5 Interceptions Turn Tide For Eagles Against Hawks
Adair – Santiam Christian literally picked off the West Valley League championship Friday night, using 5 interceptions, 4 of which directly affected the scoreboard, to take a solid 41-12 win over Horizon Christian. 4 of the 5 picks were by Ty Villers, who was easily the player of the game.
In a winner take all contest for the WVL title, with the league’s second place seed into the OSAA 3A playoffs a nice consolation prize for the loser, it was the host Eagles that struck first, driving the length of the field on the first possession of the game to go up 7-0 not 3 1/2 minutes into the game on a cool but dry night on the turf in Adair, on a 7 yard keeper by Santiam Christian quarterback Daniel Hendrix.
The Hawks responded with a length of the field drive of their own, highlighted by 5 of 5 passing by Koby MaCallum. But a shot at the end zone on a right boundary go route sailed a little too far, and Santiam Christian’s Joshua Swigart-Risinger made a diving interception in the Eagle end zone to prevent an apparent answering score.
On the third play of the ensuing drive, Hendrix hooked up with Riley Roberts on a pass and run over the middle that covered nearly 70 yards, setting Santiam Christian up with a first and goal. Horizon Christian’s defense dug in, and forces a 4th down, but the Eagles’ Mason McClain broke through for a 4 yard touchdown 13.7 seconds before the end of the opening quarter.