Green team eats well after thrilling victory
Tigard's Chicken and Beans Bowl comes down to the game's final play
TIGARD - It was the last play of the game.
The score was tied
Green quarterback Brad Davis, rolling out to his right, fired a pass to the end zone.
Meanwhile, Robby Chabreck had one thing on his mind.
And, with that in mind, Chabreck leaped up and grabbed the football for the game-winning touchdown as time expired, helping the Green team score a thrilling 52-46 win over the White squad in the fourth-annual Chicken and Beans Bowl, played Saturday at Tigard High School.
'I was thinking chicken the whole way,' Chabreck, a Tigard High School senior-to-be, said with a smile following the contest.
The winning team of the Chicken and Bean Bowl, which is a Tigard intrasquad football contest that wraps up the Tigers' spring practice sessions, gets to enjoy a postgame chicken and beans dinner with all of the fixings. The losing squad gets a postgame meal of beans - only beans.
'This is the first year I get chicken,' said Green running back Zach Floyd, who rushed for 201 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 10 carries in the contest. 'I was on the losing team last year, and got just beans. Oh yeah, getting that chicken is big motivation.'
While only the Green squad got to enjoy the postgame chicken dinner, both teams turned in impressive performances in the contest.
'What a great game,' Tigard coach Craig Ruecker said. 'The kids executed and did a lot of good things. Both teams kept playing hard and the offenses made big plays and the defenses made big plays.'
The game got off to a flying start. The White team, getting a 1-yard touchdown pass from junior-to-be quarterback Jett Even to senior-to-be tight end Conner Olson, and a two-point conversion run by junior-to-be Justin Alvarizares, took an 8-0 led with 9 minutes and 38 seconds left to play in the first quarter.
Green answered back with a 7-yard touchdown run by senior-to-be fullback Stephen Whitelock and a two-point conversion run by junior-to-be AJ Hotchkins to tie the game at 8-8 with 7:53 left in the opening period.
Then, the White squad seemed to take charge.
After Even and junior-to-be receiver Manu Rasmussen teamed up for an 11-yard touchdown pass play, the White team got the ball right back as sophomore-to-be Brady McGetrick made a leaping interception on the next play from scrimmage.
The White squad took advantage of the turnover, getting a 12-yard touchdown run by Rasmussen out of a wildcat formation to give the team a 24-8 lead, which it took to the second quarter.
But that's when the Green squad came storming back.
The Green squad got a 7-yard touchdown pass from Davis to Chabreck, a 10-yard scoring run by Hotchkins, a 49-yard scoring pass from Davis to senior-to-be Anthony Consolo and a 23-yard TD run by Floyd - all coming in the second quarter - as the team rallied to claim a 38-30 halftime lead.
In the second half, with the teams playing a pair of 10-minute quarters with running time, things really got hectic.
The Green team wasted little time in adding to its lead. Hotchkins rushed for 31 yards on the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter. On the next play, Floyd scored on a 39-yard run to give his team a 46-30 lead.
Now, it was the White team's turn to come back.
Alvarizares capped off a 12-play, 70-yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown run. Then, after sophomore-to-be Bryan Baker recovered a Green fumble, the White quickly struck again. A 7-yard touchdown run by junior-to-be Brad Imai, who also added a two-point conversion run, tied the game at 46-46 with 3:55 remaining to play in the contest.
A 19-yard pass from Davis to Consolo and a pair of 14-yard runs by Floyd helped the Green squad move the ball downfield. Davis ran six yards to the White 6-yard line as time was ticking away. The Green team then called a timeout with just a single second showing on the clock.
With the win on the line, Davis, rolling to his right, then found Chabreck open in the back of the end zone for the game-winning touchdown pass play.
'It was a better pass than a catch,' Chabreck said. 'But it was so exciting. It feels real good.'
Also, Chabreck was quick to point out, this was the third straight year he was on the winning team at the Chicken and Beans Bowl.
'Three years eating chicken,' he said.
In addition to Floyd's 201 rushing yards, the Green team also got 61 yards on the ground from Hotchkins on five carries.
Davis completed 11 of 16 pass attempts for 171 yards. Consolo had four receptions for 83 yards. Junior-to-be Daren Rodrigues had four catches for 30 yards and junior-to-be tight end Jake Biglow had two catches for 53 yards.
For the Green defense, junior-to-be linebacker Nick Dauphinais had a tackle for a loss.
For the White team, Even completed 16 of 29 passes for 221 yards. Olson had six receptions for 92 yards and Rasmussen had five catches for 49 yards to go with three rushes for 31 more yards.
Imai was the White's leading runner with 96 yards on 10 carries. Alvarizares added 38 yards on six carries.
For the White defense, McGetrick had an interception, Baker had a fumble recovery and junior-to-be Victor Ceja had a quarterback sack.
Now, the Tigers are optimistically looking forward to the 2012 season, especially after the impressive performances at the Chicken and Beans Bowl.
'I thought both quarterbacks played very well,' Floyd said. 'All of the young guys played well.'
'I think we're going to make one really good team,' Chabreck said.
Tigard will open the 2012 season Aug. 31 with a non-league game at Canby.