Tualatin plays strong in win over Forest Grove

Football: Brady Watts has a 96-yard touchdown run in the Wolves' 42-7 victory

TUALATIN - A near record for Brady Watts.

A big win for the Tualatin High School football team.

The Timberwolves, with Watts starting things off with a 96-yard touchdown run, rolled to a 42-7 win over Forest Grove in a Pacific Conference football game played Friday at Tualatin High School.

'The kids played well,' Tualatin coach Rob Hastin said. 'We started fast, played good team defense and we executed well on offense.'

With the loss, Forest Grove moved to 2-4 in league games and to 2-6 on the season. Tualatin improved to 5-1 in Pacific Conference play (6-2 overall), keeping the Timberwolves alone in second place in the league standings, a game behind first-place Tigard.

The win was also the second straight impressive victory for the Wolves (who bested Glencoe 44-7 on Oct. 13) since they fell to Tigard on Oct. 7.

'The kids responded really well,' Hastin said. 'We learned from that loss and we're still getting better.'

Watts, a senior running back for Tualatin, got the Wolves off to a flying start in Friday's game as he scored on a 96-yard run to give the home team a 7-0 lead with 4 minutes and 30 seconds left in the first quarter.

The 96-yard run was just one yard short of the Tualatin school record.

'Brady says he thinks his run was 97 yards,' Hastin said with a laugh. 'We might have to go look at the film.'

Tualatin tacked on a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter.

Watts scored on a 2-yard run with 2:51 left in the first half to open the lead to 14-0. Junior running back Jeffrey Williams added a 5-yard touchdown run with 24 seconds left in the period to give Tualatin a 21-0 advantage at the intermission.

The Timberwolves then pulled away in the third quarter, scoring three more touchdowns in the period.

Senior quarterback Travis Johnson had the first TD of the period, scoring on an 8-yard run to push the lead to 28-0 with 3:36 left in the period.

Two minutes later, Johnson threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to senior Alex Fonseca to push the lead to 35-0.

Then, in the final minute of the quarter, Williams reached the end zone from four yards out to push the margin to 42-0.

Tualatin had big night rushing the ball, gaining 329 yards as a team on 32 carries.

'We had good play from our offensive line,' Hastin said.

Watts led the rushing attack, gaining 161 yards on 10 carries.

'Brady had a great night,' Hastin said.

Johnson added 56 yards on seven carries, junior Andrew Schlottmann had 25 yards on just two carries and Williams and junior Zach Salton each added 22 yards.

Johnson completed eight of 11 pass attempts for 130 yards.

'Travis was very efficient,' Hastin said. 'He keeps growing as a quarterback.'

Senior receiver Nathan Suyematsu had three receptions for 32 yards. Senior Kevin MacPherson had two catches for 23 yards.

The Timberwolf defense held Forest Grove to just 105 yards of total offense.

'We seemed to keep getting better on defense as the night went on,' Hastin said.

Tualatin will finish its regular-season schedule Friday when it faces Century in a league game set to start at 7 p.m. at Hillsboro Stadium.