The Tigers remain unbeaten with their 66-15 victory

HILLSBORO — Another week, another big win for the Tigard High football team.

And the Tigers really got the ball moving in their latest victory.

Tigard, compiling 640 yards of total offense, sprinted to a 66-15 win over Hillsboro in a Pacific Conference game played Friday at Hare Field.

With the loss, Hillsboro fell to 1-4 in conference play and to 2-5 on the season. Tigard stayed unbeaten on the season with the victory, improving to 5-0 in conference games and to 7-0 overall. The 5-0 league mark gives the Tigers a two-game conference lead over Glencoe, Newberg and Tualatin, who are tied for second place in the standings at 3-2.

Tigard, in Friday’s contest, picked up 435 yards of its offense through the rushing game. Senior Manu Rasmussen paced that rushing attack, running for 207 yards and six touchdowns on 15 carries.

Rasmussen started the scoring parade for the Tigers, as he sprinted for an 81-yard touchdown run to give Tigard a 7-0 lead just 2 minutes and 12 seconds into the contest.

Rasmussen added a 23-yard touchdown run and junior Tyler Walker scored on a 2-yard run later in the first quarter, which ended with Tigard holding a 22-7 lead.

Rasmussen started the scoring in the second quarter with a 14-yard TD run, which pushed the lead to 28-7 with 8:48 left in the first half.

Rasmussen added an 8-yard touchdown run and junior Brady McGetrick booted a 29-yard field goal on the last play of the half to give the Tigers a 38-7 lead at the halftime.

Rasmussen added two more touchdown runs in the third quarter, covering 17 and 2 yards. Senior fullback A.J. Hotchkins scored on a 3-yard run in the period and Walker had a 33-yard TD run to cap off Tigard’s scoring.

In addition to Rasmussen’s 207 rushing yards, Tigard junior Landon Floyd ran for 87 yards on seven carries. Hotchkins had five yards on five carries and Walker ran for 43 yards on just two carries.

Tigard senior quarterback Jett Even completed 14 of 21 pass attempts for 181 yards. Rasmussen had four catches for 37 yards, senior receiver Daren Rodrigues had three receptions for 34 yards and junior Sam Inos had two grabs for 50 yards.

The Tigard defense also came up with four interceptions in the win. Rodrigues had two of those interceptions while Rasmussen and Floyd had one apiece.

Senior Joe Lobbato had a quarterback sack for the Tigers while senior Cameron Yarnell, Walker, senior Nick Duron, senior Jacob Mullen and junior Kevin Henderson were among the Tigard players who had a tackle for a loss.

Tigard will be back in action Friday when it hosts Newberg (3-2, 4-3) in a Pacific Conference game starting at 7 p.m. at Tigard High School. Tigard will clinch sole possession of the conference championship if it wins on Friday.

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