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The Wildcats shut out the Mustangs 49-0 thanks to a grinding running game and explosive passing

SPOKESMAN PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Junior runningback Cooper Mootz dives into the endzone to score the first touchdown of the night. Wilsonville defeated Milwaukie 49-0 on Friday Oct. 20. Milwaukie—It took them longer to get going Friday Oct. 20, but when they did, the Wilsonville Wildcats put up nearly 50 points on the Mustangs. The visiting team shut down Milwaukie 49-0 in an emphatic win that put them at the top of the Northwest Oregon Conference.

The first half went quickly, and both teams looked to establish their run games early. Milwaukie got the game started with a 10-play drive that ultimately resulted in a punt to the Wilsonville 48-yard line. From there, they grinded away at the stalwart Mustang defense over the course of 13-play, 52 yard drive that culminated in a leaping Cooper Mootz touchdown. The junior running back leapt over the line of scrimmage with the ball outstretched to give the first score of the game to the Wildcats at 1:44 of the first quarter.

SPOKESMAN PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Milwaukie senior running back Chazz Amundson was the Mustangs go to runner against the Wildcats. Wilsonville defeated Milwaukie 49-0 on Friday Oct. 20. The quarter ended on a long Milwaukie third down, and despite a strong effort from senior running back Chazz Amundson, they were unable to convert on third down and punt it away.

On Wilsonville's ensuing drive they marched 56 yards down to the Milwaukie four yard line, but were unable to punch in a touchdown run. Milwaukie's defense held strong.

For their part, the Wildcats defense also stood resolute, forcing a four and out on the next drive. However, their success was short lived as a Wilsonville fumble on the ensuing punt return gave the ball back to the Mustangs. To make up for the fumble, the defense picked off Milwaukie quarterback Grey Andreasen-VanOtten.

The Wilsonville offense would make the most of the turnover, scoring in four plays at 4:17 of the second quarter. Junior quarterback Nathan Overholt hit senior tight end Draco Bynum with a picturesque pass over the shoulder for a 23-yard touchdown.

Milwaukie would be unable to take advantage of their possession before half time, and as the second quarter ended it was Wilsonville leading 14-0.

The second half saw an explosion of productivity from the Wilsonville offense.

Four plays and 49 seconds into the third quarter, Overholt broke away from the Milwaukie defense and ran it 43 yards up the middle for the third Wildcats touchdown of the night, and an Austin Kness point after put the score at 21-0. Kness was perfect in point after attempts on the night. SPOKESMAN PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Kicker Austin Kness was 7/7 in PATs against Milwaukie. Wilsonville won 49-0 on Friday Oct. 20.

Another long drive from Milwaukie resulted in a turnover on downs at the Wilsonville 39-yard line, and it only took the Wildcats two plays to capitalize. After a loss of a yard on their first play, quarterback Overholt connected with senior wide receiver Jacob Herr who ran up the right side of the field to score a 62 yard touchdown at 5:10 of the third quarter.

SPOKESMAN PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Mootz scored twice for the Wildcats on Friday Oct. 20. Wilsonville defeated the Milwaukie Mustangs 49-0. Wilsonville forced another four and out, and it was another two play drive that led to another Wildcat touchdown. Mootz ran in his second score of the night from 26 yards out at 2:26 of the third quarter.

The Wilsonville offense took the next scoring play off, as a defensive fumble recovery on the ensuing Milwaukie drive led to yet another touchdown. Senior linebacker Manav Raghubansh scooped and scored at 1:53 of the third quarter to make it 42-0 for the Wildcats.

The fourth quarter started off with the Wilsonville defense forcing another turnover on downs, and another Draco Bynum touchdown reception. Junior quarterback Grant Irby connected with the towering tight end for a two yard touchdown pass at 6:16 of the final quarter. When the final horn blew, it was 49-0 for Wilsonville.

"It feels great," Bynum said. "It's just a great night. I couldn't be happier, 49-0. I'm just so proud of the effort and the hustle, the heart. We all knew we could do it, and it feels so good to be walking out of here 49-0."

Wilsonville head coach Adam Guenther looked forward, but was happy with where his team stood in the league.

"Our kids get to enjoy this game just like the others and on Monday we got to go back to work," Guenther said. "To be outright league champs we have to take care of this Friday and that was one of our goals from the beginning of the year. Right now it feels good to be in control of our own destiny we just can't get complacent. I believe our best football is still to come."

For Milwaukie, the game is over and it's about moving onward.

"We got to flush it, and we got to move on to next week," Milwaukie head coach Jon Wolf said after the game. "We got Putnam, and if we beat Putnam, we go to the state playoffs."

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