At 5-foot-8, 170 pounds, Wilson High School senior Aaron Medeiros isn’t the biggest linebacker in the area.
But after the first week, he might be the most feared one.
Word is bound to get out about Medeiros’ big night in his first career start — two sacks and three fumble recoveries — as the Rams ran by Foss, 53-6, in a non-conference meeting between the two rival city schools at Mount Tahoma Stadium.
Medeiros, who was been the backup quarterback behind standout Alex Motonaga, got a chance to play inside linebacker coming into the season, and he is off and running.
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“He is a very intelligent football player who takes advantage of situations,” Wilson coach Don Clegg said. “He made the most of anticipating some plays tonight, just knowing where to be.”
In all, Wilson forced five Falcons turnovers, and its first-string defense limited Foss to 45 total yards.
The Rams picked off Falcons quarterback Orlando Stumvoll on the Falcons’ first two drives. The second one by Devon McCabe set up Ezra Adams’ 19-yard touchdown scamper midway through the first quarter.
And Medeiros’ second recovery at the Falcons 14 set up Motonaga’s 12-yard scoring strike to Drew Bonds to give the Rams a 24-0 lead right before halftime.
Adams opened the second half with an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. He finished with 228 all-purpose yards, including 103 rushing yards on 13 carries.
Foss tallied its lone touchdown on Stumvoll’s 61-yard bomb to Demetrius Crosby immediately after Adams’ return.
“We are hoping to get a lot better on defense,” Clegg said. “We had a few breakdowns … and Foss ran the ball better against (our No. 2 defense). So we have some things to work on.”
River Ridge 35, Capital 22: River Ridge High School’s Kelle Sanders did what he does — the Washington State University commit at defensive end hurried Capital (0-1) quarterback Grant Erickson, wrapped him up, and brought him to the ground.
What happened next shifted the momentum for good Friday night at South Sound Stadium, where the Hawks knocked off the Cougars, 35-22.
As another defender fell on Erickson, the ball squirted out. Whether or not Erickson was down was questioned when Padric Green scooped up the ball midway through the third quarter and snuck into the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown.
That evened the score at 15-15, and River Ridge (1-0) took over from there. The Hawks scored three consecutive touchdowns to pull away in the second half.
Eastlake 36, at No. 4 Lakes 27: The Wolves recovered from a first-half deficit by forcing four turnovers to topple the favored Lancers at Harry E. Lang Stadium.
Trailing 29-21 with more than five minutes to go, Lakes got a big kickoff return to set up Cody Roe’s 2-yard touchdown run with 4:27 remaining. But the Lancers’ 2-point conversation try failed.
Needing a stop, the Lakes defense gave up a 58-yard run by Eastlake’s Daniel Bradley. And that set up Chris Nelson’s 1-yard scoring plunge that put the game away with 2:05 to go.
At No. 2 Graham-Kapowsin 69, South Kitsap 38: For a half, the Wolves gave the Eagles quite a scare.
Then the Graham-Kapowsin offense kicked it into high gear as quarterback Dylan Morris threw for 324 yards and five touchdowns at Art Crate Field.
South Kitsap held a 30-28 lead with under eight minutes to go in the first half, but the Eagles tallied two scores in the final 3:40 – the last coming on Micah Smith’s 15-yard scamper to give the Eagles a 41-30 lead.
At Stadium 49, Steilacoom 34: Jamon Chambers scored four touchdowns, and the Tigers’ high-octane offense held off the Sentinels at Stadium Bowl.
Chambers’ scoring runs were of 2, 1, 3 and 23 yards,.
Mount Tahoma 40, at Port Angeles 0: Maleke Pate scored on a run in the first quarter, then caught an 18-yard score at the end of the first half as the Thunderbirds walloped the host Roughriders.
At Bellarmine Prep 49, Rogers 0: Matt Money and Czarshay Thomas combined to rush for 262 yards and four touchdowns, and the Lions opened the season by posting a shutout at Memorial Field.
At Puyallup 49, Curtis 20: What a 2016 debut for Puyallup quarterback Nathaniel Holcomb, who threw for 427 yards and six touchdowns in his team’s home victory at Sparks Stadium.
Holcomb tossed three third-quarter scoring passes (8, 43, 5). Including two of them to Darius Morrison, that broke the game open. Noah McFadden hauled in three of Holcomb’s touchdowns, and finished with 11 receptions for 158 yards.
Auburn 25, at Kent-Meridian 18: The Trojans scored 22 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to reclaim the “Taylor Trophy” in one of the oldest rivalries in the South Sound.
The Trojans went 55 yards in the final minute, capped by fullback Ben Freeman’s 1-yard touchdown plunge, with 16 seconds remaining for the game-winning score at French Field.
Kentlake 34, at Auburn Mountainview 20: Eddie Edwards rushed for three touchdowns and the Falcons tallied four consecutive touchdowns in the first half to build a big lead at Memorial Stadium.
Edwards finished with 149 yards on 12 carries, and had two scoring runs of 59 and 50 yards on back-to-back drives in the second quarter.