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Beavers get even at 2-2 heading into Metro play

Beaverton wins its second straight road game, beating Canby 21-14 to end its non-league schedule at 2-2

CANBY - Things looked bleak indeed for the Beaverton football team after the first two games of the 2006 season.

At that point, the Beavers, a perennial playoff team from the Metro League, had gone 0-2, been outscored 74-29 and looked nothing like a team bound for the postseason.

Oh what a difference a couple weeks can make.

Now, after Friday's 21-14 win at Canby - the Beavers' second straight non-league road win - the Beavers have evened their record at 2-2, won two consecutive tight ballgames and begun to find an identity.

Among the many players who have stepped up their play the past two weeks, senior quarterback

Austin Potter has improved as much as anyone. On Friday, though hampered by his first two interceptions of the year, Potter completed 17-of-34 passes for 237

yards and three touchdowns.

That success lifted Potter's season total to league-best marks of 836 yards passing with eight touchdowns and just the two interceptions.

'Austin has really come a long ways, as has the entire team,' said Beaverton coach Bob Boyer. 'He is making good decisions and realy playing hard. He's a great competitor and is leading the team very well.'

Likewise, the Beaver defense has also stepped to the fore in the team's two wins, limiting Canby and Redmond (a 14-10 victim on Sept. 15) to an average of 12 points led by senior cornerback Ryan Fullmer and senior linebacker Cam McDonnell. In Beaverton's two wins, Fullmer has been in on 19 tackles and has three interceptions, while McDonnell has come through with 12 tackles.

'He's playing really well,' Boyer said of Fullmer. And 'as a whole, the defense is starting to believe they can play the game. The bodies won't be mistaken for a college team, but their hearts and energy can play with anyone.'

Canby led 7-0 Friday when Andy Loscutoff scored on a 1-yard run in the first quarter and kept that lead until halftime. But Beaverton got its offense untracked in the third quarter, getting a 48-yard touchdown pass from Potter to David Mabry and a 14-yard Potter aerial to Joel Gross.

The Cougars (2-2) tied the game in the fourth quarter when Laurence Calcagno picked off a Potter pass and took it back 25 yards for the touchdown, but Beaverton was not to be denied. Potter came through with the game-winner to Mabry in the final stanza, the two connecting this time from 34 yards for the clincher.

'We are really starting to develop and find out what we need to do to win. This is not the same team that played Tualatin the first week,' Boyer said. 'We've won the last two games in the fourth quarter and that's a huge mental boost for our guys.'

For the game, McDonnell led Beaver runners with 47 yards on 11 carries and Mabry made five catches for 116 yards.