Jason DuMont's record-tying 6 TD passes lead Sunset to 52-21 win over Aloha
9/30/2016 11:20 PM
September 30, 2016 10:45 PM

In a year when quarterbacks in the Metro League have been putting up video-game-like numbers, Sunset’s Jason DuMont joined the party Friday.

The senior tied the state 11-man record for most touchdown passes in a game as he led the Apollos to a 52-21 victory over Aloha at Aloha High School.

Playing just over three quarters, DuMont completed 23 of 30 passes for 310 yards and six touchdowns, and also ran for a score. The six touchdown passes placed him a large group of   quarterbacks that shares the mark, a group that includes Westview’s Zac Schmerber, who reached the milestone the week before against Century.

DuMont repeatedly used his feet plays to keep plays alive when Aloha was able to collapse the pockets, with one scramble resulting in a 15-yard touchdown run. DuMont said the ability to keep plays alive was payoff for his development as a quarterback and the work he has done to improve his speed.

“I’ve played quarterback for a while now, and I’ve kind of got the pocket presence, as you can call it,” he said. “And I’ve worked really hard on my speed and being able to get out of the pocket. It’s really helped me extend plays, and as you saw tonight, receivers can get open when I’m able to get out of the pocket.”

DuMont became the 42nd player in Oregon 11-man high school football history to throw six touchdown passes in a game, a list that includes the likes of Beaverton’s Taylor Barton, whose performance came in the state title game, and Scappoose’s Derek Anderson, who went on to play at Oregon State and in the NFL.

The Metro League includes the likes of Schmerber, Beaverton’s Carson Crawford and Century’s Kyle Chimienti, who have all put up big numbers this season. DuMont says he knows the league is full of slingers, but he’s not trying to keep up.

“I’m just trying to get the win,” he said. “It’s a tough conference, and there’s a lot of good players, and I’m not necessarily trying to stand out. As long as we get the win, I’m happy.”

DuMont spread the wealth, with seven receivers catching two or more passes. Junior running back Gabe Leonard caught touchdowns passes for 33 and 31 yards, and also rushed for 88 yards on 20 carries.

The Apollos needed the win after starting the season 0-3. The Apollos started the season with a 31-21 loss at Skyview, one of the better big-school teams in Washington, then lost a shootout against No. 3 Sheldon, 54-44. They opened Metro League play with a 30-21 loss to Century in a game in which the Apollos lead 7-3 at halftime.

Sunset had the opportunity to win all three games, and the league loss to Century was especially tough to take.

“We knew it would be tough starting the season and it was definitely disappointing to lose those by deficits we could have overcome,” said senior linebacker Nick Wiley, a two-time first-team all-Metro League selection. “But the team overall has come back well.”

The Apollos know they still have to play No. 9 Beaverton, No. 4 Westview and No. 2 Jesuit. They entered the night at No. 33 in the OSAA power ranking, which would put them outside the Class 6A playoffs, which they’ve made the last six years.

But with a 70-36 home win over Liberty, then Friday’s win over Aloha, Sunset has taken care of games they need to win to remain alive while not letting the tough start keep them down.

“We talked about that tonight,” Apollos coach Damien Merrick said. “I told them to never forget the start we had to the season, because it says more about this group of kids than tonight’s win or last week does. It’s the fact that they’ve stuck together.”

Aloha (0-5, 0-3), whose start included losses to No. 10 Grants Pass, No. 9 Beaverton and No. 4 Westview, struggled to consistently move the ball, but got big plays from senior Paul Frazier, who caught touchdowns passes of 40 and 80 yards, both from backup quarterback Marcus Matchie.

-- Mike Tokito

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