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Wildcats scrape past Beavers

Westview improves to 6-0 for the firts time in eight years by beating Beaverton 21-14
by: MILES VANCE, ON THE MOVE – Westview quarterback Josh Hill finds running room during his team's 21-14 Metro League home victory over Beaverton on Friday night.

ROCK CREEK - It wasn't easy and it wasn't pretty, but it was a win, and on Friday, that was enough for the Westview football team.

Westview improved to 6-0 (2-0 in Metro play) for the first time since 1998, and also notched a rare win over perennial Metro League power Beaverton (0-2 in Metro play, 2-4 overall), beating the Beavers 21-14 at Westview High School on Friday night.

"They played well tonight (and) we made some mistakes the first half," said Westview sophomore quarterback Josh Hill, who ran for 46 yards and one touchdown and passed for 97 yards and two more scores. "But once we focused and did our stuff, our defense stepped up tonight."

The Wildcats grabbed a 7-0 lead less than three minutes into the game after Spencer Arns blocked a Beaverton punt, and three plays later, Hill turned in a nifty 4-yard run to score.

The Beavers answered immediately with a 7-yard Austin Potter-to-Tyler McBee TD pass set up by David Mabry's juggling 37-yard catch.

The Wildcats re-took the lead less than five minutes later on Hill's 13-yard TD pass to Daniel Wells, but again, the lead wouldn't hold. The Beavers forced a Westview fumble after a completion five minutes into the second quarter, and Beaverton's Neil Fiegenbaum scooped up the loose ball and ran 28 yards to score.

Westview,however, notched the game-winner on its next possession, getting a 28-yard Hill-to-Andrew Jones TD pass -- with Jones making a spectacular fingertip catch in the front left corner of the end zone for the score.

That set the stage for a turnover-filled second half -- each team gave the ball away three times -- that finally ended when Westview stopped Beaverton with an Arns interception at the Westview 21-yard line with 46 seconds remaining.

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