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Skyhawks win first in 56-55 shootout

Southridge beats West Salem in a three-overtime thriller on Friday

BEAVERTON - This one was a long time coming.

The Southridge football team, hosting West Salem in week four of the non-league schedule on Friday night, broke through for its first win of 2011 and did so in dramatic fashion.

The Skyhawks, tied with the Titans 41-41 at the end of regulation, then battled through two overtimes before finally winning 56-55 in three overtimes.

West Salem took its last lead at 55-48 when Brendan Shaffer caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Andy Siemens in the night's third OT.

But the Skyhawks weren't going to let this one get away. They cut the West Salem lead to 55-54 when fullback Mason Tanuvasa broke off a 10-yard TD run on Southridge's ensuing possession, and then the Hawks went for the win.

It was quarterback Reza Aleaziz and wide receiver Justin Calo who got it done there, with Aleaziz finding Calo for the two-point conversion and the clinching score in the 56-55 victory.

Calo's game-winning catch put a triumphant cap to a long night of football that saw tailback Blake Wolfington rush for three touchdowns and 159 yards on 32 carries, while Aleaziz went 16-of-30 passing for 227 yards with four TD passes and one interception.

Calo had two TD catches on the night, one of 56 yards and one of 4, and finished with four receptions for 73 yards. Jordan Morgan added one catch for 74 yards and a TD, and Brandon Brezic four catches for 54 yards. Kevin McClean had his team's other score on a 7-yard TD catch.

On Friday: Southridge (1-3) will host Beaverton (2-2) at 7:30 p.m. in both teams' Metro opener.