Timberwolves start fast, win big
Football: Tualatin opens Pacific Conference play with a 35-7 victory over Hillsboro
TUALATIN - The Timberwolves got off to roaring start.
And then they never looked back.
The Tualatin High School football team began defense of its Pacific Conference title by jumping out to a 21-0 first-quarter lead over Hillsboro on its way to posting a 35-7 win over the Spartans in a league opener played Friday at Tualatin High School.
With the victory, the Timberwolves improved their overall record to 2-1. Hillsboro dropped to 0-3 on the season with the setback.
Senior running back Brady Watts got the Wolves' early-game scoring parade started with a 26-yard touchdown run.
Senior quarterback Travis Johnson then tossed a 23-yard touchdown pass to senior Nathan Suyematsu and Watts added a four-yard touchdown run to help Tualatin claim a 21-0 lead before first quarter came to a close.
Johnson also had a 22-yard touchdown pass to Sumner Patton and he also tacked on a TD run as Tualatin upped its lead to 35-0 in the third quarter.
Hillsboro got a one-yard touchdown run by Troy Jackson late in the fourth quarter to make the final score 35-7.
For the game, Watts rushed for 104 yards on 15 carries. Johnson added 30 yards on four carries. Patton and Alex Fonseca each added 14 rushing yards.
Johnson completed 14 of 17 pass attempts for 136 yards.
Suyematsu had six receptions for 53 yards. Junior Andrew Schlottmann had three catches for 23 yards. Patton, Kevin MacPherson and Jeffrey Williams each had a pair of receptions.
The Tualatin defense held Hillsboro to just 147 yards of offense while coming up with three interceptions.
The Wolves will be back in action Friday when they play at Newberg (0-1, 1-2) in a league game starting at 7 p.m. Hillsboro will host Forest Grove Friday in a game starting at 7 p.m. at Hare Field.