The Wildcats shut out the visiting Franklin Quakers 52-0 in the Wilsonville home opener

COREY BUCHANAN - Wilsonville Wildcats dominated visitin Franklin 52-0 on Friday. The Wilsonville Wildcats had a dominant night on Friday against the visiting Franklin Quakers, defeating them 52-0. The Wildcats had an explosive first half, scoring 43 three points, 14 of which came from the defense and special teams unit.

A key takeaway from the Franklin offense by junior defensive back Kevin Burke would put the first points on the board, giving the home team an early lead at 10:44 of the first quarter. From there, it was off to the races. Junior quarterback Nathan Overholt would score the next touchdown five minutes later, running it in from nine yards out, and to end the first quarter junior running back Cooper Mootz would run it in from six yards out to bring the Wilsonville advantage to 21. The Wildcats would put 22 more points on the board in the first half after that, including a punt return by junior Cade Edmonson, and a 45 yard connection between Overholt and junior wide receiver Jonah Gomez.

Scoring from all facets of the team were important in sealing the win for the Wilsonville team.

"It was 43-0 (in the first half), but two of those touchdowns weren't even due to our offense," Guenther said. "We were up seven to zero before our offense even set foot on the field. And then Edmonson returned a punt for a touchdown, so 14 of those 43 were defense or special team."

The second half would be less dynamic for the Wildcats, but they would maintain their control of the game, scoring nine points on the strength of their second string players. The few points for Wilsonville would be junior Grant Irby's 24 yard touchdown run and a fourth quarter field goal from senior Austin Kness. For head coach Adam Guenther, it was important that all of his players get field time.

"It was great, we had all of our first unit guys done by halftime," Guenther said. "Everybody got to get in the game, everybody got to play a lot. That's going to bode well for us down the road, getting all those other guys game time experience. When you're pushing deep into the season, people will know what it's like."

Looking forward into next week, the lesson learned from the domination over the Franklin Quakers was that as long as the team is firing on all cylinders, Wilsonville should get the win.

"It shows me that the only people that can stop us should be us," Guenther said. "We have to execute and play within ourselves."

The Wilsonville Wildcats (1-1) next face the Hillsboro Spartans (0-2) in Hillsboro in the first league game of the season.

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