The Hawks play at Dayton tonight in WVL showdown

TUALATIN — Another league game, another big win for the Horizon Christian High School football team.

And, with their latest big West Valley League victory, the Hawks set up a huge league contest tonight (Thursday).

Horizon Christian moved to 3-0 in league play, and to 4-1 on the season, by rolling to a 48-16 win over Gervais (0-3, 0-6) in a WVL contest played Friday at Horizon Christian High School.

The Hawks will now vie for sole possession of the league lead tonight when they play Dayton in a WVL clash set to start at 7 p.m. at Dayton High School. Dayton, which is 5-0 on the season, is also 3-0 in league play, putting the Pirates in a tie with Horizon Christian for first play (Willamina is a half game back at 2-0 in league games).

Horizon Christian should have plenty of momentum on its side going into tonight’s showdown following the win over Gervais. In the victory, the Hawks boasted a balanced offensive attack, running for 247 yards while passing for 225.

Senior running back Taylor Grimmett had a big night for Horizon Christian, accounting for 301 total yards. Grimmett rushed for 170 yards on 19 carries, he had two pass receptions for 42 yards, he returned the opening kickoff 85 yards and he had a 4-yard interception return. Grimmett also had six successful extra-point kicks in the victory.

Grimmett’s game-opening 85-yard kickoff return went for a touchdown, igniting a big scoring first half for the Hawks.

Horizon Christian senior quarterback Wyatt Houston capped off the Hawks’ first offensive possession of the night with a 25-yard touchdown run. Later in the first quarter, Houston threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver Zack Selland, giving the Hawks a 20-0 lead at the end of the period.

Horizon Christian kept rolling in the second quarter.

Houston and Selland teamed up for three more touchdown pass plays in the period, covering 2, 35 and 17 yards, to help the Hawks up their lead to 41-8 at halftime.

Grimmett scored on a 1-yard run in the third quarter to cap off the 48-16 victory.

For the game, Houston completed 15 of 25 passes for 225 yards and four touchdowns. Houston also rushed for 54 yards on eight carries.

Selland, who had all four TD catches, finished the game with seven catches for 77 yards. Junior receiver Parker Belan added catches for 52 yards.

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