PORTLAND — With the season on the line, Crescent Valley High’s defense would not budge.
The Raiders came up with two fourth-down stops on Wilson’s final two drives and took a 14-7 win in the first-round 5A playoff game on Friday at Cleveland High.
“Overall, our defense played really well,” CV coach Scott Sanders said.
The defensive performance was all the more impressive considering the Raiders (8-3) were limited to three offensive possessions in the second half.
The lone score they gave up was a deep throw on a fourth-and-long play that bounced off either the helmet or shoulder pads of a CV defensive back and right to the receiver for the TD.
The Raiders took a 14-0 lead into the half. They scored on a run by Nick Pozzesi in the first quarter and added a TD pass from Tanner Sanders to Jared Baumgartner in the second.
Both teams have good size. Wilson likes to run the ball and tried to overpower the Raiders (8-3) with traps, counters, sweeps and then hit them with the occasional bubble screen in the flat.
None of it worked well against the CV defense.
The Raiders will travel to No. 1 seed Redmond for the quarterfinals next week. Redmond dispatched Churchill 40-15.