Wildcats held to 51 rushing yards in nonconference setback

A week after losing to Putnam in double overtime, the Wilsonville football team fell to Mountain View on the road in a rematch of the squads’ first-round state playoff game last year.

The Wildcats ceded the first 18 points of the game and weren’t able to mount a comeback, leaving Bend with a 26-13 setback and dropping to 2-3 in their all-time series with the Cougars.

Wilsonville (3-2) had trouble stopping Mountain View tailback Keenan Springer, who logged 162 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries.

Cougars quarterback Blake Knirk, who was filling in for injured starter Conor Nehl, completed just two of his 10 passes but tallied one rushing touchdown.

Springer scored on runs of 1, 2 and 11 yards in the first half to give the Cougars an 18-0 lead.

Wilsonville scored late in the second quarter on a run by senior Derek Sunkle, who was held to 51 yards on 14 carries. Through five games this season, Sunkle has 845 yards and eight touchdowns on 96 carries.

Sunkle and the Wildcats, who are averaging 6.37 yards per carry this season, mustered an average of just 2.04 yards per touch against Mountain View (3-2).

The Cougars, who were coming off a 26-25 loss to Keizer-McNary a week earlier, effectively sealed their win over Wilsonville on Knirk’s 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

The Wildcats added a late score on 53-yard pass to Sunkle by sophomore Elijah Benedick, who went 9-for-21 with 142 yards.

Adam Guenther’s team will return to action at 7 p.m. Oct. 4 with a home game against Milwaukie.



Mountain View 26, Wilsonville 13

Sept. 27 at Mountain View High School

WHS   0   6    0    7 — 13

MV    6   12   0    8 — 26

MV — Keenan Springer 1 run (run fail)

MV — Springer 2 run (run fail)

MV — Springer 11 run (pass fail)

W — Derek Sunkle 5 run (pass fail)

MV — Blake Knirk 1 run (Springer run)

W — Sunkle 53 pass from Elijah Benedick (Harry England kick)

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