by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Southridge Skyhawks wide receiver Jordan Morgan (9) heads upfield against  Beaverton Beavers safety Bryce Barker  (7) in the first half of the Memorial Game at Southridge High School.

Southridge High School went down 7-0 against Beaverton High on the first possession of Friday night’s Metro League opener.

After that, though, the Skyhawks held the Beavers scoreless, and the Southridge offense began moving the ball down the field at will, for a 35-7 victory.

“Anytime you can get a league win in the Metro League, that’s a real plus,” Southridge coach Doug Dean said.

No. 3 Southridge is now 4-1 overall (1-0 in Metro League) heading into next week’s road game against Sunset High School. Beaverton is now 3-2 (0-1) heading into next week’s home game against Aloha.

The Beavers scored their lone touchdown of the night on the third play of the game. Beaverton quarterback Sam Noyer threw a dump pass to Bryce Barker over the middle. Barker broke two tackles and was gone, 80-yards for the touchdown.

After that, though, the Skyhawks defense was flawless. While Southridge allowed Beaverton to drive down the field on several occasions, the Skyhawks defense never broke again. Southridge scored 35 straight points after the Noyer-to-Barker hook-up to run away and hide from their Metro nemesis.

“We played good enough defense to win, and we’ve got a lot of things to improve upon,” Dean said. “Our kids were real resilient. Beaverton, to their credit, drove the ball on some series, and our kids were able to hang in there and fight and get some stops in critical situations.”

The Skyhawks also got on the board on their first possession of the night. Southridge mounted an 80-yard drive that was capped off by a 2-yard touchdown run by Devin Martinez.

Running back Jake Pruit put Southridge up 14-7 early in the second quarter, when he took an inside hand-off 8 yards into the end zone.

With 7:09 remaining in the second quarter, Southridge had the ball on the 45-yard line. Quarterback AJ Woodin dropped back, got plenty of protection and finally found Jordan Morgan running across the middle. Woodin hit Morgan in stride, and Morgan was able to race untouched into the end zone.

“Jordan ran a great route, and our line did awesome,” Woodin said. “They gave me all the time in the world.”

Woodin and Morgan connected again with 2:22 remaining in the half. With the ball on the Beaverton 17-yard line, Woodin again got plenty of protection from the line and was able to launch a ball into the end zone.

Woodin made the catch, and Southridge led 28-7.

Southridge went to a wildcat formation to start the third quarter, and Pruit, who moved over to play quarterback, caught the Beavers’ defense sleeping and was able to race 45 yards, down to the Beaverton 1-yard line.

Southridge fullback Zach Wilbur then went up the middle for the 1-yard TD that made the score 35-7.

In the middle of the third quarter, the light mist turned into a heavy rain with whipping winds, and neither offense was able to threaten to score again.

Dean said that while he was pleased with the result, the Skyhawks still have a lot of improvements to make going forward in Metro League play.

“The way we move forward is to fix the errors that we made and get better in practice in the upcoming week,” Dean said.

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