SALEM — The Tigard High School football team got off to a strong start. And, from there, the Tigers just kept on rolling.
Tigard, jumping to leads of 24-0, at halftime, and 45-6, at the end of three quarters, posted a 58-13 win over Sprague in a non-league game played Friday at Sprague High School.
With the victory, the Tigers improved to 5-0 on the season. Sprague fell to 0-5 with the setback.
The Tigers, in Friday's game, took a 7-0 lead after senior Malcolm Stockdale scored on a 1-yard touchdown run coming with 2 minutes and 39 seconds left to play in the first quarter.
Tigard then poured it on in the second period. A 44-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Drew Carter to senior receiver Luke Ness upped the lead to 14-0 with 8:50 left before halftime. Stockdale scored on another run, this one coming from three yards out, to make the score 21-0 with 2:20 remaining in the second quarter. The Tigers weren't done there. Junior kicker Jackson Cleaver booted a 31-yard field goal with 21 seconds left in the quarter, pushing Tigard's halftime lead to 24-0.
The Tigers then upped the margin to 31-0 after junior Hunter Gilbert scored on a 4-yard run with 7:27 remaining in the third quarter. Stockdale added two more touchdown runs, covering 22 and seven yards, giving Tigard a 45-6 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Junior Josh Burns scored on a 53-yard run and junior Marat Vasilyan added a 2-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, wrapping up the scoring for Tigard in its 58-13 victory.
For the game, Tigard, as a team, rushed for 321 yards on 43 carries. Stockdale led the rushing attack, running for 187 yards and four touchdowns on 30 carries. He now has 17 rushing touchdowns on the season.
Burns added 53 yards on just one carry and senior Donte Whiting had a 36-yard run.
Carter completed seven of 12 pass attempts for 106 yards and a touchdown. Senior Carson Crist completed both of his pass attempts for 30 yards.
Ness had four receptions for 79 yards. Sophomore Hewitt Sullivan had two catches for 30 yards.
For the Tigard defense, seniors Dylan Burch and Carter Dennis each had eight total tackles, including a tackle for a loss.
Junior Max Lenzy had an interception, giving him four interceptions on the season.
The Tigers will be back in action on Friday, when they host Oregon City in a Three Rivers League game starting at 7 p.m. at Tigard High School. The Pioneers are 0-3 in TRL games and 2-3 on the season.
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