Bandon’s football team found the end zone five times against Knappa’s tough defense in their Class 2A playoff game Saturday at Astoria, but the Loggers capitalized on four Bandon turnovers and pulled away in the second half for a 62-32 victory over the Tigers.
The Tigers were trying to reach the quarterfinals in their first playoff trip since 2011.
Bandon scored first on a 50-yard touchdown run by Donavin Phommaphat, but Knappa had the next two scores to go up 14-6. Darian Phommaphat had a long return on the kickoff following the second touchdown, setting up the second score by his twin brother and Bandon then recovered a Knappa fumble, but couldn’t score.
Knappa marched down the field to score, then recovered a fumble by the Tigers on the kickoff and scored again, going up 28-12. The Tigers pulled within 28-20 on touchdown pass just before halftime from Braydon Freitag to Coby Smith.
Bandon had a chance to gain momentum with the ball first in the second half, but instead fumbled on its first two possessions of the third quarter, leading to Knappa touchdowns. The Loggers had an interception return for a score on Bandon’s next possession and suddenly the lead was 48-20.
Freitag had two touchdown runs in the fourth quarter, but Bandon wasn’t able to make up the big deficit.
"Our guys never quit," Bandon coach Aaron Freitag said. "We had costly turnovers that all turned into TDs. Without those, we're in it until the end, maybe on top.
"That's the difference in a veteran team and a rookie team. Nonetheless, we fought until the end and played four quarters of smash-mouth football. I'm proud of our team."
Knappa will host Oakland in the quarterfinals. The Oakers beat Gold Beach in the first round Friday.
Bandon, meanwhile, looks forward to what the Tigers hope is a bright future.
"I think we laid a solid foundation we can build a good program on," Aaron Freitag said. "A couple freshman have made it clear they can be leaders. Combined with our sophomore and junior leaders I'm confident we'll mature into a solid football team."
Brookings-Harbor 2, Madras 0: The Bruins advanced to the Class 4A semifinals with their second straight shutout win in the playoffs, blanking the White Buffaloes on Saturday.
The Bruins will host Newport on Tuesday for a spot in the championship game. The Cubs upset top-ranked Sisters 2-1 in another quarterfinal match Saturday.
Izaiah Bruce and Luke Beaman scored the goals for Brookings-Harbor.