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Beavers still searching after week two of 2006

A 51-13 loss to Grant creates more questions than answers as Beavs go 0-2

BEAVERTON - The final score was not pretty.

Grant 51, Beaverton 13.

But the underlying reality of the game was not quite as bad as that.

Though the Beavers fell to 0-2 with the loss, and though they certainly didn't enjoy losing to a Portland Interscholastic League team, they know they're closer to being competitive than it might look.

'Grant is a solid team,' said Beaverton coach Bob Boyer. 'And early on, we were right there with them.

'I honestly think this team is about one step away from being a pretty good team.'

Grant raced out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, then saw the Beavers cut the gap to 14-7 and take charge again early in the second. But there, after driving to the Generals' 39-yard line, Beaver quarterback Austin Potter got hit by a blitzing Grant linebacker, stripped of the ball and saw the Generals create a 61-yard touchdown return in the process.

'We kind of lost some steam after that,' Boyer admitted.

Indeed. Grant scored 22 straight points in the second quarter, led 36-7 at the half and never looked back.

Despite that, Beaverton had its fair share of highlights, including Potter's 16-of-24 passing day for 317 yards, and three 100-yard receivers, including David Mabry's 11 catches for 135 yards, Joel Gross' six for 126 and Tyler McBee's two grabs for 110.

On Friday, Beaverton travels to Redmond for its third non-league contest.