Warriors win, advance to Class 6A playoffs
Aloha races past Redmond and into the 6A bracket
The Metro League went 2-for-3 in the Class 6A Play-In round for football, getting wins from both Westview and Aloha, while Beaverton saw its 2011 season come to an end.
You can read about Westview's 31-17 win over McKay elsewhere on the Valley Times' website.
Aloha 41, Redmond 26
REDMOND - Forced into the Play-In round by virtue of a five-game losing streak and a M*A*S*H-like rash of injuries, the Aloha football team gathered itself, took a long road trip to Redmond and routed the Panthers 41-26.
The Warriors, who tied for third in Metro play and were the league fifth seed, won for the third straight time and improved to 5-5 on the season. Redmond, the third-place finisher from Special District 2, ended its year at 3-7.
Aloha, which played without star tailback Thomas Tyner - he was resting an injured ankle - hammered Redmond anyway, racking up a 28-0 halftime lead and coasting home from there. Jeffrey Horton got things started with an 85-yard punt return in the first quarter, and senior quarterback Cory Sinner capped his team's next two drives with rushing touchdowns, the first from 20 yards and the second from 15.
Sinner added a 3-yard scoring run in the second frame for that 28-0 lead.
Ray Ayo took over for the Warriors in the second half, scoring on an 85-yard kickoff return and a 64-yard run to help his team extend its lead to 41-12 after three quarters.
The Panthers managed three rushing touchdowns and one through the air in the second half, but it was not enough to escape the deep hole they'd dug in the first half.
For the game, Ayo had six carries for 84 yards, Ben Saechin added 76 yards on eight carries, and Sinner had 73 more on seven runs. Sinner also went 2-for-7 passing for 64 yards, including one to Sheldon Prince - who previously had been expected to miss the rest of the season after an injury against Grant - for 56 yards.
Crater 36, Beaverton 7
CENTRAL POINT - Beaverton was almost flawless defensively in its Friday game at Crater High School, but could not carry that success into the second half.
The Beavers, sixth in the Metro League, led the Comets 7-3 at halftime, but were outscored 33-0 the rest of the way and lost 36-7. The defeat ended Beaverton's year at 3-7, while Crater - fifth in Special District 1 - improved to 6-4.
Crater led 3-0 in the first quarter on a field goal, but Beaverton's defense allowed nothing else in the opening half. And in the second quarter, Beaverton QB Ben Cunha hit Stuart Gulsvig for a 23-yard touch-down and the Beavers carried their 7-3 edge into the half.
But the Comets owned the final two quarters, getting two TD runs in the third period and three more in the fourth to pull away.