Tigers roar past Aloha in playoff opener
There wasn't much drama, at all, in the Tigard High School football team's postseason opener.
The Tigers made sure of that — in a very big way.
Tigard sprinted out to a 51-0 halftime lead on its way to posting a 54-12 win over Aloha in a Class 6A state playoff first-round game played Friday at Tigard High School.
"We came out firing because we wanted to secure another week of playing football," said Tigard senior running back Malcolm Stockdale, who scored three first-quarter touchdowns in the victory. "It was very nice to have everyone get in and play, and have the whole team contribute."
With the loss, Aloha, the No. 4 team out of the Metro League, and the No. 28 team in the final OSAA power rankings, finished its season with a final overall record of 5-5. Tigard, the No. 2 team out of the Three Rivers League, and the No. 5 team in the power rankings, improved to 9-1 on the season. The Tigers also advance to the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs, where they'll host Barlow in a game starting at 7 p.m. Friday at Tigard High School.
The Tigers, in the playoff opener with Aloha, got off to a roaring start. Tigard sophomore quarterback Drew Carter teamed with senior receiver Jazz Ross on a 78-yard touchdown pass play, giving the Tigers a 7-0 lead with 7 minutes and 9 seconds left to play in the first quarter.
Stockdale added touchdown runs of 63, 36 and 10 yards in the opening period, giving Tigard a 27-0 lead going into the second quarter.
From there, Tigard got a 25-yard touchdown pass from Carter to junior receiver Max Lenzy, a 2-yard touchdown toss from Carter to junior tight end Kamryn Hosley, an 18-yard field goal by junior kicker Jackson Cleaver and a 30-yard fumble return for a score by senior linebacker Mitchell Cross, giving the Tigers a 51-0 halftime advantage.
Tigard's final scoring play of the game was a 35-yard field goal by junior Michael McNamee in the third quarter.
Aloha got touchdown catches by Tanner Volk and Jace Russel in the fourth quarter, making the final score 54-12.
Stockdale, for the game, ran for 156 yards and three touchdowns on just seven carries. Carter completed six of seven pass attempts for 171 yards and three scores. Senior quarterback Carson Crist completed three of five passes for 59 yards.
Ross had two receptions for 108 yards. Lenzy had three catches for 61 yards.
For the Tigard defense, senior Isaia Porter had one and a half quarterback sacks. Senior Mahmud Mustafa had a quarterback sack and senior Hayden McDonald had half a quarterback sack.
Barlow, the No. 3 team out of the Mt. Hood Conference, brings a record of 7-3 into Friday's second round game at Tigard. The teams have already met once this season, with the Tigers getting a 58-14 victory in a game played Sept. 7 at Tigard High School.
Christopher Germano contributed to this story.