The unbeaten and top-ranked Crusaders open Metro League play with a 52-0 blowout of Beaverton
BEAVERTON - Not that the Metro League needed any additional notice, but Jesuit's football team fired a heck of a warning shot across the league's bow Friday night.
The top-ranked and undefeated defending state champion Crusaders (1-0 in Metro play, 5-0 overall) turned their annual rivalry game against Beaverton into a rout, destroying the Beavers (0-1 and 2-3) 52-0 on their home turf.
Our "hard work paid off," said Jesuit senior tailback Paul Weatheroy, who rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. "Our offensive line did a great job ... and our fullback, Owen Marecic, did a great job as well. It was fun."
Jesuit started the "fun" on its first play from scrimmage when Weatheroy went over right guard, broke one Beaverton tackle and raced 62 yards to score just 18 seconds into Friday's game at Beaverton High School.
The Crusaders added a 60-yard Dan Wagner-to-Jamaine Olson touchdown pass and a 60-yard TD run by Raphiel Lambert before the end of the opening quarter to make it 21-0.
Then, in the second period, they added a 54-yard Weatheroy scoring run, a 4-yard Wagner-to-Kyle Shepanek TD pass, a 25-yard TD jaunt by Marecic and a 39-yard Tyler Cope field goal on the final play of the half to extend their team's lead to 45-0. Lambert added his team's final score on a 5-yard run with 4 minutes, 25 seconds left in the third quarter.
"Going in, I thought if we played a perfect game, we would have a shot at this," said Beaverton coach Bob Boyer. "The bad thing was, they did everything we thought they were going to do and we just weren't ready."
Please see Thursday's edition of the Beaverton Valley Times for a complete game story and additional photos.