Metro grid teams take some shots in week two
The normally powerful Metro League goes 2-4 in the second week of non-league play
Friday was a rare - and mostly unwelcome day - for the Metro League's six football teams.
With the exception of Aloha's tighter-than-tight win over Tualatin in a rematch of last year's Class 6A state championship (see below) and Sunset's wipeout of Forest Grove (see the accompanying story), the Metro's other four teams all came up short.
South Medford 31, Beaverton 8
MEDFORD - A week after opening the 2011 season with an impressive win, Beaverton found itself in much tougher straits Friday.
At the end of a 5+-hour bus ride to Medford, the Beavers got jumped by the South Medford Panthers, fell behind 24-0 in the first half and eventually lost 31-8 at Spiegelberg Stadium. The loss dropped Beaverton's non-league record to 1-1 while South Medford improved to 2-0.
The Panthers opened the game with a flourish, racing out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter and never looking back. They opened with a 25-yard Kirk Eastman field goal, made it 10-0 when Matt Retzlaff picked off a Ben Cunha pass and returned it 35 yards to score, then added another touchdown when Denzel Mobley hauled in a 2-yard scoring pass from Jack Singler.
Singler and Retzlaff connected again in the second quarter, this time from 9 yards, for that 24-0 lead at the half.
Beaverton tried to rally in the third period, cutting the gap to 24-8 when Cunha scored on a 1-yard run, then found tight end Evan Colorito on the conversion pass, but that was the end of the offensive fireworks for the Beavers.
Beaverton, hampered by seven turnovers - four interceptions and three lost fumbles - would not score again, while South added a 10-yard Singler-to-Retzlaff TD pass later in the third for the final margin.
Despite the 31 points on the scoreboard, Beaverton's defense allowed only 232 total yards, but forced only one turnover. Nick Houlemard led Beaverton rushers with nine carries for 55 yards, while Mobley picked up 145 yards on 27 carries for South and Retzlaff made seven catches for 74 yards.
On Friday, Beaverton hosts David Douglas at 7:30 p.m.
Sheldon 52, Jesuit 37
EUGENE - Scheduled as a rematch of the 2009 Class 6A state championship, not to mention a battle between two of the state's premier programs, Sheldon just flat left Jesuit in the starting blocks on Friday night.
Top-ranked Sheldon blitzed Jesuit with 35 straight points at the start of the game (including a 28-0 edge in the first quarter) and used that early edge to fuel its 52-37 win over the Crusaders at Sheldon High School.
The Irish (2-0) got it done on the ground, through the air and with their defense in that powerful game-opening stretch, and Jesuit (1-1) just couldn't respond quickly enough.
Sheldon opened with an 80-yard scoring pass from Dillon Miller to Connor Strahm, next added a 5-yard Strahm TD run, got a 25-yard interception return for a score by Dylan Lewis, and then an 11-yard Mitch Lewis scoring run to make it 28-0 in the first quarter.
The Irish tacked on a 36-yard TD catch by Mitch Carman in the second quarter to boost that edge to 35-0 before Jesuit finally responded. The Crusaders played well the rest of the way, outscoring the Irish 37-17 after that, but the deficit was just too great.
Jesuit's Robert Strys hauled in a 71-yard scoring pass from Nicholas Rothstein to get their team on the scoreboard in the second quarter, and Ryan Cope added a 41-yard field goal before the half.
The Crusaders punched in two more TDs in the third quarter, the first of those a 3-yard AJ Glass run and the second a 28-yard Rothstein-to-Adam Winterling pass. Jesuit added two more rushing TDs in the fourth, getting a 1-yard Glass run and a 7-yard burst from Morgan Sellers.
For the game, Jesuit rushed 59 times for 302 yards, with Glass carrying 21 times for 122 yards and Rothstein adding 92 more on 20 attempts. Sheldon, meanwhile, saw Miller complete 19-of-32 passes for 358 yards, with Strahm making seven catches for 222 yards and Carman nine grabs for 166.
On Friday, Jesuit hosts Central Catholic at 7 p.m.
Lake Oswego 35, Westview 3
ROCK CREEK - The difference on the scoreboard and the difference in the stats told two wildly different stories from Friday's Lake Oswego-at-Westview football game.
But it was the scoreboard that mattered most, and that stat favored Lake Oswego big-time - the Lakers shut Westview out in the game's final three quarters and rolled to a 35-3 win at Westview High School.
The Wildcats fell to 0-2 with the loss while Lake Oswego improved to 2-0.
Westview actually led 3-0 in Friday's game thanks to a 44-yard Matt Gorman field goal in the first quarter, but LO kept the Cats off the scoreboard the rest of the way.
Stevie Coury grabbed a 70-yard pass from Alex Matthews to give Lake Oswego its first lead later in the first quarter, and the Lakers made it 14-3 at halftime on a 3-yard Matthews run in the second period.
The Lakers then scored twice more in the third quarter and once in the fourth to pull away, getting 34-yard and 70-yard TD passes from Matthews to Coury in the third, and a 97-yard interception return for a score by Jack Anderson in the fourth.
Jordan Bacon led Westview rushers with 81 yards on 16 carries, while quarterback CJ Garcia completed 23-of-44 passes for 189 yards and one interception. Steven Long led the Lakers with 19 carries for 126 yards, while Matthews went 8-of-14 passing for 203 yards, with Coury making five catches for 160 yards.
Despite all that, the Lakers outgained Westview by just 67 yards in total offense, and both teams had two turnovers.
Today (Thursday), Westview faces Union, Wash., at Evergreen High School in Vancouver.
Aloha 14, Tualatin 10
ALOHA - Refuse to lose.
Aloha did just that on Friday night, rallying from a 10-0 deficit in the second half to beat Tualatin 14-10 in a rematch of last year's Class 6A state championship game.
And the Warriors did it the way they usually do it -- on the shoulders of junior tailback Thomas Tyner and Aloha's powerful offensive line.
After being shut out in Friday's first half, Tyner got the Warriors going in the third period, breaking off a 69-yard touchdown run to help cut the Aloha deficit to 10-7.
Then, in the fourth quarter with Tualatin driving for an insurance score, Timberwolf quarterback Travis Johnson saw a bad snap bounce off his leg and Aloha recovered the fumble at the Tualatin 42-yard line.
Tyner and the Aloha line banged the ball downfield four times to the 1-yard line, and from there, senior quarterback Cory Sinner dove into the end zone to give the Warriors the winning score.
Tualatin held the upper hand early, though, surviving Aloha's first scoring chance when Lenana Meekisho missed a field goal, then getting a 69-yard Johnson-to-Jeffrey Williams scoring strike to lead 7-0.
The Timberwolves then added a 30-yard Nathan Suyematsu field goal in the third quarter to lead 10-0.
For the game, Tyner carried 36 times for 295 yards, while Brady Watts led Tualatin with 93 yards on 19 carries. Johnson completed 6-of-15 passes for 123 yards, but threw three interceptions, two of those to Ryan Russo.
On Friday, Aloha plays at Grant High School at 4 p.m.