Tigers roar in victory over Tide
Football: Tigard rolls up 506 yards in the 55-17 win
TIGARD - Talk about efficiency.
The Tigard High School football team was all about efficiency in its game with Glencoe.
The Tigers, despite having just 35 offensive plays from scrimmage, amassed 506 total yards (14.5 yards a play) with eight of those plays going for touchdowns in a 55-17 win over the Crimson Tide in a Pacific Conference game played Friday at Tigard High School.
With the win, the unbeaten Tigers improved to 2-0 in Pacific Conference play, keeping them tied with Tualatin for the top spot in the league standings, and to 4-0 on the season. Glencoe moved to 1-1 in league games and to 1-3 on the season with the setback.
Tigard took control of Friday's game early, scoring 34 points in the second quarter on its way to claiming a 48-7 halftime lead.
Junior Zach Floyd started the scoring for Tigard with a 4-yard touchdown run coming with 9 minutes and 29 seconds left in the first quarter.
Junior Kaz Greene added a 27-yard run with 3:07 left in the period to up the Tiger lead to 14-0 at the end of the quarter.
Floyd started the second-quarter scoring parade with a 1-yard touchdown run coming with 10:58 left in the period. Floyd then added a 55-yard touchdown run just over two minutes later to push the margin to 28-0.
Glencoe then got on the scoreboard with an 81-yard touchdown pass play from Logan VanRoekel to Shane O'Rourke coming with 8:18 left before halftime.
Tigard answered back - immediately.
On the very next play from scrimmage, Tigard senior quarterback Niko Freni connected with senior receiver Brandon Wick for a 71-yard touchdown pass, upping the Tiger lead to 34-7 with 7:59 remaining before halftime.
Benny Wick got the next Tigard touchdown, coming on a 1-yard run with 3:43 left in the half.
Tigard's fifth touchdown of the period came on a 6-yard TD pass from Freni to junior tight end Conner Olson, coming with 34 seconds left before halftime, giving the Tigers a 48-7 lead at the intermission.
Tigard's final touchdown of the game came on a 57-yard run by Manu Rasmussen with 3:38 left in the contest.
As a team, Tigard rushed for 297 yards on 24 carries (a 12.4 average) in the win. Floyd led the rushing attack with 105 yards on just six carries. Rasmussen added 72 yards on two carries, Benny Wick had 67 yards on seven carries and Greene had 42 yards on three carries.
Freni completed eight of 10 pass attempts for 201 yards.
Senior Sean McGetrick had three catches for 58 yards and Brandon Wick had two catches for 105 yards.
For the Tigard defense, junior Chance Taylor, junior Nick Smith, senior Nolan Friesen and Benny Wick each had a tackle for a loss. Senior Peter McCormick recovered a Glencoe fumble.
Tigard will be back in action Friday when it plays at Forest Grove in a Pacific Conference game starting at 7 p.m. The Vikings are 1-1 in Pacific Conference play and 1-3 on the season.