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Imbler square off against Triangle Lake in the Class 1A playoffs for the third straight season. The Panthers will rely on a strong offensive effort to advance to the championship game.
Imbler and Triangle Lake square off for the third straight season
There’s no need for bulletin board material when Imbler and Triangle Lake meet in the Class 1A state semifinals.
The Lakers’ lone motivation for advancing in the playoffs may have been for another shot at Imbler. The Panthers have ended Triangle Lake’s season the last two years.
In the 2011 season, the teams met in the first round. Imbler, after missing the playoffs in the previous season, handed the Lakers a 50-6 loss. The two teams squared off again in the first round in 2012, this time a 64-20 win by the Panthers.
Those losses will be on the mind of the Lakers when the teams meet at 2:15 p.m. in Hillsboro Stadium Saturday.
While Triangle Lake is focused on revenge, Imbler will be focused on repeating what it did last week — playing great defense.
Lowe lit up last week when talking about the play of his defensive line.
“I thought last week was probably one of the best outings we’ve had defensively,” Lowe said. “Triad is a pretty tough outfit and I thought we played pretty well. Our defense has come a long way, we were happy to see that.”
That game came against Perrydale, a 74-20 win.
But the test this week will be slowing down quarterback Colton Wolcutt. The senior is a dual threat quarterback standing 6-feet tall and 168 pounds.
He’s a dangerous quarterback,” Lowe said. “He can make things happen.”
Wollcutt helped guide his team to a 10-1 overall record. Triangle Lake opened the season with seven straight wins. Lowell snapped that streak with a 86-22 win.
The Lakers, the No. 7 seed, pulled off the upset of the playoffs, beating No. 2 Dufur 40-30.
Triangle Lake is averaging 57 points per game.
But the Lakers will be matched up against another potent offense in Imbler.
Senior quarterback Kyle Johnson leads an offense averaging 60 points per game.
Johnson now had 2,020 yards passing this season with 30 touchdowns passes and two interceptions.
Also in the backfield is running back Joe Griffin. The junior has scored three or more touchdowns in all but one game this season, the lone loss to Dufur, 56-28.
Lowe knows that his team will be in for a fight.
“From here on out there is nothing but good quality teams left and I don’t foresee any blowouts,” Lowe said. “The teams are too athletic and too well coached for it to be one-sided.”