Football -- Tualatin opens Pacific Conference play with a 45-7 win

TUALATIN - Talk about a good starting debut.

Tualatin High School senior Eddy Brown, making his first start of the season at halfback, had touchdown runs of 68 and 62 yards - in the first quarter - as he sparked the Wolves to a 45-7 win over Newberg in a Pacific Conference opener played Friday at Tualatin.

For the game, Brown finished with 201 rushing yards on just six carries.

'He had an outstanding game,' Tualatin coach Craig Hastin said.

With the victory, the Wolves not only got off to a winning start in Pacific Conference play, but they also improved to 4-1 on the season. Newberg is now 0-1 in league play and 1-5 on the season with the loss.

Tualatin, in the win, rushed for 400 yards as a team. Senior Kyle Johnson, moving from halfback to fullback, where he started last year, ran for 118 yards on 17 carries.

'The offensive line did a good job,' Hastin said. 'We have two seniors (Jake Wakefield and Jake McCauley) there, but the rest of kind of young. But they're getting the hang of it. They're getting better each week.'

In addition to Brown's two long touchdown runs, Johnson scored on a 7-yard run to give the Wolves a 21-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Senior Glauber Mazzo added a 23-yard field goal in the second quarter, giving Tualatin a 24-7 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, Brown scored on a 38-yard run and Johnson added an 11-yard TD burst. Jesse Clement capped off the scoring with a 17-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

The Tualatin defense held Newberg to 221 yards of offense while coming up with four turnovers.

'The defense did a great job,' Hastin said. 'We were concerned about their passing game, but the secondary and the line did great. It was a complete team effort on defense.'

Matt Losli, Jacob Bowe and Michael Albanese came up with interceptions for the Tualatin defense. Jason GrosJacques recovered the Newberg fumble.

Tualatin will be back in action tonight (Thursday) when it plays McMinnville (1-0, 3-2) in a Pacific Conference game starting at 7 p.m. at Tualatin.

'This is going to be a huge game,' Hastin said. 'McMinnville is a very good team. They've got a good number of returnees from last year.'

The Grizzlies have a strong running game featuring Austin Nichols and Josh Armstrong. In their league-opening 34-13 win at Forest Grove, Nichols ran for 153 yards on 27 carries and Armstrong had 98 yards on 15 carries.

McMinnville also features receiver Mychal Lemon, who is a transfer from Tualatin and the younger brother of Bubba Lemon, who quarterbacked the Wolves last year.

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