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Beaver D paces win over Apollos

Beaverton beats Sunset 26-2 to secure its first Metro win of '11, eyes more success at Westview

BEAVERTON - The Beaverton football team must have a season pass for the roller coaster.

The Beavers hit another 'up' in their up-and-down season on Friday night, racing past Sunset 26-2 at Beaverton High School to move to 1-1 in Metro League play and 3-3 overall. In the process, the Beavers snapped a two-game losing streak and put their painful week-one loss to Southridge far in the rearview mirror.

'It was kind of the opposite of the week before,' Beaverton coach Bob Boyer said. 'It started off well and the defense played awesome.'

Sunset, meanwhile, hit yet another sizable Metro speed bump after dominating four non-league foes, and fell to 0-2 in league play and 4-2 overall.

'They played well. They've got a pretty good idea of what we're about and they did a good job,' said Sunset coach Faustin Riley. 'And we had a lot of issues.'

The game's opening also played a big role in setting the tone for the rest of the night. On Sunset's first possession, quarterback Dane Poorman threw what looked like it would be an early touchdown pass. But the Apollo receiver dropped the ball, and afterward, Sunset was forced to punt.

On that punt, the Apollos snapped

the ball over Michael Metter's head, and after he kicked the ball out of bounds, Beaverton was given possession at the Apollo 1-yard line. Quarterback Kyle Eckrosh cashed in from there, scoring from 1 yard out and Greg Marshall added the extra point to make it 7-0.

Sunset's defense came back with a big play of its own, pinning Beaverton in its own end after a punt, then taking down the Beaver QB in the end zone for a safety.

But that would be the end of Sunset's scoring for the day. Beaverton's defense, burned by big plays in each of its two previous losses, stepped up big-time on Friday night, holding the Apollos to minus-11 yards rushing on 20 carries and just 112 yards in total offense.

'Our front three was just super aggressive,' Boyer said, referring to his line of Pita Tafea, Savali Talalemotu and Evan Colorito. 'Throw in the linebackers blitzing and it was pretty good.'

Indeed, with the Apollos shut out the rest of the way, the Beaverton offense had time to get things done and put the game out of reach.

The Beavers got to work on that right away after Sunset's safety, with Devon Adams fielding an Apollo punt near midfield in the first quarter and taking it back 49 yards to score for a 14-2 lead.

In the second quarter, senior quarterback Ben Cunha - in his first action since being hurt in week three - broke off a 10-yard run to score and give his team a 20-2 lead at the half.

The Beaverton 'D' kept the pressure on throughout a scoreless third period, and Adams hauled in a 13-yard Cunha pass for the Beavers' final TD in the fourth quarter.

'I was happy for the defense. They played well,' Boyer said. 'And now, I think there's a belief. There's three games left so we'll see what we do with that.'

'The biggest thing we need to do is get out of our own way to have a chance,' Riley added. 'We didn't have good execution, we had breakdowns in protection and we had breakdowns in other areas.'

For the game, Malik Fontleroy-Smith carried six times for 40 yards, and Eckrosh and Cunha went 11-of-17 passing for 106 yards with one interception, with Adams catching six passes for 80 yards. For Sunset, Poorman went 13-for-38 for 11 yards with one interception, with Zach Labianco catching five passes for 31 yards.

On Friday: Beaverton plays at Westview at 7:30 p.m., and Sunset hosts Southridge at 7:30 p.m.