Tigard gets a 21-7 victory in the Pacific Conference opener

HILLSBORO — It may not have been Tigard’s best effort.

But, thanks to a strong showing on defense, it was more than good enough.

The Tigers, despite seemingly playing with a lack of enthusiasm at times, powered their way to a 21-7 win over Glencoe in a Pacific Conference football opener played Friday at Hare Field.

“We did not play a great game,” Tigard coach Craig Ruecker said. “We came out without much emotion. We need to be more consistent. We played good against Canby, we were great against Aloha and then came out flat against Glencoe.”

With the loss, Glencoe moved to 2-1 on the season while starting league play at 0-1.

Tigard, the defending Pacific Conference champion, improved to 2-1 on the season while also scoring its eighth-straight league victory, going back to last year.

Defense looked to be a key factor for the Tigers in their latest league victory.

In Friday’s game, Tigard held Glencoe to just 122 yards of total offense, while limiting the Crimson Tide to -2 yards rushing on 24 carries.

Junior Nick Duron helped lead the Tiger defensive effort with six total tackles, including three quarterback sacks. Senior defensive lineman Cain Adams and junior lineman Jacob Mullen added one quarterback sack apiece.

Tiger senior linebacker Chance Taylor had a pair of interceptions and junior defensive back Manu Rasmussen had a fumble recovery.

“We played outstanding defense in the game,” Ruecker said. “On offense, we turned the ball over a number of times. We were very sloppy and we need to play better. But we’ve got a wonderful group of young men who love to play football and are very coachable.”

Tigard took a 7-0 lead in Friday’s game when senior Zach Floyd scored on a 14-yard run with 6 minutes and 30 seconds left to play in the first quarter.

The Tigers pushed the margin to 14-0 when junior quarterback Jett Even completed a 11-yard touchdown pass to junior fullback A.J. Hotchkins with 11:15 left in the second quarter.

Tigard took the 14-0 lead to halftime, but Glencoe cut the margin in half when quarterback Kevin VanWinkle threw a 47-yard TD pass to Larry Trebriel with 3:58 remaining in the third quarter.

Tigard got a bit of breathing room in the fourth quarter when Floyd scored on a 24-yard run with 10:17 remaining in the contest, making the final score 21-7.

Floyd led the Tigard rushing attack with 118 yards on 18 carries.

Senior Benny Wick added 84 yards on 12 carries in addition to kicking all three extra points. Senior Kaz Greene rushed for 55 yards on eight carries.

Even completed four of 10 pass attempts for 47 yards. Senior tight end Conner Olson, Taylor, Hotchkins and Greene each had one reception.

For Glencoe, VanWinkle completed 12 of 26 passes for 124 yards.

The Tigers face a big league test on Friday when they’ll host Century in a game starting at 7 p.m. at Tigard High School.

The Jaguars are 3-0 on the season and 1-0 in league play. They also have a scoring average of nearly 60 points a game.

“They’re an outstanding team, especially with their offense,” Ruecker said. “It’s going to be a big challenge. They’re a good team, and we can play football, too. So it should be a great game.”

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