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Skyhawks misfire in week two loss

Southridge manages just one field goal in 13-3 non-league loss


BEAVERTON — Southridge seemed to have the Tualatin football team right where it wanted it.

The Skyhawks, hosting the Timberwolves at Southridge High School on Friday night, led Tualatin 3-0 late in the third quarter and had held the Wolves at bay throughout the night’s first 29 minutes.

Under the surface, however, Tualatin was ticking, ticking, ticking and just waiting to go off.

The Timberwolves exploded, finally, at the end of the third quarter with a 27-yard Brandon Shroyer-to-Andrew Schlottmann touchdown pass that gave their team its first lead at 7-3 lead. Then, 14 seconds later, the Wolves recovered a Southridge fumble deep in Skyhawk territory and scored on a 1-yard Shroyer sneak to pave the way for the Timberwolves’ 13-3 win, a victory that lifted Tualatin’s non-league record to 2-0 and dropped Southridge to 0-2. On Friday, the Skyhawks play at Centennial at 7 p.m.

by: MILES VANCE - OUT OF REACH - Southridge senior wide receiver Kevin McClean sees a pass slip through his hands during a 13-3 non-league home loss to Tualatin on Friday night.

“We just came out thinking about the wrong things,” explained Southridge senior linebacker Matt McRae. “We need to focus more as a team, as a family.”

“Everyone was giving their full effort. It just doesn’t always go your way,” added senior linebacker Eric Scruggs. “That’s the lesson we learned this week — when it’s quality opponent vs. quality opponent, you’ve really got to prepare.”

The Skyhawks did have their moments, though. Southridge’s defense pitched a shutout in Friday’s first half, stopping two Timberwolf drives inside the 30-yard line, and grabbed a 3-0 lead when Alex Beekman converted a 35-yard field goal with 8 minutes, 9 seconds to go in the first half.

Tualatin’s best chance to score in the opening half came at the end of the first quarter when the team took over near midfield following a short Southridge punt. From there, the team picked up two first downs — one on a 13-yard Schlottmann dive — and advanced as far as the Skyhawk 26. But an incomplete pass, a sack by McRae, a penalty and a failed fourth-down run scuttled that drive and kept the Wolves off the scoreboard.

But with 4:43 to go in the third period, the Timberwolves finally got their offense untracked. Tualatin took off on an 80-yard scoring drive that saw Shroyer complete 4-of-7 passes for 66 yards, including an 18-yard quick hitter to Jeffrey Williams and a 12-yard completion to Nick Hines.

Then, facing a fourth-and-six from the 27-yard line, Shroyer hit Schlottmann in the left seam and he broke two arm tackles en route to the game-winning touchdown with seven seconds to go in the third quarter.

Three plays later, Southridge tailback Devin Martinez went over the right side from the 15-yard line, was hit by the Tualatin defense and fumbled the ball. Timberwolf senior linebacker Will Chapman recovered it at the Skyhawks’ 5-yard line and the Tualatin offense was back in business.

Williams picked up four yards on his team’s first two plays, and Shroyer did the rest, banging into the end zone from less than a yard out to give his team its final 13-3 margin.

The Wolves’ defense did the rest, forcing three straight three-and-outs by Southridge’s offense in the game’s remaining minutes. For the game, Southridge managed just 17 yards on the ground and 158 yards in total offense.

The Southridge defense was solid too, holding Tualatin to 156 yards on the ground and just 246 yards total, a fact that gave the Skyhawks hope in an otherwise dismal evening.

“Our defensive effort was amazing tonight,” said Southridge senior linebacker Grey Simkins. “As long as we keep our heads up, we have nothing to worry about.”

“If we battle hard through the whole game and keep going and finish, which is what we’ve been talking about since spring, then we’ll be a good football team,” added sophomore defensive back Andrew Miles-Ripley. “If we finish the games like we’re supposed to, then we’ll be fine.”

For the game, Martinez led Southridge with 51 yards on 17 carries (though lost yardage limited the Skyhawks’ team total), and quarterback AJ Woodin completed 13-of-24 passes for 142 yards, three of those to Justin Calo for 57 yards. For Tualatin, Shroyer went 11-of-22 passing for 90 yards, including three to Williams for 28 yards.

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