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The close-knit group had plenty of success in its four seasons

by: DAN BROOD - SENIOR SACK -- Tigard High School seniors Blake Chamberlain (without helmet) and Cain Adams combine to sack Lake Oswego quarterback Justen Ruppe in Saturday's state semifinal games. PORTLAND — Back in the fall of 2009, they were just a bunch of freshmen getting ready to play football for a brand new coaching staff at Tigard High School.

That same group of Tigers saw their high school football careers come to a close Saturday with a 42-21 loss to Lake Oswego in a Class 6A state playoff semifinal game played at Jeld-Wen Field.

But, wow, those Tigard seniors sure left their mark.

“It’s a special group,” said Tigard coach Craig Ruecker, who took over as the Tiger varsity head coach back in 2009. “They were the first new class for myself and our coaching staff. It’s been great to be with them the last four years.”

“Oh, for sure this is a special group,” said Tigard senior Zach Floyd, who was overcome with emotion following Saturday’s semifinal game. “I think the seniors worked their butts off, and we helped with the juniors.”

Tigard’s seniors certainly had plenty of success during their four years on the football field.

In that time, the Tiger seniors never lost a Pacific Conference game, going unbeaten in league play at the freshman, junior varsity and varsity levels. They also help lead the Tigers to their first state playoff semifinal berth since 2003.

It’s also a group that seemed to always give it everything they had.

That certainly seemed to hold true for Tigard senior Kaz Greene, who played in Saturday’s semifinal game — having three catches for 56 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown reception — with a heavily-taped left arm after suffering a dislocated elbow in the Tigers postseason opener.

by: DAN BROOD - SUPER SENIOR -- Tigard senior Zach Floyd (right) finished the season with more than 2,000 rushing yards.“It was really important for me to get back out there,” Greene said. “I didn’t want to miss any more time with the team.”

And the Tigard seniors seemed to earn the respect of the younger Tiger players.

“I wish we could have done it for them,” Tigard junior receiver Darren Rodrigues said following Saturday’s semifinal loss. “I’m going to miss them so much.”

Seniors on the Tigard football team include Anthony Consolo, Robby Chabreck, Chance Taylor, Floyd, Benny Wick, Greene, Conner Olson, Stephen Whitelock, Brandon Teed, Mohammed Hejazi, Yusef Hussein, Aaron Andrus, Logan Charboneau, Matt Franz, Ethan Lange, Jerube Phillips, Cain Adams, Piero Silva, Nick Smith, Ethan Johnson and Blake Chamberlain.

“I love each and every one of them,” Floyd said of his fellow Tigard seniors. “They’re my best friends.”

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