Hawks fly past Portland Christian
Football: Horizon Christian moves to 2-0 with its 55-0 victory
TUALATIN - The Horizon Hawks football team won its home opener on Friday, defeating the 2A Portland Christian Royals by a score of 55-0 in the inaugural match on the Hawk's recently installed field turf.
With the victory, Horizon Chris-tian improved to 2-0 on the season while Portland Christian saw its record evened at 1-1.
The Hawks got off to a fast start in Friday's game, scoring on their first play from scrimmage, a 65-yard catch and run by senior Ryan Sederstrom on a pass from junior Wyatt Houston.
It was the first of five first half touchdowns for Houston, who ran for a 9-yard score later in the first quarter, connected with junior Zack Selland from eight yards out early in the second, then scored two defensive touchdowns, first on a 26-yard interception return, then on a 99-yard fumble recovery to top it off.
Horizon Christian junior Taylor Grimmett added a 25-yard scoring run and was six-for-six on first-half extra-point kicks, giving the Hawks a 42-0 halftime lead.
In the second half, which was played with a running clock, the Hawks stuck to the ground game, adding insurance two touchdowns. Sophomore Devyn Cardoza scored from 31 yards out on the Hawks first drive of the second half, and senior Ben Smith scored from two yards out with 4:39 left in the game, leaving the Hawks with a 55-0 lead and the final margin of victory.
The Hawk defense was relentless all night, swarming the Portland Christian backfield and disrupting the Royals quarterback. The de-fense caused three interceptions and a fumble, which led to a rather unusual statistic: the Hawks had more return yardage on turnovers (177) than they had rushing (167) or passing (157) for the game.
Devyn Cardoza was in on a team-leading eight tackles plus two quarterback hurries, while Houston, senior Seth Cardoza and sophomore Brian Satterwhite were in on five tackles each. Sederstrom and senior T.J. Hilton came down with the other Hawk interceptions. The only time Portland Christian threatened to score, Horizon Christian, senior Jordan Pearson stripped the ball away from a receiver just before he crossed the goal line, and Houston scooped up the ball and headed the other way on his 99-yard return.
This week, Horizon travels south to play the two-time defending Class 2A champion Scio Loggers on their home field this Friday. Scio (1-1) did not lose a game over the previous two seasons, but they lost their opener to defending West Valley League champ Dayton two weeks ago.