Westview rallies from an early deficit to beat Beaverton 14-7 Friday
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, recovering 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 just 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 three catches in the game and also intercepted a Beaverton 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 29 times for 136 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. '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 had a golden opportunity to tie the game late in the half when Beaverton snapped the ball high to punter Greg Marshall. Marshall stretched high to tip the ball, recovered the ensuing fumble, avoided the Wildcat rush but his kick went out of bounds at the Beaverton 20-yard line with 1:42 to play in the half.
From there, Westview quarterback CJ Garcia hit Bacon on second down for a pickup to the Beaver 14, but his third-down pass fell incomplete and the Cats had to settle for a 31-yard field goal from Matt Gorman to make it 7-3.
Neither team scored in the third quarter, but Westview started a drive late in the stanza that featured 22 rushing yards by Bacon. That drive sputtered out at the Beaverton 4-yard line, but Gorman came through with a 21-yard field goal to make it 7-6 with 9:24 left in the game.
After a stop by the Cats' 'D,' Westview's offensive unit drove 78 yards in eight plays, with Bacon carrying five times for 24 yards, including a 9-yard burst over right tackle for the game-winning touchdown with 4:31 left on the clock.
Bacon also added the conversion run for the final 14-7 margin.
'We knew we had to go inside,' Bacon said. 'We kept pounding it like we were earlier, keeping the momentum and we got it in there.'
'We started out on defense really well and we ended on defense really well and that's what you've got to do,' Leatherman said.
Beaverton fumbled the ball away on its next play from scrimmage, and though Westview fumbled the ball back to the Beavers with 1:41 remaining, the Wildcats held on to win.
'Hat's off to them. They played their hearts out,' Cornwell said. 'I just wish it would have come out our way.'
'I feel like we need to have not just well-played games, but four hard days of practice every single week,' Colorito added. 'We need to be mentally prepared even more than physically prepared every week of practice.'
For the game, Cornwell carried seven times for 57 yards, while Kyle Eckrosh completed 7-of-12 for 44 yards. Devon Adams led the Beavers with three catches for 26 yards and also had an interception.
Nick Heisen led the Wildcats with three catches for 69 yards, while Diego Gonzales caught three passes for 39 yards.
On Friday: Beaverton plays at Aloha at 7:30 p.m., and Westview hosts Sunset at 7:30 p.m.
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