A second-place finish in the Sunset Conference put Reedsport’s football team into the Class 2A playoffs.
Reedsport is the No. 12 seed for the posteason and opens the playoffs Friday with a game at Santiam.
The Brave blanked Myrtle Point 45-0 in the regular-season finale last week, giving Reedsport a 4-1 league record.
“I’m really glad the kids got themselves in the state tournament,” Reedsport coach Lynn Fulps said. “That’s huge.”
Reedsport was expected to beat Myrtle Point in the league finale, but had to overcome a knee injury to quarterback Marc Chaney.
The Brave did that with a healthy dose of running the ball.
“We kept it simple,” Fulps said. “I’ve got good running backs.
Fulps added that Nick Glover did a good job running the offense in his first game at quarterback since middle school.
Gage Billings rushed for 144 yards on eight carries, including touchdown runs of 44 yards and 53 yards. Korde Parmenter had 98 yards on five attempts and scored on a 35-yard run.
Lineman Griffin Lavigne said Glover did a nice job filling in.
“He definitely stepped up,” Lavigne said.
Tanner Eckley and Colby Fowler also scored touchdowns for Reedsport — the two trade off between the offensive line and fullback. Eckley had two TD runs and Alex Carson also had a scoring run.
Reedsport also forced three turnovers and got a blocked punt from Dallas McGill that helped set up one of the touchdowns.
Hayden Wisehart and Ben Fowler recovered fumbles and Michael Stanely had an interception.
With the league season over, the Brave started looking ahead to Santiam.
“Tough matchup,” Fulps said, adding that he expects the Wolverines to be especially tough on the line.
But the coach has been pleased with his own line, too, especially since Lavigne was the only returning starter on the line, and he was recovering from an injury when preseason practice kicked off.
“They’ve come a long way,” Fulps said of the team.
“We’ve been working hard in practice,” Lavigne answered.
Santiam was 8-1 in the regular season and finished second in the Tri-River Conference. The Wolverines have scored the most points in Class 2A — 415 (46 per game).
Reedsport will certainly be tested, but Lavigne said defense has been a strength for the team.
“Our defense is really awesome,” he said. “We’re all working as a team.”
The best thing for the Brave is they get another game.
“To be able to get on the bus and go someplace (in the playoffs) is good,” Fulps said.
Friday’s game starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students.