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Apollos lead Cards three times but cant hang on


Sunset falls for the fourth straight time, losing 20-16 Friday

PORTLAND — Sunset took a rare step outside Metro League play Friday night, but was looking for something that had become even more rare over the past month — a win.

But it wasn't to be. The Apollos, playing at Lincoln, led the Cardinals three times but couldn't hold on, eventually falling 20-16 at Lincoln High School.

The loss, Sunset's fourth straight, dropped the Apollos' overall record to 3-4 (0-3 in Metro play), while the Cardinals won for the first time and improved to 1-6.

"We did a lot of good things but we found ways to shoot ourselves in the foot," said Sunset coach Faustin Riley. "And Lincoln made plays."

The Apollos grabbed a 7-0 lead in Friday's first quarter when quarterback Willie Pflug connected with Trevor Caldwell for a 63-yard touchdown pass.

Lincoln answered in the second quarter, though, with a 17-yard TD pass from John Williams to Alex Jeter and the game went to halftime at 7-7.

The Apollos pushed in front again in the third with a safety, but saw the Cardinals respond again at the start of the fourth quarter on a 20-yard Williams scoring pass to Jeter to make it 13-9.

Sunset came back one more time and took its last lead at 16-13 when Pflug hit Caldwell for a 69-yard touchdown pass, but could not close out the victory.

The Cardinals, who got a 23-of-42 passing day from Williams, got the game-winner later when Williams connected with Sam Laverde from 19 yards for the win.

Pflug went 19-of-30 for 288 yards in the loss, with Caldwell making six catches for 156 yards. Bruce Jones rushed 14 times for 54 yards.

For Lincoln, Williams threw for 353 yards, with Jeter making six catches for 143 yards.

On Friday, Sunset hosts Beaverton at 7:30 p.m.