ALOHA — Bend High’s football season ended Friday night with a 63-35 loss to No. 6 Aloha in the first round of the OSAA Class 6A playoffs.
The visiting Lava Bears kept it close early, scoring four of the nine total touchdowns in the first half to trail just 35-28 at halftime.
“At lot of drives, a lot of big plays and a lot of scoring in the first half,” said Bend coach Matt Craven, whose team was seeded No. 27 in the 32-team playoff field.
Junior running back Nate Denney, the Special District 6 offensive player of the year, scored five TDs for the Lava Bears. Craven noted that senior running back Spencer Burgess also sparked the offense on the ground.
In the second half, the Bend defense could not contain the Warriors’ offense, as Aloha (9-1) outscored the Lava Bears 28-7 over the final two quarters.
Bend High finishes its season with a record of 4-6, after making the playoffs for the second year in a row. The Lava Bears lost their first three games, then won four of their final six in the regular season to reach the playoffs.
“This team plays with tremendous heart,” Craven said, “and that was evident again tonight.”