by: TIMES FILE PHOTO - Beaverton wide receiver Bryce Barker had three catches, a touchdown run and a touchdown pass during the Beavers 35-6 win over Century.

Will it be Sam Noyer or Bryce Barker at quarterback?

That was the question asked most of Beaverton head coach Bob Boyer over the summer as the Beavers tried to find a way to stuff as many weapons on the field but still be productive offensively.

His decision to go with Noyer at the helm while putting Barker permanently at wide receiver, at least for one week, was answered resoundingly on Friday against Century. Noyer completed 13-25 passes for 195 yards, two touchdowns and ran for a score in a runaway 35-6 win.

The uber athletic Barker was impressive too, as he caught three passes threw a 48-yard touchdown pass, ran for a 17-yard touchdown and had two picks from his free safety spot.

“It was nice watching them play a little bit of catch,” said Boyer. “And, hopefully they can do a lot more coming up. I thought they did a good job. It came out kind of the way we hoped it would.”

Plays both sides of the ball

There were a couple of instances when the Jaguars’ pass rush got to Noyer in a hurry, but the sophomore didn’t lose his composure.

The 6-foot-4 signal caller slid away, kept his eyes downfield and fired off shots to Barker and Stephen Marcille, who caught a 38-yard touchdown from Noyer just before halftime. Marcille caught five passes for 118 yards.

“I was looking at where we were at (on the field) thinking we could kick a field goal,” said Boyer.

“I said, ‘Let’s just get the first,’ and Sam throws a touchdown, which was totally the right read and the right thing to do. You don’t expect a sophomore, first start on varsity kid to do that. I think he handled himself well. He’s a good leader, a good team player. I was impressed with him.”

Barker is most likely the best athlete on the Beaver roster and also one of the more polished players according to Boyer.

He only knows how to play at one speed, and that’s controlled full-fledged, all-or-nothing effort. Boyer noted Barker’s maturity in handling the tricky quarterback situation between himself and Noyer was the kind of team-first player he’s looking for.

“He wants what’s best for the team,” said Boyer.

“Then he goes out, plays both sides of the ball as efficiently and aggressively as he can and just makes things happen for this team. He’s a big leader and the kids respond to that. He makes this team better just by him being out there.”

Defense was swarming

The way Beaverton’s defense flew to the football and held Century to just six points, stood out to Boyer as well. Century couldn’t throw the ball efficiently enough, and Beaverton was keyed in on the Jaguars’ puzzling run game and primary playmakers.

Kiuna Talalemotu had a big game at defensive end and junior linebackers Brandon Yann, Toby Brown and JR Sears stepped up and made plays versus the run. Jared Hilbers notched a sack and forced a fumble on the same drive.

“Our defense were swarming and pursuing the football,” said Boyer. “That quarterback can run pretty well — they have a quarterback who can do some things. You had to stay disciplined with your reads. I thought our coaches did a great job of prepping the kids for a bunch of unknown stuff.”

Beaverton takes on Reynolds this Friday at home. The Raiders dropped their season opener to Lakeridge, 35-18, but Beaverton isn’t neglecting the second game of the preseason. Boyer said he wants to see a step forward from what the developing Beavers accomplished versus Century.

“The first to second game is where you should make your biggest improvement,” said Boyer. “One of the things you worry about with a young team is that we get done with a big win and think we’re pretty good. Not to be rude to the kids, but I have to keep telling them, ‘Hey, you’re not that good yet.’ We don’t know how good Century is, but we have to keep working. We need to clean up some of our mistakes and keep playing with that same level of intensity.”

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