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Ashland clinched the Southern Sky Conference championship outright and earned the league's No. — seed to the OSAA Class 5A state playoffs with a 32-22 win over Eagle Point Friday night at Eagle Stadium.
Lewis Sebrell rushed for 222 yards and two touchdowns as the Grizzlies (9-0, 4-0 SSC) wrapped up a perfect run through their SSC schedule to earn what will be the program's first home playoff game since 1998. "That's huge," Ashland head coach Charlie Hall said. "It's been a long time coming for our program. It's going to be a great treat for our team and our community."
The playoffs begin with first round games Nov. 9. Ashland has a bye and will see its first postseason action since 2000 on either Nov. 16 or Nov. 17 against an opponent to be determined.
Branden Davis scored on a 2-yard touchdown run and Jake Ringrose ran in the PAT to give Eagle Point (4-5, 1-2 SSC) an 8-6 lead in the first quarter. Ashland came back strong, outscoring Eagle Point 24-8 over the next 2 1/2 quarters to take a 32-16 lead. Sebrell scored twice in the game-clinching rally, first on a 46-yard burst and later, with 6:22 to go in the game, from 10 yards out. Ashland finished with 322 yards rushing on 42 carries. "Our offensive line deserves so much credit," Hall said. "It was five yards before those guys were even getting touched."
A crucial miscue also played a key role when a solid drive by the Eagles was cut short by a fumble that the Grizzlies recovered at their own 5. Eight plays later, Charlie Sebrell booted a 37-yard field goal to give Ashland a 22-16 lead at the half.
"I think from that point on, things kind of went our way," Hall said.
Eagle Point's offense was held to six points after the break, but was hardly shutdown. The Eagles gained 472 yards, mostly through the air. Quarterback Scott Erickson completed 35 of 42 passes for 321 yards and a touchdown.
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