S: Boomer Football 2011
FC: Boomer Football 2011
3: Cody Blacketer Jordan Young Chris Borden Red Hansen Jeremy Ehrman Chadd Fromm Jackson Cross Kyle Vinson Ryan Otis Eli Grove Tyler Cornwall | Roe Bernhardt Leo Williamson Jesse Ortiz David Ammons Kent Foley Dylan Purdom David Marthaller Jerrod Eshleman Hunter Mix Kaleb Walz Jared Trevillian | Bradley Hogle Josh Cornwall Dylan Anderson Devin Tyler Jon Howry Conner Tobert Elijah Brandt James Spang Cameron Cross Chase Henkel | Toledo Varsity Football Roster ~ 2011
4: With a lot of change to the offensive lineup, the Toledo Boomers' defense will need to step up early this football season to keep the team in games. "Defensively, we bring a lot more of the pieces back," co-Head Coach Steve Brattain said. "Everyone seems like they're working for each other. There's been no attitudes, no egos and everyone is fighting for the same goal," co-Head Coach Bruce Marthaller added, noting that the group of players is great to be around and they're working hard. "We're going to be successful because of how their attitudes are and how they want to play together as a team." Patrick "Red" Hansen leads the Toledo defense, both vocally and physically. "He's the heart and soul of the defense," Brattain said. Hansen, a third-year starter at linebacker, should be one of the top players at his position in the league, Marthaller said. "If we perform (well) as a team, he should get some kind of all-state mention," Brattain added. Coaches look at junior linebacker Kaleb Walz, as another important player defensively. "He did a nice job every time he got in there," Brattain said. Marthaller said Walz "brings a lot of motor" and that he is big and physical. Upfront, is senior Dylan Anderson "I think he's going to be a force on the line," the coach said. "His leadership and his play speaks for itself. He's really dominant." | Defense to lead Toledo early in season | Toledo quarterback Cody Blacketer looks for a receiver during Thursday's practice as co-Head Coach Steve Brattain looks on. (Photo by Jake Schubert) | Posted: Tuesday, Aug 30th, 2011 BY: Jake Schubert
5: Senior Cody Blacketer takes over behind center and coaches say he's displayed great leadership. "He hasn't played quarterback before, so he doesn't have any bad habits to break," Brattain said. "He's really been a sponge as far as the kinds of things we're asking him to do." Toledo's offensive weapons include running backs Eli Grove and Jordan Young, along with slot receiver Leo Williamson and wide receiver/tight end Roe Bernhardt. Young went to Toledo as a freshman and moved to Corvallis for the past two years, and coaches seem glad to have him back. Marthaller called him a playmaker and an athlete. "He makes good cuts and he's explosive in the open field," Marthaller added. Grove and Williamson bring speed to the table, with coaches saying Williamson is the fastest player on the team. "They're not huge 'rah rah' guys, but they just bring it every single day," Brattain said. "They come to play every single day." Brattain said Bernhardt has been working really hard and will be on the field quite a bit. "He catches the ball and runs really good patterns," Brattain added. Early on, Brattain was concerned with how the team would play offensively with as many changes as they've had, but he seems more comfortable nearly a week into practice. "They seem like they're getting things pretty quick," he said midway through Thursday's practice. "I really believe that they're going to respond." As of Thursday's practice, the Boomers had 37 players in the program and anticipate having two teams - Varsity and JV.
