Roseburg got the start it needed in the first round of the Class 6A football playoffs on Friday night.
The 11th-seeded Indians owned the first half, scoring five touchdowns — three by senior Logan Klopfenstein — en route to a 32-point lead. Roseburg went on to eliminate No. 22 Tigard, 42-17, at Finlay Field.
It was the first playoff victory for the Indians (9-1) since 2012, when they pulled out a 39-38 thriller at Gresham in double overtime.
“It really started on Monday. We were just really hungry ... we had four good practices, and didn’t have any doubt in our mind we were going to come out and be more physical,” Klopfenstein said. “We were going to smack them in the mouth the first play and they obviously folded.
“It was just preparation with practice, and our experience for winning in the regular season transferred over to the postseason. We were electric in the first half.”
Klopfenstein opened the scoring, running it in from 13 yards out on a fake field goal attempt with 9:41 left in the first quarter. Dominic Tatone delivered the big play of the drive, catching a pass on the left sideline and turning it into a 60-yard gain.
Klopfenstein gave the Tribe a two-touchdown advantage, catching a 3-yard pass from Colton Marsters with 3:15 on the clock.
The Tigers (3-7) got a 35-yard field from Henry Masters early in the second period to make it 14-3, but Marsters and Klopfenstein hooked up again.
Klopfenstein’s final TD was the longest play of the contest, a 69-yard pass with 7:17 remaining in the second period. Landyn Dupper scored on a 2-yard pass from Marsters with 4:40 to go in the quarter.
“They had the box stacked up (at the line of scrimmage), so we had to throw the ball,” Marsters said. “I think we did well.”
Linebacker Braden Steinacher capped off the Tribe’s scoring in the first half, intercepting a Cameron Masters-Doble pass and returning it 22 yards to paydirt with 59.2 seconds to go before halftime.
“We dominated them, up front and on both sides of the ball (in the first half),” Roseburg coach Dave Heuberger said. “This was the first time a team showed up and dared us to throw the ball. We’ve been telling people the kid (Marsters) can throw the ball. We have the receivers, and that’s what they found out.
“It was good to see all phases of the game rocking and rolling like that.”
Marsters passed for 193 yards and three touchdowns. Sophomore Cayden Eckel was Roseburg’s leading rusher with 82 yards, including a 17-yard scoring run with 11:54 remaining in the fourth quarter. Marsters chipped in 54 yards on seven rushes.
Klopfenstein finished with three receptions for 85 yards and Dupper caught three balls for 37 yards.
“(Klopfenstein) is a focal point of our team,” Heuberger said. “Special teams, defensively, running the ball and catching the ball. He’s a great leader and deserves all the success he’s having this year.”
Eli Jacobs, Carson Dunn and Steinacher had interceptions for the Indians. Marsters also had a pick, but it was nullified by offsetting penalties.
AJ Perez was a highlight for the Tigers, making six receptions for 156 yards and one TD. Tigard outgained Roseburg 382-362, 260 yards coming through the air.
“We wanted to come out fast, and that’s what we did,” Roseburg senior lineman Silas Kincaid said. “We were flying around and being physical. We didn’t play that well in the third quarter, but played well enough to win.”
The Indians will play at No. 6 Summit (8-2), a 21-0 winner over No. 27 South Medford, in the second round next weekend. Roseburg handed Summit a 23-7 loss in Cottage Grove in the season opener.
Tigard 0 3 14 0 — 17
Roseburg 14 21 0 7 — 42
R — Klopfenstein 13 run (Bartlett kick)
R — Klopfenstein 3 pass from Marsters (Bartlett kick)
T — Masters 35 field goal
R — Klopfenstein 69 pass from Marsters (Bartlett kick)
R — Dupper 2 pass from Marsters (Bartlett kick)
R — Steinacher 22 interception return (Bartlett kick)
T — Perez 29 pass from Masters-Doble (Masters kick)
T — Jackman 6 pass from Masters-Doble (Masters kick)
R — Eckel 17 run (Bartlett kick)