It took a bit to get going, but when they did they couldn't be stopped.
The Tualatin Timberwolves (11-1) did their thing offensively, but it was on the defensive side of the ball that they did their best work versus Summit High School of Bend, holding the Storm's offense to a single touchdown en route to a 42-13 state quarterfinal win Friday night, Nov. 19, at Tualatin High School.
"We played as a team versus the Storm," Tualatin's Cole Prusia said. "The energy on defense translated to offense. We were flying around and made momentum changing plays on both sides of the ball."
Summit (9-3) led 7-6 after a quarter thanks to a Grant Smith 26-yard pick-six, but never threatened again after the home Timberwolves scored 36 unanswered points before the Storm's Chip Allers ran 37 yards for the game's final score in the last two minutes of the game.
Tualatin was led by running back Malik Ross who â€“ after rushing for six touchdowns versus Westview last week â€“ carried 18 times for 150 yards and a score, along with quarterback Jackson Jones who completed 17 of his 27 pass attempts for 158 yards and two touchdowns.
"They were better on the field than they looked on film," Summit head coach Corben Hyatt told the Bend Bulletin. "Our defense had to play a lot of snaps and they battled, but that is a really good offensive team."
Tualatin got touchdown receptions from Peter Burke and Noah Ogoli, and Jones, Ross, and Jack Wagner each ran for scores in the game.
Next the Timberwolves will face Three Rivers League foe West Linn in the first of back-to-back semifinals beginning at 12 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 26, at Hillsboro Stadium. Tualatin defeated the Lions (11-1) 49-14 earlier this season, but Prusia knows things won't be that easy this time around.
"We beat West Linn earlier this season, yet we aren't satisfied," he said. "It's always hard to beat a team twice in two games, but if we have a great week of practice and stay 100 percent focused, I'm absolutely sure we can get the job done."
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