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Cats beat McKay to join playoff party

Westview hopes to prove its worth against the state's best
by: Miles Vance THE X FACTOR — Westview's Xavier Williams ran for three touchdowns in his team's 31-17 win over McKay on Friday night at Westview High School.

ROCK CREEK - Just so you know folks -- the Westview football team is still alive.

The Wildcats went just 2-7 during the 2011 regular season, but came out strong in their Class 6A Play-In game on Friday night, beat McKay 31-17 and won a berth in the OSAA's 32-team Class 6A state playoff bracket.

Westview (3-7) got three rushing touchdowns from junior Xavier Williams, another 200 yards on the ground from Jordan Bacon and rolled into the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs next week.

"I'm just going out, doing what I do in practice, playing hard and doing the same thing in the game," said Williams, who finished with 80 yards rushing on nine carries and TDs of 12, 20 and 6 yards.

"We've had a hard schedule all year, but we knew that we were better" than our record, said Westview senior defensive back Nick Heisen, who picked off a McKay pass and returned it 75 yards for a score late in the third quarter. "We just wanted to show people that we had a hard schedule, but we're still a good team."

The Wildcats came out strong Friday night, driving for touchdowns on each of their first two series, getting a 12-yard Williams run to end the first, and a 20-yard Williams scoring run to end the second.

McKay answered early in the second period with a 13-yard TD run from Tyler Gonzales to make it 14-7. Westview tacked on a 32-yard Matt Gorman field goal on the ensuing series, but the Royal Scots answered with a 30-yard Jalen Carbajal kick to make it 17-10 at the half.

The Cats built on that lead quickly in the third, getting a 51-yard Bacon run to set up Williams' third TD run and provide a 24-10 lead.

Heisen followed with his interception of McKay quarterback Alex Emerson on the next possession, and took it back 75 yards up the sideline to extend his team's lead to 31-10.

McKay added a 14-yard Joey Thorn TD run with 49 seconds left in the game, but it was too little too late.

McKay saw its season end at 2-8.