6: Toledo vs Central Linn Cobras bite Boomers 22-16 (L) BY: Jake Schubert | Leo Williamson returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown as Toledo opened its season on their new artificial turf field Friday night against Central Linn. The Boomers led 14-6 at half and recovered a squib kick to open the second half. From there, things fell apart, as Toledo lost four fumbles in the fourth quarter - five in the game - and fell to the Cobras, 22-16. "We had some momentum right there," co-Head Coach Steve Brattain said of his team recovering the second half kickoff. "But it didn't last very long." Brattain was disappointed in his team's intensity level. "We need to get a level of intensity and maintain it, whether things are going well or not, and we didn't do that," he added. Williamson, a senior receiver, took the game's opening kickoff about 65 yards down the Central Linn sideline for the first score of the game. With the Boomers trailing 22-14 late in the fourth, Williamson again sparked the team with a long punt return of about 40 yards. After a 17-yard run from Jeremy Ehrman on third-and-six from the 25, Toledo had first-and-goal to go from the 8-yard line. Two plays later, they lost a fumble for the third time in the quarter. Using their timeouts wisely and stiffening up on defense, the Boomers forced Central Linn into third-and-long from the 3. Cobras quarterback Mark LaCoste lined up in shotgun formation and attempted a quick kick to try to catch Toledo off-guard. Instead, the Boomers blocked the punt out of the back of the end zone for a safety.
7: Grove picked up all of the yards on Toledo's lone touchdown drive, gaining 48 yards on four carries late in the second quarter, and scoring from a yard out. "Eli did a nice job running the ball and made some things happen," Brattain said. "We just didn't maintain drives." Patrick Hansen led the team defensively with 12 tackles and three assists. Caleb Walz added nine tackles and two assists. Grove chipped in with eight tackles and three assists. Dylan Anderson added five tackles. LaCoste completed 3-of-10 passes for 42 yards for Central Linn, and added 86 yards on 20 carries. Grove picked up all of the yards on Toledo's lone touchdown drive, gaining 48 yards on four carries late in the second quarter, and scoring from a yard out. "Eli did a nice job running the ball and made some things happen," Brattain said. "We just didn't maintain drives." The coach acknowledged that he underused Williamson. "We probably need to get him involved more," Brattain said. "He's a good athlete." Todedo's Eli Grove is upended by Central Linn's Mark LaCoste.. Grove led Toledo with 103 yards on 14 carries. (Photo by Jake Schubert)
12: Toledo vs Willamina Boomers still in the hunt for first win 22-0 (L) BY: Jake Schubert Toledo dropped to 0-2 with a 22-0 loss at Willamina in non-league football action Friday night. The Boomers tallied just 143 yards of total offense without injured running back Eli Grove and tight end Roe Bernhardt. Grove was sidelined with a leg injury suffered in preseason practice, while Bernhardt was out with an abdominal strain. â€œHe's certainly at the head of the class as far as our running game goes so without him, we only ended up with 58 yards of rushing offense,â€ Boomersâ€™ co-Head Coach Steve Brattain said of Grove. â€œYou've got to do better than that.â€ The previous week, in a 22-16 loss to Central Linn, Grove ran for 109 yards on 14 carries, and Bernhardt caught five passes for 73 yards. Willamina scored all of their points before halftime. â€œThereâ€™'s not too much making us feel good right now,â€ said Brattain when asked if the shutout in the second half makes Toledo feel better heading into this week. Leo Williamson was Toledoâ€™'s top offensive threat, catching seven passes for 63 yards. Quarterback Cody Blacketer was 9-for-20 with one interception and 85 yards. Cameron Cross caught one pass for 19 yards and Jeremy Ehrman had one grab for 3 yards and added 22 yards rushing on 10 carries. Jordan Young gained 24 yards on eight carries. Brattain said Toledo had two drives that went inside the Willamina 10-yard line, but ended in turnovers. The Boomers had four turnovers in the game - two fumbles and two interceptions. Ehrman threw the other interception on a halfback pass. Patrick Hansen led Toledo's defense with 26 points and Dylan Anderson tallied 23. The Boomers award points based on tackles, assisted tackles, sacks and other defensive statistics. Brattain liked what he saw from sophomore Kyle Vinson who filled in for Grove at comeback on the defensive side of the ball and what he saw from Cross offensively. The Boomers have a much-needed bye this week and return to action at Harrisburg on Friday, Sept. 23 - the PacWest Conference opener for both squads.
