Century falls to Beaverton 30-0
A game that started with a lot of hope last Friday night ended somewhat hopelessly for the young Century Jaguars still seeking their first win.
Beaverton (2-2, 3-3) pounded the ball on the ground with senior running back Trevor McDonald, dissected the Jaguar defense through the air with senior receiver Grant Kirby and dominated in the trenches en route to a 30-0 rout Oct. 6 at Hillsboro Stadium.
"We're just not playing well," said a dejected Century head coach Sean McMenomy. "We're young and these guys need to start believing. It's time they take ownership of this thing because we need to get there and we need to get there fast."
McDonald repeatedly battered Jaguar defenders in the hole and in the open field on his way to roughly 150 yards. The transfer from Willamette High School found holes, made his own when necessary, and ran around the Century defense for back-breaking plays and drive-sustaining first downs.
"He runs his butt off and is a tough, tough kid," said Beaverton head coach Bob Boyer. "Sometimes he looks for contact when he maybe shouldn't, but he's a tough, hardnosed runner."
And when it wasn't McDonald it was Kirby, who finished with five catches for 85 yards and three touchdowns, including five, six and 12-yarders, all on rub plays that left him open in the flat.
The normally pass-happy Beavers have leaned more on the run in recent weeks due primarily to McDonald's success between the tackles.
"We can throw it when we need to, but we're kind of making a living off of our running back right now," said Boyer. "We're still running the same basic concepts, but if we can slow the game down against some of these opponents, we'll do it."
Beaverton didn't get their first score until the second quarter, when Kirby capped a nine play, 67-yard drive with a six yard touchdown catch in the left corner of the end zone with 9:36 left in the first half. Century's Tysen Tippetts blocked the extra point attempt and the Beavers led 6-0.
After a Jaguar three-and-out, Beaverton again drove the field, this time from their own 37 to Century's 19 before settling for a 36-yard field goal to up the lead to 9-0.
Century (0-4, 0-6) continued to struggle offensively, going three-and-out for a second consecutive possession. But it was their lack of defensive discipline that made life more difficult for a team having a tough go of it as is.
On the next Beaverton possession, the Jags held the Beavers on third and 13 only to have the drive extended due to a roughing-the-passer penalty. A play later, McDonald scurried 40 yards to the Century three-yard line, and two plays after that Kirby had his second touchdown catch and the visiting Beavers had a 16-0 lead.
"We just need to work on our consistency," said McMenomy. "We'll be good for a stretch, but then lose focus and give up a huge play. I don't know how many times we allowed them to break contain tonight, but it cost us dearly when we did."
Boyer thought his team played sharper and more aggressively at the point of attack in this game, applying a lot of pressure to Jaguar junior quarterback Jack Wilson. Beaver defenders battered the young signal-caller throughout the contest, never allowing the 6-fooot gunslinger to get comfortable in the pocket.
"I don't know that kid's name, but he's one of the most courageous quarterbacks I've seen," Boyer said. "He was getting hit a lot out there, but he just lines up and goes every time and has a great arm. He's a really good kid."
The Beavers put the game away midway through the third quarter when Wilson — backed up against his own end zone — through an inside screen intended for Century's Shane Neal directly into the hands of Beaverton's senior linebacker Tanner Brown , who stepped into the end zone and following a Sam Wagner-Forster extra point, gave the Beavers a 23-0 lead and ultimately, the win.
"It was a good game for us after not playing well last week," said Boyer. "We still have far too many self-inflicted wounds and could've been sharper, but we'll take the win."
And for the Jaguars? McMenomy his team is a work in progress as is still excited about what's to come.
"We're developing and laying a foundation right now," he said. "But it'd be nice to get a win."
Century hosts Aloha next week while Beaverton hosts league-power Jesuit.