Hawks run wild in 56-7 rout of Jaguars
The Skyhawks race out to a 35-0 lead and go on to beat Century by 56-7
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 on Friday 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 - at 7 p.m. Friday night at Tigard High School. The Skyhawks lost to the Tigers 49-41 in their 2011 opener.
'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 - who finished with 59 rushing yards on 13 carries - capped his team's first drive with a 3-yard scoring run, and Alex Beekman followed with the first of his seven extra points to make it 7-0.
The Skyhawk 'D' stepped up next, stopping the Jags on a fourth-and-long try from the
Southridge 13-yard line, a stop that set the table for their team's next score. Pruit and the offensive line did most of the heavy lifting there, with Pruit carrying four times for 32 yards to set up fellow running back Shane Prunty's 6-yard TD run for a 14-0 edge at the end of the first quarter.
Southridge came up empty on its first series of the second stanza, but was golden after that, scoring three times in the final 6:32 of the first half to build that dominating 35-0 lead. First, the Skyhawks got a 7-yard Prunty run. Then, after an interception by Southridge's Matt Miller, Wolfington scored again on a 3-yard run.
Finally, after Matt McRae took the ball away from Century running back Tyler
Jorgensen for another turnover, Southridge quarterback Reza Aleaziz hit Morgan with a 10-yard scoring strike for that 35-0 halftime lead.
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 finally 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.
'Everybody was doing their part,' Morgan said. 'Everybody was going full speed the whole time. It was just really great.'
'Our defense played great out there and our line dominated up front and made it easy for the running backs to get their yards,' Pruit added.
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