15: Go Boomers
16: By Jake Schubert Of the News-Times The Boomers picked up their first win of the football season in their PacWest Conference opener on Friday night at Harrisburg, 27-8. The Boomers ran the ball effectively with seniors Eli Grove and Patrick "Red" Hansen each cracking the century mark. Defensively, the Toledo stopped the run, allowing the Eagles just 30 yards on the ground. "We felt like if we played well we would win, and we played pretty well," Co-Head Coach Steve Brattain said. "We ran the ball really well, really hard, just established that we could do that." Cody Conner played for the first time this season and started on the offensive line, along with Jon Howry, Kaleb Walz, Jerrod Eshleman and Dylan Anderson. Jeremy Ehrman and Jordan Young, who had been seeing time at running back, were moved to tight end and wide receiver, respectively. "Those positions are more suitable to those players at this time," Brattain said. Grove ran for 153 yards on 20 carries, while Hansen, who played offensive guard the previous two games, gained 109 yards on 13 carries. "We knew that Red was a physical player," Brattain said. "He's got decent speed and he's extremely competitive and he knows how to play football. We thought we'd get more explosive ability out of him and that would help our running game a lot." Brattain said Hansen hits the hole quickly, runs hard, runs north and south, rather than east and west. "He's explosive when he hits the hole. He understands how to go full speed," the coach said. Brattain said Grove was able to have a big game because with Hansen running well, the defense couldn't key on just Grove. The coach said both players had success on inside trap plays, due to improved line play. Brattain said the line played better and is a little quicker, but still has a lot of work to do when it comes to pass blocking. Ehrman scored Toledo's first touchdown on a 3-yard pass from Cody Blacketer. Hansen scored the other three touchdowns for the Boomers on runs of 11, 1 and 4 yards. Kyle Vinson hit 3-of-4 extra points. Blacketer completed 8-of-14 passes for 78 yards in the game. Hansen, Ehrman, Grove, Young, Cameron Cross and Leo Williamson each had at least one catch, but specific numbers were unavailable. Williamson added 43 yards on four rushing attempts. Blacketer had 35 yards on six attempts. He helped set up Hansen's score with a 43-yard carry, but lost yardage at other times in the game when he was sacked. Defensively, Young had a pair of interceptions and Grove added one. Brattain said Roe Bernhardt and Dylan Anderson each played well defensively. Alex Ball scored Harrisburg's lone touchdown on a 69-yard pass from Logan Smith. Toledo's season continues at home on Friday as they host Pleasant Hill. The Billies are 3-1 on the season with wins at home against Glide and Jefferson, as well as at Regis. Their lone loss was in a home game against Elmira. Last season, Toledo lost at P-Hill 41-13 . The Boomers are 1-2 overall heading into Friday's contest. | Toledo Boomers Notch First Win Against Harrisburg 27-8 (W)
18: Four interceptions stymie Boomers’ cause Pleasant Hill 59-19 (L) BY: Alan Dale A chance for the Toledo Boomers to start Pac West play with a 2-0 mark sailed into the arms of Pleasant Hill Billies defenders on Friday night as the visitors came away with a 54-19 win. However, the score doesn't truly indicate how close the game, which featured four Toledo (1-3, 1-1) interceptions, really was. After the dust had settled at the rededicated Jack Dahl Stadium and Dale Hargett Track and Field and the statistics rung up, the Boomers learned they were outgained by a whopping four yards - 396 to 392. But, they lost the biggest battle of the night - turnovers - to the tune of 4-1. “If we didn't turn the ball over we felt we'd be right there,” Toledo co-head coach Steve Brattain said. “Of course, we ended up turning the ball over. The stats were even, but with the turnovers you had a feeling we were struggling to keep up the whole game.”
