ADAIR VILLAGE — Santiam Christian shook off a slow start and cruised to a 42-6 win over Colton in the first round of the 3A football playoffs on Friday night.
The No. 2-seeded Eagles will now face either No. 7 Clatskanie or No. 10 Vale in the quarterfinals. Those teams play on Saturday.
Santiam Christian took a 7-0 lead after one quarter thanks to a 13-yard touchdown run from Hunter Fields with 3:26 to play.
Grant Carly connected with Jason Manzi for a TD and the two-point conversion put the Eagles up 15-0 midway through the second quarter.
Luke Janssen’s 1-yard TD run put SC up 22-0 at the half.
Colton got on the board in the third quarter, to cut SC’s lead to 22-6 with 7:30 left.
The Eagles answered with a touchdown of their own to go up 29-6 with 3:58 left in the third.
Santiam Christian made it 36-6 after three on a pass from Carly to Conrad Carter.
Carter caught another TD pass for a 42-6 lead early in the fourth.
Carly finished 10 for 18 for 120 yards and three touchdowns, while Janssen rushed for 161 yards and two scores for SC. Carley also added 69 yards rushing on nine carries and Hunter Fields had 43 yards on four carries with two touchdowns.
Monroe 48, Stanfield 0
MONROE — The Dragons entered the 2A playoffs as the No. 2 seed and looked the part on Friday.
Their first opponent was a familiar one in Stanfield, as the two teams had just met last week to close out the regular season. That matchup between the two squads was an impressive win for Monroe as it defeated Stanfield 55-27.
This time, the Dragons wanted an even bigger win and they did so in impressive fashion as they jumped on the Tigers early en route to a blowout victory.
Offensively, the Dragons were paced by the downhill running of sophomore Zach Young. The 5-foot-11, 160-pound back ran all over the Tigers defense as he piled up 155 yards and three touchdowns on eight carries.
Because of the ground success, the Dragons didn’t have to throw very often. But sophomore quarterback Kairen Garber was efficient when he did throw, going 4 of 8 for 147 yards and a touchdown.
Monroe’s defense was impressive from start to finish as it was able to stifle Stanfield’s offense. Freshman linebacker Dylan Irwin and senior defensive lineman Keith Saito led the way for Monroe with 12 and 10 tackles, respectively.
The Dragons (8-1, 4-0) will play the winner of Saturday's game between Kennedy and Enterprise next week.