Southridge uses a 26-0 scoring run to beat the Crusaders 26-21

BEAVERTON — Southridge did it again.

The Southridge football team, hosting fifth-ranked Jesuit on Friday night, rallied from a 14-0 deficit by scoring 26 straight points to knock off the powerful Crusaders 26-21 in a rain-soaked Metro League contest at Southridge High School.

by: MILES VANCE - WE WIN - Southridge linebackers Matt McRae (left) and Danny Tanabe celebrate at the end of their 26-22 win over Jesuit on Friday night at Southridge High School.

The win lifted Southridge's record to 3-0 in Metro play (4-3 overall) and pushed the Skyhawks into a first-place tie with Aloha, while the Crusaders fell to 2-1 (5-2 overall).

“It's amazing. Amazing,” said Southridge senior linebacker Matt McRae, who helped lead the Skyhawk defense. “We all did it with our hearts, for the team, for Andrew Keller. We did for all our family. We're a brotherhood.

“It's really special,” added junior wide receiver Jordan Morgan, who scored his team's first touchdown on an 83-yard kickoff return in the second quarter and its second on a 54-yard TD reception in the third.

“They're a good team. I just think we came more prepared.”

by: MILES VANCE - STILL BATTLING - Jesuit quarterback Elliott Nistler throws upfield near the end of his teams 26-22 loss to Southridge on Friday night at Southridge High School.

Jesuit held the upper hand early on Friday night, getting a 58-yard Elliott Nistler-to-Buddy Webb completion on the first series of the game, a connection that set up Joey Alfieri's one-yard scoring run for a 7-0 lead.

Then, after the Jesuit defense forced a Southridge punt at the start of the second quarter, the Crusaders marched 59 yards to score again, a drive highlighted by a 27-yard Christian Martinek run and capped by Webb's eight-yard reverse for the score and 14-0 lead with 21 seconds to go in the half.

That said, Morgan made sure that Jesuit's two-TD lead lasted just 16 seconds, taking Patrick Carley's ensuing kickoff back 83 yards to score and cut the gap to 14-7 at the half.

Then, midway through the third quarter, Southridge got even when quarterback AJ Woodin connected with Morgan for a 54-yard score that made it 14-14. The Skyhawks then forced a three-and-out and tacked on a 38-yard Alex Beekman field goal to take their first lead at 17-14 Beekman missed a chance to build that lead when he misfired on a 30-yard field goal attempt at the end of the third, but the Skyhawk “D” stepped up again, forced a safety to make it 19-14 and set the table for another big drive by the Southridge offense.

Following Jesuit's kickoff after the safety, Southridge went to junior running back Jake Pruit six straight times and he responded with 43 yards, including a five-yard burst over right tackle for the score and

26-14 lead with 8:39 left to play.

Jesuit wasn't quite done yet, though. Webb returned a Skyhawk punt 36 yards to the Southridge 22-yard-line, and three plays later, Nistler hit Chase Morrison for an 11-yard TD and a 26-21 deficit with 1:00 left on the clock.

The Crusaders then bounced an onside kick over the first line of Southridge players and Henry Mondeaux recovered at the Jesuit 46 with

57 seconds to go. The Skyhawks gave up one first down, survived one shot at the end zone, then got a sack of Nistler by Jake Henning and Saud Ainimer to end the game.

On Friday, Jesuit hosts Aloha at 7:30 p.m., and Southridge plays at Westview at 7:30 p.m.

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

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