Jaguars erase early deficit in a 32-13 win over the Viks

That’s the way to get in the win column.

After some close calls and tough defeats earlier this season, the Century football team finally found the left side of the win column last Friday, knocking off a solid Forest Grove side 32-13 on the road. by: HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - Century quarterback Marcos Hernandez (8) follows the blocking of teammate Oscar Rojas during last Friday's game against Forest Grove.

The Jaguars used an 18-point second quarter to overcome a 13-8 first-quarter deficit. They moved to 1-4 overall and into a five-way tie for fourth place in Pacific Conference at 1-2. The Vikings fell to 3-2 overall and 1-2 in league play.

“Forest Grove is a good team. They’re well-coached, they’re performing at a good level,” Century coach Bill Smith said. “Our kids played very hard, and it was a lot of fun, and so we really needed a little success for all of our hard work.”

The Jaguars cleaned up their game compared with prior contests — committing no turnovers — and they used some adjustments on defense to turn the game in their favor. Smith said his squad started out using defensive schemes to bring pressure from the outside, but the Vikings dealt with them. So instead, the squad switched back to applying pressure from the inside.

Along with the rainy weather, the adjustments seemed to work. Forest Grove quarterback Taylor Jensen entered the night with two separate games of 400-plus passing yards, but he was just 17-of-44 for 159 yards and a first-quarter touchdown pass to Zac Collins last Friday.

“I thought our kids were very coachable. They did a wonderful job of adjusting. Football is a game of adjustments,” Smith said. “Defensively, we did some great things, and offensively, we moved the ball well.”

And rather than being the team that made turnovers, Century was the squad that capitalized on them.

With 6:38 remaining in the first half, Carlos Trujillo kicked a 24-yard field goal, cutting the Jaguars’ deficit to 13-11. Then, Forest Grove fumbled and Century cashed in, adding a 21-yard touchdown pass from Marcos Hernandez to Spenser Erickson just 16 seconds after the field goal. A successful two-point conversion put Century up 19-13 — a lead that turned out to be permanent.

Christian Gutierrez-Treat added a 3-yard rushing touchdown 18 seconds before halftime, and Ton Cantandella busted a 42-yard run for a touchdown with 7:57 remaining in the third period to round out the scoring.

Led by Oscar Rojas’ 76 yards on 17 carries, Century earned almost all of its 358 offensive yards on the ground. Zack Allen added 67 yards on five carries, and Hernandez ran 12 times for 57 yards. Twin brother Daniel Hernandez added 48 yards on five carries, a reception for 27 yards, and a 9-yard first quarter rushing score.

“They ran the ball well because our big boys up front, our offensive line, were opening up some big holes,” Smith said.

Daniel Hernandez also led the defense with six solo and five assisted tackles.

Next up, Century hosts Newberg tonight at 7 p.m. at Hillsboro Stadium.

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