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Apollo football moves on; Beavers bow out down south

Sunset knocks out McMinnville, while Beaverton falls in Medford


While the Metro League's three automatic qualifiers to the Class 6A state football playoffs did their thing on Friday night, the Metro's other three teams were pretty competitive too.

Sunset won a 49-42 shootout at McMinnville Friday night and will advance to the second round of the playoffs tomorrow (Friday) night, while Beaverton dropped a 28-14 decision at South Medford and Westview fell short 57-38 at Sprague.

Sunset 49, McMinnville 42

MCMINNVILLE — The 18th-ranked Apollos used a 28-7 scoring edge in the game's middle two quarters and built up a 42-21 edge in the fourth quarter before the Grizzlies rallied with three late scores. Sunset, the fourth-place team from the Metro League, will face second-ranked Mt. Hood Conference champion Central Catholic next, meeting the Rams at Hillsboro Stadium at 7 p.m. tomorrow. No. 15 McMinnville ended its year at 5-5 after a fourth-place finish in the Pacific Conference.

Sunset got it done both on the ground and through the air against McMinnville, with senior tailback Bruce Jones racking up 239 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries, while sophomore quarterback Willy Pflug connected on 22-of-29 passes for 266 yards and four touchdowns, with Trevor Caldwell making nine catches for 99 yards and one score, Jeff Bieber catching five passes for 80 yards and two TDs, and Ryan Hendry grabbing six for 67 yards and one more touchdown.

“Obviously, Bruce and Willy had big games, which means the offensive line had a great game,” said Sunset coach Faustin Riley, crediting the efforts of Brandon Beovich, Austin Johnson, Jacob Harvey, Joey Martin, Mark Swigart and Mark Iguidbashian.

After a 14-14 first quarter, Bieber hauled in a 23-yard TD pass from Pflug in the second, and in the third, Jones broke TD runs of 14 and 28 yards and Hendry grabbing a 17-yard scoring strike from Pflug.

South Medford 28, Beaverton 14

MEDFORD — A week after blowing out South Eugene in its playoff opener, Beaverton found the going significantly tougher on the road at Spiegelberg Stadium on Friday night.

The 19th-ranked Beavers notched an early score against the No. 14 Panthers, but wilted in the second and third quarters and fell behind 28-7 before finally getting back on the scoreboard late in the game.

“We just didn't have our 'A' game tonight,” Beaverton coach Bob Boyer said. “The defense played well enough to win, but the offense just had too many mistakes.”

The Beavers turned the ball over three times in the game, twice on interceptions and once more on a lost fumble, but there more miscues beyond that that spelled the real story of the night.

Beaverton's two scores Friday night came from senior running back Malik Fontleroy-Smith on an eight-yard run in the first quarter, and on a seven-yard run by senior quarterback Kyle Eckrosh in the fourth.

The loss ended Beaverton's year at 6-5 after a fifth-place finish in the Metro League, while South Medford improved to 8-2 after a third-place finish in the Southern Oregon Conference. The Panthers face Lake Oswego in the second round tomorrow night.

Despite the loss, the Beavers saw a lot of positives come out of the 2012 campaign.

“I thought this year we really accomplished some thing here,” Boyer said. “We tied our win total for the past two years added together, and we created an excitement around the Beaverton community. I couldn't be more proud of the seniors.”

Evan Colorito led the Beavers with 75 yards on 14 carries, Eckrosh went 11-of-26 passing for 89 yards with two interceptions, with Davasyia Hagger making five catches for 49 yards.



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