Beaverton football blows out Westview with huge first half
Nothing personal, no beef, no pettiness, not anymore.
What Beaverton put on Westview wasn't vengeance for any so-called past transgressions between the two bitter opposers. The long-standing boiling rivalry with years of juicy storylines and memorable moments that's been known to cook up its share of bad blood wasn't at the forefront of Beaverton's minds, at least publicly.
Beaverton was all business, taking the Wildcats behind the woodshed for just a good old-fashioned blowout, rolling to a 48-0 halftime lead that triggered a running clock in the second half and cruised to a 48-12 win at Beaverton High School on Sept. 27.
"I feel like if we get out to a good start we have a chance to compete with anyone in the state," Beaverton junior wide receiver/safety Trent Walker said. "We wanted to come out and show everyone that we're not done, we're not giving up. We're going for that state title and for sure that Metro championship. This momentum is insane, we just have to keep riding it and keep working come Monday."
"We expected to come in here and get rolling off the start," Beaverton senior wide receiver/defensive back Cody Davidson said. "To beat a rival like that is one of the most amazing feelings."
From the first whistle, Beaverton wasn't playing around. Westview muffed the opening kickoff and found itself cornered at its own two yard line. Then on the first play from scrimmage, Beaverton senior linebacker Parker McKenna pounced on Westview quarterback Brayden Libby and ripped the ball the loose which Logan McRae scooped and scored to go up 7-0 just 30 seconds in.
"We were juiced coming into this game," Davidson said. "We flew around. We just went from that first play and kept rolling."
Beaverton's defense forced Westview into back-to-back first quarter punts and the Beaver offense made the Wildcats pay, cashing in Carson Budke-to-Walker and Budke-to-Davidson touchdown passes to go up 19-0.
It only got better for Beaverton. Westview's lone promising drive in the second quarter stalled when McKenna blitzed Westview quarterback Brayden Libby on third and short and caused an intentional grounding call that forced the Wildcats to punt. Four plays later, Budke linked up with McKenna on a too-easy 20-yard touchdown pass to go up 26-0 with 9:22 to go in the half.
"We lost our composure, we were pretty flustered," Westview senior Gabe Foster said. "You could tell from that opening kickoff return that we weren't really on the same page with each other. Guys didn't know where we needed to be and what we needed to do. But when you focus on the negatives, things start to compound. It's crucial we roll with the good things and focus on those."
In its first three games of the season Beaverton stumbled over itself a little bit getting out of the gate and struggled to get off to great starts. Against Clackamas last week, a rocky beginning doomed the Beavers on the road and dug a hole that was far too deep to climb out of. But in the first half against Westview, the Beavers came out with jet packs strapped to their backs.
"We put in a lot of work this week," Walker said. "We were pissed about the Clackamas game. We didn't play up to our full potential. We stayed after practice, even came earlier before practice. (Budke) and all my teammates wanted to show out."
The final nine minutes or so of the first half were straight batty. Beaverton junior Sammy Meza picked off Libby in the left flat, fumbled the ball, but Kyron Albright was there to pick it up. That set up a short Budke-to-Davidson touchdown that made it 33-0. Westview coughed up the ball again, but Budke threw a pick to Wildcat defensive back James Crane. The Wildcats subsequently punted, only to pick off another Budke pass, and then fumbled again with 1:35 to go in the half.
Beaverton ended the debauchery, however, when Budke hit Walker on a slant pattern for a 16-yard touchdown that made it 40-0 with less than a minute left. Westview tried get the ball in the end zone, but a Libby heave toward the pylon was picked by an awaiting Walker, who weaved toward the left sideline and picked up a cavalcade of blocks the rest of the way for the 99-yard pick-six as the clock showed all zeroes.
"(Davidson) was like 'Come here, come here I got your block!'" Walker said. "I just followed him the whole way."
To top it off, Walker took an end around pitch from Budke going left and threw to Davidson for the two-point conversion to give Beaverton a 48-0 halftime lead. Walker was flat out sensational, catching seven passes for 107 yards and two scores, bagging the pick-six and the two-point try all in just 24 minutes of action. After the 99-yard interception return, Walker ripped off his helmet, walked off the field and yelled "Where is my offer!?" toward his own sideline, referring to the still-coming scholarship offers that haven't arrived just yet. But after an individually brilliant performance like that, where the junior was the best player on the field full of collegiate prospects, it's just a matter of time until Walker gets his due.
Walker headed a defense that hounded Westview into six first half turnovers, three interceptions and three fumbles that helped Beaverton bury the Wildcats with 29 second quarter points. Four of those takeaways came in succession as the seasoned Beaver defense got after Libby and made him feel uncomfortable all evening. Albright did a great job of covering Westview sophomore sensation receiver Darrius Clemons and limited the Wildcat to just two catches. McKenna, Mendiola, Mason Bloodsaw, Leon Phandouangsy and Hector Cazares brought the heat along the front seven, blitzing constantly, coercing the pocket always.
"We wanted to put pressure on (Libby)," Davidson said. "We watched (Westview's games) against Jesuit and Glencoe and saw their defensive lines just getting after (Westview). We saw (Libby) wasn't handling it as well and was throwing stuff up. And our linebackers and defensive line were awesome getting to him. (Libby) didn't want to stand in the pocket for long."
Budke was terrific, completing 23-of-31 passes for five scores, two to Davidson, two to Walker and the other to McKenna with 333 yards. The Beaver pass catching core is incredibly deep too as Albright, Cristian Gonzalez and Kyler Graziano can all rotate in and add an element of speed and dynamic ability to the attack.
"We can throw on anybody in Metro or the state," Davidson said.
Whenever a team gets up by 45 points or more, the clock doesn't stop, no matter how many points the chasing team can pile up in the ensuing minutes. It's a rule followers of the Beaverton-Westview feud would never think could come into play. Considering the opponent, the history of great games between these two programs and the caliber of headlining athletes on both sides of the field, Beaverton's first half outpouring was surprising to say the least.
Westview didn't roll over by any means and kept competing even as the clock ran at a rapid pace in the second half. Hunter Gerrard got the offense moving, throwing two touchdowns, one on a 63-yard catch-and-run by Foster, the other to Andre Ayo in the fourth quarter. Cane came up with two interceptions and senior London Smalley added another.
When Foster found his way to the end zone, Smalley and Clemons raced to their fellow wide receiver and celebrated with him like he'd just scored the go-ahead six. Beaverton had put the game to bed long ago, but the Wildcats were still united, still fighting and enjoying each other's successes. That snapshot might be indicative of what's ahead for this Westview squad.
"This group is tight," Foster said. "We all believe in each other. Despite the score, we're all going to support each other no mater what the situation is. It just goes to show the love we have for each other."
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