Tualatin pounds Newberg 62-12 to remain unbeaten

by: DAN BROOD - GREEN ON THE GO -- Tualatin senior Austin Green is on his way to a 34-yard run during the Timberwolves' win over Newberg. TUALATIN — The Tualatin High School football team may have struggled a bit on offense to start the season.

But those days seem to be gone.

Long, long gone.

Tualatin has transformed its early-season struggles into an explosive offensive attack.

The Timberwolves, scoring on big play after big play, showed how explosive they could be, as they sprinted out to a 55-0 lead on their way to posting a 62-12 win over Newberg in a Pacific Conference game played at Tualatin High School.

“We showed that we can make big plays happen,” said Tualatin’s Andrew Schlottmann, a senior running back who scored three first-quarter touchdowns in the victory. “Guys like Nick Hines and Cooper Brunner are really fast. And our line really stepped it up. There were plays were I wasn’t even touched for seven yards.”by: DAN BROOD - TIMBERWOLF BALL -- Tualatin High School senior Brandon Yee (2) is congratulated by his teammates after recovering a Newberg fumble in Friday's game. The Timberwolves stormed to a 62-12 win.

Newberg fell to 1-4 on the season and to 0-3 in league play with the loss. Tualatin remained perfect, improving to 5-0 on the season and to 3-0 in Pacific Conference games.

The Timberwolves’ victory also sets up a showdown next week, as Tualatin will play rival Tigard, which is also 3-0 in league contests, in a game set to start at 7 p.m. Friday at Tigard High School.

“It’s our rival, and there’s a lot on the line for league,” said Tualatin senior Randall Tainer, who had an interception return for a touchdown in the win over Newberg.

While there’s little doubt that the Wolves will be fired up for Friday’s game at Tigard, the Tualatin squad also seemed more than ready to go in the contest with Newberg.

“We knew it was important to come out quick,” Tainer said.

The Timberwolves certainly seemed to meet that goal.

In their first offensive possession of the game, the Wolves quickly moved up field. An 11-yard pass from junior quarterback Brandon Shroyer to senior receiver Brennan Symes and a 34-yard run by senior Austin Green set up a 5-yard touchdown run by Schlottmann, giving Tualatin a 7-0 lead less than two minutes into the contest.

Schlottmann added scoring runs of 28 and 4 yards later in the period, helping give the Wolves a 20-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

“I’ve never done that before, and it feels good, but I owe it all to the line,” Schlottmann said of the group that includes starters Will Chapman at center, Dane Simonsen and Kenny Walther at guards and Garrison Saina and Cody Summers at tackles.

Tualatin then turned up the pace even more in the second quarter. Schlottmann’s third TD of the first quarter started a stretch for the Wolves where they scored touchdowns on three straight offensive plays. In between those offensive TDs was Tainer’s interception return for a score.

“That was a great stretch of plays,” Tualatin coach Rob Hastin said. “We played fast, and we played in control.”

Brunner scored on a 48-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second quarter, upping the lead to 27-0.

Soon after, Tainer picked off a Newberg pass and ran 35 yards for a touchdown — marking his first-ever “pick six.”

“I was thinking pick six the whole way,” Tainer said with a smile.

On the first play following a punt on Newberg’s ensuing possession, Shroyer teamed up with Hines on a 60-yard touchdown pass play, which pushed the lead to 41-0 with 7 minutes and 59 seconds left in the second quarter.

On the next Tualatin possession, senior Tyler Kemp capped off a four-play, 42-yard drive with a 7-yard touchdown run. Brunner added a 41-yard touchdown run with 1:51 left in the period to give Tualatin a 55-0 halftime lead.

The Wolves got a 2-yard touchdown run by junior Ryan Wisner early in the fourth quarter to make the score 62-0. A pair of late Newberg scores made the final 62-12.

“It was one of those nights where it all was clicking,” Tainer said.

“We’ve been working hard to be a better team and eliminate mistakes,” Hastin said. “Tonight, we came closer to that.”

Tualatin, as a team, rushed for 306 yards on 40 carries in the win. Brunner led the way with 104 rushing yards on just three carries. Schlottmann added 79 yards on eight carries and Wisner ran for 49 yards on six carries.

Shroyer completed four of eight pass attempts for 80 yards. Brennan Symes had two catches for 21 yards.

For the Tualatin defense, senior Brandon Yee had a tackle for a loss and a fumble recovery. Chapman had two tackles for losses while Wisner and senior Connor True each had a quarterback sack.

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