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Fall means football Monday, October 13, 2008

Southridge runningback Kirk Werhane carries Sam Novak on his shirttail Oct. 10 in the first quarter of the Skyhawks' 42-7 win at Sunset. I haven't seen any stats for the game yet, but Werhane was responsible for a lot of yards.

Fall means football, and all of the necessary stars finally lined up last Friday for me to shoot my first game of the season. I was at Sunset High School for their game against Southridge.

At first glance, the game promised to be a good matchup—both teams had 4-1 records going into the game. Southridge was ranked no. 6 in the state, and Sunset was hovering just out of the top 10.

Those rankings are likely to change somewhat in the next poll, however, as Southridge dominated the game.

Sunset quarterback Michael Verbeek goes to the air Oct. 10 against Southridge.

Southridge kept Sunset close in the first quarter, giving them two personal fouls in the span of three plays.

The Skyhawks nabbed an interception inside the 10 to stop that drive, and then marched the ball down the field only to cough up a fumble.

From the second quarter on, the game was all Skyhawks. They led 21-0 at halftime and 35-0 at the end of third quarter en route to a 42-7 win.

[right] Sunset junior Sam Novak hits the ball out of Kirk Werhane's hands in the first quarter. [below] Southridge defensive lineman Sedric Watson (no. 56) celebrates after scoring his first career touchdown. Watson returned an interception in the second quarter for the major score.

[left] Southridge quarterback Kellen Mastrud (no. 2) has plenty of time in the pocket all night long.