There was no other way these two great Oregon teams could get to the 6A OSAA Final then through the completion of an incredible season.
Both Lake Oswego and Sheldon are perfect again this year. Both teams need one more win to end the season with a Perfect Record and a State Title in hand.
Last season the Lakers won in an inspired game beating Sheldon 47-14 and taking their first Championship. The Irish no doubt want payback this season.
We have covered these squads and their players over and over. That is simply because they are that good. #1 against #2. The way it should be in all State playoffs but Oregon is still one of the only State's to use a system like this to insure that the Top Teams are evenly spread throughout the Brackets.
As we approach the Saturday 1 PM Kickoff at Jeld-Wen field in Portland we want to take a look at these squads and their top prospects one more time. Clearly these two teams are loaded with talent.
The Sheldon Irish
Sheldon Irish:35-28 winner over Jesuit Last week
Connor Strahm – 6'1"- 225 Pounds – ATHLETE -Read Our Earlier Story Here:http://www.northwestprepreport.com/connor-strahm-a-study-in-dominance The kid dominates. He is in that small group of special kids who are capable of having the game turn on their actions on both sides of the ball. Lake Oswego knows all about Strahm and will do all they can to stoip him. Now Connor is one talented kid on a team of talented kids. WATCH STRAHM'S FILM HERE. He has scored 22 TD's , had two picks, has thrown Touchdowns, and racked up sacks and tackles galore. He plays WR / SLOT / TB / QB / LB / Safety and Special Teams. He holds a few Big Sky offers and we find in impossible that OSU or Boise State will not offer him very soon based on what we see and know is possible here. Offensive and Defensive Player Of The Year in his League.
Last week: Scored a TD, Had 150 hards plus of offense receiving and rushing, Had mulitple Tackles, and was consitent both sides of the ball.
OFFERS FROM: Portland State – Montana : Not Committed Utah, WSU, UW, Oregon, OSU, Boise State all in contact
Taylor Alie- Senior QB- 6'1"-175 -Alie is not the biggest guy. And he is not the most flashy guy. But a finer field general who will get you wins there is not around. Taylor has thrown 30 TD's and for 2703 yards, and he has run for 300 yards and 5 more scores. His 67% completion ratio shows his accuracy too. The kid is a baller and typical for a Sheldon QB. Efficient and the guy who runs this potent offense. This is the big story for this Game. Watch These QB's! Watch His Film Here
Last Week- 24-34; 303 yards- 3 TD's 2 INT's.
No Offers Yet:
Dylan Lewis – Senior WR – 6'1"- 175 Pounds-Dylan has experience and is a leading WR next to Strahm. He averages over 15 yards per catch and is a potent weapon. If you go to sleep on him he will score.
Last week- Did an amazing job on offense and defense and special teams too. 7 Catches for 90 Yards.
No Offers Yet
Ivan Faulhaber – Senior – 6'2"- 215 Pounds- A stud linebacker and Wide receiver. He has almost 650 yards and 10 TD's receiving this season. Out at the WR spot with Lewis and Strahm that makes three big agile targets you have to defend at one time. Most teams do not have the corners and safeties to get this done.
VERY Impressive Performance . 5 Catches for 60 Plus yards. A top defender in the State and the sort of kid who will get better and be an Impact player in college.
No Offers Yet
Mitch Lewis – 6'0"- 170 Pounds Senior – RB/ATH- Mitch has had a nice season again and split time at the RB spot with Strahm and others. He is a kid who has a really High Football IQ and can be called upon in any situation.
Great Game last week. Adds a nice threat with speed form the backfield and looked good on special teams too. Scored on a 15 yard pass, had 40 yards rushing, and 15 tackles and an interception against Jesuit. Special night for him.
No Offers Yet
Yadie Dunmore- 5'11"- 180 Pounds- Junior – RB/DBYaddie is fast and can put moves on to bake a cake. He has 5 TD's out of the back field and is having a very nice season for himself. Kid is a lot of fun to watch and is already gaining collegiate letters and interest. Brother Oshay is at Oregon!
