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Skyhawks win again, gear up for Irish rematch

Southridge rolls over Century, hosts Sheldon in quarterfinals


BEAVERTON — The weather outside may be cold and ugly, but Southridge is just flat hot and playing some of its best football of the year.

The No. 4 Skyhawks, the Metro League champions, proved that in spades Friday night by dispatching 13th-ranked Century 41-8 in the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs at Southridge High School on Friday night. The win was Southridge's seventh straight and lifted its record to 8-3, while Century, the third-place team from the Pacific Conference, ended their year at 8-3.

Next up, the Skyhawks will host No. 5 Sheldon, the Southern Oregon Conference champion, at 7 p.m. Friday in the state quarterfinals. The Irish beat the Skyhawks 35-28 in both teams' 2012 season opener at Sheldon High School on Aug. 31.

“Both teams should have a pretty good idea of what to expect from the other,” said Southridge coach Doug Dean. “They're a great team and a great program. Looking at the film from the first game, we'll have to bring our 'A' to stick with them.”

In any case, the Skyhawks muscled past Century with solid efforts from its running game and defense on Friday night. Senior running back Jake Pruit carried 10 times for 130 yards and two TDs, while fellow senior back Devin Martinez added 16 rushes for 95 yards and another score.

“Our kids were resilient and patient and fundamentally sound,” Dean said. “And out tailbacks and offensive line played real well, along with our fullback (Zach Wilbur).”

Senior quarterback Reza Aleaziz kicked off the scoring festivities on Friday when he connected with senior wide receiver Justin Calo for a 36-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter.

Century answered with a 32-yard Sam Riddle-to-Xavier Mitchell TD pass, but the Skyhawks tacked on two more first-quarter scores, extended their lead to 20-8, and shut the Jags out the rest of the way.

Aleaziz hit junior wide receiver Jordan Morgan for a 63-yard score to push Southridge back in front, and Pruit added a 27-yard run to make it 20-8 at the end of the opening period.

After that, the Skyhawks' defense held sway, forcing three turnovers (two Century fumbles and an interception by Kevin McClean) and giving the Southridge offense plenty of time to do its job. Martinez cashed in an eight-yard run in the second quarter and Wilbur a six-yarder to make it 34-8 at the half. Pruit added a 77-yard score in the third for his team's final score.

For the game, Aleaziz went 5-of-8 passing for 138 yards, with Morgan making three catches for 86 yards and Calo two for 52.

“Reza was real efficient,” Dean said. “He didn't throw a lot but he was efficient and our receivers stepped up and made some big catches.”