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It's all on the line

No. 1 Jesuit and No. 4 Westview meet for the Metro crown
by: MILES VANCE, IN THE MIX — Westview quarterback Josh Hill and his teammates hope to knock off top-ranked Jesuit on Friday night.

Westview's football team has already notched some notable 'firsts' in 2006.

The Wildcats beat Beaverton for the first time in eight years. They went 6-0 for the first time since 1998, and thanks to their 31-20 win at Southridge on Friday, to 7-0 for the first time in school history.

Now, the Wildcats have their sights set on a bigger, better 'first' - first place in the Metro League.

Fresh off its victory over the Skyhawks on Southridge's Friday homecoming, Westview is ready for its biggest test to date - the Wildcats welcome top-ranked, unbeaten defending state champion Jesuit to Westview High School at 7:30 p.m. Friday in a game that will decide the 2006 Metro League title.

'We're hoping to carry (our momentum) into next week because next week's even bigger,' said Westview senior wide receiver Andrew Jones after Friday's win.

'The task next week is unbelievable,' added Westview coach Jon Evans. 'We've seen 'em play and it's almost frightening, but we're going to do it and our kids are excited and we'll be prepared.'

Jesuit, likewise, enters tomorrow's game with a ton of momentum after obliterating their seven foes this year by an average margin of 45-9 (Westview's margin of victory in its seven wins has been 33-12). But the Crusaders, in search of their third straight Metro crown (they shared it with Southridge last year), are taking nothing for granted with the fourth-ranked Wildcats looming on the horizon.

'They're very athletic on the defensive side of the ball,' said Jesuit coach Ken Potter. 'Their front four is as good as we've seen all year. They really fly to the ball.'

The Wildcats' offense is led by Jones (25 catches for 542 yards and five touchdowns), senior tailback Duane Prewitt (487 yards and seven TDs on 96 carries) and sophomore quarterback Josh Hill (1,013 yards and 12 TDs on 62 percent passing).

Jesuit, meanwhile, counters with a powerful running game paced by senior tailback Paul Weatheroy (1,113 yards and 11 TDs on 130 carries), senior wide receiver Michael Lowe (20 catches for 456 yards and three TDs) and senior QB Dan Wagner (1,056 yards and 10 TDs on 63 percent passing).

Westview will not offer presales on tickets to Friday's game, but will open its gates half an hour earlier than normal, at 6 p.m., to allow for the expected large crowd.