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Skyhawks drop a bomb on Beavers

The Skyhawks score 28 points in the game's first 6:09 to beat Beaverton 45-7
by: Miles Vance HE'S IN – Southridge senior Brandon Brezic scores on a 7-yard reception in the third quarter of his team's 45-7 home win over Beaverton on Friday night.

BEAVERTON - Tick, tick, tick.

That was the sound of the Southridge football team as it prepared for its Friday night Metro League opener against Beaverton at Southridge High School.

Everybody knows what comes next.

The Skyhawks exploded for 28 points in the game's first 6 minutes and 9 seconds, and used that fast start to fuel their 45-7 rout of the Beavers.

The win lifted Southridge's Metro League record to 1-0, gave it a second straight win, and helped take its season record to 2-3.

"Coming into this season, I thought we were highly underestimated," said Southridge senior tailback Blake Wolfington, who scored two touchdowns and rushed for 146 yards on 24 carries. "I felt like that would give us an advantage, and as the weeks have gone on, we've worked really hard and I think we've improved a lot."

After that "0-3 start, it was typical that people thought we would just roll over, but no," said Southridge junior quarterback Reza Aleaziz, who went 6-for-12 passing for 169 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. "They're our hometown rival. We really wanted this one. We came out hard."

Beaverton, meanwhile, lost for the second straight time and fell to 0-1 in Metro play and 2-3 overall.

Southridge's fast start "was everything," said Beaverton junior linebacker Greg Marshall, who picked off an Aleaziz pass and took it back 37 yards for his team's lone score.

"Our heads went down and they never came back up."

As to that fast start, Southridge needed just one play to notch its first score, with Aleaziz connecting with junior Justin Calo on the right side, and Calo turning the play into a 69-yard touchdown just 19 seconds into the game.

Southridge was back in the end zone again just 1:03 later when junior Alec Powell picked off a Kyle Eckrosh pass and returned it 40 yards for a 14-0 lead.

Then, after a stop by the Southridge "D," Aleaziz went to work through the air again. This time on the fourth play of his team's second offensive series, Aleaziz hit Derek Westhora over the middle and he broke away for a 67-yard score and a 21-0 lead.

To make matters worse, Beaverton fumbled away the ensuing kickoff and Matt Miller recovered for Southridge at the Beaverton 16. From there, on second down, Wolfington went off left tackle for a 10-yard TD and that dominating 28-0 lead.

Marshall ended Southridge's next possession with his interception and 37-yard TD return, but the Skyhawks came back with a 35-yard Wolfington run with 4:39 left in the first half to extend the Southridge lead to 35-7 at the half.

Aleaziz provided the lone score of the game's final two quarters, hitting Brandon Brezic over the left side for a 7-yard TD in the third quarter.

Alex Beekman added the final points of the game when he drilled a 37-yard field goal for Southridge in the fourth quarter.

Next week, Southridge plays at Aloha at 7:30 p.m., and Beaverton hosts Sunset at 7:30 p.m.

For a complete game story and more photos, please see Thursday's edition of the Beaverton Valley Times.