Forest Grove falls hard to McMinnville in Pigeon Bowl, 42-0
There's good, there's bad, and there's what happened in the annual Pigeon Bowl game between Forest Grove and McMinnville Friday night, Sept. 9, at Forest Grove High School.
The visiting Grizzlies (1-1) took an early lead and never looked back en route to a 42-0 win over the Vikings, taking advantage of a Forest Grove team that appeared without answers to their biggest test of this early year.
McMinnville senior running back Austin Rapp carried 11 times for 162 yards and two touchdowns, and sophomore quarterback Kane Sullivan threw for three first-half scores, but despite what the Grizzlies did right, this game felt more about what the Vikings (0-2) failed to do in a game they simply seemed ill-prepared for.
"We need to refocus and need to have more effort in practice," Forest Grove head coach Cam McFarland said. "We need to take this loss and that scoreboard as motivation to fix things, and that starts with your attitude in practice on every single rep."
McFarland went on to say that he was happy with his team's effort in the game overall, but he said he noticed a level of distraction this past week that bled into the Vikings' execution, or lack thereof, likely as a result of school being back in session and kids — in many ways — being kids.
He said that despite nary a point he liked how things were lining up offensively, but without the necessary execution for success, the team was left with only failure shortly after the snap of the ball.
"We just weren't getting our blocks," the coach said. "We were our own worst enemy. It wasn't so much what they were doing, but more us not doing what we were supposed to be doing."
The Viks tallied just 196 total yards in the game and turned the ball over four times, fumbling twice and throwing two interceptions.
Tackling was an issue as well.
Mac repeatedly made big plays after contact. The Grizzlies' first score — a 59-yard pass from Sullivan to Mason Yochum — came on a broken coverage that saw the senior receiver run free 10 yards behind the Viking secondary.
In the end, it was a game best forgotten for a Forest Grove team still finding itself in just the second week of a long season. But the Vikings' coach knows it's about getting down to business fundamentally, and he challenged his players to do that next week.
"We need to be all in," McFarland said. "We need to clean things up and focus starting in practice next week. It's about getting back to work."
Forest Grove next hosts Mountain View at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, at Forest Grove High.
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