Wilson makes big move with PIL win

The Trojans surge to No. 10 in the Class 5A rankings with a 47-21 win over Roosevelt
Sept. 21, 2012
Wilson's Bailey Sadorf secures a fourth-down pass during the first quarter of Friday's win.
Cory Hincks, center, celebrates his third touchdown run of the first half Friday.
Photos by Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

Wilson made a strong case for itself being the team to beat in the Portland Interscholastic League with a resounding 47-21 victory at Roosevelt in a prep football game Friday night.

Senior Cory Hincks scored three times in the first half and the Trojans ran through the Roughriders to remain atop the league standings with Madison.

Madison beat winless Benson 46-13 to improve to 3-1 overall, and 2-0 in PIL play, equal to Wilson's record.

Wilson and Madison meet October 19.

Winning the league title is crucial as the qualifications for playoff teams changed from last year. Only 24 teams, eight fewer than last year, will earn a spot in the play-in round or beyond, with at least the league champion included from each league. Last year, only Jefferson was higher than No. 24 at No. 21. The other five PIL teams occupied the bottom five spots in the rankings.

Friday's win did wonders for Wilson's ranking as the Trojans vaulted from No. 25 to No. 10, primarily because of Roosevelt's two non-league game opponents - Scappoose and Gladstone. Combined, those teams are 7-1, with the one loss being Roosevelt's win over Scappoose. Also, Wilson's opening-game opponent, Gresham, improved to 4-0 Friday and moved to No. 13 in Class 6A.

Roosevelt dropped from No. 7 to 8. Madison's win affected it dramatically as the Senators dropped from No. 21 to 29 because of Benson's record.

When Friday began, the average ranking for the seven PIL schools was No. 26 of 39 Class 5A schools. On Saturday, the average ranking had dropped to No. 28.