BEAVERTON - You can mark Friday, Sept. 6th down in the Valley Catholic Sports books as one Great day. The day got started with the Valiants receiving the 2012-13 Oregonian Cup in a morning assembly and ended with the Football team improving their record to 2-0 with a 34-13 thumping of the Colton Vikings. It was just the second game under the new lights at the small private school off TV highway in Beaverton, OR.
The Valiants wasted little time in getting on the scoreboard, receiving the ball to start the game and marching the ball down the field, scoring on a 21 yard run by Senior running back, Liam Walsh. It was the first of two scores for Walsh in the game.
Valley Catholic found the end zone on its first four possessions of the first half. The Valiants scored their second touchdown almost four and half minutes later after a pair of passes on first down, from Senior quarterback, Carter Buuck got them into the Red Zone, Junior running back, Clay Kemper then found pay dirt from a yard out to increase the lead to 14-0, with just under four minutes to play in the opening quarter.
It looked like the Valiants would take a three score lead in the first quarter when Buuck, rolling to his right, found Junior wide receiver, JD Menkens in the corner of the end zone on a Post pattern, but a Holding penalty took the points off the board and pushed Valley Catholic into a first and 20 situation. Not to worry, the very next play, Buuck dropped pack looked to his left to another Junior receiver, Kazuma Lane as the horn sounded on the end of the first quarter, to put the Valiants back in the Vikings' Red Zone.
Valley Catholic needed just 14 seconds of the second quarter to score again and make it count this time. That's when Walsh scored his second touchdown of the first half rumbling across the goal line from a yard out, with 11:46 showing on the clock. The Valiants looked to be in cruise control up 21-0.
But Colton wasn't about to go that quietly. The Vikings, out of the 3A West Valley League, put together a nice little drive with some short yardage screen passes. Then Colton Senior quarterback, Drexler Hall scrambled to his right looking for a hole and found a 15 yard lane to the end zone to get the Vikings on the board and cut the lead to 21-7 with 9:29 to go before halftime.
The Valiants answered on their ensuing possession, their fourth of the half, Buuck finding Menkens on a short fade route in the end zone to put VC up 28-7 with less than four and a half minutes before halftime. The Valiants would take that three touchdown lead into the locker room at the halt.
While the football team was preparing for the second half, the other Valiants' Fall Sports team were led out onto the field at the break and introduced to Valiant Nation, including the 2012 State Runner-up Girls Soccer team, as their Head Coach, Kayla Randall paraded the shiny, new Oregonian Cup trophy awarded to Valley Catholic for the second consecutive year. The award recognizes the overall school excellence in athletics, activities, and academics. Sportsmanship is also a factor in the points based system. Another school in Washington County and Beaverton was awarded with this prestigious honor, The Jesuit Crusaders added their ninth-consecutive gold cup for the 6A ranks.
Back to the Grid-iron, Buuck added a touchdown with his legs to put Valley Catholic comfortably in front at 34-7 in the third quarter. Colton added a meaningless touchdown late in the game to account for the final score. Next week, the Valiants will hit the road for the first time this season, traveling down to Sheridan, another West Valley League school. Valley Catholic will return to its home field on Sept. 20th when they host Umatilla, their fourth of five non-conference games this season.
** Notes **
This season at every home football game, Valley Catholic Principal Ross Thomas, along with his wife are serving up FREE Barbeque Hot Dogs for everyone in attendance. They have unofficially given out over 1200 tasty 'dogs in their first two home outings.
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