Beaverton and Jesuit win, while Southridge and Westview both drop heartbreakers
The Metro League was far from perfect in Friday's Class 6A football openers, but not that far.
In addition to Aloha and Sunset's victories(see the accompanying stories), Jesuit and Beaverton also came up winners, while Southridge and Westview lost their openers by a total of just 11 points.
Jesuit 67, Canby 35
CANBY - Playing at Canby High School in its 2011 opener, Jesuit's new-look offense made itself right at home.
The Crusaders scored three times in the opening quarter, then blitzed the Cougar 'D' with five more touchdowns in the second to set the stage for their 67-35 win.
Jesuit's rushing game was flat-out devastating, racking up 439 yards on the ground on 40 carries, with senior quarterback Nicholas Rothstein doing most of the damage - he carried the ball 12 times for 234 yards and scored four TDs.
Rothstein was pretty good through the air too, connecting on 3-of-5 passes for 112 yards and two TDs, both of those to Robert Strys. Tailback A.J. Glass was tough as well, following Jesuit's powerful "O" line to 128 yards and three touchdowns on 13 attempts.
Strys led Jesuit receivers with two catches for 108 yards and touchdowns of 41 and 67 yards. Canby got two scoring runs from Thomas Sutherland and three TD passes from Evan Sanders, but it wasn't nearly enough.
Jesuit plays at Sheldon at 7 p.m. Friday night.
Tigard 49, Southridge 41
BEAVERTON - It didn't result in a win, but Southridge certainly it proved it can score in Friday's 49-41 home loss to Tigard.
The Skyhawks racked up 28 points in the first half and added 13 more in the second, getting two scores each from Justin Calo and Kevin McLean in the game, but Tigard did Southridge one better.
The Tigers got three TD passes from Sam Stelk and two scoring runs from Benny Wick to keep the Skyhawks at arm's length.
Southridge also got scores from Greg Simkin and Reza Aleaziz, who also connected on 20-of-30 passes for 343 yards and three scores.
McClean made eight catches for 155 yards and TDs of 33 and 42 yards, while Justin Calo caught three passes for 87 yards (including a 57-yard TD).
Southridge faces Lincoln at 4 p.m. Friday at Jeld-Wen Field.
Grant 34, Westview 31
ROCK CREEK - Westview started fast in its 2011 season opener
against Grant, but the Generals finished even faster.
The Wildcats, hosting Grant in a non-league contest on Friday, raced out to a 17-0 first-quarter lead against the Generals, getting a 1-yard Jordan Bacon run, a 6-yard CJ Garcia-to-Bacon TD pass, and a 43-yard Matt Gorman field goal.
But the Generals steadied themselves in a 7-7 second quarter, getting on the board with a 41-yard Dominic Johnson interception return while Westview added a 32-yard Garcia scoring strike to Nick Heisen to make it 24-7 at the half.
But Grant held the upper hand in the second half, scoring three straight times to grab a 28-24 lead. Paris Penn started that run with a 3-yard TD jaunt, Bryant Peek scored from 23 yards out, and Daniel Halverson added a 14-yard run for the third.
Westview answered with a 12-yard Garcia-to-Daniel Abdie touchdown pass in the fourth to re-take the lead at 31-28, but Penn sealed the deal when he hit Halverson with a 75-yard scoring strike late in the game.
For the game, Bacon carried 20 times for 99 yards, and Garcia connected on 25-of-49 passes for 394 yards. Abdie led Westview receivers with five catches for 108 yards, while Bacon had six catches for 77 yards.
Peek led Grant with 21 rushes for 150 yards, and Halverson had two catches for 98 yards.
Westview hosts Lake Oswego at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Beaverton 26, Glencoe 0
BEAVERTON - Everyone knew that the Beaverton defense was going to be better this year, and the Beavers proved it in spades Friday night.
Hosting Glencoe in a non-league game, the Beaver "D" shut out the Crimson Tide 26-0 at Beaverton High School.
It was "a good game for us to start with, but we have a long ways to go if we want to be competitive in our own league," said Beaverton coach Bob Boyer.
The Beaverton offense wasn't too bad either, getting a 4-yard Nick Houlemard run in the first quarter, and a 32-yard scoring run from quarterback Ben Cunha in the second to provide a 13-0 halftime edge.
Beaverton then tacked on two more scores in the third quarter to put the game out of reach, first getting a 14-yard Cunha-to-Ershad Mahmood touchdown pass, and then a 20-yard Cunha run for the final margin.
For the game, the Beaver "D" held Glencoe to just 207 yards in offense, while Cunha led the Beavers with 164 yards on just 11 carries. Cunha also hit on 6-of-11 passes for 38 yards, two to Devon Adams for 14 yards and one to for 14 more and a TD.
Beaverton plays at South Medford at 7 p.m. Friday.