The Apollos overcome early mistakes to win easily
CEDAR MILL - At the start of its Friday game against Forest Grove, Sunset looked more like the Not Ready for Prime Time Players than a Metro League contender.
The Apollos, hosting the Vikings in a non-league contest at Sunset High School, turned the ball over on three of its first four possessions and gave Forest Grove every impression that it had a chance.
But appearances can be deceiving.
Sunset righted itself after that shaky start, outscored the Vikings 28-0 in the game's middle two quarters and rolled to an easy 42-0 victory. The win lifted the Apollos' non-league record to 2-0 while Forest Grove fell to 0-2.
'We started off slow, but we knew we had good defense to back it up and we just got the ball back,' said senior running back Reggie Coulter, who finished with 112 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries and also caught two passes for 10 yards and another TD. 'We knew we could score any time so we made some adjustments at halftime, and you see that the scoreboard speaks for itself.'
'We knew that no matter what happened on offense, we could bounce back and rally around the defense and get the ball back so our explosive offense could get out there and do something,' added senior running back Zach LaBianco, who had five carries for 58 yards and a TD and also made an interception.
Indeed, the Apollo defense held the Vikings without a first down in the opening half, giving the Sunset offense plenty of time to get into gear.
Junior Ryan Hendry got things started when he caught a Dane Poorman pass in the right flat, spun away from a Viking defender, broke a couple tackles and raced 55 yards to score for a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter.
Sunset then tacked on two more TDs in the second, getting a 9-yard pass from Poorman to Coulter, and after a quick stop by the Apollo 'D' and big punt return from Trevor Caldwell, an eight-yard LaBianco run to make it 21-0.
Coulter boosted that lead to 28-0 when he raced 80 yards on a dive early in the third period, and Poorman scored on a short dive to make it 35-0 later in the quarter. Sunset's last score came when Drew Martin connected with Jeremiah Ross on a 16-yard throw with 6:35 left in the game.
Next week, Sunset will play at Centennial at 7 p.m.
For a complete game story and more photos, please see next week's edition of the Beaverton Valley Times.