Mistakes open the door, but Beavers hold on by 33-26

FOREST GROVE — Let the roller coaster ride begin.

Beaverton’s football team rode the ups and downs like an excited 12-year-old in its Friday night opener, falling behind early, pulling ahead mid-game, then seeing Forest Grove tie the game late before finally pulling away to win 33-26 at Forest Grove High School.

by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: CHASE ALLGOOD - MAKING YARDAGE - Beaverton senior receiver Malik Fontleroy-Smith tries to break a tackle during his team's 33-26 non-league win at Forest Grove High School on Friday night.

“I’m proud of them,” said Beaverton coach Bob Boyer. “We got down 10-0 pretty quick, but the kids stayed composed.”

The Vikings stepped out to a quick 10-0 lead in the first quarter thanks to a 43-yard David Ortiz field goal and a 2-yard scoring run by Zac Collins.

The Beavers steadied themselves, however, came back with a 62-yard touchdown run from Evan Colorito and cut their deficit to 10-6 at the end of the opening period.

Beaverton then tacked on three more scores before the Vikings could respond, first getting a 35-yard TD pass from Kyle Eckrosh to Cam Harris and then a 17-yard scoring strike from Eckrosh to Malik Fontleroy-Smith to provide a 19-10 Beaver lead at the half.

The Beavers made it four unanswered scores when they connected again in the third quarter, this time getting a 65-yard bomb from Eckrosh to Davasyia Hagger to help their lead peak at 26-10.

But there would be drama before game’s end — and plenty of it.

On their ensuiing possessions, the Beavers turned the ball over twice deep in their own territory, once on a bad snap and once on a dropped punt.

The Vikings took advantage of both, getting an 8-yard TD run from Steven Izquierdo in the third quarter, and then a 1-yard Izquierdo scoring run in the fourth to tie the contest at 26-26.

The Beavers roused themselves then and there, marched downfield and got a 1-yard touchdown run from Eckrosh to push ahead 33-26.

Then it was the defense’s turn, putting the brakes on Forest Grove on each of thre Vikings’ final two series to preserve the win.

“We took control and then we got a couple defensive stops,” Boyer said. “I felt the kids really grew up as the game wore on. They handled themselves really well.”

For the game, Grant Johnson led the Beavers with 71 yards on 15 carries, Eckrosh hit on 10-of-18 passes for 184 yards and three TDs, and Hagger made four catches for 88 yards.

For Forest Grove, Collins led Viking rushers with 44 yards on 12 carries; he also completed 9-of-24 passes for 103 yards and one interception.

Overall, the Beavers outgained the Vikings 352-165

On Friday, Beaverton (1-0)plays Reynolds at Mt. Hood Community College at 7 p.m. The Raiders are also 1-0 after beating Hillsboro 51-14 on Friday night.

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