By Jeremy McDonald
WILSONVILLE, Ore.— If you saw the stat sheet, you would think it was a fire show between OSAA number 12 Wilsonville and number 26 La Salle Prep in the Northwest Oregon Conference 5A Football Contest Friday night.
But despite giving up over 300 yards on the ground, the Wildcats (5-0, 4-0 NOC) dominated Homecoming with a final score of 58-30.
During the first half, Wilsonville and La Salle Prep looked as if the score was close.
The Wildcats had 221 yards through the air, 211 from Tom Gomes and the Falcons (2-3, 1-3 NOC) had 212 on the ground with 84 yards by Nick McCoy and 71 yards by Quenton Pearson.
But, that was just in the stats, and behind a series of defensive plays that slow La Salle’s running game, Wilsonville used their passing game to build a 35-16 lead entering the half.
Gomes had three of the ‘Cats four first half passing touchdowns to his resume entering the third quarter, but it was Taran Floyd that was the headliner in the second half.
Floyd opened the second half with a massive return to the house and almost scored a second one following the Falcons touchdown on their first possession of the half.
But despite Pearson and McCoy duplicating their first half into the second, the Wilsonville proved too much to handle on Homecoming as Floyd accounted for his third touchdown of the night.
SCORE. 1 2 3 4 — T
FALCONS 7 9 7 7 — 30
WILDCATS 14 21 13 7 — 58
Jeremy McDonald is a sports writer in the Salem/Portland area and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalist. Follow him at @J_McDonald81. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.