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Wildcats stay hot with blowout win

by: TIMES FILE PHOTO - Westview wide receiver Kyle Cox caught a touchdown pass from Austin Brisbee in the Wildcats big Metro League win over Beaverton.

If the Westview football team keeps playing like this, Friday’s Senior Night blowout win over Beaverton might not be the last time the Wildcats compete at home this season.

Incited by a 37-yard fumble return touchdown by Henry Sundin that was set up by a jarring hit by cornerback Matt Allee, Westview seized an opening wave of energy, and never conceded, rolling the Beavers to the tune of 46-15. Westview was up 27-0 at halftime and 40-0 going into the third, baffling a Beaverton team that was riding high after beating Aloha last week.

“They were motivated to get the job done,” said head coach Greg Fisher. “Football’s one of those games that rides momentum big-time. We started off strong, Beaverton made some mistakes, and we just kept the pressure on. We made it tough on them. We executed well and didn’t really give them anything.”

Fisher said it was Westview’s first game of the year where the Wildcats played offense, defense and special teams at a high level. They took care of all three phases of the contest and controlled the outcome from the get go.

“It was a complete football game for us. And when we do that, we’re going to be in the win column more than the loss column,” said Fisher.

On the first series of the game, Allee came screeching into the Beaverton backfield and popped the ball from the hands of Beaverton quarterback Sam Noyer. Sundin scooped up the stray ball and scored to put the Wildcats up 7-0 with 10:58 to go in the first quarter. Later in the first quarter, junior running back Trevor Bovero scored on a 1-yard touchdown run, which Fisher attributed to the game’s opening score.

“That was huge,” Fisher said of Sundin’s touchdown. “It started the momentum rolling in the right direction. We were up 14-0 before you could blink, and that helps a lot. It set the tone for the rest of the evening.

Quarterback Austin Brisbee carried on his strong junior season by going 16-28 for 258 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. As he has all year, Brisbee spread the wealth to his receiving core and made the smart play in the passing game.

Tight end Ian Meyers caught five passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns and fellow tight end Teagan Lind tacked on five catches for 56 yards. Senior wide receiver Kyle Cox caught an 11-yard score from Brisbee in the fourth quarter and finished with four catches for 45 yards.

“Austin’s a smart kid, and when he plays with that poise and that confidence, he’s a force to be reckoned with,” said Fisher.

Brisbee hooked up with Meyers twice within a two-minute span in the second quarter, hitting the big tight end for a 27-yard score with 3:33 to go and another 50-yard romp to go up 27-0 at halftime. Bovero was big at running back as well, rushing for 123 yards and a pair of trips to the pylon for six.

Defensively, Westview was more than prepared for Beaverton’s no-huddle, hit-the-accelerator pace, being that the Wildcats’ defense faces its own offense’s quick pace every day in practice.

The familiarity and comfort helped brake the Beavers’ rhythm enough that they couldn’t punch the ball in the end zone despite 315 yards of total offense.

Allee and Jacob Sturtevant stayed home on the edge, played assignment football against the Beavers’ zone read scheme and didn’t allow any big plays to open on the perimeter. Beaverton running back Grant Johnson ran for 70 yards, and junior tailback Chidubem Nnoli had 48 yards and a 4-yard touchdown.

“Running up-tempo, no-huddle, that’s normal for our kids,” said Fisher. “What’s not normal is when we play a team that tries to slow it down and huddles. I don’t know if it was a huge advantage because Beaverton’s been running the system as is for two years now, but I thought as a defense, we played great together.”

After giving Jesuit a scare for the first half of their battle with the Crusaders last week, only to succumb to Joey Alfieri and the Jesuit offensive line, Fisher said he was encouraged Westview didn’t let that 50-17 loss beat them twice.

“It speaks a lot to their intestinal fortitude and their belief and confidence in themselves,” said Fisher. “Honestly, after the Jesuit game, I knew that was there. Just by seeing how they responded and how they played with Jesuit in the first half, I didn’t see any quit in them. I expected that grit to be there against Beaverton.”

The vibe around Westview’s program is groundbreaking in the sense the Wildcats have two Metro League wins against upper-class opponents and a chance to keep proving themselves against Southridge this Friday.

“You can definitely feel the confidence and the belief that they can do it,” said Fisher. “They’ve learned that if they focus, execute and take care of what they need to take care of, they’re a pretty darn good football team.”

Westview and Southridge are tied for second place in Metro at 2-1, so Friday’s showdown between two very different programs will have immense significance for the league’s playoff picture. The winner gets sole possession of second place along with a near guarantee of Metro’s top three state playoff spots.

Southridge is licking its wounds after getting run over by Jesuit, but Fisher isn’t taking the Skyhawks lightly to say the least.

“If you look at it on paper, they’re a better football team than us,” said Fisher. “They’ve got better size, better speed and more athletes than we do. But, that’s why you play the game on Friday night. And, I think our kids believe in themselves, and if they execute the scheme, we can play with everybody.”

The Skyhawks are a power, run-first team and one Fisher says doesn’t like to play from behind. So, if the Wildcats can get a bump early in the game, similar to what they accomplished against the Beavers, look out.

“When you have a potent offense and a quarterback who can slice and dice defenses with his throwing ability, you put pressure on the other team,” said Fisher. “We have to execute offensively. I like our chances going in. It’s going to be a tough game because they’re a very good football team who’s going to put pressure on us.”

On defense, Fisher said the Wildcats have to get 11 men to the football and gang tackle Southridge’s star running backs, Jake Pruit and Jacob Martinez to have a shot.



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