Missed opportunities cost Skyhawks in loss

The Skyhawks come up empty on their last three series and lose 27-20 to Lincoln
by: Miles Vance RUNNING ROOM — Southridge quarterback Reza Aleaziz looks for space during his team's 27-20 loss to Lincoln at Jeld-Wen Field on Friday.

PORTLAND - Week two of the 2011 football left Southridge pondering what might have been.

The Skyhawks, facing Lincoln at Jeld-Wen Field on Friday afternoon, were knocking on the door all day long, but just didn't take advantage of their opportunities often enough and dropped a 27-20 decision to the Cardinals.

The loss dropped Southridge's non-league record to 0-2 while Lincoln improved to 1-1.

'We just didn't quite get done what we planned,' said Southridge senior lineman Nathan Leddige, who helped his team rack up 164 yards on the ground on 38 attempts. 'We still came out and tried hard. It just didn't turn out.'

'We've just got to make plays, obviously. That was a big part today,' said Southridge junior receiver Kevin McClean, who finished with four catches for 63 yards. 'We should have won this game.'

The Skyhawks looked like they'd do just that early on, busting off a 64-yard Reza Aleaziz-to-Justin Calo completion on their first play from scrimmage, then scoring two plays later on an 11-yard completion to Derek Westhora.

But Lincoln answered with a Johnny Williams field goal in the first quarter, then tacked on another Williams field goal and a 26-yard Williams-to-Kevin Sampson TD pass in the second to lead 13-6.

Not to be outdone, the Skyhawks responded right away with a Aleaziz-to-Brandon Brezic scoring pass late in the half and the two teams went into the break tied at 13-13.

But the Cardinals hit a big play early in the second half when Mike Ferguson took a pitch from Koleman Vance, broke a tackle and raced 81 yards to score for a 20-13 advantage.

Southridge came back again, this time following the lead of it's 'O' line and sophomore running back Maleke Nathman. Nathman carried seven times on the drive, piled up 60 yards and capped the series with a 2-yard scoring run to make it 20-20.

The Skyhawks misfired on their final three possessions, though, and Lincoln got the game-winning score when Williams capped a 66-yard drive with a 15-yard TD pass to Sampson with 5:07 left in the game.

Next up, Southridge plays at Oregon City at 7 p.m. Friday.

For a complete game story and more photos, please see next week's edition of the Beaverton Valley Times.