West Linn football hits top gear in 56-0 win over Newberg
The Lions, hosting the Tigers in Three Rivers League play last week, scored four touchdowns in the first quarter, tacked on three more in the second and used that hyper start to rout Newberg 56-0.
"I thought we came out and played really well on both sides," said West Linn coach Chris Miller. "Our goal is always to start fast, but we were real efficient, real explosive. It felt kind of like a 2016 team performance."
With the win, top-ranked West Linn improved to 3-0 in league and 5-0 overall, while No. 23 Newberg lost for the third straight time and fell to 0-3 in league and 2-3 overall.
Just how fast did the Lions start on Friday? They scored their first touchdown just 42 seconds into the contest on a 53-yard TD pass from Ethan Long to Qawi Ntsasa, scored again on a 33-yard Long-to-Ntsasa pass just 2:41 later, made it 21-0 when Tyler Good blasted into the end zone on a one-yard run, and 28-0 when Dawson Jolley ripped off a 70-yard touchdown run with 37 seconds left in the opening quarter.
"The guys were ready to go because we saw that Newberg had played Tigard tough, 21-6, and it was a real physical kind of game and it looked like they matched them pretty well physically. I was pleased."
The Lions kept the accelerator smashed to the floor in the second quarter, too, adding a 13-yard TD pass from Long to senior tight end Keishon Dawkins, a one-yard Ahmir McGee scoring run and a nine-yard scoring strike from Long to Jake Mastrandrea that extended the West Linn lead to 49-0.
"It was a fun first half," Miller said. "That's how we started against Sherwood and how we started against (Oregon City) after we spotted them seven, and against Newberg. We spread the ball around real well against Newberg."
The Lions added their last score — a 43-yard Jolley touchdown run — five minutes into the second half and let their defense carry the rest of the day. For the game, the Lions allowed Newberg just three first downs and just 90 yards in total offense, 71 on the ground and 19 through the air.
For the game, Jolley rushed four times for 131 yards and two scores, Long completed 17 of 25 passes for 283 yards and four TDs, and Dawkins made three catches for 48 yards and one touchdown.
For Newberg, quarterback Garrett Myers carried the ball five times for 25 yards, and completed 4 of 15 passes for 19 yards with one interception.
Next up, the Lions will host Tigard at 7 p.m. Friday in a battle for Three Rivers League supremacy. The Tigers enter Friday's game with the state's No. 4 ranking, a 3-0 TR record and a 4-1 overall mark, its only loss an overtime setback to Jesuit in Week One.
"I would expect to see a close, hard-fought battle this Friday against Tigard for sure," Miller said. "The sign of good program is consistency. They've been in the quarterfinals and semis and got to the finals in 2015 so coach (Craig) Ruecker has done a nice job with his staff making a consistent program over there."