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Skyhawks kick off playoffs by kicking out Jags

The Skyhawks race out to a 35-0 lead and go on to win 56-7
by: Miles Vance UNDER PRESSURE — Southridge's Matt Mcrae wraps up Century quarterback Sam Riddle as teammate Casey Dalthorp (left) adds pressure during the Skyhawks' 56-7 home win on Friday in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs.

BEAVERTON - Facing Century in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs, the Southridge football team just about knocked the Jaguars back into the last century.

The Metro League champion Skyhawks blitzed the Jaguars with a 35-0 first-half edge and just kept going from there, eventually posting a 56-7 victory at Southridge High School.

The win, Southridge's third in a row, lifted the Skyhawks' season record to 6-4 and sent the team onto a second-round match-up against Tigard (10-0) - the Pacific Conference champion - likely at 7 p.m. Friday night at Tigard High School.

"It's a great match-up," said Southridge sophomore running back Jake Pruit, who led his team with 89 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries against Century. "We didn't play our best last time, but I think we could come out and win it."

"We've just got to keep working and I think we have a shot at (winning) state," added sophomore wide receiver Jordan Morgan, who finished with five catches for 58 yards and two TDs.

In Friday's win over the Jags (6-4), the third-place team from the Pacific Conference, the Skyhawks scored on both their first-quarter drives, then scored on three of four series in the second period to lead 35-0 at halftime.

Running back Blake Wolfington capped his team's first drive with a 3-yard scoring run, and fellow running back Shane Prunty followed suit with a 6-yard TD run to make it 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Southridge came up empty on its first series of the second stanza, but was golden after that, getting a 7-yard Prunty run, a 3-yard Wolfington run, and a 10-yard Reza Aleaziz-to-Morgan scoring strike for that 35-0 halftime edge.

It got worse for Century before it got better too. Southridge opened the second half with a 65-yard drive capped by Aleaziz's 27-yard TD pass to Morgan on the right seam, and Pruit scored on a 1-yard run on the next series to make it 49-0.

Century got on the scoreboard with 55 seconds left in the third period when Brad Bennett connected with Xavier Mitchell for a 65-yard score, but the Jaguars got no closer.

Southridge's Maleke Nathman ended the day's scoring on a 4-yard run with 4:48 left in the contest.

For a complete game story and more photos, please see Thursday's edition of the Beaverton Valley Times.

To see a complete photo gallery from this game, please go to www.milesvance.exposuremanager.com.