The Crusader football team hands the Apollos their first loss of 2011
CEDAR MILL - Sunset and Jesuit's football teams traveled distinctly different roads during the 2011 non-league schedule.
The Apollos went 4-0, but their four opponents have a current combined winning percentage of just .450 and an average RPI rank of 27.
Jesuit, meanwhile, went just 2-2, but did so against foes who carry a .700 winning percentage and an average RPI rank of 16.
On Friday, the two teams met head-to-head at Sunset High School, and this time, the Crusaders walked away with a 35-17 victory in both teams' Metro League opener. The win lifted Jesuit's Metro League record to 1-0 and its overall mark to 3-2. Jesuit hosts Westview (1-0, 1-4) at 7:30 p.m. Friday in its next game.
'We felt really good about how we played,' said Jesuit coach Ken Potter. 'And when there's only five other teams in the league, every game is really important.'
The Apollos fell to 0-1 in Metro play with the loss and to 4-1 overall. But as disappointed as Sunset was with the loss, the team was more concerned with the mistakes that had led to it. Sunset plays at Beaverton (0-1, 2-3) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
'Jesuit obviously played well, but our execution just wasn't there,' said Sunset coach Faustin Riley. 'We had breakdowns all over the place.'
Sunset started fast on Friday, driving downfield and capping its first drive with a 3-run touchdown run by Zach LaBianco and a Michael Metter extra point to grab a 7-0 lead.
Jesuit, which rushed for 372 yards in the game, answered before quarter's end, though, cashing in on a 35-yard AJ Glass TD run and a Ryan Cope PAT to tie the score at 7-7.
Jesuit's defense knuckled down after that - abetted by Sunset's miscues - shut out the Apollos in the second quarter and didn't allow another touchdown until it led 35-10 in the fourth. Indeed, Sunset managed just 36 yards rushing in the game on 19 attempts, and quarterback Dane Poorman went 16-for-28 passing for 92 yards with two interceptions (by Trent Werner and Andrew DeMarco).
The Crusaders notched two scores in the second quarter to lead 21-7 at halftime, with quarterback Nicholas Rothstein scoring on a 13-yard run and Adam Winterling hauling in a 34-yard TD pass from Rothstein.
The Apollo defense kept Jesuit off the scoreboard in the third quarter and added a 37-yard Metter field goal to move within 21-10, but got no closer. Jesuit got a 26-yard Glass run for a score in the fourth quarter, then added a 6-yard touchdown run by Joseph Graham to extend its to 35-10.
Sunset's Bruce Jones ended the night's scoring on the ensuing kickoff, when he took Cope's kick back 99 yards for a touchdown.
For the game, Glass carried 25 times for 216 yards, while Rothstein picked up 138 more yards on 18 rushes. Rothstein went 4-for-8 passing for 56 yards, three of those to Winterling for 53 yards. Ryan Hendry led Sunset receivers with two catches for 31 yards.