The Apollos move to 2-0 on the season after a 51-17 win at Barlow
GRESHAM Sunset fell behind early Friday against Barlow, but the solution was simple. The Apollos simply had to get their hands on the football, relying on their quick-strike air attack to blowout the Bruins 51-17.
Barlows opening drive at up almost half of the first quarter and ended with Zach Standish sending a 30-yard field goal down the middle of the uprights.
Sunset was only down for a minute, as junior QB Willy Pflug connected on three straight passes to drive the team down the field, ending with a 23-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Bieber.
Sunsets defense earned a three-and-out on the next possession, forcing Barlow to punt out of its own end zone. The Apollos took possession with a short field at the 37-yard line.
One play and the scoreboard was rolling again.
This time Pflug fired a dart over the middle for Kasey Porter, who bounced off a tackler at the 10-yard line and sprinted into the end zone.
Sunset struck again midway through the second quarter when Pflug hit Michael Kerns with a 28-yard scoring strike to make in 18-3. Porter kept the drive alive when he made a diving catch down the middle of the field for a 33-yard pick up on 3rd-and-7.
The Apollos only struggles came on their conversion attempts where they went 0-for-3 in the first half.
Barlow gave itself some hope near the end of the first half, converting a series of long third-down plays to set up Speedy Sanchez for a 1-yard burst into the end zone.
Sunset took over at its own 20-yard line with 1:18 to play. There was no stall in the Apollos game plan Pflug came out firing again.
Sunset crossed midfield before Barlows Hunter Roeder stretched out for an interception, returning the ball 20 yards to the center logo.
With time for one play to move the ball within scoring range, Roeder pulled down a 17-yard catch, cutting into the middle of the field for a few extra yards. The ball was knocked out of his hands in the attempt, but he managed to recover his own fumble.
Barlow called timeout with :04 on the clock and trotted out kicker Kyle Standish for a 53-yard attempt. He connected from 50 yards last week and had booted a kickoff out the back of the end zone earlier in Fridays game.
Standish loaded up for the record long try, but Sunsets 6-foot-6 lineman Josh Brown got his hands up in the middle of the pile and made the block.
Sunset went into halftime with an 18-10 lead and would tally five more touchdowns in the second half to move to 2-0 in nonleague play.
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