Tualatin ends five-game losing streak to Tigard with 34-10 win
It had been nearly six years since Tualatin had defeated Tigard on the gridiron — but that all changed last Friday night, April 2.
On the heels of three consecutive wins and an impressive victory at Oregon City a week prior, the Timberwolves improved to 4-1 in defeating the Tigers 34-10 in a Three Rivers League clash April 2 at Tualatin High School.
In the process, the Timberwolves ended a five-game losing streak against the powerful Tigers and re-established themselves as a power of their own in Oregon high school football.
Tualatin got its first score of the game following a Jake Alton interception, when junior quarterback Jackson Jones connected with Cole Prusia — who had two touchdowns in the game — for a 30-yard touchdown score to put the home team up 7-0.
Shortly thereafter, Tigard tied the game when senior quarterback Zach Chesler connected on a 18-yard touchdown pass to junior receiver Keenan Speer-Johnson with 3:13 remaining in the first quarter.
Tualatin, however, wasted little time striking back, moving the ball 62 yards in a little over three minutes, capping the drive with a touchdown pass from Jones to Alton.
The Timberwolves went ahead by two scores a drive later when Jones again hit Prusia, this time from 26-yards, to put his team ahead 21-7. And when Malik Ross scampered in from 15 yards on an inside run just before the half, it was 27-7 and the game was all but decided.
Ross scored again to make it 34-7, then Tigard added a late Henry Masters field goal for the 34-10 final.
Jones completed 18 of 27 pass attempts for 243 yards and three touchdowns.
Prusia had eight catches for 153 yards, two of which went for scores, while Ross rushed for 70 yards on 15 carries with two scores to his name.
Tigard quarterback Zach Chesler completed 13 of 24 pass attempts for 127 yards and scored a touchdown.
Tualatin will travel to Lake Owego for a "culminating week" matchup with the Lakers Friday, April 9, while Tigard will end its season hosting Clackamas.
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