Beaverton improves to 4-0 after knocking off the Royal Scots

BEAVERTON — It took Beaverton a long time to come home this year, but the Beavers made it worth the wait.

The Beaverton football team, hosting McKay in its first home game of the year now that the school's new stadium grandstands are complete, put together a big fourth quarter and used that to knock off the Scots 34-20.

The win lifted Beaverton's non-league record to 4-0 and sets the table for the team's 2012 Metro League opener, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday against Southridge back at Beaverton High School.

“We have to be ready,” said Beaverton coach Bob Boyer. “Southridge is a very good team.”

The Beavers kicked off their Friday home game in fine fashion, with Davasyia Hagger taking McKay's initial kickoff back 90 yards for a touchdown. Greg Marshall's extra point gave the Beavers a 7-0 lead.

But McKay answered with an 11-yard Juan Ochoa scoring run and an Ochoa conversion run to push ahead 8-7 at the end of the first quarter.

Beaverton pushed back ahead 14-7 in the second when quarterback Kyle Eckrosh connected with Jaden Brands for an eight-yard score, but the Scots responded again, tying the game at 14-14 when Lorenso Sterling grabbed a 34-yard TD pass from Ochoa.

McKay then pushed ahead 20-14 in the third when Ochoa scored from four yards out, but the Beavers saved their best for last.

Beaverton scored three unanswered touchdowns in the fourth quarter, the first of those on a two-yard Malik Fontleroy-Smith run, the second on another two-yard Fontleroy-Smith run, and the last on a 32-yard burst by Grant Johnson.

“We got off to a poor start but we got better as the game went on,” Boyer said. “Hagger had a great game receiving and blocking — he is really starting to get the hang of the game. And Malik also got his game rolling. He's playing real well right now.”

For the game, Fontleroy-Smith carried 16 times for 146, and Eckrosh went 7-of-11 passing for 155 yards, with Hagger making for catches for 116 yards.

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