Wilsonville football to host Parkrose in league playoff game
After four road games in the past five weeks, Wilsonville's football team will return home this Friday to host Parkrose in a league playoff contest.
The Broncos defeated La Salle 41-16 last Friday to win Class 5A's Special District 1 East division.
"It should be a great game," Wilsonville coach Adam Guenther said. "They are extremely good. They have very fast skilled kids and a very disciplined line."
Parkrose, No. 12 in OSAA's rankings, has won five straight games, including a 30-19 win at Pendleton on Oct. 18.
"Coach Keanon Lowe over there, he's got them playing well, so it's going to be a great game," Guenther said. "They handled Pendleton pretty well. It's a playoff caliber squad for sure."
The Wildcats defeated winless Wilson 62-26 last Friday to finish a perfect 6-0 in the West division.
Wilsonville junior Riley Scanlan returned a punt 45 yards to begin the scoring. But Wilson answered with a 77-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 7-7 with 7:36 remaining in the first quarter.
"They've got a couple of athletes that their (0-8) record doesn't show," Guenther said. "Those guys were good. "That probably took our kids by surprise just a little bit, and once we made a few adjustments things seem to go pretty well."
Wilsonville used a trick play to quickly retake the lead, as quarterback Jayce Knapp threw a backwards pass to Scanlan, a former quarterback turned receiver, who then connected with Jack Kimball for an 80-yard touchdown.
"That was a little fun play we put in out of our diamond set," Guenther said.
A 1-yard touchdown run by Mathew Labunsky, and two-point conversion, then extended Wilsonville's lead to 22-7 at the end of the first quarter.
The Wildcats outscored Wilson 27-0 in the second quarter.
Dart had two touchdowns in the period on 29 and 31-yard receptions from Knapp.
Mason Dean then returned an interception 26 yards for a touchdown, and Lucas Graves added a 17-yard touchdown run to give Wilsonville a 49-7 lead at halftime.
Dart then returned the opening kickoff of the second half 90 yards for a touchdown.
"Everybody got in and got to play," Guenther said. "Our line played incredible. It was just an all-around good game."
Zach Geilmann scored Wilsonville's final touchdown on a 69-yard run with 4:49 remaining in the game.
The Wildcats rushed for 263 yards. Graves gained 110 yards on eight carries and Geilmann finished with 93 yards on four touches.
"We just kept running the ball on them," Guenther said. "The schemes that they were in just let us run and we always say whatever they give us we'll take."
Wilsonville played without fullback and linebacker Chad Overholt, who remains day-to-day as he recovers from a lower body injury.
"He'll be a game time decision on Friday," Guenther said. "We're keeping our fingers crossed. It's just going to take time and we need him for the playoff run more than anything."
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