Silverton wins football state championship

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For the first time in 30 years, the football state championship trophy is coming to Silverton.

The Foxes jumped out to a 23-0 lead in the first quarter, then held off Thurston 26-20 on Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium to capture the OSAA Class 5A state title, their first since 1991.

“I knew it was going to be big for our town, but I didn’t realize how big,” Silverton coach Josh Craig said. “I saw tears in people’s eyes, people who coached at Silverton 20 years ago, people who played 30 years ago.”

Silverton’s defense held Thurston to 132 yards of total offense, including just 20 on the ground.

The Foxes managed just 216 yards of offense, but quarterback Jordan McCarty threw two touchdown passes, and Alejandro Briseno had a touchdown run.

Vandon Fessler led Silverton in receiving with 145 yards and a touchdown. Austin Ratliff also had a touchdown reception for the Foxes, who finished the season with a 12-1 overall record.

Silverton’s only loss this season came to Tualatin, which is in the 6A state title game.

“We’re a big football town, and we take a lot of pride in our sports,” Craig said. “To win one 30 years after our last one is like a movie. It’s incredible.”

Coquille 38, Kennedy 28

Kennedy fell Saturday in the Class 2A state championship game.

Gunner Yates rushed for 388 yards and five touchdowns to give Coquille a 38-28 win and the state title.

The Trojans were outgained 505-385 in total yards. Coquille didn’t attempt a pass in the game, which was played at Cottage Grove High School.

Kennedy quarterback Riley Cantu went 25 of 38 for 266 yards and three touchdowns in the loss.

Yates had four touchdown runs of 48 yards or more. He averaged 16.9 yards per carry in the game.

The Trojans finished with an 11-2 overall record.

OSAA football brackets


Central Catholic 35, Jesuit 28 (final)

Tualatin 35, West Linn 13 (final)


Tualatin vs. Central Catholic, noon (Dec. 4)


Silverton 26, Thurston 20 (final)


Marist vs. Marshfield, 7 p.m.


Siuslaw 14, South Umpqua 9 (final)


Coquille 38, Kennedy 28 (final)


Adrian 46, Powder Valley 38 (final)

This article originally appeared on Salem Statesman Journal: Silverton wins football state championship

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