WILSONVILLE — There will be a new 5A state football champion this season.
Turnovers did in the Lebanon High football team on Friday night as last year’s OSAA 5A title winners bowed out in the quarterfinals with a 31-7 loss to No. 2 seed Wilsonville.
It was a measure of revenge for the Wildcats, who fell to the Warriors in the title game last year, 34-17.
Wilsonville will take on No. 3 Hermiston, a 40-22 winner over No. 6 South Albany, next weekend.
The Warriors end the season 7-4.
After hanging tough in the first half, the second half couldn’t have started much worse for the No. 10-seeded Warriors.
Lebanon trailed 10-7 but Cooper Mootz returned the second-half kickoff 85 yards for a score and a 17-7 lead seconds into the third quarter for the Wildcats (10-1).
Thanks to some big defensive stands, the Warriors still had their chances.
But twice the Warriors got inside the Wilsonville 25 and failed to score.
First it was a fumble inside the 10 and then an interception on a fourth-and-8 at the Wilsonville 21.
Wilsonville took advantage of that stop as quarterback Nathan Overholt connected with Jacob Herr for a 79-yard touchdown and a 24-7 lead with 10:14 to go.
The Wildcats tacked on a 21-yard touchdown pass with 4:43 to play for a 31-7 lead.
Lebanon’s first possession of the third quarter ended in an interception that Wilsonville returned to the 10.
But the Warriors forced fourth down and broke up the pass play to take over at their own 8.
Three turnovers derailed the Warriors in the first half.
A fumbled punt return gave the Wildcats the ball at the LHS 22. The Warriors’ defense gave up a first down before forcing Wilsonville into a 22-yard Austin Kness field goal for a 3-0 lead.
The Warriors had a drive extended on a roughing the punter call but fumbled on the next play.
Lebanon had another good drive end in a fumble but the defense forced a 44-yard field goal attempt that was well short to keep it a 3-0 deficit.
The Warriors moved it to the 1 and on fourth down Chaz Daniels scored; Julio Cabuto’s point after put LHS up 7-3 with 3:20 left in the half.
Wilsonville used a 69-yard play on second-and 36 at the 9 to get to the Lebanon 22 and eventually the Wildcats scored to go up 10-7 with 49 seconds left.
Lebanon moved to the Wilsonville 10 with 1.9 seconds left but eschewed a short field goal attempt and the pass play was incomplete in the end zone as the half ended.
Colton Shepard was 14-for-27 passing for 269 yards and two interceptions while Daniels rushed for 63 yards, Cody Johnson 56, Clyde Rood 47 and Shepard 36.
Daniels had four catches for 119 yards, Kyler Alley four for 54, Ray Rashoodi four for 40 and Johnson one for 56.