Tualatin is more than good enough at Westview
ROCK CREEK — It may not have been perfect.
But it certainly was impressive.
And the Tualatin High School football team is looking to build on it.
The Timberwolves, after giving up a quick game-opening touchdown to Westview, scored 42 unanswered points on their way to getting a 42-14 win over the Wildcats in a non-league game played Friday at Westview High School.
"We definitely had a lot of mistakes," said Tualatin senior Luke Marion, who scored three touchdowns in the win. "We let them score twice and, with our defense, we don't want to let any team score at all. But we put a lot of points on the board, and that's good, and we got the job done."
"It wasn't perfect, but we came out and did what we expected to do," said Tualatin senior running back Kainoa Sayre, who also scored three TDs. "But we have a lot of things to work on. These next three weeks, we have a lot to prepare for."
"It was a really fun night," said Tualatin senior lineman Cody Van Meter, who had five quarterback sacks in the win. "I thought we did a good job on the 'D' line, keeping them contained. And we're looking to improve on the weeks to come."
With the loss, Westview, from the Metro League, moved to 2-4 on the season. Tualatin, from the Three Rivers League, improved to a perfect 6-0 with the victory.
"This was awesome," Marion said. "It was awesome to come out and have a nice game, and get a win."
"It was a good game all around, for all of us," Van Meter said. "We really stepped up in practice this week."
Tualatin looked strong on offense all night long. The Wolves rushed for 320 yards on 37 carries, while passing for 229 yards.
"I feel like this week was one of our best weeks of practice on offense," Sayre said. "We came out and executed well."
Marion, playing mostly in the slot for the Wolves, and Sayre, both seemed unstoppable at times, each getting into the end zone three times.
"I was playing catch-up with Luke all night," Sayre said with a laugh. "It's fun, between me, Luke and John (Miller). It's fun competing with each other."
The Tualatin offensive line, including senior Brett Gydesen, sophomore Nico Webb, senior Nolan Fragio, Van Meter and senior Sonny Edward, among others, certainly played a big part in the offensive success. Meanwhile, Timberwolf linemen and linebackers kept the pressure on Westview all night, coming up with nine quarterback sacks.
"We were keeping our assignments, nailing what we did in practice and we did better than we did last week (a 62-33 home win over Canby," Van Meter said.
Still, Tualatin found itself facing an early deficit in Friday's game. On the second play from scrimmage, Westview sophomore quarterback Hunter Gerard teamed up with junior Keith Moton on a 56-yard touchdown pass play, giving the Wildcats a 7-0 lead with 11 minutes and 11 seconds left to play in the first quarter.
But that didn't seem to bother the Wolves.
"It's just business," Marion said. "It's just the first quarter of the game."
It didn't take Tualatin long to answer back. In their ensuing possession, the Wolves quickly moved down the field. A 27-yard pass from senior quarterback Blake Jackson to senior receiver Cade McCarty and a 14-yard run by Jackson and an 11-yard pass from Jackson to Marion set up a 13-yard touchdown run by Sayre. Jackson followed that up with a 2-point conversion run, giving Tualatin an 8-7 lead with 10:31 left to play in the opening period.
Marion scored Tualatin's next two touchdowns. He reached the end zone on a 58-yard run with 6:39 remaining in the first quarter, and then scored on a 3-yard run with 1:52 left in the period, upping the Wolves' lead to 22-7.
Jackson, who looked to be a big-time threat both running and throwing all night, set up Tualatin's next touchdown. He had a 23-yard run and a 15-yard pass to junior Casey Raz, setting up a 27-yard scoring run by Sayre, which gave the Wolves a 28-7 lead with 2:37 left in the second quarter. Tualatin would take the 21-point advantage to the halftime break.
It didn't take long for the Wolves to strike again in the third quarter. Marion returned the second-half kickoff 39 yards to the Tualatin 49-yard line. On the very next play, Jackson, throwing deep, hit Marion in stride for a 51-yard touchdown pass play, which made the score 35-7.
The next time the Wolves had the ball, Sayre capped off a seven-play, 70-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run, which gave Tualatin a 42-7 lead with 8:07 left to play in the third quarter.
Westview finished the scoring in the contest with a 65-yard touchdown pass from junior Brayden Libby to senior London Smalley, coming with 6:08 left to play in the contest, making the final score 42-14.
"It was a lot of fun, but we have a lot to work on," Sayre said. "We definitely wanted to come out and play around and see what was working. I feel like it's easier to experiment this week instead of the next few weeks."
"It was definitely a step up from last week, so that felt good to us," Van Meter said.
Marion had a strong all-around game for the Wolves in the victory. He ran for 86 yards and two touchdowns on four carries. He also had four catches for 91 yards and another score.
"I had a new position for this game. I was playing in the slot today. I was just doing what the coaches asked me to do, and I think we went out there and executed," Marion said. "To go out there and score three times, it's never going to be a bad feeling."
Sayre ran for 110 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries. He also had four catches for 85 yards. Jackson completed 14 of 17 pass attempts for 201 yards. He also rushed for 69 yards on six carries. McCarty had four catches for 51 yards.
Tualatin did lose three fumbles in the contest.
For the Tualatin defense, Van Meter had five quarterback sacks. Edward, senior Jake Reser, senior Josh Boespflug and junior Dylan Nguyen had one sack apiece. Jackson had two tackles for losses. Senior Drew Delozier, Miller and senior Ari Ramirez each had one tackle for a loss.
For Westview, Gerard completed six of 20 passes for 135 yards. Libby completed 11 of 14 passes for 96 yards.
Smalley had four catches for 113 yard. Moton had four receptions for 91 yards. Senior Michael Saavedra was Westview's leading rusher with 77 yards on four carries, all coming in the fourth quarter.
For the Westview defense, junior Gabe Foster and senior Simon Niese each had a fumble recovery. Leo Coffman had a quarterback sack and senior Semon Onwo had a tackle for a loss.
Tualatin is now entering the brutal part of its schedule. The Wolves will host West Linn on Oct. 18, travel to Lake Oswego on Oct. 25 and play at rival Tigard on Nov. 1.
"We definitely have those last three regular-season games in mind, because they're tough, and we're getting ready for them," Marion said.
"We've been looking forward to this all season," Van Meter said. "The playoffs start now."
"We're looking forward to them.," Sayre said. "I think this week, we have to stay focused. We've got West Linn first, and we've got to take it one game at a time."
Westview will be back in action on Oct. 18, when it hosts Grants Pass in a non-league game starting at 7 p.m.
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