Molalla grid squad notches first win
After a two week break from action due to Covid-19 issues, the Molalla High football team returned to the field with a vengeance on Oct. 7. The team picked up its first win of the season with a 19-16 result over visiting Crook County.
Overall, the Indians tallied more than 300 yards of total offense while its defense held Crook County in check except for two plays â€“ touchdown passes of 85 and 90 yards. But that would be it for the Cowboy's offense and not enough to catch Molalla at the wire.
Molalla's defense forced five turnovers in the game. These included two interceptions from Jacob Watson, and limited Crook County to 264 total yards, including -34 on the ground. The Indian defense had three tackles-for-loss and three sacks on the night.
Offensively, Molalla quarterback Tucker Ward had a nice night, throwing for 200 yards and two touchdowns. Overall, he hit on 13 of 23 passes with scoring tosses of 24 and 77 yards on the night. Helping the passing game were Watson, who had four catches for 110 yards and a third quarter score, and Isaac Klementis, who had seven catches for 66 yards and a fourth quarter touchdown.
On the ground, Matt Mueller carried the ball 14 times for 52 yards and a 16-yard scoring run in the first quarter.
Molalla trailed 8-6 at the half, then 16-12 at the end of three quarters before Klementis caught the winning score from Ward.
The Indians (1-1 league, 1-4 overall) travel to Estacada for another Thursday contest on Oct. 14. Game time is 7 p.m.
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