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Black squad wins wild Tigard Chicken and Bean Bowl

by: DAN BROOD - A.J. ON THE GO -- Black team fullback A.J. Hotchkins looks for running room during Saturday's Tigard Chicken and Bean Bowl. The Black squad scored a 60-54 win over the White team. TIGARD — There were a lot of points scored — 114 to be exact.

There were a lot of touchdowns — 15 in all.

And, wow, were there ever a lot of yards of offense — a whopping total of 1,131.

But, in the end, there was only one team that got to enjoy a postgame meal with all the fixings.

The Black squad got to relish the complete chicken dinner feast, as it scored a 60-54 over the White team in the fifth-annual Tigard Chicken and Bean Bowl intrasquad football contest held Saturday at Tigard High School.

In the game, which wrapped up Tigard’s nearly two weeks of spring practice, the winning team gets a complete chicken dinner after the contest, while the losing squad gets only beans for its postgame meal.

“It’s nice to finally get chicken this year,” said Black quarterback Jett Even, who will be a Tigard senior in the fall. “I was on the losing team last year. This is all really amazing, and it’s great to get the community out here.”

Meanwhile, White team running back Manu Rasmussen, who also will be a Tiger senior in the fall, found himself on the losing side of the Chicken and Bean Bowl for the third straight year.

“Beans — three years in a row,” he said with a laugh. “But it was fun. Every year, it’s fun.”

While the Tigers competed against each other in Saturday’s contest, after the game, everyone was in agreement — the team looks to have a lot of potential.

“We’re looking good,” said Rasmussen, who rushed for 238 yards on only nine carries in Saturday’s contest. “I think our defense could end up being our strength. The offense is still filling in some spots, but we have a lot of weapons.”

“All of the guys looked good,” Even said. “I’m excited for the season. We’re so loaded.”

Even, who started at quarterback for Tigard last fall, earning second-team All-Pacific Conference honors, looked to already be in midseason form in Saturday’s game, as he completed 16 of 20 pass attempts for 318 yards and three touchdowns.

“I felt really good,” he said with a smile. “I’ve been doing a lot of lifting. I’m getting ready.”

by: DAN BROOD - RUNNING STRONG -- White squad running back Bradley Imai (16) looks to pick up yardage in Saturday's Tigard Chicken and Bean Bowl.Even and the Black squad got off to a fast start to Saturday’s game. Passes from Even to fullback A.J. Hotchkins and receiver Brady McGetrick, and a 34-yard run by Justin Alvarizares set up a 7-yard touchdown burst by Tyler Walker, giving Black a 6-0 lead with 10 minutes and 10 seconds left in the first quarter.

The White team answered right back. A 28-yard pass from quarterback J.T. Greenough to tight end Marcos Vermelho set up a 10-yard scoring run by Bradley Imai, tying the game at 6-6 with 5:44 left in the opening period.

Another Walker TD run, this one coming from a yard out, gave the Black team a 12-6 lead with 2:37 remaining in the first quarter.

Black cornerback Jacob Chesler, who will be a sophomore this fall at Tigard, then came up with what very well could be the defensive play of the game, as he intercepted a pass on the ensuing White possession. It would be the only turnover of the contest.

The Black team took advantage of the opportunity, getting a 21-yard touchdown pass from Even to Kyle Baldes. Even also scored on a two-point conversion run to give the Black team a 20-6 lead with 14 seconds remaining in the opening quarter.

Rasmussen got the White team going again, as he scored on a 66-yard run on the third play of the second quarter. Imai tacked on a two-point conversion run to trim the margin to 20-14 with 10:49 remaining in the period.

The teams traded touchdowns throughout the remainder of a wild first half.

The Black team got a 23-yard TD run by Alvarizares, a 32-yard scoring pass from Even to McGetrick, a 31-yard touchdown scamper by Alvarizares and an 8-yard TD run by Alvarizares.

The White squad answered with a 4-yard touchdown blast by Jacob Mullen, a 26-yard TD run by Rasmussen and a 60-yard scoring run by Mullen.

That all left the Black team with a 52-38 lead at the intermission.

Intensity then picked up in the second half, which consisted of two six-minute quarters of running time.

The White team, looking to strike quickly, got a 5-yard scoring run by Mullen to start the third quarter, cutting the lead to 52-44 with 4:22 left in the period.

by: DAN BROOD - GOOD FOR TWO -- Black team tight end Cam Yarnell catches a two-point coversion pass during Saturday's Chicken and Bean Bowl. The Black team came right back, getting an 8-yard scoring toss from Even to McGetrick.

The White squad got a 1-yard TD burst from Imai on the second play of the fourth quarter, keeping the team within six, at 60-54, with 5:31 left to play.

But the Black team was able to run out the clock, getting a 23-yard pass from Even to Hotchkins, who took the ball all the way to the White 1-yard line, to end the game.

“That was super fun,” Rasmussen said. “Everyone has been working hard and everyone wants to contribute.”

The Black team had 630 yards of total offense in the contest. Alvarizares led the team with 158 rushing yards and three touchdowns on nine carries. Walker added 86 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries. Hotchkins had five carries for 65 yards and he also had three receptions for 54 more yards.

McGetrick was the team’s leading receiver with five catches for 86 yards. Eight different players for the Black squad had at least one reception.

The White team had 501 yards of total offense, which included 367 rushing yards on 22 carries. In addition to Rasmussen’s big game running the ball, Mullen had 70 yards and three touchdowns on just four carries. Imai added seven carries for 58 yards and two touchdowns. He also had six two-point conversion runs.

Greenough completed nine of 18 pass attempts for 134 yards. Bruin Campbell was the team’s top receiver with three catches for 53 yards. Tight end Jake Biglow added three reception for 38 yards.

Tigard will open its 2013 schedule on Aug. 30 when it hosts Canby in a non-league game.

“It’s coming up fast,” Even said. “We’ll be ready.