Samson Ebukams TD run gives David Douglas a 20-17 lead late in the third quarter

by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: MILES VANCE - David Douglas receiver Hunter Davis celebrates after hauling in a second-quarter TD catch in Fridays 31-20 loss at Sunset.

CEDAR MILL — The Sunset football team took David Douglas' best shot.

Then the Apollos took it again and again, but finally, Sunset shut the Scots down and pulled away to win 31-20 at Sunset High School in both teams' 2012 season openers.

“It really feels good getting that first game,” said Sunset senior running back Trevor Caldwell, who caught five passes for 71 yards and also made a key interception late in the fourth quarter. “You’ve got to come out and try and get that first ‘W’ just to see what our team’s made of.”

“It feels amazing,” said senior tailback Bruce Jones, who finished with 172 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 15 carries, and another TD through the air. “It’s a great start for us and we hope to do it again next week.”

David Douglas didn't make it easy, though. The Scots came from behind three different times on Friday night and led 20-17 when Samson Ebukam scored on a 5-yard run with 58 seconds to go in the third quarter.

But Sunset won the final quarter definitively, getting a 63-yard Jones TD run two minutes later, and then, three interceptions on the Scots' final three possessions, the first of those by Caldwell and the next two by Jeff Bieber and Ryan Hendry.

“Those were big picks,” added sophomore quarterback Willy Pflug, who went 8-of-17 passing for 132 yards and a touchdown. “At halftime, we grouped up, we figured things out and we came out the second half and did better.”

Sunset got the game's first score when Drew Wilson connected on a 19-yard field goal in the first quarter, but David Douglas answered when Andre Reasno scored on a 6-yard run at the end of the second quarter. Sunset responded less than a minute later when Pflug connected with Jones for a 7-yard score, but the Scots pushed back in front yet again when quarterback Henry Vu threw a 4-yard scoring strike to Hunter Davis with 9 seconds left in the first half to lead 14-10.

The two teams traded TDs in the third quarter — Jones ripped off a 38-yard scoring run midway through the period, while Ebukam cashed in with 58 seconds to go in the third — but Sunset held sway from there. Jones went off right tackle and busted a 63-yard TD run three plays into the fourth period, Caldwell and Bieber turned in back-to-back interceptions, and Apollo senior Blake Richard tacked on a 5-yard TD run with 1:21 left in the game to seal the win.

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