Yadie had some big plays last week including a TD on a nice catch and run. Watch for him in all aspects of the game. He is truly explosive
No Offers Yet: Boise State, Nebraska, Cal, Oregon, OSU All Looking at him
James Banks – 6'0" – 225 pounds James is a fundamental tackler who makes few mistakes. He leads the Irish from his linebackers spot in tackles and is a transfer from Marist High School.
Banks delivered with 23 Tackles against that Jesuit Run game proving he can take on Pac 12 linemen and still defeat the Run game. Great Job for this big powerhouse kid!
NO Offers Yet
Mitch Herbert- Junior – WR – 6'1"- 170 Pounds- 8 Td's and almost 400 yards receiving. Another guy who can hurt a team and he is really rising fast as the season has gone along. All of the speed and agility you want in a top prospect A tough kid too.
Mitch Looked great last week; he scored a TD and looked great all night. Will be a Top 10 player next year.
No Offers Yet- OSU, BSU, UTAH, NEVADA, WYOMING And others are monitoring this kid from what we hear.
Mike Ralston- 6'6"- 240 Pounds Senior –Mike transferred from Jesuit down to Eugene. Sheldon has perhaps the premier Defensive End in the region in the Senior group. He is fast and a hell of a leaper. has 8 sacks and near 40 tackles. That is a huge kid coming at opposing players. Has a Big Sky offer.
Mike Had 12 Tackles and a sack this past week furthuring the discussion about him as a top talent to recruit this season.
OFFERS: Northern Colorado – Others looking are PSU, Oregon, OSU, EWU, And Washington State. Most likely a strong side DE
Liam Taltay – Junior 6'3"- 210 Pounds-A good looking prospect at Linebacker. 75 tackles on the season and he has a nice skill set. Looks like a big time prospect if he adds some size.
Last Week- 1 Sack. 6 Tackles. This Kid is more like 220 and is a big time potential talent. In that frame running around like that he has a bright future.
NO Offers Yet.
Henry Asay – Senior Oline- 6'2"- 290 pounds55 Pancakes and more coming in. This is one of several top linemen.
Big Powerful kid who is not getting near enough credit.
No Offers Yet.
Watch Film Herehttp://www.hudl.com/athlete/630033/henry-asay
Tanner Davies – Junior – 6'3"- 265 Pounds Offensive Line- 45 Pancakes on the season and doing a really nice job so far!
Last Week- Panckaes and another huge week at his O'Line spot protecting Alie. Great job against a top group of defensive linemen.
No Offers Yet
Chet Spears- Senior OL/DL – 6'2"-300 Pounds – More of a D'linemen then an offensive linemen. The kid is impossible to move out of the Nose Guard or tackle spot and is a major league run stuffer. Good at pressuring the QB but more of a 2 gap player who can lead this tough line in shutting down opposing teams. Chet is a top notch heavy weight wrestler and we think a way under the radar recruit.
Last Week- He stuffed the run game between the guards and tackles. Took on 3 Pac 12 linemen from the Crusaders and in that pile up had 14 tackles. Chet is massive but it is his freakish strength that bet him looked at by colleges.
No Offer Yet- PSU, EWU, Montana State
OTHER IRISH TO WATCH: Ben Olson- SR DB, Levi Rotherham- SR DB, Kellen Strahm- Soph-DB, Marcus McGovern-JR-LB, Ben Planck-JR-LB, Taylor Tharp-JR-LB, Brett Nielsen-SR OL/DL, Taylor Lamb-SR OL/DL, Tanner Tokalty – SR OL,
Now on to the Lake Oswego Lakers.
These guys have not lost in a long time. And they still seem to be cruising right along. They are the returning 6A State Champs and until someone beats them they still are in our book. You never ever doubt a returning Champ. So for us they have bene #1 all year with Sheldon right there.
We covered LO a few times this season.
The Squad is talented, deep, and much like Sheldon they are coached by one of the best motivators in the game of football in Head Coach Steve Coury and his staff.
The Lakers have been consistently a power house program for the entire time Coach Coury has been there but in particular this past decade. We love watching these boys play and if you pay particular attention to that Offensive line you see one of the most complete efforts you are going to see in any team. They are so well Coached and technically this front group of guys just do not make mistakes.
