By Jeremy McDonald
SILVERTON, Ore.– There were smiles and comments about Hillsboro Stadium following their 48-14 win over Scappoose Friday, and for good reason.
Silverton’s goal at the beginning of the season was to get to this point, and here they are as they win comes on the heels of their final game at McGinnis.
The Foxes Head Coach Josh Craig mentioned that not a lot of people get this opportunity to end the season, seniors as well, with one final win at home. Making it all the much more special.
“It means a lot. Just to win out on our last game ehre, Craig said that not a lot of people do that so it means a lot,” said Casey Brooks. “Having momentum into the semis. (Scappoose), they’re a good team.”
Brooks finished with five catches for 86 catches in his last game at home.
Against the Indians and their big line, Silverton’s defense came out and helped give their offense ample field position. Their special teams forced a safety following a Jordan McCarty interception as the Foxes led 15-0 after 1.
It was the only pick by the sophomore as McCarty completed 12 of 17 passing and rushed five times for two identical 16-yard scores Friday as Silverton led 36-0 at the halftime break.
“We were ready to go, we always are. It was good to come out hot and got them on their heels and we just stayed that way the whole game,” said McCarty as they prepare for Thurston. “Just prepare for their perspective offenses and all week just preparing, sharpening our plays. Always running, just getting better collectively and play as a team.”
The Colts of Thurston cruised to a similar result as Silverton, 48-9 over Wilsonville as the two squads meet up in Hillsboro Saturday for a spot in the 5A State Title game.
The two-headed monster in Nathan Kuenzi and Hayden Roth led the rushing attack. Roth picking up three more touchdowns on 11 carries to bring his postseason total to seven touchdowns in the postseason. Kuenzi showed his duel threat-ness with 11 carries for 139 yards and two catches for 42 yards in the win.
And now they got to Hillsboro, there’s that goal for some on the team that want to bring home the title back to Silverton in two weeks. But first, Thurston stands in their way.
“Just putting together the little things, probably playing Thurston, who’s a good team. Just being able to play a full-game and just get rid of the little mistakes. I think we’ll be good,” said Brooks. “A lot of us put down Hillsboro but, the rest of us put down State. We’re making goals, but we’re not there yet.
“We still got work to do.”