Top-ranked Lake Oswego holds off Jesuit

PORTLAND — Jack Lomax passed for 323 yards and three touchdowns to lead top-ranked Lake Oswego to a come-from-behind 32-28 victory over No. 2 Jesuit in the semifinals of the OSAA 6A state football playoffs on Friday.

The victory, which was Lake Oswego's second over Jesuit this season, sends the Lakers to the state title game for third time since 2002. The Lakers will now face Southridge.

Friday's contest was a fitting battle between the top two teams in the state. The second half featured four lead changes with the last one coming on a 65-yard touchdown reception by Will Storey with 5:19 left in the game.

Storey had to make a difficult, one-handed, behind-the-back grab of Lomax's throw. The hard-charging fullback then outran two defenders to find his way to the end zone.

That erased a 28-26 Jesuit lead, which came when Anthony Blake completed a long Jesuit drive with a six-yard scoring run late in the third period.

Blake also scored on a three-yard run at the 8:07 mark of the third period, which put the Crusaders ahead 21-20. But Lake Oswego answered a short time later when Lomax hit Micah Hatfield with a 15-yard scoring toss to go ahead 26-21.

After Storey's late fourth-quarter touchdown, Jesuit still had a chance for one more comeback. The Crusaders advanced to the Lake Oswego 21-yard line, but they wound up losing ground before giving possession back to the Lakers.

Lake Oswego (12-0) had control early after a pair of first-quarter touchdowns. The first came on a 27-yard option pass from Storey to wide receiver Nick Rulli. After a turnover by Jesuit, the Lakers scored again on a one-yard run by Tyson Coleman.

But Jesuit (10-2) bounced right back early in the second period. The Crusaders struck on the first play of the quarter when Keanon Lowe caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from Scott Williams.

Three minutes later, Jesuit tied the game at 14-all when Blake bolted 83 yards through the middle of the Laker line.

The loss spoiled a great game by Blake, who rushed for 234 yards on 28 carries.

SOUTHRIDGE 44, BEAVERTON 14 — At Portland, Kirk Werhane rushed for 165 yards and two touchdowns and Mitch Mathews caught three touchdown passes to lead Southridge to a victory over Metro League rival Beaverton in the Class 6A semifinals.

Southridge advanced to the championship game for the second time in three years. The Skyhawks lost to Jesuit in the 2006 title game.

Class 4A

BANKS 40, ESTACADA 34 — At Hillsboro, Nick Turner ran 11 yards for a touchdown with 29 seconds left and No. 6 Banks defeated No. 7 Estacada Class 4A semifinals.

Turner ran for two touchdowns and 160 yards in the game at Liberty High School. Gabe Linehan completed 16 of 19 passes for 241 yards and three touchdowns.

Estacada (10-3) tied it at 26 with 29 seconds in the third quarter on Alex Pursel's 11-yard touchdown run. But Banks answered quickly on Turner's 81-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

Estacada came back when Kyle McDonald blocked a punt and returned it to the Banks 1, leading to Pursel's touchdown run. Pursel also ran for the two-point conversion, giving Estacada a 34-33 lead.

Banks has not played in a state championship game since 1949.

ASTORIA 56, CENTRAL 35 — At Hillsboro, Jordan Poyer ran for five touchdowns and threw for two more and Astoria defeated Central.

Poyer rushed for 193 yards on 30 carries. He completed 14 of 17 passes for 345 yards.

Alex Eterno caught six passes for 192 yards and two scores for the Fishermen.

Grant Hedrick completed 24 of 32 passes for 318 yards and four touchdowns for top-ranked Central (12-1).

Eric Phillips caught seven passes for 132 yards and a score.

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