Skyhawks open playoffs on a roll, rout Lions
Southridge leads 28-0 after one quarter, beats West Linn 59-14
BEAVERTON Southridge was ready to show that it had earned its place among the state's best.
West Linn was looking for the big upset.
In the end, it was the Southridge football team that got what it wanted, rolling past the Lions 59-14 at Southridge High School in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs on Friday night.
The win, Southridge's sixth straight, lifted the fourth-ranked Metro League champion 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, on Friday, likely at 7 p.m.
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, scoring four first-quarter touchdowns in a span of just 6 minutes, 8 seconds to take control of the game early. 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 D, then scored even more quickly, 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 just four plays later, then scored again on their third play from scrimmage, this a six-yard Pruit run set up by Aleaziz's 37-yard completion to Jordan Morgan.
Calo recovered a West Linn fumble on the Lions' next series and 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.
The Lions rallied valiantly in the second quarter, cutting out Southridge's big plays and winning the frame 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 cut Southridge's lead to 35-14 at the half.
Southridge made the game got no closer, though, scoring twice more in the third and once again four plays in to the fourth to lead 52-14. Pruit got the first of those on a nine-yard TD run, Aleaziz scrambled for a six-yard score next, and Alex Beekman added a 41-yard field goal to cap that stretch.
The Skyhawks then tacked on a 27-yard TD run by Michael Parks midway through the fourth for the final margin.
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.
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.
To see a complete game story and more photos, please see Thursday's edition of the Valley Times.