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Kevin Boss

Former NFL tight end Kevin Boss, a 2002 Philomath High graduate, talks to the Friday night football crowd at Clemens Field as part of a ceremony to retire his Warriors uniform number. For more on the event, see the Random Thoughts column on Page A4.

The Week Ahead

Cross-country — The 34th annual Paul Mariman Invitational will be staged Saturday with middle school races beginning at noon, followed by JV races at 1 p.m., and the varsity races at 2 p.m. Of course, Philomath always throws in extra fun for the athletes. Live conifer trees go to the top four varsity teams and winning JV and middle school teams; pumpkins go to the top 15 varsity finishes and top 10 JV and middle school finishers; and a large pizza goes to the top three varsity individuals and first-place JV and middle school finishers.

Boys soccer — After playing Tuesday (after the paper went to press), the Warriors will not see action again until this coming Tuesday at Cascade. The Warriors beat the Cougars in their first meeting but Cascade is a dangerous opponent. Just ask Stayton, which lost in upset fashion to the Cougars back on Oct. 1.

Girls soccer — Philomath made its way through the Woodburn-Stayton gauntlet last week and now needs to focus on improving against opponents that the Warriors easily defeated the first time through the conference. The Warriors need to avoid a slip-up before facing Woodburn on Oct. 29 for first place.

Football — The football team heads over to Sweet Home for a Thursday night game this week. The kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Both teams are off to 0-2 starts in the Oregon West Conference.

Volleyball — The Warriors will be at home Wednesday night to take on Cascade. The big match on the horizon, however, is this coming Tuesday’s trip to Sisters. Philomath wouldn’t mind knocking off a team like the Outlaws as the regular season winds down.

Five Things

• Philomath played one of its better games in last week’s loss to Stayton. This week’s game against Sweet Home should be a good one. “They played a tough preseason schedule and I was surprised when they got beat by Sisters,” PHS coach Tony Matta said. “Sisters is doing some good things, too.”

• The volleyball team played Sweet Home early this week after the newspaper’s deadline and if the Warriors could pull it out, the match against Sisters early next week looms even larger. Either way, the battle against the Outlaws will be important for Philomath’s drive toward the postseason.

• Philomath’s boys had to play Woodburn and Stayton back-to-back last week in one of the toughest weeks in recent memory, but the Warriors will need to regroup quickly to get back on the winning path. The team will need to get past Sisters early next week to set up an important Oct. 24 showdown against Newport to stay in the upper half of the league standings.

• Senior Halle Hewitt, one of the two captains for the girls soccer team, was supposed to return to the Warriors’ lineup this week after going through concussion protocol. Hewitt has been an important offensive weapon in Philomath’s attack.

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• The Paul Mariman Invite on Saturday draws a lot of the top running talent in 4A and this year is no exception. Coach Joe Fulton said many “consider it a dress rehearsal for the state championships.” Based on the most recent 4A rankings, the varsity boys’ field will feature the top five teams while the girls will have four of the top six along with 3A’s No. 3 team.

By the Numbers

18:50 — The average winning time turned in by Hannah Hernandez in the past two Paul Mariman Invitationals. Hernandez won in 2017 with a time of 18:42 and in 2018 with an 18:58. She was eighth back as a freshman in 2016.

50% — The percentage of Philomath’s goals scored in the first half and also in the second half in girls soccer. Heading into this week, the Warriors had scored 15 in the first half and 15 in the second half for the ultimate example of balanced scoring.

167 — The number of total yards that Stayton’s football team had without Logan Classen’s entering into the equation. Classen, who scored four touchdowns, accounted for 280 of his team’s 447 yards.

In the Books

35 years ago — On a Thursday night game on Oct. 11, 1984, Philomath’s football team defeated Toledo, 26-6, in a ValCo League contest. Andy Tasker ran 37 yards for a touchdown on a fake punt 2 minutes into the fourth quarter to ice the win. The Warriors improved to 3-3 on the season.

“That was the key play and he made a great individual effort,” PHS coach Gene Dales said. “He ran over one kid, then picked up good blocking and sprinted into the end zone.”

Tasker is a 165-pound guard who Dales joked about giving a chance to run the ball more often.

Among the other big plays in the game, Jack Noble picked up a fumble and ran 8 yards for a touchdown. Heath Marshall ran for 96 yards on 16 carries.

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Compiled by Brad Fuqua

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