Pioneers race out to a 17-6 lead only to fall behind by halftime

by: SANDY POST: PARKER LEE - Sandys Aris Herrera follows his blockers during a long run Friday against Parkrose. PORTLAND — For the Sandy football team, starting strong has been the name of the game. The Pioneers rode solid play early on to wins in each of their first three games. Sandy again got off to a fast start at Parkrose on Friday, but the Pioneers couldn’t keep that momentum going this time. The Broncos galloped past Sandy, 43-24, to give the Pioneers their first loss of the season.

Sandy struck first when Wyatt Edwards converted on a 33-yard field goal in the opening quarter. Running back C.J. McKinnis then went to work for the Pioneers on the ground. With his team just outside the red zone, McKinnis broke through the line and dashed down the right sideline for 20 yards. He punched it from the 1-yard line for the touchdown.

Things seemed to be rolling for the Pioneers, but Parkrose’s quarterback-receiver tandem of Jonathan Boland and Vincent Vy squashed Sandy’s early success. Late in the first quarter, Boland hit Vy for a 34-yard touchdown pass on a fade route to the left corner, narrowing the Pioneers’ lead to 10-6.

McKinnis stretched Sandy’s advantage to 17-6 with another touchdown run in the second quarter, this time from nine yards out. Boland and Vy called the Pioneers’ score and raised them two completions for touchdowns before halftime, giving the Broncos a 20-17 edge at the break.

Boland and Vy weren’t finished. In the third quarter, Boland found his favorite target again and Vy took it to the house for a 42-yard score.

Sandy was able to keep Vy from making any more big touchdown plays in the fourth quarter, but Boland found a new weapon – Tyrell Lee. Boland connected with Lee for a 44-yard scoring strike to give Parkrose an insurmountable 19-point lead as time started becoming a concern.

The Pioneers did make a push to get back into the game by answering with a sustained drive, capped by 2-yard McKinnis touchdown run. However, his third touchdown of the game was the final time Sandy cracked the scoreboard. As if to rub it in, the Broncos moved into scoring position one more time late and Boland rumbled into the end zone on a quarterback keeper to ice the game.

After falling behind 17-6, the Broncos scored 28 unanswered points. Boland accounted for all six Parkrose touchdowns on the night and his big playmaking ability was Sandy’s Achilles’ heel. Boland’s five touchdown throws went for an average of 32 yards, with two going for more than 40 yards.

Parkrose moved into the No. 1 spot in the OSAA's 5A power rankings with NWOC schools Sherwood (No. 3) and Wilsonville (No. 8) also finding spot in the top 10.

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