Here is a look at a few of the top players on this Laker Squad:
Justen Ruppe – QB – Senior – 6'0"-175 Pounds
One of the smartest and most accurate kids out there. He was hitting close to 72% of his passes at last check and rarely gives away a pick. His Stats are excellent at 1,850 plus yards and he has 147 QB rating. A total leader that will advance to play in college-
Last week he was 10-13 for 194 yards and 2 TD's. Efficent Night as usual!
Mitch Lomax- Senior Linebacker- 6'4"- 240
Mitch holds a couple of Big Sky offers and is being watched by several other programs. He is big, athletic, and a sure tackler. This guys is a grinder that knows this game.
Last week he caught a Ruppe Pass for a TD- and was awesome at his LB spot. He also broke off a 38 Yard TD on the end around for a 2nd score. He is playing his best football ever right now!
Offered: Portland State – Montana Others- Boise State, OSU, Oregon, Utah, Washington
Jack Anderson- Senior SB/DB- 6'3"- 195 Pounds
Big Jack gets it done, Great speed and ability. Superb hands and a potent weapon up the seams and in the deep passing lanes.
Last week he scored on a nice 21 Yard Run. And man is this kid good in the defensive secondary.
Connor Griffin- Senior – Wide Receiver- 6'4"- 205
895 yards on 36 catches- 25.5 yards average per catch – 15 TD's
This is an All State stud play maker who is destined for a collegiate field. Home run hitter who can get separation, get open and score!!!
Last week he caught 5 Balls for 115 yards and a TD. His size and speed just are too much for most. This battle Saturday he will be faced with his toughest coverage all year. Watch this guy go for it!
Noah Peterson- Senior O-Line- 6'5"- 310 Pounds
Big time talent. His technique and size have made him dominating. He is fun to watch and can make Pancakes by the stacks. Sits on a PSU offer and should have more. Very relaxed in his approach to college- all about the Lakers and his squad. Refreshing really!
Last Week: He and his fellow linemen were excellent again.
Offered: Portland State- Others- OSU, Washington State – Big Sky Schools
Austin Faunce- Senior – NG/G- 6'2"-240
Austin is the definition of Junk Yard Dog. This is a nasty, tough, mean. brawler. If he was two inches taller and 30 pounds heavier he would be a Pac 12 recruit. As it is he is pound per pound a nightmare to play against.
Faunce was huge last week stopping Zach Floyd as much as anyone has and that was a game changer for the Lakers.
JB Holmes- Senior- RB/LB 5'11"- 185 Pounds
JB is the Thunder in the team with a Lightning Passing attack. He has almost 1200 yards and 19 TD's and average 7 yards per touch. Behind that line he is going to be hard to stop.
Last Week- Holmes had 75 yards and a crucial TD last week. His usually stud self!
Jordan Horak- Lake Oswego- Junior- 6'1"- 190 Pounds
Horak is one of the top DB/Safeties in the Region for 2014.
Last Week- Great Run Support and excellent defense. 2 Interceptions last week were crucial to the win.
Nick Underwood- Junior- 6'2"- 220 lbs All League Player- LB/ATH
Nick is going to be a top recruit next year throughout the Region. We have been so impressed by him every time we have seen him play. He has 7 TD"s and 285 yards this season rushing averaging almost 9 yards per touch. He has a number of Picks, Special teams plays, and is a leading tackler. At the end of the season this guy will take off.
Last Week- A nice TD- Some terrific defense and special teams play too. A special kid.
Other stand outs to watch:Kyle Peterson- SR Linemen; Nick Bunick SR -CB, Chandler Kelly-SR Corner, Neil Wagner SR-LB/TE, Romello Washington Sr-LB/WR, Spencer Andersen- SR-DL, Reid Martin-SR- DL, Reid Penney-SR-OL, Collin Calhoun- JR-OL, Nick Palermini – SR-WR, Spencer Anderson-SR RB
About the AuthorDirk Knudsen
Dirk is a lifelong resident of the Pacific NW; athlete and Merit scholar. He runs camps, clinics, and has been a sports writer and analyst for nearly a decade now; mostly with Rivals.com as the editor of OregonPreps and WashingtonPreps.com. Dirk is the founder of NWPR & BrainChampions.org; a charity for injured athletes suffering from Brain Trauma / Concussion. He is a father of three and married.
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