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Apollos win again, eye chance at third place

Sunset wins a second straight time, pulling away from Westview 41-17 Friday

ROCK CREEK - There's still one game left in the regular season for the Sunset football team, but for the second time this year, the Apollos appear to be on the upswing.

Sunset, after winning four straight non-league games, then dropping two in a row at the start of Metro League play, won its second straight on Friday night, speeding past Westview 41-17 at Westview High School.

'We're coming together. We're improving,' said Sunset coach Faustin Riley.

The win lifted the Apollos' Metro record to 2-2 (7-2 overall) and kept alive Sunset's hopes for third place and the league's final automatic berth to the state playoffs. To guarantee that spot, Sunset would need to beat Aloha (1-3, 3-5) in its Metro finale, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday at Sunset High School.

If Sunset loses Friday, it could still finish third, but would need two things to make it happen - Southridge (3-1, 4-4) would have to beat Westview (2-2, 2-6) on Friday, and the Apollos would then have to win a three-team coin flip against Westview and Aloha for third place and that final spot.

Westview is in a similar position, currently at 2-2 in Metro play. With a win over Southridge on Friday - the two teams meet at Southridge High School at 7:30 p.m. - the Wildcats would secure sole possession of third place. With a loss on Friday, Westview would need Sunset to lose to Aloha, and then to win that three-team coin flip to get third.

In Friday's game, Sunset took a 14-0 lead early in the sgame thanks to a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Dane Poorman in the first period, and a 4-yard interception return for a score by Zach LaBianco in the second.

But Westview rallied impressively in the second period and carried that momentum into the start of the third frame as well. Jordan Bacon got the Wildcats' offense going with a 61-yard scoring run in the second, and kicker Matt Gorman capped another Westview drive with a 30-yard field that cut the Apollos' lead to 14-10 at the half.

Bacon, who carried 21 times for 203 yards in the game, struck again in the third quarter, this time ripping off a 70-yard scoring run to push the Wildcats into the lead at 17-14.

That was the end of the offensive highlights for Westview, though. The Cats wouldn't score again, while Sunset pulled away with three unanswered touchdowns and two Michael Metter field goals in the remaining time.

'We had to come back. It was just three points, but it was a 17-point swing,' Riley said. 'Then after that, we totally dominated.'

Metter hit from 18 yards and 32 yards in the third quarter, those field goals sandwiched around an 11-yard TD run by Reggie Coulter that made it 27-17. Then, in the fourth quarter, Sunset's Bruce Jones cashed in from 3 yards out and Coulter followed suit with another 3-yard TD run to make it 41-17.

Coulter carried 16 times for 116 yards, while Jones added 82 yards on 12 carries. Poorman went 8-of-16 passing for 85 yards with one interception, and Cole Abdie made three catches for 55 yards.

For Westview, beyond Bacon's heroics, quarterback CJ Garcia went 11-of-21 passing for 104 yards with one interception, with Justin Leatherman catching three passes for 54 yards.