The top-ranked Crusaders drop a 25-point first quarter on Westview to remain unbeaten
ROCK CREEK - Jesuit hit the ground running Friday night at Westview, ran to a big early lead and just flat ran the Wildcats out of their own stadium.
By the time the smoke had cleared, the top-ranked Crusaders had roasted No. 4 Westview to the tune of 51-7, improved their Metro League-leading record to 4-0 (8-0 overall) and left little doubt about their status as favorite to repeat as state champions. Westview lost for the first time, falling to 3-1 and 7-1.
And the Jesuit running game, powered by the Crusaders' talented line and headlined by senior tailback Paul Weatheroy, led the way in the runaway win over the Wildcats. Weatheroy ran for four touchdowns and 247 yards on 24 carries Friday night, and the Crusaders as a team finished with 316 yards on the ground.
"We were definitely pumped up. Every game's a big one and this was a really big one," Weatheroy said. "The whole team stepped up and we were firing on all cylinders."
Westview, meanwhile, left shell-shocked, but determined to regain its footing and composure in its regular-season finale next week against Sunset.
"We've just got to forget about it and work on the things we need to work on," said Westview running back Kaale Papas, who led his team with 87 total yards, "worry about next week against Sunset, forget about the bad things we've done."
Jesuit made a bunch of those "bad things" happen in the first quarter Friday night when the Crusaders raced out to a 25-0 lead behind Weatheroy touchdown runs of 65, 3 and 1 yards and a Tyler Cope field goal.
After a scoreless second quarter, the Crusaders dropped the hammer again in the third, getting a 38-yard Raphiel Lambert TD run, a 27-yard Dan Wagner-to-Jamaine Olson scoring strike and a 19-yard Zane Norris interception return for a score that boosted his team's edge to 45-0.
Weatheroy added another scoring run, a 58-yarder, in the fourth quarter while Duane Prewitt scored Westview's lone TD on a 29-yard reception from Josh Hill for the final 51-7 margin.
For a complete game story and more photos, please see Thursday's edition of the Beaverton Valley Times.