By Robert Husseman • Sports Editor • 

Harrisburg kicks Dayton football out of playoffs

Marcus Larson/News-Register##The Dayton football team gathers following the Pirates  37-34 loss to Harrisburg Friday night in the Class 3A state playoffs.
Marcus Larson/News-Register##The Dayton football team gathers following the Pirates' 37-34 loss to Harrisburg Friday night in the Class 3A state playoffs.
Marcus Larson/News-Register##Dayton junior Oscar Rosas had six receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown and one carry for 17 yards in the Pirates  37-34 loss to Harrisburg Friday night.
Marcus Larson/News-Register##Dayton junior Oscar Rosas had six receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown and one carry for 17 yards in the Pirates' 37-34 loss to Harrisburg Friday night.
Marcus Larson/News-Register##Perrydale junior Peter Bunn (9) and senior Matt Shouldis (33) attempt to tackle Harrisburg junior Hunter Knox (20) Friday night.
Marcus Larson/News-Register##Perrydale junior Peter Bunn (9) and senior Matt Shouldis (33) attempt to tackle Harrisburg junior Hunter Knox (20) Friday night.

HARRISBURG -- No. 7 Dayton held its largest lead of its OSAA Class 3A state playoff first-round game against No. 10 Harrisburg when Eagles running back Hunter Knox ran away from the Pirates.

Knox fielded a kickoff, spun out of an arm tackle and emerged from a midfield pile for an 80-yard return touchdown with two minutes remaining in the third quarter. It was the first seven of 17 straight points for the Eagles to close out the game; the last three came on a 22-yard field goal from Harrisburg senior Cordell Day with 54 seconds remaining to vault the Eagles over Dayton, 37-34, Friday evening.

Harrisburg's comeback spoiled a banner Friday night for Pirates running back Sabino Corona, who carried the ball eight times for 184 yards and three touchdowns; Corona also caught a 27-yard touchdown pass. Oscar Rosas took a short pass from Jacob deSmet in a third-and-21 situation 66 yards for the fifth Dayton touchdown of the night.

The Pirates' final four possessions ended in an interception, a fumble and two turnovers on downs following the kickoff return by Knox. Harrisburg fullback Gavin Ross played the role of change-of-pace back to Knox, rushing for two touchdowns and catching another on the evening.

Dayton concludes its season with a 6-3 overall record.

Volleyball 

Creswell 3, Sheridan 0

FOREST GROVE -- The No. 9 Spartans started their Class 3A state tournament experience slowly, and it cost them against the No. 1 Bulldogs.

Natalia Rentsch had eight kills and two blocks and Sam Mack had six kills, but Sheridan was sent into the 3A state tournament's consolation round by Creswell, 25-12, 26-24, 25-21, Friday afternoon at Forest Grove High School.

Madison Samples and Kassidy Ellis each had three kills, and Morgan Hofenbredl contributed two kills to the Spartans' tally. Ashley Aponte blocked two shots in the second set for Sheridan.

The Bulldogs (27-0) had eight service aces to Sheridan's two and used the power of outside hitters Josie Bohman and Cassie Cunningham and middle blocker Alyssa DuFault to break away from the Spartans (18) in all three sets.

Creswell led 13-8 before racing ahead in the first set and used two kills and a stuff block to push Sheridan off match point in the second set. In the third game, the Bulldogs took a 16-12 lead before a strong service game by libero Paighton Samples (one service ace, one kill) to tie the game. Sheridan took a 21-20 lead late before Creswell won the final five points of the match, capitalizing on four errors by the Spartans.

Sheridan will play No. 5 Coquille in the consolation round at 10 a.m. Saturday at Forest Grove High School. If the Spartans win, they will play in the 3A fourth-place game at 2:15 p.m. against an opponent to be determined.

Country Christian 3, Perrydale 0

REDMOND -- The No. 9-seeded Pirates fell for the fourth time this season at the hands of their Class 1A Casco League rivals, the No. 1-seeded Cougars, 25-23, 25-20, 25-13, in the 1A state quarterfinals Saturday at Ridgeview High School.

Perrydale will play No. 5 Powder Valley in the consolation round at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ridgeview High School. If the Pirates win, they will play in the 1A fourth-place game at 2:15 p.m. against an opponent to be determined.

 

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