The Pioneers move to 5-2 on the season with a big victory over the Kingsmen on Thursday.

SANDY POST: MATT RAWLINGS - Sandy running back Kael Schilperoort breaks into the Putnam secondary.

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SANDY — Not even the weather could stop the Sandy offense on Thursday evening.

Despite a heavy hailstorm and a lighting delay that lasted more than an hour, Sandy (5-2, 4-1 NWOC) rolled to a 51-6 victory against Rex Putnam (3-4, 2-3 NWOC) on senior night for the Pioneers.

Sandy running back Kael Schilperoort rushed for a season-high three touchdowns and Orion Shaw chipped in with two scores of his own in the win.

Coming into the contest, Sandy was reeling from an embarrassing 48-14 loss to Wilsonville the week prior. Sandy head coach Joe Polamalu knew that his team needed to respond in this game, and he was quite pleased with the effort he got from his kids.

"I am proud of the way the kids bounced back. They were focused all week,"Polamalu said. "We did what we needed to do to get back on track."

While this was a game where Sandy looked to be playing up to their caliber again, the same can not be said for Putnam. Despite forcing three Sandy turnovers, the Kingsmen could only get three first downs for the entire game on offense. One of things that killed Rex Putnam's chance over the course of the game was the six muffed snaps that were either mishandled or snapped over the head of Putnam quarterback Marcellas Kenion.

Putnam linebackers Curtis Hoyle and Isaiah Schumacher were injured early on in the first quarter, which also ended up being a huge detriment to the Kingsmen.

"I was definitely frustrated with all the mental mistakes. The weather certainly made the game unique, but it wasn't the determining factor," Putnam head coach Tim Jacobs said. "I think the kids were reeling a bit with seeing two captains get knocked out of the game early."

Look for extended coverage in the Oct. 18 print edition.

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