 45 seconds left in the first quarter. Junior Trent Van Cleave kept it himself from a yard out to put the first points of the night on the board. McNary failed to hit the point after.

 

Just 20 seconds later Oregon City struck back with vengeance. This time junior Trevon Bradford got the ball on a end around reverse from 11 yards out and Bradford found the beloved endzone yet again.

 

At the end of the first quarter the Pioneers led 7-6.

 

The Pioneers offense would not be stopped. Pioneers tailback Mock would redeem himself for the fumble. After finding a hole and shedding Celtic defenders, Mock stumbled into the endzone from 19 yards out.

 

As the first half was close to ending the Pioneers tacked on a field goal and one more touchdown. The touchdown was a 64 yard end around reverse to Bradford. He went from sideline to sideline then cut all the way back and found daylight and the endzone.

 

At half the Pioneers led a 24-6.

 

Mock during the second half found the endzone one more time. A 20 yard dash to the endzone completed the workhorse's night. Senior quarterback Thomas Hamilton threw just one passing touchdown. It came early on in the fourth quarter, in which he found Bradford from 13 yards away.

 

Hamilton finished off the night 6 of 12 passing for 99 yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile Mock absolutely exploded on the Celtics defense. Mock rushed just 15 times but for a whopping 220 yards.

 

After those Pioneer scores in the second half, Oregon City won by a final of 38-6.

 

The Pioneers rushed the ball 29 times for 348 yards as a team on Friday night. On the Pioneers defensive line the duo of senior Chris Mengis and junior Trevor Vandervort combined for eight solo tackles to go along with Vandervort's two tackles for loss.

 

It's also time to recognize a group of alumni who call themselves "OC behind the scenes" for their commitment to the Football program.

 

Offensive stats that are featured every week are recorded by Todd Kemhus. Defensive stats every week and featured this week are tallied up by Tim Richardson. Public Address Announcer Carl Lane. Clock Operator Ray Borgen and spotter Justin Bugni.

 

 

Round 1 Roundup

Six total teams from the Mt.Hood conference, including Oregon City , made the playoffs this postseason.

 

The 1 seed Central Catholic demolished the 32 seed Thurston 70-19.

 

9 seed Clackamas held on late to beat 24 seed Lincoln 28-21.

 

30 seed Barlow traveled way down south and got thumped by 3 seed Grants Pass 77-14.

 

26 seed Gresham kept the game close with 7 seed Jesuit for a while, but Jesuit pulled away and won by a final of 41-14.

 

31 seed David Douglas was tossed in the middle of a shootout with 2 seed Tigard. The Tigers were too much for The Scots. Tigard won 70-49.

 

The 13 seed Pioneers will be on the road this week at 4 seed Sheldon on Friday November 14th. 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos on Flickr.

Photos by Teresa Parker, OC GridIron