LAKE OSWEGO — North Medford stayed with the No. 1 team in the state for a quarter, then the first-round Class 6A football playoff game turned to form.
Lake Oswego (9-1) scored 21 second-quarter points to pull away from a one-point lead and defeated the Black Tornado, 42-6, Friday.
North Medford (3-7) was the 32nd seed and last team in the playoffs.
“We played a whole lot better than we did last week,” said Black Tornado coach Steve Turner, referring to a 35-0 loss to South Medford. “We competed this week. Last week, we didn’t. I’m really proud of the way we played, good hard, physical football.”
North Medford did well to limit the run game of the ground-oriented Lakers, but then was caught off guard.
“We put pressure on and when we didn’t get there, they caught us in one-on-one situations, and they’re pretty good,” said Turner. “They’re the No. 1 team in the state, and they took advantage of some things.”
Lake Oswego quarterback Jackson Laurent threw for 268 yards and four touchdowns.
North Medford’s Eli Spence rushed for 141 yards on 21 carries. He accounted for the Black Tornado’s score with an 82-yard touchdown run.
Spence finished 9 yards shy of 2,000 for the season. His 1,991 rushing yardage stands as a single-season school record.
OREGON CITY 60, GRANTS PASS 35: At Oregon City, Grants Pass’ season came to an end in the first round of the state playoffs.
Oregon City, the No. 16 seed, evened its record at 5-5 with its second win over Grants Pass this season. The Pioneers will play Lake Oswego, a 42-6 winner over North Medford, in the second round.
Grants Pass was seeded 17th. It ended the season with a 6-4 record.
The Cavemen’s Chase Coyle completed 19 of 29 passes for 249 yards and all five Grants Pass touchdowns.
Randy Clark caught nine passe for 159 yards and four scores.
Jaren Emptage led GP’s ground game with 73 yards on 13 carries.
SCIO 50, ST. MARY’S 35: At Scio, Scio came up with numerous big plays, including one just before halftime, and advanced out of the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs.
The sixth-seeded Loggers (8-2) will next visit No. 3 Cascade Christian. St. Mary’s, making only its second state playoff appearance in 24 years, finished the season with a 6-4 record.
St. Mary’s led 22-16 with less than a minute to go in the first half, but Scio’s Kade Mask took a handoff, cut back, found an opening and went 77 yards for a touchdown. A conversion run made it 24-22.
The Loggers, who scored four of the first five TDs after the break, also had scoring runs of 85, 62 and 45 yards.
St. Mary’s quarterback Aliiloa Kaeo-Wailehua completed 18 of 27 passes for 224 yards and a 48-yard touchdown to Alex Heycke.
Gavin Rajagopal carried 21 times for 114 yards and touchdowns of 1 and 39 yards for the Crusaders.
Heycke had nine catches for 127 yards and the score.
St. Mary’s 7 15 6 7—35
Scio 8 16 12 14—50
S — Mask 45 run (Simmons run)
SM — Reynolds 18 run (Rajagopal kick)
S — Stratemeyer 85 run (Simmons run)
SM — Rajagopal 1 run (Rajagopal kick)
SM — Heycke 48 pass from Kaeo-Wailehua (Aldrich pass from Kaeo-Wailehua )
S — Mask 77 run (Simmons run)
S — Mask 62 run (run failed)
SM — Rajagopal 39 run (pass failed)
S — Simmons 20 run (run failed)
S — Simmons 1 run (run failed)
S — Simmons 18 run (Mask run)
SM — Rajagopal 6 run (Rajagopal kick)