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Skyhawks survive scare in opener

Southridge scores 27 points in the fourth quarter to beat McMinnville 47-33
by: MILES VANCE, Southridge senior Tyler Harman pulls down a Tom Farinacci pass for a two-point conversion during the second quarter of his team's 47-33 non-league home win over McMinnville on Friday night.

BEAVERTON - Say this at least about Southridge's opening game on its new artificial turf football field - the Skyhawks made it interesting.

Southridge (1-0), the defending Metro League co-champion, christened its new turf field with a 47-33 victory over McMinnville (0-1) Friday night, and the Skyhawks made sure no one went home early.

Southridge led 20-0 at halftime, saw McMinnville storm back to tie the game at 27-27 on Cory Milton's one-yard run with 9 minutes, 45 seconds left to play, then pulled away to win by scoring 20 points in the final 7:04.

'The second half shouldn't have happened because our line is big enough to dominate them,' said Southridge senior running back Kevin Coleman, who scored both of his touchdowns in the final 3:24 and finished with 162 yards on 20 carries. But 'we needed this game. We needed a good scare to get us back to reality, to show us we're not that good yet.'

In addition to Coleman's heroics, Paul Werhane scored three touchdowns on short-yardage carries for the Skyhawks while tailback David Smith added another touchdown and 163 yards on 20 carries.

For McMinnville, quarterback Jeff Sublet overcame a poor first half (he hit on just two of his 10 first-half throws) to finish with four touchdown passes and 272 yards on 15-of-35 passing with one interception. Receiver Austin Nichols and Milton finished with two touchdowns each for the Grizzlies.

For a complete game story and more photos, see Thursday's edition of the Beaverton Valley Times.