Pios Win Three River League Title in Last Minute Upset

Story by Kadin Freauff, student writer

Photo by Bruce Ely at the The Oregonian


Friday was a night of history for the Oregon City High School football program, as the Pioneers overcame a 14-0 deficit to defeat the eight-time reigning division title-holder, Lake Oswego Lakers. The Pioneers clinched their first Three Rivers Division title since 1996.

The score was 0-0 at the end of the first quarter. Neither team could really move the ball down field.


Lake Oswego showed why year after year they're on top of the division. With a blink of an eye Lake Oswego went down the field twice and scored 14 unanswered points headed into halftime. Oregon City fans looked in disgust with the scoreboard reading of Lake Oswego 14 Oregon City 0.

Once the second half started Oregon City showed how bad they wanted this division title. Senior quarterback Jon Hall put the team on his shoulders and the Pioneers were driving. To open up the second half, Oregon City was finally able to get on the board with a sophomore tailback Connor Mitchell touchdown run. The board read 14-7 with 10:15 left in the third quarter. 

Then just like that Oregon City's defense prevailed once again. Lake Oswego coughed up the ball on the Oregon City 23 yard line. On Oregon City's drive after the fumble they capitalized on the turnover and scored off of another Mitchell touchdown run. The score board read 14 all heading into the fourth and final quarter. 

With 2:24 left in the fourth Lake Oswego racked up a field goal to give them a three point lead 17-14.  


Now in high school football, it is very rare to see a high school player take a kickoff back for a touchdown.  Well on that special night the crowd witnessed it with their own eyes. 
Sophomore wideout Trevon Bradford took it to the house with a 91 yard kick return. Oregon City took the lead 21-17 with 2:12 left in the game. The score would stay that way until the clock read 0:00 across the board. 

Bradford also had the game clinching interception with 34.6 seconds left on Lake Oswego's last drive.

Hall had some things to say on this amazing victory for his Pioneers. "We have wanted a win over Lake Oswego forever." Hall said. "This team buys in to everything, we're truly a family." 

Hall and Mitchell ended the 2013 regular season with some great stats. 

Hall's night was still great due to leadership, and how he rallied the team to get this win. Hall threw for 186 yards and two interceptions. He brings his season totals up to 1,501 yards, 17 touchdowns and five interceptions.

Mitchell could not really run the ball the first half because of Lake Oswego's strong defensive line, but he found a way to pound the ground again on Friday. Mitchell ran for 114 yards, off of 23 carries, to go with his two touchdowns. He brought his season totals up to 245 carries, 1,593 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Senior outside linebacker Mark Anish shared some thoughts on what the win meant looking ahead at first round of the playoffs. "It was a huge win not only because we won the Three Rivers League title but it gave us a week to heal up and a easier first round opponent," Anish said. "This was a huge win for us and the whole city."

Now with Friday in the books the regular season is now completed. It is time for playoffs. Oregon City has lots of momentum going in, now we will just have to see how far these boys can really go. 




Photo by Bruce Ely at the The Oregonian

Photos from Lake Oswego Game.