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Apollos win second straight, beat Cats 38-32

Both teams will play next in Fridays Class 6A Play-In games


ROCK CREEK — On the field, the Sunset and Westview football teams battled in uniforms of purple and white, and red, blue and white on Friday night.

But given everything wrapped up in the two teams' Metro League finale, the Apollos and Wildcats might as well have been wearing blue and gray as they fought their way through their own version of the Civil War. In this case, Sunset played the role of the North and won its second straight game, knocking off the Wildcats 38-32 at Westview High School.

by: MILES VANCE - ALMOST - Sunset receiver Jeff Bieber battles Westview defenders Daniel Abdie (no. 4) and Julius Rucker for a reception during the Apollos' 38-32 win on Friday night.

The win lifted Sunset's record to 2-3 in Metro play (5-4 overall) and left the Apollos in fourth place. Next up, Sunset will likely host a game in Friday's Class 6A Play-In game and believes it has what it takes to earn a berth in the 32-team Class 6A state playoff bracket.

This win is “going to give us momentum going into the playoffs, for the Play-In game we have,” said Sunset senior receiver Ryan Hendry, who made six catches for 122 yards and a touchdown. “It’s a new season from now on. We have a 0-0 record. We want to go far in the playoffs. That’s what we want to do now.”

Westview, meanwhile, lost for the sixth straight time and ended Metro League play at 0-5 (2-7 overall) and in sixth place.

“We were prepared and we were ready. We knew what we needed to do,” said Westview senior quarterback Julius Rucker, who rushed for 101 yards and one touchdown and also threw for 210 yards and two more scores. “But there were a couple mental breaks and that killed us.”

by: MILES VANCE - HE'S IN - ALMOST - Westview quarterback Shane Suyama leaps to score a touchdown during the Apollos' 38-32 win on Friday night.

The Apollos took Friday's opening kickoff and marched 57 yards to score, eventually getting a 10-yard Willy Pflug-to-Trevor Caldwell pass for the touchdown. But Westview answered in kind following a 61-yard Rucker kickoff return, capping its 38-yard drive with a three-yard Shane Suyama run to close within 7-6.

Sunset followed suit with a big Bruce Jones return on the ensuing kickoff, then sent Jones (19 carries for 157 yards) into the end zone on a dive from four yards out to make it 14-6.

Westview came back with its second TD late in the second quarter with a two-yard Xavier Williams scoring run, while the Apollos added a 38-yard Drew Wilson field goal on the final play of the half to keep Sunset in front at 17-13.

There were more fireworks ahead in the second half, starting with Pflug's two-yard TD pass to Caldwell with 2:14 to go in the third quarter, and Westview answering with a 13-yard Rucker-to-Jacob Short scoring strike 26 seconds into the fourth.

The scoring parade kept rolling from there, Sunset getting a 64-yard Pflug-to-Hendry touchdown pass, Rucker cashing in on a four-yard run, Pflug hitting Bobby Rake for a 21-yard score, and finally, Rucker connecting with Daniel Abdie on an 18-yard score with 50 seconds to go for the final 38-32 margin.

For the game, Pflug went 13-of-23 for 170 yards, while Rucker hit on 18-of-29 passes for 210 yards, eight of those to Abdie for 126 yards.

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