19: Quarterback Cody Blacketer had a solid performance in between his two opening interceptions and two closing picks. He finished 13-for-22 for 166 yards and one touchdown. "In between the interceptions, the numbers are actually pretty good," Brattain said. "His numbers as a whole without the interceptions are pretty good numbers. It's just inexperience . He's a senior but only been a quarterback for four games ever. He was rolling out and staying out of trouble, evading most of the pass rush. Our pass blocking was better from last week so we made some strides." The early turnovers and an inability to finish some promising first half drives buried the Boomers into a 28-0 halftime hole. "We felt it was a good opportunity here to see where we are and see if we could play with the better teams in the league," Brattain said. "Pleasant Hill looks a lot better than on tape. I just didn't think they were all that up front on the line of scrimmage. They were just quicker up front and sustained their blocks better than they did." That blocking game paved the way for Billies running backs Joey Ward (10 carries, 98 yards, four touchdowns ) and Jacob Andress (18 carries , 97 yards, one touchdown), to control the game on the ground. The Boomers trailed 35-0 before a Blacketer one-yard touchdown run made it 35-6 after a failed extra point. Red Hanson then broke free for a 76-yard touchdown run on the Boomers' next possession to cut the gap to 35-12. The Billies built the lead back up to 30 points before Jeremy Ehrman caught a 17-yard pass from Blacketer to make it 42-19. Pleasant Hill (4-1, 2-0) scored the final 12 points by way of Ward touchdown reception, a field goal, and a safety. Hanson finished with 12 yards on 12 carries while Eli Grove added 69 yards on 14 carries. "We're running the ball well enough that we should be able to throw the ball," Brattain said. "We really strive to get some balance, and we had that except for the interceptions. We can run the ball, but we have to show the ability to pass the ball where we don't make those mistakes against a team like that. We can't give them the ball. "Eli does a nice job, he's not really fast but he is strong and makes good cuts," Brattain added. " Red makes good cuts as a fullback, and with those two guys we can run the ball against most teams."
20: Three catches for 50 yards was Ehrman's final tally, while Leo Williamson caught three passes for 46 yards to help the Boomers' cause. Defensively, Kaleb Walz recorded 25 defensive points, according to Brattain, and the linebacker was helped by defensive end Chris Borden's 13 defensive points. "We tackled really poorly overall, and that's not typical of a Toledo football team," Brattain said. "We have struggled on making those tackles. Either we are overaggressive and just not getting into people and reaching for them. We were a poor tackling team on Friday night." With half the season gone, the Boomers will have to rally and take advantage of some of their easier dates to make a push for a postseason spot. That journey begins this Friday with a date at Jefferson. "Pleasant Hill is a top 10 team pretty easily, and that was just a test for us," Brattain said. "We've got some other teams that are not showing their top tier teams, and we have to take care of business. We need to tackle better and take care of the ball better. It's just a week at a time, but we need to get some wins here.
22: Now that's more like it! Toledo's Bests Jefferson 20-12 (W) By Alan Dale of the News-Times After a poor tackling performance the previous week, the Toledo Boomers defense came out Friday in Jefferson with a purpose. That purpose was to simply play better and to the program's expectations. Well after holding the Lions to 66 yards rushing on 46 carries and less than 200 yards total it appears that mission was accomplished as Toledo got back on track with a 20-12 Pac West road win. "Our tackling was better," Toledo co-head coach Steve Brattain said. "We had more people on the ball and we were flying around attacking better. We had some guys make some big plays." 'Some guys' came in the form of Chris Borden, Dillon Anderson, Red Hansen, Caleb Walls, Dylan Tolbert, and Eli Grove, according to Brattain. All these Boomers played a pivotal role in holding Jefferson (1-5, 0-3) below the target 100 yards rushing for the night. It was also Grove's big interception return late that helped cement what amounted to a comeback win for the Boomers (2-3, 2-1). "We're trying to see where we fit in the pecking order of this league," Brattain said. "A win is a win but we aren't really tickled with how it came about with us making many mistakes." Toledo trailed 6-0 thanks in part to a rash of penalties and turnovers that stymied their chances of a more comfortable win. Toledo ended up with six turnovers, four via interception. "We just need to make better reads and decisions at the quarterback position," Brattain said. "Some of the fumbles that we lost are also hard to understand how we do that." Yet, the Boomers showed the mettle a team needs to make a push toward a strong season finish.
