Wilsonville Wildcats winning ways continue against Hillsboro
It was domination from start to finish. Despite early fumbles, the Wilsonville Wildcats football team asserted themselves offensively, defeating league opponents Hillsboro Spartans 52-14. The first half was especially bad for the Spartans, as Hillsboro was shut out 38-0 in the opening 24 minutes.
The game started out evenly enough. Wilsonville stopped the initial Spartans drive, and moved the ball 51 yards down the field for a nine yard Austin Kness field goal to put the first points on the board at 9:33 of the first quarter.
From there, Wilsonville would recover a Hillsboro fumble on the Wildcats 39 yard line, and get right back to work. A 61 yard drive would culminate with junior Cooper Mootz punching the ball into the end zone on a two yard touchdown run.
The end of the first quarter would see Wilsonville back in possession of the ball, and moving down the field, scoring on a pass from senior quarterback Nathan Overholt to Mootz again.
"It was just a little screen route, and I trusted my receivers to block, and I followed behind my blocks and it was perfect, a perfectly blocked play," Mootz said after the game.
Another four and out from Hillsboro would give Wilsonville the ball back on the Spartan 44 yard line. The drive looked to set up another touchdown for the Wildcats, but an interception from Hillsboro's senior defensive back Kane Kiaunis in the end zone would put a halt to that. Unfortunately for the Spartans, the turn around would only last four plays before they were forced to punt it away. Three plays later, Mootz would pick up his third touchdown of the half on a 31 yard run at 5:46 of the second quarter. A Kness extra point kick would bring the score up to 24-0 in favor of the Wildcats.
Two more Wilsonville touchdowns, a seven yard pass from Overholt to junior wide receiver Jonah Gomez and a pick six from Wilsonville's senior defensive back Manav Raghubansh, would bring the score to 38-0 at the half.
Starting in the third quarter, Wilsonville coach Adam Guenther would make some key substitutions, including bringing out Overholt for junior quarterback Grant Irby, who would have two passing touchdowns in the second half.
Hillsboro would not be shut out at home, however. Senior running back Roberto Aguilera would score on a one yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, and senior quarterback Curran Mitzel would connect with senior wide receiver Daekwon Mitchell on a 38 yard pass.
"I think we did what we were expecting out of ourselves to do," Guenther said after the game. "Not a pretty first half, but it was effective. We executed the plays well, and our silver group, when they got in, they played hard."
Wilsonville (2-1) next plays at St. Helens (0-3) on Sept. 22 at 7pm.