Tigard picks it up in victory over Lakeridge
TIGARD — The Tigard High School football team wasn't totally happy with the way it played a week ago.
The 21-6 win at Newberg didn't sit very well with the Tigers.
So, they decided to make up for it this week.
And, wow, did they ever.
Tigard, rushing for 344 yards on offense, and forcing four turnovers on defense, powered its way to a 48-19 win over Lakeridge in a Three Rivers League game played Friday at Tigard High School.
"It was good," said Tigard junior running back Malcolm Stockdale, who scored four rushing touchdowns in the win over the Pacers. "We didn't play like we wanted to at Newberg. That was motivation for tonight."
"It was a good team win," Tigard junior lineman Isaia Tavita Porter said. "Last week was disappointing. Tonight, we came together as a team and got a good win."
With the victory, the Tigers improved to 3-0 in TRL play (4-1 overall), putting them in a tie with West Linn for first place in the league standings.
"It was great," said Tigard senior running back Spencer Smith, who rushed for a game-high 132 yards in the victory. "We got back to how we're used to playing. It was nice to get a good win like this."
Lakeridge moved to 1-2 in TRL games (2-2 overall), putting the Pacers in a tie with Tualatin, Sherwood and Canby for fourth place in the league standings.
"The turnovers really did it to us," said Lakeridge sophomore running back Jalen John, who rushed for 117 yards in the contest. "We battled, but we shot ourselves in the foot."
Meanwhile, Tigard, which started freshman Drew Carter at quarterback for the second straight week, turned to its running game to power its offense right from the start.
In the Tigers' second possession of the contest, which started following an interception by sophomore Tyler Penn, Tigard ran the ball eight straight times. Stockdale carried the ball seven of those times, and he capped off the 50-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown blast, which gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead with 6 minutes and 29 seconds left to play in the first quarter.
Another Lakeridge turnover, this time with Penn recovering a Pacer fumble, started the next Tigard scoring drive.
The Tigers, with Smith being the workhorse on this possession, moved the ball to the Lakeridge 34-yard line, where Tigard faced a third-and-5 situation as time was winding down in the first quarter.
But, instead of letting the clock run out, the Tigers snapped the ball with one second remaining in the period and Carter, on a play-action pass, connected with senior Braden Lenzy for a 34-yard touchdown pass play, giving Tigard a 14-0 lead as the opening period expired.
Lakeridge, behind the running of John, answered back. John's 37-yard run set up his own five-yard TD burst up the middle, cutting the Tigard lead to 14-6 with 8:42 left to play in the second quarter.
The Tigers came right back. Stockdale capped off a 10-play (all runs), 67-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown run, which upped the margin to 21-6 with 3:35 left to play in the first half.
Tigard would take that 15-point lead to the break.
The Tigers would be just as opportunistic after the intermission. Tigard senior Cody Tanz recovered a Lakeridge fumble on the second-half kickoff. Three plays later, Stockdale would score on a 15-yard run, upping the Tiger lead to 28-6 with 10:50 left in the third quarter.
Tigard, on its next offensive possession, got a 56-yard pass play from Carter to senior tight end Kyle Bay, setting up a two-yard touchdown run by Smith, making the score 34-6 with 7:05 left to play in the period.
Lakeridge fumbled again on the ensuing kickoff, with Tigard sophomore Max Lenzy recovering the loose ball.
Three plays later, Stockdale reached the end zone for the fourth time, scoring from two yards out to push the Tiger lead to 41-6 with 6:01 remaining in the third quarter.
Lakeridge, still fighting through the adversity, answered back. A 25-yard run on a scramble by junior quarterback Charlie Maynes, and a 20-yard pass from Maynes to sophomore Matt Peterson, set up a 13-yard TD run by John, which made the score 41-13 with 2:35 left to play in the third quarter.
From there, Tigard got a 32-yard touchdown run by Smith with 35 seconds left to play in the third quarter, and Lakeridge got a five-yard TD run by sophomore Caiden Biege-Wetherbee with 4:25 remaining in the game, making the final score 48-19.
"This was a lot of fun," Porter said. "These guys are like my family."
"It's super fun when we play like this," Smith said.
Tigard, behind the blocking of linemen Porter, senior Jaran White, senior Burke Albaugh and senior Laytan Tanuvasa, among others, and senior fullback Jake Leavitt, rushed for 344 yards on 53 carries in the victory.
"It was good," Porter said. "I think the offensive line did a really good job. And it's really fun blocking for those guys."
"The line is where our offense starts," Stockdale said. "They put in a lot of work."
Stockdale ran for 128 yards and four touchdowns (the first time he's done that since playing freshman football) on 18 carries in the win. Smith ran for his 132 yards, and two touchdowns, on 19 carries.
"It's crazy, with Spencer," Stockdale said with a smile. "It's a duo. They can't stop us."
"We share, and keep going," Smith said. "We got it rolling tonight. There were so many holes. The offensive line did a great job."
Braden Lenzy added 34 rushing yards on four carries and senior Trevor Moler ran for 34 yards on six carries for the Tigers.
Carter completed three of nine pass attempts for 102 yards.
For the Tigard defense, junior Carter Dennis, Leavitt and Bay each had a quarterback sack and junior Mitchell Cross had a tackle for a loss.
"The defense hustled all over the place," Porter said.
For Lakeridge, John picked up his 117 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries.
"In the second half, it went downhill," John said. "In my opinion, it was the Pacers vs. the Pacers in the second half. When we face a good team like this, it just can't be a Friday night on the field, it has to start on Monday at practice. We can correct this."
Biege-Wetherbee added 37 yards on seven carries. Maynes completed five of 15 pass attempts for 56 yards. Peterson had two catches for 32 yards and junior Will Scadden had two receptions for 26 yards.
For the Lakeridge defense, senior Joe Marini had a quarterback sack and junior Zach Burrell had a tackle for a loss.
"We'll come back next week and play harder," Biege-Wetherbee said.
Both teams will return to league play on Friday. Tigard will play at West Linn in a TRL showdown and Lakeridge will host Canby in 7 p.m. games.