Tigers use a punishing ground game to wear down Forest Grove in a 49-13 conference win
by: Chase Allgood Forest Grove wideout Chris Wertz (80) slips past Tigard’s Isaac Schimmels during last Friday’s Pacific Conference football game.

Forest Grove knows all about turnover at the running back position.

The Vikings have played no fewer than four players at tailback this year due to a rash of injuries, and the offense has been sluggish in early-season losses to David Douglas, Sunset and McMinnville.

Tigard had no such problems on Friday, however, turning to third-string tailback Kaz Greene after injuries to starters Zach Floyd and Benny Wick, and Greene responded with a monster game, rushing for 286 yards and four touchdowns as the third-ranked Tigers mauled Forest Grove, 49-13.

'Going into the game, I thought I was going to split time with Benny. I thought I'd get some carries here and there,' Greene said. 'When he went out, I knew I was going to get the ball.'

Greene set the tone early, breaking off a 74-yard touchdown run less than six minutes into the game. Tigard (5-0, 3-0) added two more touchdowns in the second quarter before Forest Grove pulled within 21-7 on Jake Bennett's 3-yard scoring run just before halftime.

Manu Rasmussen capped a 12-play, 80-yard Tigard scoring drive with a 17-yard touchdown run in the early stages of the second half, then Greene sparked three lightning-quick drives that put Forest Grove (1-4, 1-2) away for good.

Greene scored on a 46-yard run late in the third quarter to cap a two-play drive, and he went into the end zone from 16 yards out later in the frame to end a three-play drive. Greene's 13-yard touchdown run in the opening moments of the fourth quarter capped another three-play scoring drive and gave Tigard a 49-7 lead.

Forest Grove got one more touchdown late in the game on a 6-yard pass from Jesse Zamora to Bennett.

The Vikings will look to bounce back this Friday night with a road trip to Newberg. The game is scheduled for a

7 p.m. kickoff.

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