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Vikings fall victim to Century's spirited upset bid

Forest Grove slips into a five-way tie for fourth place in the conference standings


by: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - Forest Grove wideout Ethan Thursam makes a catch along the sideline during last Friday's 32-13 Pacific Conference loss to Century.Forest Grove’s resurgent football season hit a speed bump on Friday night when previously winless Century turned in its best performance of the season in a 32-13 upset of the Vikings.

Forest Grove (3-2, 1-2) led 13-8 in the first quarter on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Taylor Jensen to Zac Collins, followed later in the period by Gio Tayetto’s 80-yard scoring run.

That lead quickly vanished, however. Century (1-4, 1-2) pulled within 13-11 on a 27-yard field goal by Carlos Trujillo in the second quarter, and the Jaguars took the lead exactly 16 seconds later when a Forest Grove fumble set up Marcos Hernandez’s 21-yard touchdown pass to Spenser Erickson.

That gave Century a 19-13 lead, and junior running back Christian Gutierrez-Treat extended it to 26-13 with a 2-yard touchdown run just 18 seconds before halftime.

On a rain-drenched night, the Vikings simply couldn’t get any offense going in the second half, while Century padded its lead to 32-13 early in the third quarter on a 42-yard scoring run by Ton Cantandella.

Staked to a comfortable lead, Century milked the clock in the second half with its run-heavy offense. The Jaguars ran the ball 54 times in the game for 325 yards, getting 76 yards from Oscar Rojas, 67 yards from Zack Allen and 57 yards from Hernandez.

Tayetto led the Forest Grove rushing attack with 114 yards on 13 carries (8.8 yards per carry), but the passing game was adversely affected by the lousy weather. Jensen completed 17-of-44 pass attempts for 159 yards, connecting nine times with Ethan Thursam, who finished with 70 receiving yards. Collins had two catches for 51 yards.

Forest Grove will be back in action this Friday with a road game against Glencoe (3-2, 2-1). Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Hare Field in Hillsboro.

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