Wilsonville football dominates on the road, besting St. Helens
It was another on-the-road blowout for the Wilsonville Wildcats, who struck early and often against the St. Helens Lions on Friday night, outscoring them 57-7 on Friday night.
The Wildcats scored 54 points in the first half, shut the Lions out in the second half, and were it not for a lone touchdown in the second quarter, otherwise kept St. Helens off the scoreboard entirely. In a word? Perfection.
"We executed," head coach Adam Guenther said after the game. "The kids did what they were supposed to do and good things happened.
"The offense, we needed to execute, and if we executed our stuff we felt like we could be pretty explosive. It was probably one of the best games our line has had all year. Things just seemed to work."
And work they did. Junior Wilsonville running back Cooper Mootz had four rushing touchdowns on the night, two in the beginning of the first half, and two at the tail end of the second quarter. Junior Jonah Gomez would catch a (junior) Nathan Overholt 31 yard pass at 3:23 of the first quarter to bring the score to 20-0.
Starting the second quarter, St. Helens senior linebacker Zane Weis recovered a fumbled Wilsonville punt return at the Wildcats' 20 yard line with 1:30 left in the first, and Lions senior wide receiver Ethan Friend reeled in a 27-yard touchdown from senior quarterback Chase Parkhurst as Wildcats junior defensive back Trevor Antonson leapt the tiniest bit too early in an interception attempt with 10 minutes to halftime.
Antonson would get it back though, running the ball in for a touchdown just 45 seconds later. Overholt would connect with senior wide receiver Jacob Herr for a 20 yard touchdown, and Mootz would run in his second pair of touchdowns for one and 15 yards, respectively. The Wilsonville special teams also got involved, with junior Cade Edmonson running a punt return back 65 yards for a touchdown.
The second half would be a quieter affair on both sides of the ball. The only points were from Wilsonville's Austin Kness, who put a field goal through the uprights at 2:47 of the fourth quarter to bring the Wildcat's total to 57.
Wilsonville (3-1, 2-0 in conference) will face Putnam (2-2, 1-1 in conference) next in a home game on Friday, Sept. 29 at seven o'clock."They play the same style of offense as St. Helens," Guenther said. "It's fortunate the two wing-t teams in our league we play back to back. That's a good thing. They are very explosive, they put some points on the board, but it's going to be another opportunity for our defense to play up to their level, and our offense keep executing."
Jake McNeal contributed to this story.