Determined Tigard steps up to down Forest Grove 24-8
TIGARD - The wait is over, and the Tigers finally got their victory.
Now they're looking to score many more.
The Tigard High School football team notched its first win of the season, downing Forest Grove 24-8 in a Pacific Conference game played tonight at Tigard.
'I can't even explain how good it fees to get the monkey off our back,' Tigard senior Justin Lehner said after the win. 'No excuses. We haven't had 11 guys on the field ready to make the plays all season, and I'm at the top of that list. Tonight, we did something about it.'
With the win, the Tigers moved to 1-5 on the season and evened their Pacific Conference record at 1-1. 'We still have to win a lot more,' said Tigard junior Scott Grady, who scored on both offense and defense in the victory. 'Everyone is excited now. This is how we played last year.'
Forest Grove fell to 0-2 in league play with the loss and the Vikings are now 3-3 on the season.
'We could have won this game,' said Viking junior back Jacob Toll, who ran for 89 yards on 20 carries. 'But we made some mental mistakes.'
Tigard's defense gave the Tigers an early lead. On Forest Grove's first possession of the game, Tigard junior Andrew Woolfe sacked Viking quarterback Brooks Baumgartner in the end zone for a safety, giving the Tigers a 2-0 advantage just four minutes into the contest. Grady, rushing around the left end, ran for an 18-yard touchdown to up the Tigard lead to 9-0 with 1:05 left in the first quarter.
Grady struck again in the first half, this time on defense. In the final seconds of the second quarter, Grady intercepted a Forest Grove pass in the flat and sprinted untouched 63 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown. Tiger junior quarterback Ryan Gorton ran in a two-point conversion to give Tigard a 17-0 lead with just 3 seconds remaining before the intermission.
'I kind of took a risk on that one,' Grady said of the interception. 'I jumped out in the flat and was able to grab the ball. I was pretty excited to see open field ahead of me.'
Gorton then guided Tigard on a 91-yard scoring drive early in the third quarter. He completed passes of 20 and 22 yards to Lehner and added a 22-yard strike to junior Patrick Chabreck to set up his own 1-yard touchdown run, which upped the margin to 24-0 with 2:56 left in the third quarter.
Forest Grove got on the scoreboard when junior fullback Josh Matiaco scored on a 1-yard run with 3:05 left in the game.
'We wanted the shutout,' said Lehner, who also intercepted a Forest Grove pass. 'But we scored eight points on defense, so it evened out.'
Lehner led a balanced Tigard rushing attack with 64 yards on 13 carries. He also had five receptions for 48 more yards. Grady rushed for 51 yards on 11 carries. Gorton rushed for 35 yards and also completed six of 13 pass attempts for 70 yards. The Tigard defense limited Forest Grove to 178 yards of total offense. 'Defense was huge for us,' Lehner said.
In addition to Toll's 89 rushing yards, Matiaco had 17 yards on 10 carries. Baumgartner completed five of 16 passes for 65 yards. Tigard will be back in action Oct. 13 when it plays at McMinnville. Forest Grove will face Newberg on Oct. 13.
'We'll bounce back,' Toll said.