One defensive stop in, Roseburg threw an offensive trick at Canby on Friday and claimed the momentum.
After that, Roseburg did what it had to do in order to complete a happy homecoming and senior night at Finlay Field, passing the Cougars for a 34-7 nonleague victory that all concerned at Roseburg hoped was enough to get the team into the Class 6A football playoffs as an at-large team.
Roseburg (3-6, 1-3 Southwest Conference) played one of the tougher schedules in the state, finished 3-1 at home and a winner in two of its final three games.
“We can’t control that, but I would love to be out here for another week with these kids,” RHS coach Dave Heuberger said. “One of the things we concentrate on around here is what we can control.”
Roseburg fell from No. 30 in the OSAA power rankings to No. 34 after the win, taking a hit from Canby’s season-long struggles. The Cougars (0-5 Special District 5) finished the year 0-9 after facing five teams in the top 12 of the rankings during league play. The top three teams in each district qualify for the state playoffs, with the next 11 highest ranked teams receiving at-large berths. Roseburg needed to remain inside the top 30 to get in.
That was all out of its control Friday night, and while it got a couple of helpful results, it didn’t get enough as two teams — Mountain View and Newberg — jumped RHS in the rankings with wins over higher-ranked opponents.
What Roseburg could influence against Canby (0-9, 0-5 Special District 5) was the way it played every down in a steady drizzle that pushed toward honest rain by halftime.
There was a concerted effort to play each down with passion and discipline, with an eye to seizing control of the game early.
So on the first Roseburg play from scrimmage, the offense established its aerial dominance.
Senior quarterback Collin Warmouth lateraled to junior Jace Stoffal — who hadn’t played since week one at Mountain View — and Stoffal lofted a deep pass to junior Peyton Bryant behind the Cougar secondary. Bryant finished off the 63-yard play by sprinting untouched to the end zone and Roseburg was up 7-0 after Bryant’s conversion kick with 10:20 left in the first quarter.
“We were pretty pumped up, Jace finally comes back and first play throws a TD,” sophomore Garrett Zeimet said. “He’s wanted to play all season and hasn’t been able to, so that was cool.”
Even when Canby tied the game, Roseburg went right back to work with Warmouth diving in from the 6 to make it 14-7 with 59.6 seconds left in the quarter.
That go-ahead-for-good drive was also one of the few times Roseburg was able to be effective in the run game.
“They crowded the box and were blitzing everybody,” senior Zack Mandera said. “We weren’t running much tight end stuff, so it was hard to run the ball, but we spread everyone out and the receivers, they caught the ball even though it was wet. They played really well tonight.”
Warmouth did the job through the air, going 7-for-11 for 228 yards and three TDs passing. Bryant had three catches for 137 yards and two scores, and Zeimet and Eddie Herskovitz both had a scoring reception.
“They’re defense came out and the defensive line wasn’t bad at all,” Warmouth said. “We got a bit of a push, our linemen did good, and we got the momentum right away. That’s what we’re going for. We thought they would bite and they did.”
Warmouth’s scoring passes went 60 yards to Bryant — who converted four of five extra-point tries as a kicker — 27 to Zeimet and 72 to Herskovitz. Roseburg also had a 74-yarder to senior D’Angelo Adams called back by a hold, the one penalty on RHS that wasn’t offset by a Canby penalty.
“Throw in Jace’s, the (74) yarder that got called back, we threw it all over Finlay Field,” Heuberger said. “I’m proud as hell of the kids. They battled all season long and not one of them bowed.
“The parents, our community, has done a great job raising these kids. Their work ethic, their commitment, it all stood out.”
Roseburg’s defense stood tall throughout the game, coming up with timely turnovers and limiting Canby’s run game early in the contest.
Forced to throw, Cougars quarterback Trent Wakefield struggled to get any assistance. He finished the contest 7-for-24 for 131 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. There were several dropped balls, but Roseburg defensive backs came close to matching Canby’s receivers in drops.
Warmouth had an interception on a throw over the middle and Izaiah Moore had two picks at cornerback. Roseburg came up with four turnovers, while RHS gave the ball away just once, on a muffed punt.
“We got all we could out of the air,” Heuberger said. “Izaiah Moore with two picks at corner, we won the turnover battle and we won it all year. After (Friday) we’re like plus-11 for the season, that’s a stat that we do track. We had a lot of big performances from a lot of people.”
Roseburg hasn’t been a postseason participant since 2014.
Canby 7 0 0 0 — 7
Roseburg 14 7 6 7 — 34
R — Peyton Bryant 63 pass from Jace Stoffal (Bryant kick), 10:20
C — Rizdin Miller 14 pass from Trent Wakefield (Chance Miller kick), 3:36
R — Collin Warmouth 6 run (Bryant kick), 0:59.6
R — Bryant 60 pass from Warmouth (Bryant kick), 1:11
R — Garrett Zeimet 27 pass from Warmouth (kick failed), 7:52
R — Eddie Herskovitz 72 pass from Warmouth (Bryant kick), 11:43