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Southridge leads 28-0 after one quarter, beats West Linn 59-14

BEAVERTON — The Southridge football team couldn’t have cared less about what the thermometer said Friday night.

The Metro League-champion Skyhawks, hosting West Linn in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs, saw the night’s temperatures dip into the low 40’s, but barely seemed to notice, starting the game as hot as the noon-day sun in a mid-summer heat wave.

Southridge melted the Lions with a scorching first quarter that included four touchdown drives in a span of just 6 minutes and 8 seconds and rode that hot start to a dominating 59-14 victory that lifted the fourth-ranked Skyhawks’ season record to 7-3 and sent the team into the second round of the playoffs. This week, Southridge will host 13th-ranked Century, the third-place team from the Pacific Conference, at 7 p.m. Friday.

by: MILES VANCE - OUT IN FRONT - Southridge junior wide receiver Jordan Morgan races past West Linn's Jarrod Howard (left) and Cameron Schmitz during the Skyhawks' 59-14 home win over the Lions on Friday night.

“We figured we all want to go really far in the playoffs so we all got together to make it happen,” said running back Jake Pruit, who finished with 53 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries. “Everyone is being mature about the situation and coming to play.”

“We’ve been working really hard,” added linebacker Logan Sackley. who helped the Southridge defense hold West Linn to just 158 yards in total offense. “During the bye week, we really stepped it up and got more intense. I don’t see how we can’t do well.”

The Skyhawks certainly did well in Friday’s frosty temperatures, opening the night by grabbing a 28-0 lead while there was still 3:12 to go in the first quarter. After a quick stop by the Southridge defense at the start of the game, Pruit carried twice for 23 yards, and quarterback Reza Aleaziz then went to the air and hit Kevin McClean for a 35-yard touchdown.

Southridge forced another three-and-out with its defense, then scored even more quickly on its next series, getting a 36-yard punt return by Justin Calo to set up Devin Martinez’s three-yard scoring run on the next play. The Skyhawk “D” got the ball back again on a punt just four plays later, and the Hawks’ offensive unit then scored on just their third play from scrimmage, this a six-yard Pruit run set up by Aleaziz’s 37-yard completion to Jordan Morgan.

After another West Linn three-and-out — the Lions didn’t get a first down in the opening quarter — the Skyhawks hit paydirt on the very next play, making it 28-0 when Martinez went over the right side, broke and tackle and sped 36 yards to score. Alex Beekman added the fourth of his seven extra points after the score.

The Lions rallied valiantly in the second quarter, though, cutting out Southridge’s big plays and winning the period 14-7. They got their first score when running back Louie Germain broke a 26-yard scoring run, and later, after Aleaziz connected with Alec Powell for a 38-yard TD, West Linn quarterback Hayden Coppedge hit Cameron Schmitz on a crossing pattern for an 11-yard score that reduced Southridge’s lead to 35-14 at the half.

Southridge made sure the game got no closer, though, scoring twice more in the third quarter and again four plays into the fourth to lead 52-14. Pruit got the first of those scores on a nine-yard TD run, Aleaziz scrambled for a six-yard score next, and Beekman added a 41-yard field goal to extend the margin to 52-14.

“It was just a team effort,” Pruit said. “Our line was blocking great. Our receivers were catching the ball, everyone was blocking real hard and execution was the real key.”

The Skyhawks then tacked on a 27-yard TD run by Michael Parks midway through the fourth for their final score.

For the game, Martinez added 68 yards and two TDs on 11 carries, and Aleaziz went 9-of-12 passing for 197 yards, six of those to Jordan Morgan for 117 yards.

“It was really good for us to come out strong with all those wins from the Metro season,” Sackley said. “We’re rolling right now.”

For West Linn, Coppedge went 17-of-29 for 170 yards, seven of those to Germain for 68 yards, but the Lions rushed for a total of minus-36 yards on 25 carries. The No. 29 Lions, the fifth-place team from the Three Rivers League, ended their year at 4-7.

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