HS FB Recap: Mazama, KU into play-in round



KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — It was both a positive and negative night for the Mazama Vikings. While Klamath Union beat them 49-0 in the Canal Bowl, Mazama did qualify for the play-in round next week and can now make the field of 16 for the Oregon School Activities Association playoffs.

Klamath Union finished as the Skyline Conference runner-up and will host a play-in game next week in Klamath Falls. Mazama will have to go on the road.

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The North Valley Knights defeated Hidden Valley 49-7 to finish the season 5-0 in league play and will not play next week before hosting an OSAA playoff game.

Klamath Union scored on its second drive of the game, finishing with a Jonathan Munoz rushing touchdown. After a three-and-out, KU scored on its next six consecutive possessions.

The most difficult stretch for Mazama was allowing an 11-yard Ben Mitchell to Tyler Butler touchdown before the ensuing kickoff was recovered by KU at the Mazama 25.

Despite putting KU in a 4th down situation, Mitchell found Jack Bell for a 34-yard score as time expired in the first half, giving the Pelicans a 35-0 halftime lead.

Unofficially, KU outgained Mazama 415-23 in offensive yards, including Mitchell throwing 14 for 20 for 281 yards passing. Munoz, Isa Daibes and Eric Navarro rushed for 134 yards, while Mazama was limited to five.

Mazama was 0 for 9 on third downs.

The official OSAA rankings come out this weekend, which will determine play-in match-ups. Based on where Klamath Union entered Friday’s games, the Pelicans should be the second- or third-highest No. 2 finisher and play one of the three worst-ranked teams.

Contrarily, Mazama will face one of the toughest No. 2 teams.

Henley lost to Phoenix, which ruined Henley’s chances of the postseason. With Mazama and Hidden Valley losing, if Henley had won, the Hornets would have made the playoffs by tiebreakers.

Other Wednesday Scores

Phoenix 20, Henley 12
North Valley 49, Hidden Valley 7
Lakeview-Paisley 26, Bonanza 12
Lost River 21, Illinois Valley 7
Hosanna Christian 66, Gilchrist 8
Cascade Christian 61, Rogue River 0
Days Creek 54, Butte Falls 24
Prospect 60, Powers 36
Chemawa 41, Chiloquin 12
Elkton 52, North Lake 0
Camas Valley 82, Triad 20
Butte Valley 59, Happy Camp 12
Hayfork 22, Tulelake 20