Tualatin clicks in all aspects
- Dan Brood
- The Times - Sports
The Wolves strike quick and roll to a 45-0 victory at Newberg
NEWBERG - Offense.
They all accounted for touchdowns for the Tualatin High School football team in its game with Newberg.
And that was before the contest was even four minutes old.
The Timberwolves, clicking in all aspects of the game, got off to a roaring start and never looked back as they rolled to a 45-0 victory over the Tigers in a Pacific Conference game played Friday at Newberg High School.
'We were firing on all cylinders,' said Tualatin senior running back/safety Brady Watts, who had both a rushing touchdown on offense and an interception return for a TD on defense. 'We want to score any way we can.'
Newberg fell to 0-2 in league games and to 1-3 on the season with the setback. With the win, Tualatin improved to 3-1 on the season while also moving to 2-0 in Pacific Conference play, keeping the Wolves tied with rival Tigard (a 55-17 winner over Glencoe on Friday) for first place in the league standings.
'That's very important to us,' Tualatin junior center/linebacker Will Chapman said. 'We're focused on the league championship.'
The Wolves wasted very little time in showing how focused they were in Friday's game at Newberg, as senior Alex Fonseca returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown, giving the visitors a 7-0 lead just 14 seconds into the contest.
On the play, Fonseca sprinted through a large hole in the middle opened up by the Tualatin wedge and then he got a big downfield block by senior Aireon Tavarres on his way to the end zone.
'That was a great feeling,' Fonseca said of his first-ever kickoff return for a touchdown. 'When I saw the wedge open things up the middle, I knew I had it. It was great.'
On its first offensive possession of the game, following a Newberg punt, Tualatin again used little time getting to the end zone.
A 26-yard run by junior Jeffrey Williams set up senior quarterback Travis Johnson's 10-yard touchdown pass to Williams, pushing the Tualatin lead to 14-0 with 9:04 left in the first quarter.
Newberg, in its ensuing possession, quickly moved the ball into Tualatin territory, thanks to a 53-yard run by sophomore Andrew Tautfest. But, on the next play from scrimmage, Timberwolf senior Nathan Suyematsu scooped up a Tiger fumble and sprinted 75 yards down the right sideline for a Tualatin touchdown the pushed the margin to 21-0 with 8:16 still left in the first quarter.
'We did it every way,' Tualatin coach Rob Hastin said of the early-game outburst. 'We played fast from the get-go.'
Tualatin added on a 4-yard touchdown run by Watts with 1:21 left in the first quarter, capping off an eight-play, 60-yard drive, to up the lead to 28-0. The Wolves would keep that lead throughout the rest of the first half.
The Wolves increased the margin to 31-0 when Suyematsu booted a 26-yard field goal with 4:33 left in the third quarter.
On the next Newberg possession, Watts intercepted a pass by Tiger junior quarterback Andrew Reichenbach and, after escaping the grasp of Newberg senior Darnell Adams, he ran 27 yards for a TD that pushed the lead to 38-0 with 3:50 left in the third quarter.
'He finally let go and I was off to the races,' Watts said.
Tualatin senior back-up quarterback Brady Brajavich added a 24-yard touchdown run with 10:10 to play in the game to cap off the 45-0 victory.
'The kids did a great job,' Hastin said. 'A lot of good things happened tonight.'
While Tualatin was putting points on the scoreboard most any way possible, the Timberwolf defense was more than happy in recording the shutout.
'That's awesome,' Chapman said. 'That's a real big thing for us.'
Watts led the Tualatin offensive attack, rushing for 99 yards on 12 carries. Brajavich added 40 rushing yards on just two carries.
Johnson completed six of 13 pass attempts for 66 yards. Suyematsu had three receptions for 39 yards.
For the Tualatin defense, Williams and junior Austin Green each had a quarterback sack. Green, Fonseca and senior Brandon Durdel each had a tackle for a loss. Brajavich and Watts each had an interception. The Wolves also recovered three Newberg fumbles.
For Newberg, Tautfest rushed for 60 yards on four carries. Junior Mitchell Lemos added 58 yards on 13 carries. Reichenbach completed four of 12 passes for 58 yards. He also rushed for 43 yards on 16 carries.
Both teams return to action next Friday. Newberg faces Century at Hillsboro Stadium and Tualatin will host McMinnville in league games starting at 7 p.m.
For a complete story and more photos, see the Sept. 29 issue of the Tigard/Tualatin Times.