Southridge takes out Westview 44-28, sets up Aloha challenge

ROCK CREEK — Every week, it seems, the Southridge football team takes another step forward and another step closer to its biggest goals.

On Friday, the Skyhawks won for the fourth straight time in Metro League play, racing past scrappy Westview 44-28 at Westview High School, a result that lifted Southridge's record to 4-0 in league (5-3 overall) and gave it at least a share of the 2012 Metro crown.

“We're just trying to get better every day,” said Southridge coach Doug Dean. “The kids have improved, we've gotten some kids back from injury, and that's put us in a position to win some ballgames.”

It's also put the Skyhawks in a position for even greater things — a chance to win sole possession of the Metro League title when they visit Aloha at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Warriors (3-1, 7-1), coming off a 56-13 loss to Jesuit, are hoping to knock off Southridge and win a piece of the Metro crown.

“We know Aloha's a good football team and we'll have to be good to compete with them,” Dean said.

Westview, meanwhile, lost for the fifth straight time and dropped to 0-4 in league play (2-6 overall). Despite that, the Wildcats did some good things on Friday night, playing their way to a 14-14 tie late in the first quarter, then outscoring the Skyhawks 14-9 in the second half.

That said, Southridge added one more first-quarter TD and two unanswered scores in the second period to power their victory. Southridge junior Jordan Morgan kicked things off by taking Westview's game-opening kickoff back 75 yards for a score and a 7-0 lead.

Westview tied the game on a four-yard Julius Rucker run, Southridge made it 14-7 on a 52-yard Reza Aleaziz-to-Morgan TD pass, and the Wildcats responded again with an eight-yard scoring strike from Shane Suyama to Ian Myers.

The Skyhawks took over for the rest of the half, though, with Morgan catching an Aleaziz pass and turning it into a 78-yard score at the end of the first quarter, Aleaziz connecting with Justin Calo for a 37-yard TD, and Jake Pruit scoring on a 10-yard run to make it 35-14 at halftime.

The Skyhawks boosted that edge to 41-14 when Aleaziz hit Morgan for another score, a 41-yarder, and Southridge later added a 19-yard Alex Beekman field goal.

Rucker added two more touchdown runs for Westview, one each in the third and fourth quarters for the final 44-28 margin.

Westview had a big day on the ground, rushing for 233 yards on 44 carries, while Devin Martinez led Southridge rushers with 80 yards on 13 carries. Aleaziz, in his first action after missing the season's first seven games, went 5-of-11 passing for 214 yards and four TDs, three of those to Morgan for 171 yards.

Aleaziz initially decided to forgo his senior football season after deciding to play college baseball next year at the University of Oregon, but changed his mind a couple weeks ago and worked his back into the Southridge lineup.

“He did some good things for us on Friday,” Dean said.

In its next game, Westview hosts Sunset at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

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