Tualatin starts off solid, but falls to Southridge

by: ANDREW WICKHAM - ON THE MOVE -- Tualatin High School senior Ryan Wisner sprints toward the end zone in Friday's game. Wisner scored a pair of touchdowns in the contest, but the Wolves fell to Southridge. TUALATIN — The Tualatin High School football team was solid through the air on Friday.

In the first half, Tualatin used a connection between senior quarterback Brandon Shroyer and senior running back Ryan Wisner to score two touchdowns and go into halftime tied 14-14 with Southridge.

But the lack of a running game and Southridge’s ball-control attack were two much for the Timberwolves to overcome in the second half, though, and Tualatin fell 35-14 in the non-league contest played at Tualatin High School.

“We didn’t play our game in the second half,” Tualatin coach Rob Hastin said. “We let them dictate the game in the second half. We need to be concerned about ourselves and we weren’t.”

With the win, Southridge improved to 1-1 on the season. The Timberwolves moved to 1-1 with the setback.

Tualatin found itself facing an early deficit in Friday’s contest. On the first play of the game, Southridge recovered a fumble on the Tualatin 20-yard line. Two plays later, Southridge’s Jake Pruit took a keeper around the right side for a 9-yard touchdown run.

On their next possession, the Timberwolves moved the ball down to the Southridge 4-yard-line. Tualatin could not punch the ball into the end zone, though, and a then missed field goal left the Wolves still facing a seven-point deficit.

But Tualatin was able to break through early in the second quarter.

Facing a fourth down with the ball on the 25-yard line, Shroyer dropped back and found Wisner open in the corner of the end zone. Shroyer threw a perfect pass and Wisner made an over-the-shoulder catch. Senior Ryan Hyatt added the extra-point kick to tie the game at 7-7 with 11 minutes and 25 seconds remaining in the first half.”

“Their defensive back didn’t see bench and our bench receiver was wide open,” Shroyer said. “I just hit him.”

The Timberwolves then went up 14-7 with 8:08 remaining in the half. Facing another fourth down, this time from the Southridge 22-yard line, Tualatin dialed up the same play. Once again, Shroyer found Wisner in the end zone.

by: ANDREW WICKHAM - GETTING AWAY -- Tualatin senior quarterback Brandon Shroyer (left) looks to power his way past a Southridge defender in Friday's game.“The second touchdown was bench again,” Shroyer said. “We did that play twice. They were both on fourth down. They were big plays. I’m glad I was able to hit my receiver.”

Shroyer finished 15 of 26 passing for 216 yards and two TDs. Wisner caught three passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns.

“Their defensive backs were laying off, so we were able to do some short passes and my receivers were able to get some good yards after catch,” Shroyer said. “That’s why we were able to do some good things in the first half and get some touchdowns and move the ball.”

The Skyhawks evened the score 14-14 with 2:15 remaining in the second quarter. Pruit took another keeper inside tackle and exploded for a 55-yard touchdown on which he was not even touched.

Pruit finished the night with 11 carries for 152 yards and two touchdowns.

Things changed dramatically in the second half when Tualatin’s lack of a ground attack (the Timberwolves finished the night with only 15-yards on 31 carries), made their offense seemingly too one-dimensional.

“Our running sets up our passing,” Shroyer said. “Our running wasn’t the greatest in this game. Next week we’re going to work on that.”

The Skyhawks offense also began clicking.

With 9:12 remaining in the third quarter, Southridge running back Devin Martinez scored on a 10-yard touchdown run to make the score 21-14.

Martinez then had the biggest play of the night with 6:09 remaining in the quarter. He took an inside handoff, got through the line, past the linebackers and he was gone, 80 yards to make the score 28-14.

Martinez ended his night with 13 carries for 158 yards and two touchdowns.

The Skyhawks tacked on one more insurance touchdown with 7:34 remaining in the fourth quarter. Quarterback AJ Woodin found a wide open Alex Beekman, who made the catch and got into the end zone for a 13-yard TD.

Senior receiver Nick Hines had a productive day for Tualatin in the loss with eight receptions for 76 yards.

For the Timberwolf defense, junior Steven Shockloss led the way with seven and a half total tackles. Senior linebacker Alex Jarmer had a quarterback sack and he teamed with Wisner for another tackle for a loss.

On Friday, Tualatin will face Forest Grove in a Pacific Conference opener set to start at 7 p.m. at Forest Grove High School.

“We’re heading into league now and that refocuses us because league play is extremely important to us,” Hastin said. “We’re looking to improve every week. In some ways we did that this week and in some ways we fell short of that. We’re looking to improve.”

The Vikings bring a 2-0 record into Friday’s game.

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