Prep Football Wrap: Century too much for Forest Grove, Banks gets defensive
High school football's opening week is in the books and while much went as expected, there were surprises locally and across the state.
Here in Washington County there were winners and losers, great performances, and as expected—excitement on the field, the sidelines, and in the stands from the players and fans who've been waiting since early last winter to play and watch the game they love.
Below is a summary of what went down on the gridiron at local area schools.
Century earned a hard-fought 40-20 opening week win over visiting Forest Grove. The Jaguars were led by running back Elijah Garcia who rushed for 118 yard and scored four total touchdowns, three on the ground and one through the air. Century quarterback Jonny Ellis had 254 yards passing and three total scores.
The Vikings' starting quarterback Kaden Hale threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with an injury.
Kade Long scored on an 82-yard kickoff return and a 10-yard pass reception, while also recording an interception in Banks' 28-0 win over former Cowapa League rival Astoria. Braves running back Daevon Vereen carried 10 times for 69 yards and Logan Kind tallied 15 tackles, including a tackle-for-a-loss.
The shutout was the fifth in the last 11 games for the Banks defense as they prepare for their first season in the 3A Special District 1.
Westview's Jordan Fisher lived up to the preseason hype by rushing for 237 yards and two touchdowns in the Wildcats' 31-28 win over Clackamas of the Three Rivers League. Fisher had TD runs of 67 and 14 yards, the latter of which put Westview ahead 31-20 in the fourth quarter.
The home Wildcats trailed 20-6 before Jaydon McBreen's 80-yard kickoff return for a score jump-started the Westview comeback.
Visiting Sheldon converted two Glencoe turnovers into scores and the Irish's Grafton Robinson rushed for more than 100 yards and three touchdowns in their 56-0 win over the Crimson Tide.
Liberty's Jaxson Ochoa had a fumble recovery and a late interception to help seal the home Falcons' 21-19 win over Sprague. Liberty quarterback Tytan Rekow ran for two touchdowns and passed for a third in his first game starting for the Falcons who led 21-7 at the half.
Quarterback Drew Nees finished 13-for-20 for 113 yards through the air and rushed for 153 yards and two touchdowns in Sunset's 14-9 win over Sandy.
Jesuit withstood a furious Storm comeback to hang-on to a 24-21 win over Skyview of Washington. The Crusaders' Payton Roth rushed for 157 yards on 16 carries, including a 42-yard touchdown run. Jesuit junior quarterback Jacob Hutchinson threw for 118 yards, but had two interceptions in the win.
First-year head coach Mark Gribble got his tenure at Sherwood off on the right foot with a 31-14 win over visiting West Salem. Coach Gribble's son Nick scored a fourth quarter touchdown to put the Bowmen ahead by two scores and seal the opening week win.
It was all South Medford in the Panthers' 41-0 win over Beaverton.
Mountainside rolled to a 35-0 win over Roseburg. Mavericks quarterback Alex Ingalls accounted for three touchdowns, passing for two and rushing for one, while running back AaronRey Simpson scored a touchdown and rushed for more than 100 yards.
It was all Tigard in the Tigers' 48-0 win over nonconference foe David Douglas. The shutout was Tigard's first since 2019. The Tigers' Austin Goetz had two interceptions for touchdowns in the game and Konner Grant, Luke Davis and Jake Feist all rushed for touchdowns in the home win.
Nelson's Jaidon Siler rushed for two touchdowns and receiver Reid Gray caught another in the Hawks' 28-0 win over visiting Aloha.
Tualatin quarterback Jack Wagner didn't disappoint in the first start of his senior year, throwing for three scores in the Timberwolves 19-12 win over Summit. Wagner threw two touchdowns to Richie Anderson and a third to Luke Ash in the win. The Tualatin victory was the first for first-year head coach Dominic Ferraro who joined the Timberwolves after a season at Forest Grove and in the wake of former coach Dan Lever's departure to Silverton.
After just a single win last season—which was by forfeit—the Hillsboro Spartans scored 21 first-half points en route to a 43-34 win over Ida B. Wells at Hare Field. Spartans standout Nahum Chavez caught five passes for 100 yards and a touchdown and Jaden Echeverria scored twice in the win, and Hillsboro iced the game with a scoring drive late after Wells pulled to within one late.
Southridge opened their season with a 42-13 win over Centennial. The Skyhawks are competing at the 5A level this season in football.
Gaston lost a heartbreaker to Regis 29-28.
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