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Apollos dump Grant, go to 3-0, look to Metro play

Sunset rolls past Grant 42-26 and now readies for powerful Aloha on Friday


PORTLAND — There are big battles ahead for the Sunset football team, but so far, the Apollos have been very, very good.

Sunset improved to 3-0 on Friday night by knocking off Grant 42-26 at Lincoln High School, and now set their sights on the start of Metro League play on Friday night. The Apollos host similarly unbeaten Aloha at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

“It was a pretty good effort overall,” said Sunset coach Faustin Riley. “The running game was good. That's what we were hoping to do.”

Sunset raced out to a 21-0 lead before Grant could answer, that stretch kicked off by Willy Pflug's 22-yard touchdown pass to Perry Tindle that gave the Apollos a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.

Sunset tacked on two more scores in the second period, the first of those on a one-yard run by quarterback Clayton Welsh, the second on a 63-yard touchdown burst by tailback Bruce Jones. Drew Wilson's extra point kicks helped boost the led to 21-0.

Grant came back with a 12-yard scoring pass from Sam Davis to Daniel Halverson, but Sunset's lead was still 21-6 at the half.

Sunset then used another 21-6 run in the second half to put the game on ice, getting a one-yard Jones TD run and a one-yard Blake Richard run in the third quarter, then a one-yard Trevor Shiffler score in the fourth to extend their lead to 42-12.

“It was one of those deals where you look at film and wonder if you'll be able to do things,” Riley said. “But we had a bunch of guys up front who played pretty well.”

Grant tacked on two scores later in the final period — a one-yard Bryant Peek run and a 36-yard Davis-to-Halverson TD pass to account for the final margin.

Riley also credited his team's linebackers — Jacob Harvey, Joey Martin, Anthony Beovich and Shiffler — for their efforts in the game, as well as those of Ryan Hendry, Caldwell and Jones.

For the game, Jones carried 14 times for 110 yards and Richard eight times for 102 more. Pflug went 6-of-10 passing for 101 yards, while Welsh hit on 3-of-6 passes for 62 yards. Caldwell made two catches for 80 yards to lead Sunset receivers.