The Tualatin High School football team started strong. The Timberwolves then finished even stronger.
And, with that strong finish, Tualatin pulled away to get a win over Oregon City.
The Wolves scored 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to get a 32-13 win over the Pioneers in a Three Rivers League contest played Friday at Tualatin High School.
With the win, Tualatin improved to 2-0 in TRL play, as well as to 2-0 on the season. Oregon City fell to 0-1 in TRL games, while seeing its season record evened at 1-1.
The Timberwolves, in Friday's game, stuck for a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter. Senior quarterback Blake Jackson scored on a 2-yard run. Jackson then teamed up with sophomore Malik Ross for a 32-yard touchdown pass play, giving Tualatin a 12-0 lead in the opening period.
Oregon City, in the second quarter, got field goals of 44 and 47 yards by Christian Ferreyra, cutting the Tualatin lead to 12-6 at halftime.
Oregon City quarterback Trey Martin then led a scoring drive late in the third quarter that ended with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Green, giving the Pioneers a 13-12 lead.
But that's when Tualatin turned things on again — and it started with the Timberwolves' defense.
The Pioneers then got the ball back and were faced with a third-and-five at the Tualatin 17-yard line when Timberwolf senior safety Luke Marion intercepted a pass intended for Jahleel Heath on the right flat and raced untouched 83 yards to the end zone, giving Tualatin an 18-13 lead with 10 minutes and 52 seconds left to play in the fourth quarter.
The Wolves took off from there.
Marion caught a 46-yard touchdown pass from Jackson to up the lead to 26-13 with 6:02 remaining. Tualatin senior John Miller then scored on 3-yard touchdown run with 3:19 left to play, wrapping up the scoring in the Wolves' 32-13 victory.
Tualatin had 445 yards of total offense in the victory. Jackson had a big game for the Wolves, completing 16 of 23 pass attempts for 262 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception. Jackson also led Tualatin in rushing with 42 yards on 14 carries.
Marion added 39 rushing yards on three carries and senior Josh Boespflug added 30 yards on five carries.
Miller was Tualatin's leading receiver, with five catches for 82 yards. Ross had 63 yards on four receptions. Marion had 59 yards on two catches.
The Tualatin defense, which got a fumble recovery from senior Jake Reser, held Oregon City to -12 rushing yards on 12 carries.
For the Pioneers, Martin completed 20 of 41 passes for 184 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
The Timberwolves will be back in action Friday, when they travel to face McNary in a non-league game at McNary High School in Keizer. McNary is 0-2 on the season, with losses to North Medford and West Linn.
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