COOS BAY — La Grande’s football season came to an end Friday night when Marshfield overcame a 13-0 halftime deficit to beat the Tigers 24-21 in the Class 4A quarterfinals.
Marshfield advances to face La Grande rival Ontario in the semifinals next weekend after Ontario topped
Scappoose on Friday.
“It was a great game,”
La Grande coach Harold Shannon said. “I was happy with how our kids played. We just didn’t make enough plays.”
The Tigers made a bunch of big plays in the first half.
La Grande got off to a great start when quarterback Andrew Peasley avoided a sack and flipped the ball to GT Blackman, who raced for a 64-yard score on the second play from
Later in the first quarter, the two connected again on a 2-yard scoring strike one play after Lincoln Clark intercepted a pass by Marshfield quarterback Grant Woolsey.
The Tigers got another interception late in the first half to stop a Marshfield drive when Blaine Shaw picked off a pass that deflected off a Marshfield receiver’s hands in the end zone.
That preserved the 13-0 halftime advantage, but the Pirates dominated the third quarter and pulled ahead in the fourth.
La Grande had just three offensive plays and a punt in the third quarter as Marshfield drove for a field goal by Arturo Ledesma and then got a touchdown run by Devin Benson early in the fourth to pull within 13-10.
After the teams traded turnovers — with Blackman intercepting a pass by Woolsey but La Grande fumbling one play later — before Marshfield went in front for good on a 40-yard touchdown run by Tristin Lemmons.
The Pirates had another touchdown by Lemmons before Peasley led one last charge, completing passes to Cade Reed and Blackman to set up a 1-yard touchdown run by the quarterback with 33 seconds to go.
But Marshfield’s Cody Jadin recovered the onside kick and the Pirates were able to run out the clock.
Peasley finished 13-for-23 passing for 235 yards. Blackman was on the receiving end of seven of those passes for 160 yards.
After the game, Peasley said he was proud of how the Tigers played.
“This team was supposed to come out and run all over us,” he said. “Our defense was outstanding (in the first half).
“They executed their game plan of keeping our offense off the field in the second half.”
But Peasley and his teammates walked off the field with heads held high.
“We did the unexpected,” he said. “It wasn’t supposed to be this close.”