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Oregon City closes out the Mt. Hood Conference season with a 65-7 drubbing of Barlow's


Playing in a driving rain on the night before Halloween, the Oregon City Pioneers put on a clinic in their final game of the Mt. Hood Conference football season, upending the Sam Barlow Bruins 65-7 in a senior night game that could have been even more lopsided.JOHN LARIVIERE - Oregon City defensive backs Tyler Dye (left) and Trevon Bradford (right) forced this fumble by Barlow running back Jobadiah Malary (28) in the third quarter of Fridays game. The fumble was recovered by Brandon Dillon (not pictured).

“Coach did a good job drawing up plays and we did a good job executing them,” said Oregon City senior co-captain Trevon Bradford.

“We came out really hard and aggressive on offense and we put the pressure on them,” said Oregon City junior co-captain Dequahn Dennis-Lee. “And our defense came out really strong and shut them down. Our defense is the reason we score a lot of points.”

Just 4-1/2 minutes in the second half, Dennis-Lee completed a short touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Sam Maughan for a 52-7 Pioneer lead, and the game was played with a running clock the rest of the way.

The Pioneers ignored the inclement weather and executed their game-plan with precision on both sides of the football.

They had lots of offensive weapons, as they amassed 584 yards in offense and had six different players score touchdowns.

Dennis-Lee was at the top of his game, completing 10-of-13 passes for 286 yards and five touchdowns.JOHN LARIVIERE - Oregon City senior Trevon Bradford eluded Barlow junior Matthew Ellis (33) on this second-quarter punt return and raced 88 yards for a touchdown and a 28-0 Oregon City lead.

Senior wide receiver Trevon Bradford scored three times, on 40- and 64-yard scoring strikes from Dennis-Lee, and on an 88-yard punt return.

Maughan had a 45-yard touchdown reception to go with his short third-quarter touchdown reception.

Sophomore wide receiver Teron Bradford had a 20-yard touchdown reception.

Backup quarterback Riley Rexine came off the bench to score fourth-quarter touchdowns on runs of 56 and 31 yards.

Senior running back Conner Mitchell rushed 12 times for 126 yards and scored a touchdown.

Junior running back Danny Tkach rushed nine times for 55 yards and a touchdown.

Oregon City's defensive unit forced four turnovers, blocked a punt and held the Bruins to a net of just 224 yards in offense.

Oregon City's defensive secondary made things tough on Barlow receivers and Barlow junior quarterback Matthew Ellis connected with receivers on only 13-of-29 attempted aerials.

Barlow's lone touchdown was scored late in the first half, when Ellis found junior running back Wyatt Radke open for a 32-yard scoring strike.

Oregon City didn't waste any time taking control of the game, taking the opening kickoff and going 89 yards in just six plays. Trevon Bradford took a shovel pass from Dennis-Lee and raced 40 yards for the score.

The Pioneers scored again near the midpoint of the first period. After a punt, Dennis-Lee threw a 40-yard pass to Maughan. And on the next play, Teron Bradford and Dennis-Lee teamed up for a 20-yard touchdown pass play.

Following another Bruin punt, the Pioneers went on the march again. And on the first play of the second quarter, Tkach capped off another 89-yard drive with a 5-yard sprint to paydirt.JOHN LARIVIERE - An unidentified junior cheerleader braves the elements to perform at halftime of Friday nights game between Oregon City and Barlow.

A short time later, Trevon Bradford busted an 88-yard punt return to the end zone, and the rout was underway, with Oregon City leading 34-0.

Maughan hauled in a 45-yard touchdown pass from Dennis-Lee to make it 40-0 Oregon City halfway through the second period.

Ellis answered with his scoring strike to Radke.

But the Pioneers put two more touchdowns on the scoreboard before halftime. Bradford scored on a 64-yard pass from Dennis-Lee. And Mitchell scored on a 2-yard run, after teaming up with Dennis-Lee for a 67-yard pass play. And the scoreboard read Oregon City 52, Barlow 7 at the halftime break.

It was by far the most points Barlow (4-5, 2-5) had allowed any opponent this season. The Bruins entered the game allowing opponents an average of just 24 points a game, and the most points Barlow had allowed an opponent before Friday's game at Oregon City was 34 — in 34-24 loss to Centennial.

It was the third time in their last four games that the Pioneers had scored at least 60 points. It was Oregon City's sixth win in a row and the Pioneers (7-2, 6-1) finished second only to Central Catholic (7-2, 7-0) in the Mt. Hood Conference with the win.JOHN LARIVIERE - Oregon City wide receiver Sam Maughan muscles his way into the end zone as Barlow defensive back Daner Locke (8) attempts to make a stop in Fridays 65-7 rout of the Bruins.

The state playoffs begin Friday, Nov. 6, with Oregon City hosting a game with Southridge (4-5, 4-3), which tied for third place in the Metro League. Barlow, which tied for fifth place in the Mt. Hood Conference, travels to Southwest Conference champion Sheldon (7-1, 6-0).

Heading into the playoffs, Central Catholic, Oregon City, Clackamas and Centennial are ranked fifth, 11th, 12th and 15th in the state respectively.

A year ago Oregon City lost to Sheldon in the second round of the playoffs, after finishing second to Central Catholic in the Mt. Hood Conference.

“I feel like we're a lot stronger team than we were last year,” said Oregon City junior co-captain Tanner Smith. “I feel we're better prepared.”

“As long as we keep our players healthy and our defense plays strong, I think we have the potential to go all the way,” Dennis-Lee said.

“I think we have the potential to beat anybody, as long as we play our game and keep working hard every week,” Smith said.

“We've just got to take it one game at a time,” said Trevon Bradford. “Not overlook anyone, play as hard as we can, and see what happens…. It's lose and go home now. But I have faith in this team, and I'm not looking to go home until after the state championship game.”