Century gets first win at Glencoe's expense, 43-24
It was a tough night for Glencoe, but this night was less about the Crimson Tide and more about the Century Jaguars securing their first win of the season â€“ finally.
"It feels great," Century head coach Danny Kernan said following the game. "We've been so close the last two weeks, so it was finally good to end up on the other end."
The Jags (1-5, 1-1) took a 7-0 lead on a Tyler Mahlman 1-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter and never looked back, defeating the Tide 43-24 on a chilly fall Thursday night, Oct. 7, at Hare Field in Hillsboro.
Mahlman dazzled on this night, completing 19-of-27 pass attempts for 378 yards and five touchdown passes, while scoring once with his feet.
The senior signal-caller is again acclimating himself to the quarterback position after spending last year as a wideout. Kernan was obviously pleased with his quarterback's performance against Glencoe (3-3, 0-2), and said he felt it was just a matter of time for the kid whose "rusty," but more than capable from a talent standpoint.
"I'm really happy with how he (Mahlman) played," the coach said. "We've been building his confidence trying to get him back after playing receiver last year, and he's still knocking-off the rust, but we told him to just read the defense and take what they give you. And he did that nicely."
Mahlman spread the ball around, throwing to five different receivers including senior Jalen Ellis who caught seven balls for 93 yards and a score. But it was senior Kyle Hamnes who Mahlman turned to for the big play, connecting four times with the speedy receiver for 212 yards and two scores, including a 95-yarder that put Century ahead 22-6 with 6:22 left in the first half.
Kernan said that Hamnes has been a work-in-progress since taking the last few years off from the game to focus on basketball, but that he has the tools and it's been more about putting them together â€“ something he did against the Tide.
"He has the speed, it's just been a matter of finding a way to get him the ball," Kernan said. "Last week he had a couple of opportunities that he didn't capitalize on, but we trust our guys to make plays and you saw tonight that he executed."
Hamnes thought that coming into the game they might have some opportunities based on what they'd seen on film, but while confident in what could be, it was nice to see expectations equate to results in a game he's just excited to again be playing.
"We knew that with the corners they have, we knew we could eat," Hamnes said. "It was fun, but to be honest it's been fun all year. This is my first year playing in high school and I love the team, love the coaches, and love the whole staff. I wish I would've played the last couple years."
As well as things went for Century, it was quite the opposite for Glencoe.
The Tide moved the ball, primarily behind quarterback Royce Fasel who finished with 302 yards rushing on 36 carries. But Glencoe turned the ball over six times, got behind the points after failing their conversion attempt following their initial touchdown, and never got closer than 17 points after trailing 29-6 at the half.
The loss was the second straight for the Tide after they dropped their league-opener to Liberty a week prior.
Century however seems to be trending in the opposite direction after narrow defeats to both Oregon City and McMinnville in the weeks leading-up to the win over the Tide. Now, having gotten over the proverbial hump, Hamnes said the team is stoked and advised to keep an eye on the Jags as they move further into Pacific Conference play.
"This is a super nice win and we're hopefully going to go into the next game with this confidence," he said. "We're heading into league now, so stay tuned."
Glencoe's Trevor O'Leary rushed for 103 yards, while tight end Zack Schlottmann caught three balls for 54 yards.
Cayden Palmeri had two interceptions for Century.
Century next plays at Sherwood Friday, Oct. 15, while Glencoe travels to Newberg.
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