23: Winning time started when Hansen scored on a 15-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter. Kyle Vinson's extra-point kick gave Toledo its first lead, 7-6. Jefferson answered four minutes later to take the lead back, 12-7, and they would hold that mark going into the fourth quarter. "We say that one of our mantras is that champions always overcome adversity and know how to regroup," Brattain said. "We were down 6-0 at halftime and regrouped after being down despite ourselves. The kids had a positive attitude that, 'yeah we could come back and do this.'" Having inserted Chadd Fromm at quarterback at halftime, Brattain saw the move pay dividends, when the signal caller hit Hansen on a 57-yard scoring play with 10:30 left in the game to give Toledo the lead for good, 13-12. The ensuing two-point pass conversion failed. "We put Chadd in to kick start the offense," Brattain said. "He did a good job for a kid that hadn't played much at quarterback." With just about half of the fourth quarter left, Grove picked off a Jefferson pass and returned it down to the Lions' three-yard line. Fromm would score on a three-yard run with 5:22 left and the win was ultimately the Boomers' to claim. "Obviously the interception that took it down to the three was a big play," Brattain said. "Our defense kept us in the game all night. We knew we just had to overcome our own errors and come up with a turnover somehow." Grove paced the Toledo rushing attack with 90 yards on 12 carries while Hansen finished with 89 yards on 13 carries. The win now sets Toledo up for a key Pac West clash at Salem Academy (3-3 , 1-2 ) tomorrow night at 7 p.m.
24: Toledo 20, Jefferson 12 Toledo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 0 7 13 - 20 Jefferson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 6 6 0 - 12 Second quarter J: Jeremiah Grieser 40 interception return, 1:45 Third quarter T: Red Hansen 15 run (Kyle Vinson kick), 6:43 J: Lupe Yzaguirre 8 run , 2:01 Fourth quarter T: Hansen 57 pass from Chadd Fromm, 10:30 T: Fromm 3 run (Vinson kick), 5:22 Individual statistics Rushing: Toledo - Grove 12-90 Hansen 13-89, Williamson 2-20, Blacketer 1-11, Fromm 1-3; Jefferson - Grieser 18-46, Yzaguirre 13-43, Sells 7-9, Navarro 2-(minus-5), Lowe 3-(minus-13), TEAM 3-(minus-14). Passing: Toledo - Blacketer 3-11-4-65, Fromm 1-4-0-57; Jefferson - Sells 4-15-1-41; Grieser 2-2-0-43 Receiving: Toledo - Hansen 1-57, Williamson 1-49, Cross 1-14, Grove 1-2; Jefferson - Lowe 3-61, Martin 1-11, Sells 1-8, Navarro 1-4
26: Boomers Fall Just Short Of Victory against Salem Academy 15-12 (L) Oct 19, 2011 By Alan Dale of the News-Times When the regular season ends in three weeks, the Toledo Boomers could look back to this past Friday's Pac West clash at Salem Academy and rue a season made by three feet. Three feet one was the difference between a first-down potentially gained and a game ultimately lost. Going for it on fourth-and-two at the Salem Academy five-yard line late, the Boomers' Eli Grove was stopped a yard short of a first down and four new plays and the host Crusaders would run out the clock in a 15-12 win. "Now we considered a field goal to tie, but decided, to go for it instead," Toledo co-head coach Steve Brattain said. "Our philosophy is always 'play to win' and we try to impress this on the players constantly. We are willing to take chances on the win versus playing it safe." What's not so safe is the Boomers' playoff hopes as they are now deadlocked with Creswell , Blanchet Catholic, and the Crusaders for third place with three games left to play. They finish the season with games at home (vs. Blanchet Catholic, this Friday, and Santiam Christian, Nov. 4 and on the road (at Creswell, Oct. 28.). Toledo's go-for-the-win call, a sweep to the right side, went to Grove, following his two best blockers - Red Hansen and Dylan Anderson . But after the play was stopped short and having no more timeouts, the Boomers (2-4 , 2-2 ) watched as Salem Academy (4-3 , 2-2 ) killed off the game It was the second straight week where Toledo rallied from a fourth-quarter deficit and almost pulled out another big league win by virtue of comeback.
