Wildcats come back for key win over Beavers
Westview scores 14 unanswered points to beat Beaverton 14-7 and improve to 2-1 in league
ROCK CREEK - Three weeks ago, no one would have believed that the Westview football team would be sitting in second place at this point of the Metro League season.
No one, that is, except the Wildcats themselves.
Westview, coming back from a 56-7 thrashing by Jesuit a week ago, came back impressively on Friday night against Beaverton. The Wildcats rebounded from a largely fruitless first half with an impressive fourth quarter, scoring 11 points in a span of 4 minutes, 53 seconds to win 14-7 at Westview High School.
After going 0-4 in non-league play, Westview is now 2-1 in league and 2-5 overall, while the Beavers fell to 1-2 in Metro play and 3-4 overall.
"We knew we were in a dogfight from the beginning," said Westview senior Justin Leatherman, who had five catches in the game and also intercepted a pass. "We came out in the second half and did what we did against Aloha. We had a dogfight at halftime and we did it again."
"We started pushing, driving it down there, wearing them out, going no huddle and got it in," said Westview senior tailback Jordan Bacon, who carried 27 times for 106 yards, including the game-winning TD and ensuing two-point conversion run with 4:31 left in the game. "It felt good."
The Beavers, meanwhile, left frustrated and disappointed after squandering a 7-0 lead and failing to score in the game's final 35:58.
"We played very well. We've just got to finish," said Beaverton senior running back Brandon Cornwell, who scored his team's lone touchdown on a 1-yard run on the first play of the second quarter. "Every single drive we have to play our best -- not just on most of them."
"We went into the half and we were up," added Beaverton senior defensive end Evan Colorito, who helped hold Westview to just 244 yards in total offense. "But then we went into the second half and we weren't being explosive on offense and we couldn't execute."
Still, Beaverton grabbed the early lead in the game after getting three straight stops against the Wildcats. The Beavers then drove 80 yards in nine plays at the end of the first quarter and start of the second, with Cornwell breaking a 33-yard run on the series, and later, going over right tackle for 1 yard to score his team's only touchdown.
Westview got a 31-yard field goal from Matt Gorman late in the first half to make it 7-3, then added a 21-yard Gorman kick with 9:24 left in the game to close within 7-6.
After a stop by the Cats' "D," Westview's offensive unit drove 78 yards in eight plays, with Bacon carrying four times for 24 yards, including a 9-yard burst over right tackle for the touchdown with 4:31 left on the clock.
Bacon also added the conversion run for the final 14-7 margin.
Beaverton fumbled the ball away on its next play from scrimmage, and though Wetsview fumbled the ball back to the Beavers with 1:41 remaining, the Cats held on to win.
Next Friday, Beaverton plays at Aloha at 7:30 p.m. and Westview hosts Sunset at 7:30 p.m.
To see a complete game story and more photos, please see Thursday's edition of the Beaverton Valley Times.