The Wildcats come away with a statement victory against Sandy to stay unbeated in league play.

SANDY POST: MATT RAWLINGS - Sandy quarterback Tyler KIng tries to escape from a Wilsonville defender.

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WILSONVILLE — The matchup between the fifth-ranked Sandy Pioneers and the ninth-ranked Wilsonville Wildcats was slated to be the game of the year in the Northwest Oregon Conference.

It turned out to be anything but.

The Wildcats held Sandy to just 99 yards of total offense as Wilsonville (5-1, 4-0 NWOC) took down Sandy (4-2, 3-1 NWOC) with a convincing 48-14 victory on Friday night.

"Hats off to Wilsonville. They were very prepared and they completely outplayed us in all phases of the game," Sandy head coach Joe Polamalu said. "It's a wakeup call to us."

Wilsonville was in total command all the way through as they were up 34-0 at halftime and even extended their advantage to 48-0 midway through the third quarter.

"That first half was the best half of football that we have played all year," Wilsonville head coach Adam Guenther said. "The defense was swarming the entire time and the offense was clicking on all cylinders. It was a fun night."

One of the reasons for Wilsonville's dominance was their constant pressure on Sandy quarterback Tyler King — who finished the night just 7-for-17 for only 42 yards.

"(Wilsonville) was just blitzing the house basically and there was nothing we could do about it. We tried some quick screens and they were just stopping it all," King said. "It's not the line's fault, we just needed to execute better."

The leader of the Wildcats pass rush was none other than Washington-commit Draco Bynum, who spent most of the evening wreaking havoc in the Sandy backfield.

"It was by far the best week of practice all year," Bynum said. "We knew that Sandy was a tough team, but we executed well and the scoreboard took care of itself…I'm so proud of all my guys."

Look for extended coverage in the Oct. 11 print edition.

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