The Wildcats and Crusaders both come up short on Friday in non-league finales
The final week of the 2011 non-league football schedule showed once again that Metro League teams can compete with the best teams in the state.
And it also shows that, if those Metro teams don't play their best, they can also lose to those teams.
Following are stories on Westview's 38-21 home loss to Central Catholic on Friday night, and on Jesuit's 49-21 home loss to Lake Oswego on Friday.
Central Catholic 38, Westview 21
ROCK CREEK - Central Catholic hit the ground running in its Friday game at Westview, but once the Wildcats got their running game going, they very nearly ran the Rams down from behind.
Central, which benefited greatly from four interceptions, raced out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter, saw Westview battle back to lead 21-17 in the third, then pulled away down the stretch to win 38-21. The win kept Westview winless at 0-4 heading into its Friday Metro League opener - the Cats host Aloha at 7:30 p.m. - while Central Catholic improved to 2-2.
The Rams' fast start came courtesy of two Aiden Wilder touchdown passes in that opening quarter, the first of those a 72-yarder to Beau Duronslet and the second a 25-yarder to Lawrence Wilson. Mitch Seeley tacked on a 36-yard field goal in between those scores to create that 17-0 lead.
But the Wildcat defense, which limited Central to just 51 yards rushing, pitched a shutout in the second quarter and Jordan Bacon scored his team's first TD on a 17-yard reception from CJ Garcia to cut the Rams' lead to 17-6 at the half.
Westview then scored back-to-back touchdowns to open the third quarter, first getting a 43-yard Bacon run, and then a 14-yard scoring pass from Garcia to Dylan Fields. Bacon then added the conversion run after Fields' TD to push Westview ahead by 21-17.
The Rams took over from there, though, scoring two TDs of their own in the third quarter and then another in the fourth for the final 38-21 margin. Wilson got the first of those on a 79-yard pass from Wilder, Dallin Leavitt then picked off a Westview pass and took it back 32 yards to score, and Lewis Pinder added the capper when he caught a 13-yard pass from Wilder for the final score.
For the game, Bacon carried 28 times for 168 yards, Garcia went 23-of-43 passing for two TDs, four interceptions and 223 yards, with Kyle Henderson making 11 catches for 114 yards and Bacon six for 49.
For Central, Wilder went 10-of-16 passing for 258 yards, with Wilson making four catches for 125 yards, and Duronslet two for 76 more.
Lake Oswego 49, Jesuit 21
BEAVERTON - Things couldn't have started much better for the Jesuit football team in its nationally televised Friday night home game against Lake Oswego.
The Crusaders recovered two Lake Oswego fumbles in the first quarter, turned both into touchdowns and led 14-0 before the Lakers knew what had hit them.
But Lake Oswego dodged a bullet when it recovered a Jesuit fumble that prevented the Crusaders from taking a 21-0 lead in the first, shut out Jesuit for the next two quarters, and rode the hot hand of quarterback Alex Matthews to a 49-21 victory. The win lifted Lake Oswego's non-league record to 4-0 while Jesuit - which opens Metro play at Sunset at 7:30 p.m. Friday - fell to 2-2.
As to Jesuit's fast start, both Braden Nelson and Dominic Baldocchi recovered Laker fumbles in that first quarter, the first of those setting up Jesuit quarterback Nicholas Rothstein's 11-yard touchdown run, the second setting the table for tailback Morgan Sellers' 1-yard scoring run and giving Jesuit a 14-0 lead.
The Crusaders had a great shot to build on that lead too, but this time it was Jesuit that fumbled away an opportunity, giving the ball up just one yard short of a third score.
Lake Oswego then got its high-octane passing game in gear in the second quarter, scoring three unanswered touchdowns to take a 21-14 lead at the half. LO got started with a 60-yard pass from Matthews to Stevie Coury, then did that twice again, with Matthews hitting Coury for two more scores, first from 35 yards and then from 72 yards.
The Lakers then added four more touchdowns in the second half before Jesuit would score again, building its lead to 49-14 and effectively putting the game out of reach. First, Taylor Grant caught a 3-yard TD pass from Matthews, then it was Zach Walen who hauled in a 42-yard Matthews aerial for another score, Matthews went back to Coury next for a 52-yard TD, and Matthews ended the day with a 12-yard scoring run.
Rothstein broke off a 43-yard TD run later in the fourth quarter for his team's final score.
For the game, Jesuit rushed 46 times for 345 yards, with Rothstein carrying 20 times for 190 yards and Sellers 14 times for 114 more. Jesuit held LO star Steven Long to 68 yards on 17 carries, but Matthews went 15-of-23 passing for 338 yards, with Coury making six catches for 243 yards.