Roseburg High finished the regular season playing well, but it was the early part of the season that will keep RHS at home rather than playing in the Class 6A football playoffs.
Mountain View, the very first opponent of the year, did as much as any other team to knock RHS out of the postseason as the Cougars upset Bend 24-7 in the season finale. That victory — combined with Roseburg’s 34-7 dismantling of winless Canby — was enough to leapfrog MVHS over Roseburg and into the playoffs.
Canby’s poor RPI ranking cost Roseburg three spots in the final OSAA power poll, dropping it from No. 30 to No. 33. Roseburg was the first team out of the playoffs, as No. 32 North Medford received the final at-large berth and will face top-ranked Lake Oswego next Friday.
It’s the second straight year Roseburg will miss the playoffs while a Southwest Conference rival it beat on the field gets in.
Elsewhere in Douglas County, Sutherlin’s resurgence landed the Bulldogs a first-round date with the Vale Vikings in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs, while Glide will face Knappa in the Class 2A playoffs.
In Class 1A eight-man, Elkton will play Camas Valley, Riddle faces Hosanna Christian of Klamath Falls and North Douglas will face Crane.
Camas Valley, 6-1 and No. 8 in the final rankings, will be the only home team among the county’s qualifiers. The date, time and location for the game had not been announced.
No. 12 Sutherlin (7-2) will play at No. 5 Vale (5-4) next Saturday at 1 p.m.
Riddle (7-2) will play at Hosanna Christian (7-0) at 7 p.m. Friday.
Dates and kickoff times for the other games had not been set as of press time Saturday night.