27: Toledo trailed 15-6 going into the fourth quarter but a Jackson Cross scored on a one yard run with time to spare to cut the gap to 15-12 after the Boomers' extra point failed. Toledo trailed 9-0 in the second quarter when Jeremy Ehrman caught a four-yard touchdown pass from Cody Blacketer. The failed extra point made it 9-6 in favor of Salem Academy going into the intermission. The game was noted for its defense as Toledo was held to 217 total yards while the Crusaders only managed 177 total yards. Salem Academy's total is misleading in that a late 78-yard run by the Crusaders' quarterback while trying to kill the clock after stuffing the final Toledo drive. Minus that one big gain, Toledo held Salem Academy to 99 total yards through a majority of the game. Hansen led Toledo with 103 yards rushing on 15 carries, while Grove had the same amount of carries for 72 yards. "Once again, turnovers played a major part of our offensive woes," Brattain said. "We had two interceptions and three fumbles, plus a blocked punt and a bad snap on another punt. All of these resulted in field position in favor of Salem Academy. It was a very winnable game that we, once again, let slip away."
29: Toledo Rally Falls Short Against Blanchet Catholic 40-20 (L) By Alan Dale Of the News-Times It was all about Blanchet Catholic on Toledo's Homecoming night. So much so, that it appeared even the officials were joining in on the party. That was when the host Boomers decided to take matters into their own hands. Trailing 27-7 midway through the third quarter and seemingly going nowhere, the Boomers were penalized for defensive pass interference despite the Blanchet wide receiver using the Toledo cornerback as a yoga mat to move closer to another score. Then the Boomers got real. Yes, in the end the visiting Cavaliers held on for a 40-20 Pac West win that further dimmed the Boomers' playoff hopes, but it was about the energy and intensity that Toledo brought forth, the fight that ebbed from them, following that questionable call, that sprung to the surface the guts of a freshman quarterback and the ability for a team that's been there if not always seen. "I think we respond to adversity pretty well, but we need to find it within to play at that level in the beginning and not wait for exterior motivation," Toledo co-head coach Steve Brattain said. "That has been the theme of our pre-game talks. We need to have that burning desire from every player on the field. We do not play with the reckless abandon that better teams have, and until we do we will not have the success that we desire." Toledo (2-5 , 2-3 ) started freshman Jackson Cross at quarterback for the first time and the early going was rough as the Boomers could only get on the scoreboard via an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Eli Grove after Blanchet Catholic (5-2 , 3-2 ) had jumped out to a 13-0 lead. Yet, the Boomers couldn't ride the momentum of Grove's big play and watched as the Cavaliers took a commanding 27-7 lead at halftime. Then Toledo came out of the intermission and promptly fumbled the ball - one of their five turnovers - on their first play from scrimmage. It appeared the rout was on before the referee call in question and Toledo immediately went to work. They held the Cavaliers on the same drive and promptly took the ball and marched it down the field as Cross slowly got into rhythm.
