Story by Kadin Freauff, student
Oregon City's road to a state title ended on Friday night. The North Medford Black Tornadoes were able to put more points on the board that night and North Medford won by a score of 14-9.
Neither team could move the ball in the first half. Both teams have very explosive offenses, so Pioneer fans were surprised to look up at the scoreboard at halftime and see that North Medford had an 8-6 lead.
Oregon City's defense has been outstanding all year. They showed that Friday night, only allowing 14 points in the heartbreaking loss. Both teams came into this game averaging just over 30 points a game.
Oregon City's offense has been one of the most exciting to watch around the state of Oregon all year.
Then came Friday night when the offense could not get much going. Sophomore tailback Connor Mitchell was not able to find any sort of running room, his longest run of the night was just eight yards. Meanwhile senior quarterback Jon Hall, could not find his groove. The North Medford had outstanding man to man coverage, along with a strong front four to force Hall into some fast decisions.
This Oregon City team has been through a season unlike no other. On August 21st former head coach Kevin Strasser was charged with theft.
Athletic Director Bruce Reece took charge as head coach as of August 21st. A lot of people doubted this team and said that they could not even make the playoffs nor contend with the rest of the Three Rivers League. Instead the Oregon City varsity program had one of the best seasons in school history. They finished the regular season with eight wins to only one loss.
Senior outside linebacker Mark Anish had this to say about this season despite the heartbreaking loss. “We went against a tough opponent and played to the best of our abilities,” Anish said. “Unfortunately it was not our night and they came out on top. We gave it our best and that is all you can do sometimes. It was amazing to be a part of a historic season even if it did end short of our goal.”
Not only did they accomplish that great record, but the Pioneers also brought home their first Three Rivers League Division Title since 1996.