Westview hammers Hillsboro 69-14 to earn a 6A state berth

Rock creek — This one was a long time coming for the Westview football team.

The Wildcats, hosting former Metro League foe Hillsboro in a 6A Play-In game on Friday, made short work of the Spartans and raced to a 69-14 victory to earn their first win in seven weeks.

The win lifted 24th-ranked Westview's season record to 3-7, and sent the Wildcats into the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs on Friday, where they play at Sprague at 7 p.m. The ninth-ranked Olympians are 8-1 after a second-place finish in the Central Valley Conference.

In Friday's win over 40th-ranked Hillsboro, the eighth-place finisher from the Pacific Conference, Westview put together a stretch of 41 unanswered points in the second and third quarters to put the game away early.

The Wildcats were effective with both their running game (347 yards on the ground) and their passing game (193 yards), not to mention their defense which held the Spartans to just 122 yards in total offense and scored two touchdowns of it own.

In the first quarter, the Wildcats got a 49-yard touchdown run by running back Jacob Short and a 33-yard scoring burst from quarterback Julius Rucker. The Spartans came back with a 13-yard TD run from Adam Morton, but wouldn't score again until the game was well out of reach in the fourth quarter.

In the second quarter, the Cats scored four times, starting with a 16-yard Rucker-to-Matt Gorman TD pass, adding a 25-yard Short scoring run, then a 34-yard scoring strike from Rucker to Matt Alle, and finally, a 56-yard interception return for a score by Jacob Sturtevant for a 41-7 lead at the half.

Westview kept the pressure on in the second half too, adding scores by Rucker (an 11-yard run), Max Haase (an 11-yard run) and Isaac Nakamoto (a 16-yard interception return).

For the game, Rucker carried 11 times for 116 yards and also completed 10-of-17 passes for 193 yards. Short led Westview receivers with 82 yards on four catches.

Hillsboro ended its year at 0-10.

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