Sunset wins its first in Metro play, beating Beaverton 34-12

CEDAR MILL — This one felt good.

The Sunset football team, hosting Beaverton on Friday night, broke a four-game Metro League losing streak and did it in style, racing out to a 31-0 lead and holding on to win 34-12 at Sunset High School.

“We played well. We bounced back from a lot of tough defeats,” said Sunset coach Faustin Riley, noting that his team's losses during its month-long skid came by five, four, seven and four points. “We came to play, and on Senior Night, it was a nice thing.”

Sunset's win lifted its Metro League record to 1-4 (4-4 overall), while the Beavers fell to 1-4 in league and 5-3 overall.

“We started off really flat and just didn't make the plays we needed to,” said Beaverton coach Bob Boyer. “And Sunset played a good game. They are a good team.”

After a scoreless first quarter, the Apollos turned up the heat in the second period, taking advantage of a couple Beaverton miscues to score four unanswered touchdowns and take a 28-0 lead into the half.

Running back Bruce Jones lit the fuse Friday night when he hauled in a 43-yard touchdown pass from Willy Pflug, then broke a 53-yard TD run to make it 14-0.

Jones made it three straight when he scored from three yards out, and Clayton Welsh added a one-yard TD run for that 28-0 halftime margin.

“We had two short-field opportunities and that long run by Bruce,” Riley said. “The offense and defense both played well.”

The Apollos tacked on two Drew Wilson field goals in the second half, while the Beavers' offense got going with a 23-yard TD pass from Kyle Eckrosh to Eli Twain, and later, a one-yard scoring run by Evan Colorito.

For Sunset, the value of the victory could not be overstated.

“It's pretty difficult to put it ll on the line week after week and fall short,” Riley said. I'm pretty impressed with the kids and how they bounced back.”

Bouncing back was certainly on the Beavers' minds too.

“We just need to regroup and focus on ourselves to get better and be ready for Jesuit next week,” Boyer added.

For the game, Jones carries 21 times for 105 yards, and also caught three passes for 63 yards. Pflug went 16-of-24 for 243 yards, including six to Jeff Bieber for 80 yards.

For Beaverton, Malik Fontleroy-Smith carried 20 ties for 64 yards and Colorito 10 times for 63 more. Eckrosh, in his first game back from an injury, went 12-of-26 for 114 yards, with Davasyia Hagger catching three for 42 yards.

On Friday, Beaverton hosts Jesuit at 7:30 p.m., while Sunset visits Westview at 7:30 p.m.

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