Wilsonville wins last regular season game against La Salle 44-20
Wilsonville—Against the La Salle Falcons, they faced perhaps their sternest test to date. Still, the Wildcats passed, and defeated the away team 44-20 on Oct. 27.
It was another Friday night where Wilsonville football dominated, particularly in the first half. In what has become the norm rather than a deviation from it, the Wildcats put up double digit points in the first 24 minutes of the game.
The opening half saw the home team score on a touchdown pass from junior quarter Nathan Overholt to senior wide receiver Jacob Herr at 7:26 of the first quarter. Overholt was 16/22 on pass attempts, and threw for 191 yards over the course of the game.
The next points to go up on the board were from junior running back Cooper Mootz at 2:10 of the first quarter. Mootz had a staggering five touchdown runs on the night, and ran for a total of 243 yards.
"Our offense played well again," head coach Adam Guenther said. "We had five different receivers catch at least two or three balls. We take what they give us on offense, a couple of weeks ago we passed for 300 (yards), this week we ran for 300. It's nice to have the athletes and the flexibility to do that."
The defense would get involved in the first half as well, shutting the Falcons out, and securing a safety with 59 seconds left in the first quarter. Overall, the Wildcats defense had two interceptions, four sacks, and seven tackles for a loss.
"Our defense played lights out again," Guenther said. "It makes it easier on the offense when you have a defense that continues to give you great field position and gets you the ball back quickly. Our backfield had two picks (by senior Austin) Kness and (junior Kevin) Burke, our linebackers are flying around, (and) our defensive line is the best we've ever had."
La Salle made it competitive in the second half. The Falcons run game put two touchdowns on the board, and even recovered an onside kick to give themselves a fighting chance. Wilsonville answered the challenge by handing the ball off to Mootz, who ran in three more touchdowns.
As time expired, La Salle got one more touchdown on the board, but then it was too late. The Wildcats had sealed the victory, closing the show on a near perfect season.
"This is the first time that we have secured sole possession of first in the league since 2004 and that year turned out pretty good," Guenther said. "These kids will have something up on the wall of the gym that they will never take down. They were challenged as far as what kind of legacy do you want to leave this year and they have responded. I'm extremely proud of these guys and happy for them."
With the win, Wilsonville (7-0 in league, 8-1 overall) move into the playoffs to take on Bend (4-3 in the 5A Special District, 5-4 overall) on Friday November 3.