30: "Jackson's play improved as he became more comfortable and he was in better control in the second half," Brattain said. "He made some good choices and he will continue to grow in confidence as he continues in his role as team leader. We need to provide him with more consistent protection and he needs to make better pre-snap reads. He throws a nice ball and will improve as his nervousness diminishes." One thing that sure helped Cross' jitters was a smooth pass play to Jeremy Ehrman that ended in a 28-yard touchdown play with 4:34 left in the third quarter. The Boomers' defense held tough again on the next Blanchet drive and momentum had turned their way until they fumbled away the ensuing punt and the Cavaliers recovered the ball inside the Toledo red zone. The next play saw Blanchet punch it in and it was 34-14 with 2:05 left. But, Toledo wasn't done fighting. They drove down the length of the field, thanks to some big runs by Grove and Red Hansen, before Cross punched it in from one-yard to make it 34-20 with 11:43 left. "Jackson hurried on a couple of passes that might have been completed, but his overall performance was not horrible," Brattain said. "He will improve throughout the remainder of the season I'm sure." Toledo contained Blanchet 92-28 in the third quarter. Yet, despite their best efforts from that point on, the Boomers couldn't overcome the hole dug from a 17-yard offensive effort in the first half and the Cavaliers cemented the win with a time-consuming drive and final score late to pull away. Jackson finished 4-for-20 for 76 yards with the one score and two picks, while Grove (13 carries for 38 yards) and Hansen (11 carries, 26 yards) led the ground game. The defense was led by Hansen's 28 tackle point, Kaleb Walz's 19 points, Cody Blacketer's 16 points and Chris Borden's 13 points, including a blocked PAT and a forced fumble. Grove added 13 defensive points plus an interception, while Roe Bernhardt added 19 points with a sack.
31: With two games left and a need to win out to give themselves a chance to steal the third and final Pac West playoff spot for the 3A state tournament, the Boomers will have to dig deep for that extra push to win from the first kickoff. Creswell and the Cavaliers are tied for third at 3-2 in Pac West play. "It takes more than simply wanting to win," Brattain said. "It takes a commitment to do whatever it takes by every player on the field. We can coach in that direction, but there has to be some intrinsic desire within the young man. There has to be some of the beast inside." | Homecoming King and Queen Cody Blackener and Haley Martin
34: Toledo’s defense, in dark uniforms, will try to create plenty of ways to celebrate when they travel to Creswell on Friday night. Last week the Boomers fell 40-20 against Blanchet Catholic and now must win their last two games to have a shot at the Class 3A state playoffs. (Photo by Alan Dale)
35: Boomers fall at Creswell 62-13 (L) By Alan Dale Of the News-Times Any last hopes for a Class 3A state football playoff spot is now gone for the Toledo Boomers. Friday night, the Boomers traveled south to Creswell - a team they have owned since the inception of the Pac West - and were beaten 62-13 by the host Bulldogs. "Creswell did a good job of and it seemed we could not stop them with any consistency," Toledo co-head coach Steve Brattain said. "Defensively, we would be good for two or three downs and then let them off the hook with a pass or run that we didn't stop. A third-and-long or fourth-and-long for them, and they would come up with a big play to maintain their drive." Creswell (7-2 , 4-2 ) built a 28-0 lead that was helped by a 68-yard touchdown run and a 68-yard punt return. Jeremy Ehrman caught a fivey yard touchdown pass from Toledo freshman quarterback Jackson Cross to get the Boomers on the board. They scored late in the first half on an Eli Grove five yard touchdown run to keep Toledo (2-6 , 2-4 ) in striking range - 35-13 at intermission. Yet, Creswell would keep up the pressure offensively, scoring twice more in the third quarter and once more in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs also added an interception return for a score to salt the game away. Red Hansen finished with 130 all-purpose yards, including eight carries for 87 yards, while Grove gained 46 yards on 11 carries. Cross ended up going 8-for-22 with four interceptions to go along with his one scoring strike to Ehrman . Creswell worked its offensive mainly via the run, gaining 364 yards on 47 carries. They finished with 429 yards of total offense. "Creswell is always a good team, always in playoff contention," Brattain added.
