Runner-up finish: Santiam second in Class 2A football

December, 2018 Posted in School, Sports & Recreation

James DayFor the second consecutive year the Santiam High football team fell just short of a state title. Kennedy jumped out to a 28-0 halftime lead and then held off a strong Wolverines surge to take a 31-20 victory Nov. 24 in the Class 2A championship game at Herald White Stadium in Cottage Grove.

The Kennedy win avenged a 44-0 loss to Santiam during Special District 2 play on Sept. 14. The Wolverines, who downed top-ranked Monroe 44-13 in the semifinals, fell to Monroe in the 2017 2A title game.

“Honestly, they weren’t doing much of anything different,” Santiam coach Carl Rupp told Our Town. “This time they just played harder, were much more aggressive, and it put us on our heels. Hats off to Kennedy, they did a hell of a job.”

Rupp said he knew his players were capable of a comeback.

“I knew we would rally and make it a game. Our guys have too much heart to just take that kind of whooping sitting down. I’m proud of that.”

The Wolverines took the second-half kickoff and drove 61 yards in 12 plays, with Trevor Tinney scoring from the 1. The drive belonged to Tinney, who rushed for 49 yards on 9 carries during the march.

Santiam was forced to start its next drive at the 6 after a JFK punt. Three plays later it was 28-14. On 3rd-and-7 at its own 9, Tinney took a pitch from quarterback Colin Thurston and broke loose down the left sideline. Aided by a screening downfield block from hustling guard Dustin Keys, Tinney finished the 91-yard scoring play, then ran for the two points and it was 28-14 with 2:48 still left in the third period.

Moments later Tinney threw up into a garbage can… and went back into the game.

Santiam’s Trevor Tinney looks for running room during the Wolverines’ 31-20 loss to Kennedy in the Class 2A title game. Tinney turned in a gutsy performance, with 210 yards rushing,  2 touchdowns and a 2-point conversion.        Ted Miller

Santiam’s Trevor Tinney looks for running room during the Wolverines’ 31-20 loss to Kennedy in the Class 2A title game. Tinney turned in a gutsy performance, with 210 yards rushing,
2 touchdowns and a 2-point conversion. Ted Miller

The Trojans added a critical three points on a field goal with 9:21 to go to make it 31-14.

An interception stopped the next Santiam drive, but the Wolverines were able to tack on a final touchdown with 2:23 left when Thurston hit Trevor Whitmire at the back of the end zone.

Tinney finished with 210 yards rushing on 26 carries and also caught a pass for 10 yards. He added 6 tackles on defense and was named player of the game for Santiam. Keys finished his superb high school career with 9 solo tackles, 3 assists and a forced fumble. Thurston and Garrett Wallen had 7 tackles apiece, with Wyatt Lyon and Quinten Cook joining Tinney with 6.

“Obviously, we wanted to end this thing with a first-place finish, so we’re disappointed in that regard,” Rupp said. “When you take a step back though, this was a hell of a season for us. We never got the chance to sit down and appreciate how much fun we were having because we knew how far we wanted to go.”

Cascade, meanwhile, finished 4-5 after falling to Seaside in the Class 4A round of 16.

Cascade was the No. 14 seed after closing the Oregon West Conference season on a three-game win streak to take second place behind Sweet Home.

“Overall, it is always nice to make the playoffs,” coach Brandon Bennett told Our Town. “I am proud of my guys for fighting to turn the season around. That being said we left some wins on the table this year. Those mistakes cost us a better seed in the playoffs.”

Cascade senior Macoy Christman was named lineman of the year in the Oregon West and a first-teamer at tight end and the defensive line. Also on the first-team offense for the Cougars were junior running back Ethan Coffey and senior tackle Jacob Shultz. Senior guard Trystin Teal was a second-team choice, while freshman QB Jacob Hage, senior wide receiver Jake Whisman, junior guard Kyle McAlister and junior tackle Caleb Sell received honorable mention.

On defense Whisman was a first-teamer at defensive back, junior DB Elijah Nolan was a second-teamer and junior lineman Brandon White, senior lineman TJ Sly, junior linebacker Ryan Diehl and sophomore DB David Kanoff received honorable mention.

Stayton junior QB Ben Rash was named offensive player of the year. He was joined on the first-team offense by Eagles senior wide receiver Sean Bodi and senior guard Garrett Sandefur. Senior center Morgan Smith and junior tackle Bryce Wheldon earned second-team slots, while junior wide receiver Logan Classen received honorable mention.

Sandefur and Bodi also were first-team on defense at defensive line and defensive back, respectively. Sophomore lineman Johnny Sylva and senior linebacker Jordan Bader were named to the second team, while senior DB Spencer Gaul earned honorable mention.

Soccer: The Stayton girls won their first league title in school history and advanced to the Class 4A quarterfinals with a 5-1 win vs. Molalla before falling 2-0 to eventual runner-up Valley Catholic in the quarters. The Eagles were 11-2-2 overall and 10-0-2 in the Oregon West.

“I am really proud of the season and playoff run we had,” first-year coach Devin Holmes told Our Town. “Winning a league title is never easy, but to do it without losing a game is immense. On top of that I am super excited for this group to be able to say they were the first girls soccer team at Stayton to do it.”

Holmes was named coach of the year, with junior
KJ Nyquist earning player of the year honors. KJ Nyquist was joined on the first team by junior sister Alli Nyquist. Senior Sylvia Gomez was the second-team goalkeeper, with seniors Iz Samuel, Kaylee Plata and Kenzie Plata of the Eagles also earning second-team honors.

Cascade senior Jenica Wiebenga was named to the second team, while senior teammates Alishae Grizzell-Scott and Emma DeJong and freshman Ariel Tobiasson received honorable mention.

The Stayton boys team, meanwhile, bowed out of the 4A playoffs in the round of 16 via a 1-0 home loss to Seaside. The Eagles, who defeated eventual 4A champ Woodburn 1-0 during league play, lost a shot at a league co-title by falling 1-0 against Cascade in the Oregon West finale.

“We played poorly, we let me get in front of we,” veteran coach Chris Shields told Our Town of the way the season ended. “We were relying on individual play rather than as a group and it caught us. We were really young on the offensive side of the ball, which hurt us in big games. I hope that our sophomores make the jump to junior year, which is normally when we see the greatest amount of growth.”

Stayton finished 11-3 overall and 10-2 in league, while scoring 2 of the 4 goals Woodburn allowed all season. The Eagles earned four first-team slots in the OWC, senior defender Javier Hernandez and senior forward Kevin Hernandez, junior forward David Ramirez and freshman forward Jayden Esparza. Sophomore midfielder Omar Renteria was a second-teamer, while junior goalkeeper Ivan Pelayo and junior defender Carlin Croff earned honorable mention.

Cascade sophomores Ruben Ruiz-Godoy and Julian Lopez were named to the second team, while senior goalie Michel Mannott, junior Pablo Aceves-Garcia, sophomore Jacob Farr and junior Alex Gutierrez
and sophomore Colton Cuarteros received
honorable mention.

Volleyball: Senior Jolinn Daviscourt of Cascade was the lone first-team all-OWC player from the local schools. Stayton seniors Marri Martinez and Tylee Bundy of earned second-team slots, with Stayton seniors Piper Freres and Hannah Crum and Cascade senior Kalia Sana and freshman Brooklyn Worst receiving
honorable mention.

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