Beaverton's running game grinds out 297 yards in a 21-12 win

BEAVERTON — The Beaverton football team isn’t the biggest kid on the block, not in a league that features giants such as Aloha and Jesuit.

But the Beavers stepped up and smacked Westview with their running game Friday night, cranking out 297 yards on the ground to power their 21-12 Metro League victory at Beaverton High School.

The win lifted Beaverton’s Metro League record to 1-2 (5-2 overall), while the Wildcats saw their record drop to 0-3 (2-5 overall).

Key to the Beavers’ win was its success with the running game, with seniors Evan Colorito and Malik Fontleroy-Smith both putting together huge games, Colorito carrying 10 times for 112 yards and two touchdowns, and Fontleroy-Smith adding 176 yards and one score on 30 carries.

“It was a wet, sloppy game, but Malik and Evan really ran the ball well,” said Beaverton coach Bob Boyer.

“Evan Colorito made the difference,” admitted Westview coach Greg Fisher. “He made several big plays on bnoth offense and defense that resulted in scores or stops.”

Colorito broke a 50-yard run to give his team a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, but the Wildcats responded in the second period with a 23-yard Matt Gorman field goal to close within 7-3.

Fontleroy-Smith added a 10-yard run in the second quarter to push the Beaver lead to 14-3, and Colorito cashed in from five yards out in the third quarter to make it 21-3.

But the Wildcats’ defense notched a safety, and then got a 14-yard Julius Rucker run for a score later in the third to close within 21-12, but Westview would get no closer.

“The defense dod a great job all night taking care of their quarterback (Rucker),” Boyer said. “It wasn’t the prettiest game for, but in this league, any win is a great win.”

“We battled. We just didn’t make enough big plays to pull off a win,” Fisher said.

For the game, Rucker carried 18 times for 94 yards, and completed 10-of-29 passes for 80 yards.

On Friday, Beaverton plays at Sunset at 7:30 p.m., and Westview hosts Southridge at 7:30 p.m.

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