Crater ousted by No. 1 Wilsonville

Top-ranked Wilsonville scored four unanswered touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 42-6 halftime lead and didn’t let up in the second half en route to a 78-45 win over Crater in the Class 5A state quarterfinal Friday at Wilsonville High School.

The loss brought an end to a successful campaign for the Comets (7-4), who finished second in the Midwestern League South Division and won a 47-41 first-round thriller over Lebanon last week.

Wilsonville (11-0) advances to a state semifinal date with fifth-ranked West Albany, which upset fourth-ranked Silverton on the road, 20-16.

“I thought we did a lot of great things,” Crater coach Randy Waite said. “I thought our kids had a great season overall. They played hard and the teams we lost to, all of them were in the quarterfinals. So the teams we lost to are all good teams and we beat the teams we were supposed to beat.”

The Comets were competitive in the opening quarter and trailed only 14-6 heading into the second, but Wilsonville’s defense picked off Trever Davis three times over the next 12 minutes to take control of the game.

Wilsonville’s big-play passing game took it from there, and Wildcats quarterback Nathan Overholt completed 27 of 40 passes for 424 yards and five touchdowns.

“Their quarterback is outstanding,” said Waite, whose Comets suffered their second lopsided loss of the season to Wilsonville, which walloped Crater 53-20 on Aug. 31. “He moves around in the pocket and you can’t really put pressure on him. And their receivers go up and get everything, even if you have great coverage.”

Overholt spread the ball around to seven different receivers, but his favorite targets were Jonah Gomez, Cooper Mootz and Cade Edmondson. Jonah Gomez caught five passes for 72 yards, Mootz had five catches for 80 yards and two touchdowns and Edmondson two catches for 56 yards and two TDs. Mootz also rushed for 141 yards.

Davis passed for 256 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for 80 yards for the Comets, who topped the 40-point threshold for the seventh time this season.

Crater’s Dylan Kinney had five catches for 93 yards, Noah Cline two catches for 75 yards and Ethan Scott seven catches for 77 yards.

Wilsonville managed to do what Lebanon could not and stick with Crater star receiver Trevor Jaasko. The sophomore, who had five catches for 105 yards and four touchdowns last week, was a focal point of Wilsonville’s defense and was limited to one 10-yard catch Friday.

“They went up and got the football,” Waite said of the Wildcats’ secondary. “They had their best guy on (Jaasko), but we just couldn’t get anything going, protection-wise — in the first half, anyways.”

Crater’s Gavin Acrey rushed for 98 yards and Tony Flores 34 yards. Scott completed his only pass for a 46-yard touchdown.

Waite said he was proud of how the seniors went out.

“All our seniors, in the second half, played with a little more fire,” he said. “They were having fun and just loving playing the game and playing with their teammates.”

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING

Crater — Tony Flores 9-34, Gavin Acrey 8-98, Trever Davis 19-80, Dylan Kinney 2-17, Cameron Kramer 3-19, Blake Eaton 1-(-8).

Wilsonville — Cooper Mootz 14-141, Jonah Gomez 1-12, Nathan Overholt 4-33, Trevor Antonson 2-5, Zach Geilmann 3-8, Lucas Graves 2-12.

PASSING

Crater — Trever Davis 25-32-3 256. and 2 td; Ethan Scott 1-1-0 46 (td)

Wilsonville — Nathan Overholt 27-40-0 424. 5tds

RECEIVING

Crater — Ethan Scott 7-77, Dylan Kinney 5-93, Noah Cline 2-75, Trevor Jaasko 1-10, Tony Flores 1-13, Chase Sherer 2-15, Brady Brock 1-10, Payton Anhorn 1-3.

Wilsonville — Zach Rivers 4-57, Jonah Gomez 5-72, Cooper Mootz 5-80 (2td), Cade Edmondson 2-56 (2td), Grant Irby 6-103, Isaiah Haqq 4-50, Trevor Antonson 1-9.

Reach reporter Joe Zavala at 541-776-4469 or jzavala@rosebudmedia.com

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