36: Toledo vs Santiam Christian 52-16 (L) By Alan Dale Of the News-Times It was not the ideal way to end a season, but the Toledo Boomers football team can still find a light at the end of a tunnel. On Friday night, the Boomers (2-7 , 2-5 ) wrapped up a campaign that saw them lose their last four games of the season and finish in sixth place of the Pac West when they fell 52-16 at home to Class 3A's top-ranked Santiam Christian Eagles. The Eagles (9-1 7-0 ) also won Pac outright and were given a top seed in the Class 3A state playoffs, which begin this weekend. Santiam Christian took a 52-0 lead into the halftime break and cruised from there "Santiam Christian is a very explosive team offensively and had little difficulty scoring ," Toledo co-head coach Steve Brattain said. "We were able to move the ball to some degree, but were hurt by turnovers . Our first drive we had one first down and failed to get the next as we went for it on fourth-and-one. On our next drive we throw a pick on third and-7 and then we go three and out on our next drive. The next drive, we gain a first down and then fumble on the next play." The pattern continued with a three-and-out and this all occurred in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Toledo's first drive saw them throw another interception, followed by a three-and-out, and then a fumble, an interception, and a on next three drives to finish with six turnovers in the first half. "SC is a team loaded with talent, they are well coached and they have a lot of resources available to them," Brattain said. "Toledo is a team with a young group of kids that were depleted still further by injuries and other losses of personnel. The results of the game were somewhat predictable, but I am very proud of the way that our team battled against the odds."
37: Red Hansen finished with 95 yards rushing in 20 carries while Grove added 54 yards on 12 carries. Freshman quarterback Jackson Cross ended up 5-for-19 for 30 yards and three interceptions . Despite the rough run of play over the last month, the Boomers still feel they found success in the right doses. "Out of necessity, their victories have been private ones that have involved facing adversity with great courage, pride and dignity," Brattain said. "I am grateful to those fans who stayed loyal to our boys and supported them to the end. I am proud of our coaching staff who worked tirelessly throughout this difficult season." The Boomers scored the only points of the second half behind an Eli Grove 30-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and a safety and Jordan Young 55-yard return on the ensuing kickoff, to make it 52-16 . | Toledo Football Honorees In the 3A Pac West, Toledo's Boomers saw some strong performances this past season, and six different players earned district honors. Eli Grove earned both 2nd-Team running back and honorable mention return specialist honors, being the only Boomer to be named to two different teams. Joining Grove on the All District team were Red Hansen (first team, linebacker), Dylan Anderson (first team, defensive lineman), Leo Williamson (second team, linebacker ), Jeremy Ehrman (honorable mention, tight end), and Kaleb Walz (honorable mention, linebacker).
39: The Last Game
40: Jordan Young PARENTS: : Nancy Cooper & Josh Sexton FUTURE: OSU & PBR Rodeo Circuit WORDS OF WISDOM: Cowboy Up!! PEOPLE TO THANK: My Mom, my Dad,, my Grandparents, the Hansen's, Willie Worman, Red, Roe, Connor Whyte, Cody Blacketerr, Chris McGowen, my Siletz family and Evelynne Hoy. | Cody Blacketer PARENTS: Ray & Pam Blacketer FUTURE: Going to Alabama and playing QB...Roll Tide WORDS OF WISDOM: Always keep your head up; don't let anything get you down PEOPLE TO THANK: Jordan Young, my Dad and my Mom | Patrick "Red" Hansen PARENTS: Keith & Pamela Hansen FUTURE PLANS: US Army and become a mechanical engineer WORDS OF WISDOM: Play like every game is your last because pretty soon it will be your last PEOPLE TO THANK: My Dad for being at every game, my Mom for supporting me. For Coach Case for teaching me to play football and for giving me the name "Big Red." To my fellow seniors who I've been through it all with, I'll miss you. And thanks to all the fans .
41: The Last Huddle...
42: Boomer Seniors 2011
49: Best Friends