Tigard runs away from Glencoe 48-20
Tigard remained undefeated and Glencoe, for the second time in three weeks, saw some of the best prep football Oregon has to offer.
The Tigers left no doubt in their game against the Crimson Tide, defeating the home team 48-20 Friday night, Sept. 16, at Hare Field in Hillsboro.
The win was the third in as many weeks for Tigard and further proof that the Tigers are a force to be reckoned with, both in the Three Rivers League and the state, as the schedule moves forward.
But while the win at Glencoe was nothing short of a big success on the scoreboard, Tigers head coach John Kemper said his coaches and players don't just measure themselves by the final tally.
One Tigard player was ejected during the game, and multiple penalties were given to the visitors for unsportsmanlike conduct.
"I'm pretty disappointed with some of the stuff that happened and the lack of discipline," Kemper said. "We have a standard we play to, and I don't think we played to that standard tonight."
Tigard running back Konner Grant who ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns — all in the first half — agreed with his coach and added that playing with the necessary discipline will be key to them improving as the season progresses.
"I think we started off strong, but at the end of the day didn't really play to our standards," Grant said. "There were a lot of mistakes that need to be fixed and some mental errors that led to us losing our composure. We've got a lot to learn going forward."
The senior added that on the heels of what a proud Tigers program deemed a disappointing 2021 season, it's his and his teammates' job to get the train back on the tracks and headed in the direction they again want it to go.
"The biggest thing for this senior class coming into the year was bringing the Tiger football legacy back to Tiger football," Grant said. "We want to develop that sense of brotherhood, community and team chemistry that we're used to here, and put that into the younger kids so they have something to go into next year."
Meanwhile, a week removed from a rivalry win over crosstown Hillsboro and two weeks since they faced another one of the state's best, Sheldon, in their season opener, the Tide are forced to again pick up the pieces following a disappointing non-league outcome.
Head coach Ian Reynoso said the experience of playing elite talent can only help his team as they continue to work towards re-establishing themselves as a successful program.
"I think both Sheldon and Tigard are fantastic football teams, and that's part of the reason we try to play them," Reynoso said. "The idea is to get better, and I think we've gotten better than we were in Week 1."
Tigard wasted little time opening things up, taking a 21-0 lead less than eight minutes into the contest thanks to scores from Grant, Luke Davis and Henry Masters.
The Tigers made it 28-0 early in the second quarter on a 9-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brady Jordan to junior receiver Nico Simonetti, before Glencoe put its first points on the board when sophomore running back Maliq Smith capped a six-play, 75 yard drive to make it a 28-7 game.
Tigard made it 35-7 just before the half on a second Grant touchdown run and forced a running clock when the Tigers took a 48-7 lead midway through the third quarter, after scores by Davis and Roman Martin.
Glencoe tallied two more scores, both of which were the product of Smith runs. The sophomore finished the night with 148 yards on 15 carries, with three ending in the end zone.
Kemper, whose Tigard team has yet to face the type of competition they'll eventually see in the Three Rivers League, said it's hard to say just yet how they'll stack up, but he's been encouraged by much of what he's seen, especially defensively.
"Our defense has played pretty dang good football," the coach said. "We've got to clean some things up before league play, but it's not necessarily who we play, but how we play that matters."
Glencoe has one more non-league game at Redmond next week before tackling a Pacific Conference schedule starting with a game at Liberty Sept. 30. Reynoso said he's not discouraged by what he's seen from his team in two hard-fought losses, but rather encouraged by the strides they're making in the process.
"These are the games you have to play if you want to try to get to that higher level," the Tide coach said. "You have to know what works and what you need to improve upon, and seeing some phenomenal football players and coaching is how you do it."
Tigard quarterback Brady Jordan finished 10-for-12 for 209 yards and three touchdowns.
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