Tigard runs to big win over Sprague
The Tigard High School football team scored quickly.
The Tigers scored often.
And they won big.
Tigard jumped out to a 35-0 lead in the first quarter on its way to posting a 56-0 win over Sprague in a non-league game played Friday in front of a homecoming crowd at Tigard High School.
With the loss, Sprague, from the Mountain Valley Conference, moved to 0-5 on the season with the setback. Tigard, from the Three Rivers League, improved to 5-0 with the victory.
Senior running back Hunter Gilbert got the scoring parade started for the Tigers in Friday's game. Gilbert scored on a 41-yard run, followed by the first of senior Jackson Cleaver's eight extra-point kicks on the night, giving Tigard a 7-0 lead with 10 minutes and 50 50 seconds left to play in the first quarter.
The Tiger defense then forced the Olympians to punt on their ensuing possession, and Tigard senior Max Lenzy returned the punt 38 yards for a touchdown, upping the lead to 14-0 with 9:22 remaining in the opening period.
That would be the first of three big-play touchdowns for Lenzy. On the Tigard's next possession, he would score on a 63-yard run, pushing the margin to 21-0 with 7:21 left in the first quarter.
Tiger junior quarterback Drew Carter then got into the act. Carter threw a 44-yard TD pass to senior Tyler Penn, making the score 28-0 with 5:32 still left in the opening period.
Carter and Gilbert then teamed up for a 13-yard touchdown pass play, coming with 2:13 remaining in the first quarter, upping the lead to 35-0 at that point.
In the second quarter, Tigard got a 14-yard touchdown pass from Carter to junior running back Hewitt Sullivan, giving the Tigers a 42-0 halftime lead.
The scoring continued early in the third quarter, as Lenzy returned the second-half kickoff 79 yards for a touchdown, making the score 49-0, and putting a running clock into play.
Tigard's last TD came on an 8-yard run by sophomore Trent Hall, coming with 7:57 left to play in the contest, making the final score 56-0.
For the game, Carter completed all four of his pass attempts for 82 yards and three touchdowns. Sophomore Tommy Martin was the Tigers' leading rusher with 89 yards on eight carries. Gilbert ran for 78 yards on just two carries. Lenzy had 63 yards on one carry, and Hall had 49 yards on four carries.
Penn, Gilbert, Sullivan and junior Zach Chesler each one one reception.
Tigard, as a team, had 385 yards on total offense on just 27 plays.
For the Tigard defense, Abraham Villasenor was in on 12 total tackles in addition to forcing a fumble. Senior Mikey McNamee was in on eight total tackles.
Senior Cole Scott had a quarterback sack. Senior Kameron Hosley, Gilbert, senior Andrew Carter and J.J. Fuapau were all in on tackles for losses. Sophomore Martin Unzeta recovered a Sprague fumble.
The Tigers, who are 2-0 in Three Rivers League play, return to league action on Friday, when they face Oregon City in a game starting at 7 p.m. at Pioneer Memorial Stadium in Oregon City. The Pioneers are 0-3 in TRL games and 1-4 on the season.
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