BANDON — Bandon avenged a loss from its regular-season finale in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs, coming from behind in the second half to beat Oakland 16-12.

The Tigers get a chance to avenge another regular-season loss in the quarterfinals, when they visit Lakeview on Friday night. The Honkers, who won the special district that also includes Bandon, beat the Tigers 26-20 on Bandon’s field in September.

Bandon needed the strong finish against the Oakers to get a second shot at Lakeview.

“Hats off to Oakland,” Bandon coach Jordan Sammons said. “They are a solid and well-coached football team — extremely disciplined.

“We talked with the guys all week that we would have to hold them to 20 points or less to have a chance and luckily we held them to 12 because we were only able to score 16. They put together really long drives and we were fortunate to get a couple key stops when we needed them.”

Oakland led 6-0 at the half and 12-0 after a long touchdown run early in the third quarter.

“At that point we knew the next drive was super critical and we were fortunate enough to go down and get a score on a quarterback keeper by Reef Berry,” Sammons said.

Denver Blackwell completed the two-point conversion pass to Hunter Pier.

“The defense stepped up from that point on and played really, really well,” Sammons said.

Cooper Lang had a 25-yard touchdown on Bandon’s next possession, with Blackwell throwing the conversion pass to Conner Devine, and the defense made a big fourth-down stop after a seven-minute Oakland drive to help secure the win.

The Tigers got their first playoff win since beating Colton in 2006. They had lost six in a row in the postseason, including in 2017, 2018 and 2019 (the 2020 season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic).

“This is just huge for our program and our seniors,” Sammons said. “My first year these seniors were eighth graders and I was their middle school coach and we talked way back then about the opportunity this group had to do something special. To not only host a playoff game but the first playoff win since 2006 is just a huge accomplishment for these guys.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the way they have stepped up as leaders and young men. We are just excited to extend our season and another week and looking forward to a rematch with Lakeview and chance to go to the semifinals.”

Lakeview has just one loss, at Class 3A Sutherlin in a nonleague game, and won its first-round game 59-6 over Grant Union.


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