ALBANY — Redmond found some early momentum, but the Panthers ultimately fell to No. 3 West Albany 56-13 Friday night in the first round of the OSAA Class 5A football playoffs at West Albany High School.
“We were able to force a turnover early on, and we had some early momentum,” said Redmond coach Seth Womack. “But they (the Bulldogs) did a good job regrouping, and they put the hammer down a bit.”
The undefeated Bulldogs (10-0), the No. 1 team from Special District 3, advance to take on No. 6 Ashland in the quarterfinals next week.
No. 14 Redmond, the second-place team from Special District 2-North, finished the season with a record of 6-4.
“We played really tough,” said Womack, the Panthers’ first-year coach. “We just weren’t able to stop them. They were able to score pretty easily at times. They’re pretty good, for sure. We made some mistakes in some situations, and we couldn’t climb out from that.”
Linebacker Colt Folston led the Redmond defense with nine tackles.
In other playoff action Friday:
Rainier 40, Madras 7: RAINIER — The Madras defense held firm, keeping Rainier off the scoreboard for the entire first quarter. But Rainier’s run game proved to be too strong for Madras. Attempting fewer than five passes, Rainier scored twice in the second quarter before scoring three more times in the second half to pull away in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs. “They just ran the ball down our throats,” said Kurt Taylor, coach of the No. 12 White Buffaloes. When the No. 12 Columbians added their third touchdown, pushing the score to 24-0, it was tough for the Buffaloes to overcome. “They were still fighting,” Taylor said. “But you could see a little less wind in the sails that’s usually there.” With 10 minutes left in the game, Madras got on the board when senior quarterback Liam White connected with senior wideout Keenan Miller from 40-plus yards out. Madras won its final four games of the regular season to earn a playoff berth for the second straight season. Taylor noted that this is first time that Madras has made consecutive playoff appearances since the Buffaloes made the playoffs in 1985 and 1986.
Knappa 38, Culver 22: ASTORIA — Zach Wiseman rushed for two short touchdowns in the second quarter to keep Culver in the game, but Knappa never trailed as the host Loggers beat the Bulldogs in a Class 2A first-round game at CMH Field. Wiseman, a senior running back, ran for TDs of 3 and 2 yards, the second score with 31 seconds left in the first half to get No. 10 Culver (5-4) within 22-15 at halftime. Wiseman finished with 146 yards on 24 carries. Jordan VanAlstyne had three receptions for 51 yards for the Bulldogs. Cameron Miethe and Eli Takalo each rushed for two TDs for No. 7 Knappa (8-2).