November 13, 2007

RHS moves up in playoffs

photo by Rob Kerr/copyright Redmond Spokesman

Redmond survived a late game charge by Oregon City Friday, Nov. 9, and held on for a 28-25 first round win over the visiting Pioneers in the state football playoffs.
The Panthers led 28-12 with eight minutes remaining in the game, but the Pioneers found new life after recovering a Redmond fumble at their own 35-yard line and driving for a score. They recovered an onside kick, twice, after an official blew the whistle early on the first attempt, and then scored in four plays.
But Redmond recovered their next onside kick attempt and then held them on a final defensive stand.
The win sets up a second round playoff showdown with fifth ranked Grant High School in Portland, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.
The game was one of strange momentum swings, according to Redmond coach Craig Ruecker.
"We played extremely well in the first and third quarters," he said. "It wasn't a squeeker until the last two minutes."
Tyrel Nordstrom set up the Panthers first touchdown with a 71-yard run. He was shoved out of bounds at the eight-yard line and Clayton York finished the drive with an eight-yard touchdown run with 6:29 showing on the clock.
Redmond held on the Pioneers' next possession, and then Cody Johnson connected with Christian Arsenault on an 89-yard pass play for a touchdown. Taylor Johnson connected on both kicks and Redmond led 14-0.
Oregon City didn't answer until late in the second quarter when Ryan Versoza connected with Justin Gates with a 60-yard pass play. They missed the extra point and Redmond led 14-6 at the half.
Oregon City narrowed the score to 14-12 with another score late in the third quarter, but Redmond drove the length of the field and capped the drive with a 17-yard touchdown run by York for the 21-12 lead.
Redmond stuck the Pioneers inside their five-yard line on the kickoff, and when they tried a reverse pass Arsenault intercepted the throw to set up Redmond's last touchdown, a two-yard run by Nordstrom.
Redmond had a total offense of 346 yards to Oregon City's 326. York led Redmond with 129 yards on 16 carries and Nordstrom carried the ball 14 times for 85 yards. Johnson completed four of 12 passes for 124 yards.
Redmond's second round opponent will present them with lots of problems to solve. The two teams have one common opponent. Grant beat Beaverton 27-20 in the season opener. Redmond lost to the Beavers 28-14.
Grant quarterback Andre Broadous leads the Portland Interscholastic League with 1,468 yards passing. He has completed 100 of 152 passes this season, and rushed for 523 yards.
"They have very good team speed and some very big players that move very well," said Ruecker. "They're a complete team and we'll have to play a very good game."

-- story by Gary G. Newman


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