The playoffs have begun for the best teams in the state of Oregon and some of the best teams made a statement in the first round.
With the playoffs come the end of some careers and the legend of others grow beyond imagination. The state's top player saw his high school career come to an end in Salem on Friday night when his David Douglas team fell to the South Salem Saxons 37-13.
Owamagbe Odighizuwa or "Owa" as he is known was contained as he has been for much of his senior season. The number 20 player in the country according to Rivals.com was run away from for much of the night and his impact was minimal.
"We just didn't get it done. I couldn't get loose to do enough to help the team out," he said. "It is tough to have it all come to an end but we had a good year and gave it our best effort."
Connor Lynch continued his stellar Senior season by throwing three touchdowns on 12 of 17 passing and 269 yards in the rout of the Scots. The win puts the Saxons in line to play Lake Oswego next week in the second round.
Lynch is one of the top quarterback prospects in the state and he showed why on Friday night.
"We just went out on a mission. People have doubted us from the beginning and we have proved all year that we are not just another team. We are tough and I love playing with these guys every day."
David Douglas came in as the underdog but they didn't go out without a fight. They took the ball straight down the field on their opening drive for a score. They ran the ball effectively and kept the ball away from the Saxons.
After they took the 6-0 lead, the Scots struggled to get anything going at all. The Saxons defense stepped up and controlled the pace and the field position game.
The offense has been the thing that has gotten the Saxons to where they are but the defense is what could help them advance to the next round.
Jake Fohn ran the ball well on the night as the Saxons controlled the game after the first Scots' drive.
Lynch connected with many receivers on the night including 3 of them for touchdowns.
Lynch's favorite target all year has been Junior Espitia and he was again on Friday night as he caught a 34 yard touchdown in the first quarter and 46-yarder in the third.
"I was able to get open and like always, Connor had the ball right there waiting for me. All I have to do get a little separation and Lynch will get it to me. It never fails" Espitia said.
Connor Lynch has now 128 out of 189 passes for 2,025 yards. That is a .677% competion ratio. He has 27 TD's and 5 Interceptions. Those are great numbers.
On a cold night in Salem, the Saxons made a big statement for themselves and the Central Valley Conference with a huge win over a southeast Portland school. The Saxons have a chance to do it again next week as they take on one of the state's top programs in Lake Oswego.
Mckay fell to Jesuit in a 41-0 blowout loss but Sprague made another huge statement for the league as they dominated Lincoln in downtown Portland.