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Apollos roll by Raiders, go to 4-0

Sunset blasts Reynolds 63-0 and gets ready for Jesuit next
by: Miles Vance WING IT — Sunset quarterback Dane Poorman releases a pass during his team’s 63-0 non-league home win over Reynolds on Friday night. Poorman threw six touchdown passes in the win.

CEDAR MILL - There's a lot of work left to be done for the Sunset football team.

But so far, things have gone very, very well for the Apollos.

Sunset crushed Reynolds 63-0 in non-league play on Friday night at Sunset High School, and in the process, improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2001.

'I feel like we've done everything we can (to be ready for league), and preparing every week for the team we're going to play,' said Sunset senior quarterback Dane Poorman, who went 15-of-29 passing for 255 yards and six touchdowns. 'I feel we'll do the same thing to get ready for Jesuit next week. We're excited.'

'We've really melded together and everybody's just starting to come together and becoming a team,' said Sunset senior linebacker Spencer Hall, who helped his team limit Reynolds to just 182 yards in total offense and also picked off a Raider pass. The Metro League is 'going to be a big challenge. It's going to be a big test for our team, but it's going to be fun.'

The Apollos have already had more than their fair share of fun in 2011, outscoring their four non-league victims 183-14, and the last three - Forest Grove, Centennial and Reynolds - by a combined score of 162-0.

The loss dropped Reynolds' non-league mark to 2-2.

'We were just executing the plays we needed to execute,' Poorman said. 'Running the ball first, and then if we saw something that we needed to adjust to, making the adjustments we needed to make.'

While that 63-point total probably made everyone sit up and take notice, the zero that the Apollo defense put up was pretty good too. Sunset held Reynolds quarterback Josh Schleining to 8-of-23 passing with one interception in the first half while the Apollos racked up a 42-0 lead. For the game, Schleining went 15-of-33 passing with two interceptions for 92 yards.

'We were trying to address their screens, and just the way they play their offense, the zones,' said Hall, whose interception with 4 minutes, 10 seconds to go in the second quarter set up his team's fourth TD. 'They like to pass a lot so we were running a lot of coverages, and our 'D' line played well too. They put a good amount of pressure on the quarterback and made it easier for us to make plays.'

And Sunset's offense made plays in bundles, scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter, then blowing the game wide open at 42-0 after cashing in four more TDs in a span of just 5:38 in the second quarter.

The first-quarter scores came when Poorman hit Evan Altorfer for a 36-yard TD pass on the first play of the Apollos' second possession, and when tailback Reggie Coulter capped a 52-yard drive with a 2-yard run with 3:05 left in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Poorman hit Ryan Hendry for a 15-yard scoring strike with 6:17 left in the opening half to make it 21-0. Then, after a quick stop by the Sunset defense and a short Reynolds punt, the Apollos scored in just two plays, with Poorman hitting Hendry with a 35-yard TD pass for the score.

Hall's pick gave Sunset the ball back after just three plays, and from there, the Apollos scored in just one more, Poorman connecting with Cole Abdie over the right side for a 34-yard touchdown pass that made it 35-0 with 3:59 left before halftime.

The Apollos then recovered a Raider fumble and saw Trevor Shiffler run it back 56 yards for another score. That TD was taken off the board due to a Sunset penalty, but it only delayed the inevitable - the Apollos scored eight plays later when Poorman hit Hendry for a 30-yard TD pass on fourth down with just 39 seconds left in the half.

Already in complete control, Sunset added three second-half scores, with Poorman hitting Abdie for an 83-yard TD pass in the third quarter, Bruce Jones scoring on a 3-yard run in the fourth quarter, and Jeremiah Ross returning a Reynolds punt 67 yards for the final score later in the fourth.

For the game, Coulter carried 13 times for 52 and Jones five times for 44 more. Abdie led Sunset receivers with five catches for 153 yard, Hendry with three for 80, and Altorfer two for 45.

To see a complete photo gallery from this game, go to www.milesvance.exposuremanager.com.