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Trojans break it open early, down Madison 59-6

Wilson High could do no wrong at home Friday night against Madison, torching the short-handed Senators 59-6.

Madison did not do itself any favors, either.

The rout began on the first play from scrimmage, when the ball was snapped over the head of Senators quarterback Charles Riga and pounced on by a Trojans linebacker, junior David Biddle, in the end zone.

After last week's dominating 52-7 victory over Parkrose, the Trojans offense remained hot. Wilson (2-3) opened its first offensive series with a handoff to senior captain Brian Wojahn, who rumbled up the middle for 70 yards, setting up a 1-yard score by running back Marshall Bakker. Bakker, also a senior, gashed the opposing defense for 91 yards on 15 carries.

The Trojans continued to make big plays on offense. Following an interception of Riga by Robbie Wilson, senior running back Anthony Foster bounced to the outside for a 54-yard touchdown scamper. Foster carried three times for 83 yards.

Wojahn was still hard at work, too. During the following series, the 205-pound fullback found daylight again, busting up the middle for the score from 52 yards. He would finish with seven carries for 141 yards.

Finally, with 29 seconds remaining in the first quarter, Trojans quarterback Michael Reid found fellow junior Jordan Smith on a quick-out pattern, and Reid turned the short pass into a 66-yard touchdown.

Quarter number one ended with Wilson on top 35-0.

The Trojans' victory gave them a 1-0 mark in the PIL 5A. Already, it appears that next Friday's home game against Jefferson (2-0) could decide the league championship.

In the second quarter versus Madison, the Trojans defense grabbed another interception and the Wilson offense shoved the Senators downfield, controlling the pace of the game with its running attack. With the Madison defense on its heels, the Trojans' Robbie Wilson, a senior starter on both sides of the ball, found a wide-open Josh Hagge in the back of the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown play.

At this point, the Trojans cheerleaders switched from pushups to jumping jacks after each touchdown.

Adding to his two touchdown tosses, Robbie Wilson scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak to open the second half. This put the Trojans ahead by enough to enforce the mercy rule, and the clock continued to run, only to be stalled by the occasional timeout. The remaining minutes in the game went by quickly and painlessly. The Trojans reached the red zone once more late in the game, and on fourth-and-goal, Gerhett Moser knocked in an innocent 18-yard field goal. Moser also scored on a 28-yard touchdown grab in the first half.

Though he downplayed the rivalry, for Wilson coach Ken Duilio, Friday's contest must have had extra significance. Dulio coached Madison for four seasons before accepting the job at Wilson last year.

'I had a great time at Madison,' Duilio said. 'I cherished my time there, and I wish them well.

'Last year they (beat) us, and this year we happened to (beat) them,' Duilio added. 'I think next year will be a strong battle.'

Meanwhile, the Senators (0-5) suffered. Already missing starting quarterback John Doyle for the remainder of the season with a broken clavicle, the flu bug claimed three more players before Friday's PIL 5A showdown. And the body count continued to grow. JR Sengphet was helped off the field with a left leg injury, and paramedics carted senior defensive lineman Kyle Logan off the field after he suffered a concussion.

'It's been a revolving door,' Madison coach Adam Skyles said. 'We get (a player) back, then we lose another one.'

Filling in at quarterback for the injured Doyle was Riga, Madison's senior utility offensive threat. He was the primary option against their Portland Interscholastic League rival. Riga carried 21 times for a tough 87 yards but only managed to connect once on 12 pass attempts. He hooked up with his top receiver, Landi Coleman, a 6-2 senior, for an 11-yard touchdown.

'He's an outstanding football player,' Skyles said, of Riga. 'Wherever we put him, he's going to be pretty good.'