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Cats still flying high

Westview goes to 7-0 for the first time, beats Southridge 31-20
by: MILES VANCE, AIR BATTLE — Westview's Kamal Ali (right) knocks a pass away from Southridge's Marcus Mathews during the third quarter of his team's 31-20 win at Southridge High School.

BEAVERTON - The Westview football team has gone Star Trek in 2006, boldly going where no Wildcat team has gone before.

That trek took fourth-ranked Westview to a 7-0 record (3-0 in Metro League play) for the first time in school history Friday night when the Wildcats beat Southridge 31-20 at Southridge High School. Simultaneously, Westview wrecked Southridge's homecoming and knocked the Skyhawks (4-3 overall, 2-1 in Metro play) from the ranks of the unbeatens in the Metro League.

"It's great," said Westview senior wide receiver Andrew Jones, who caught four passes for 94 yards and two first-half touchdowns. "We're always trying to be the first at something and now we're the first 7-0 team."

The Wildcats built their win on a terrific first half that included Jones' two TD catches (on passes of 25 and 31 yards from Josh Hill) and a 32-yard TD run from Kaale Papas (20 carries for 112 yards) that resulted in a 21-7 edge.

Westview also forced two Southridge turnovers in that opening half, and those miscues spelled the story of the game for the Skyhawks.

"I think our mistakes really shot us in the foot in the first half," said Southridge senior wide receiver Justin Smith, who notched a 97-yard kickoff return in the third quarter. "I think we could have come back if we played our best game, but I just think our mistakes limited us too much."

The Skyhawks cut the gap to 21-14 on Tyler Harman's 20-yard TD pass from Tom Farinacci in the third quarter, but never got closer the rest of the way. Westview's Duane Prewitt scored on a 15-yard TD run early in the third, Smith answered with his long kickoff return for Southridge, and Wildcat kicker Josh Parshall tacked on a 43-yard field goal for the final margin.

Westview hosts similarly unbeaten top-ranked Jesuit (7-0, 3-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

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