Wolves shut down another opponent
Football: The Wolves notch a 48-0 win over McMinnville to move to 3-0 in league
TUALATIN - An overwhelming defense.
An efficient offense.
Put it all together and you've got another big win for the Tualatin High School football team.
The Timberwolves remained unbeaten in Pacific Conference play by overpowering McMinnville to get a 48-0 win over the Grizzlies in a league game played Friday at Tualatin High School.
'That was a lot of fun,' Tualatin coach Rob Hastin said. 'Our defense has been real consistent.'
With the loss, McMinnville fell to 1-2 in league games and to 2-3 on the season. With the victory, Tualatin moved to 3-0 in Pacific Conference games, keeping the Wolves tied with Tigard for the top spot in the league standings, and to 4-1 on the season.
Friday's victory marked the second straight shutout in league play for Tualatin, which has outscored its three Pacific Conference opponents by a 128-7 margin.
'It's a credit to what our guys have been doing,' Hastin said of the Wolves' defensive prowess. 'And it's definitely been a team deal.'
In the game with McMinnville, Tualatin limited the Grizzlies to just 157 yards of total offense and they held McMinnville standout running back Spencer Payne to 55 rushing yards on 16 carries.
Senior Brady Brajavich and junior Zach Salton each had interceptions for the Wolves in Friday's contest.
Meanwhile, the Tualatin offense wasted little time in taking control. Senior running back Brady Watts scored on a 28-yard run to give the Wolves a 7-0 lead with 3 minutes and 16 seconds left to play in the first quarter.
Tualatin then pulled away in the second quarter. Watts scored on a 3-yard run with 8:33 left in the period. Senior Alex Fonseca added a 25-yard TD run. Senior Nathan Suyematsu booted a 38-yard field goal and Watts scored from three yards out to give the Wolves a 31-0 lead.
In the third quarter, Suyematsu hit another field goal - his sixth of the season - coming from 32 yards out, to make the score 34-0 with 6:25 left in the period.
Tualatin got a 3-yard touchdown run by senior Brandon Durdel and a 17-yard scoring run by junior Tyler Kemp in the fourth quarter to cap off the 48-0 victory.
Tualatin, as a team, rushed for 316 yards on 44 carries.
Watts led the rushing attack, gaining 103 yards on 12 carries. Fonseca ran for 51 yards on three carries and senior quarterback Travis Johnson had 47 yards on 10 carries.
Johnson completed four of 12 pass attempts for 52 yards.