Reports for games played Sept. 7.

Tualatin Cardinal 14, Sunset 6

They say defense and special teams wins championships.

On Saturday, the Tualatin third/fourth-grade Cardinal traveled to Sunset to take on the Apollos in what proved to be a defensive battle.

The first half was a chess match with both offensives still trying to find their early season rhythm. The Apollo's first drive stalled when the Wolves defense made a big stop deep in their own territory. The Wolves took the field on offense and began working the ground game. C.J. Hazlett blew up the defensive line twice in a row to spring Noah Gilbertson for consecutive runs of 10 and 12 yards respectively.

The scoreless battle continued into the second quarter and the Wolves began to dominate the defensive side of the ball. Dennis Cordts held contain on the edge on several occasions with Jack Wagner cleaning up the mess. Wagner had a big 1st half with several key tackles. The first half ended in a 0-0 tie and was highlighted with a Drew Corcoran fumble recovery, a 45 yard punt from Ethan Maestes and a TD saving tackle from Kellen Hale.

The Wolves came out in the second half fired up after an instrumental pep talk from the coaching staff. Stellan Lippy took the second play of the drive and proceeded to juke his way to a 55 yd scamper for the Wolves first score of the game. The Apollo's looked to return the favor and began working their way down the field with a series of sweeps mostly to the strong side. They managed a short TD run after a 7 minute drive to tie the game.

The game again was tied heading into the final quarter and the Wolves again found themselves on defense. The Wolves defensive coordinator seized the moment and fired up his defense who proceeded to stop any momentum the Apollo's had. Dennis Cordts made a textbook hit that set the tone for the rest of the game. Michael Harris, Brett Herz and Dominic Webb also made instrumental tackles in the series which seemed to deflate the Apollo's.

With momentum on his side, Coach Hoekstra led the troops out on the field. The offense simply wore out the Sunset defense with a 25 yard trap to Hale followed by a 22 yard cross buck to Lippy for 6. The Wolves followed it up with a 2 point kick and to take the lead 14-6 and never looked back.

The Wolves defense once again had to take the field late in the 4th and were determined to keep the lead in tact. They did just that. Sunset ran out of time and the Wolves left Sunset with a huge opening week road win!

The Wolves are on the road again next week against a feisty Newberg team and look to continue their winning ways.

Tualatin JV Cardinal 29, Oregon City White 20

Fans were treated to an outstanding season opener between the Tualatin Wolves JV Cardinal and Oregon City that saw several momentum swings before Tualatin pulled out a 29-20 victory. The Cardinal showed a strong running game featuring a cadre of backs who benefitted from solid blocking from the offensive line as well as timely blocks from the receiving corp. And, despite giving up 20 points, the defense stiffened when needed and made key stops at crucial points in the game.

Tualatin controlled the first quarter, keeping Oregon City from moving the ball and then responding with scores on its first two possessions. Jalen Hale, Nathan Nelson, Cameron Springer, Derek Leneve, Lucas Diggins, and Kyle Dernedde had key tackles, helping stop both Oregon City possessions and getting the ball to the offense in good field position. On its first possession Tualatin marched down the field, using four different backs to run behind solid blocking provided by Nelson, Tyler Anderson, Jaxsen Porter, Quinn McCarthy and Isaia Porter, and scored on a five yard run up the middle by Leneve. The point after kick by Kyle Dernedde made it 8-0 Tualatin. On its second possession the Wolves again used its running game to set up a seven yard touchdown run by Dernedde, who started up the middle and cut left, using a key block from AJ Brauer to help spring him into the end zone. Dernedde added another kick to put Tualatin up 16-0.

The momentum shifted in the second quarter, with Oregon City stiffening its run defense and putting together a nice scoring drive midway through the quarter despite some great defensive end play from Tualatin’s Tyler Wakeman and Jake Arseth. Oregon City’s PAT kick was blocked by the penetration of McQuire Asay, who pushed through his blocker and slid into the hold. With its running game temporary stalled, Tualatin went to the air with quarterback Bryce Hulse throwing several nice passes that narrowly missed their mark. The first half ended with the Wolves leading 16-6.

On the second half kickoff Tualatin’s Asay used his speed and a key block from Cole Spires to return the ball 35 yards, setting up a scoring drive that started at Oregon City’s 37-yard line. Following three runs that advanced the ball to the 21, Hulse handed off to Dernedde, who found a gaping hole opened by blocks from Leneve, Jaxsen Porter and Justin Fisher and he outran the Oregon City safety to the left cone. Oregon City blocked the attempted PAT kick, making the score 22-6. Oregon City answered with a drive of its own, quickly scoring another touchdown and making the PAT kick to narrow the score to 22-14. After giving up the ball on downs deep in its own territory, Tualatin’s defense rose to the challenge and kept Oregon City from getting a first down with key tackles from Nelson, McCarthy and Springer, forcing a punt that put Tualatin deep in its own territory. Starting from their five yard line, the offense responded with its best drive of the day, marching 95 yards on 13 plays to score its final touchdown midway through the fourth quarter on a one yard keeper by Hulse. Leneve swept right to get the one point conversion, making the score 29-14. The drive was highlighted by several bruising runs up the middle by Fisher combined with shifty runs from Springer, Dernedde, Asay and Leneve. Cameron Boothby provided key blocks on several plays and strong blocking was also provided by Spires, McCarthy, Nelson, Fisher and Jaxsen Porter. Oregon City responded with a good drive of its own and found the end zone on its next possession despite some impressive defensive plays by Hale, Diggins, Daniel Sexton, Adam Riehl and Andrew Felder. Tualatin blocked the PAT kick to hold the score to 29-20. Oregon City’s onside kick attempt was smothered by Fisher and the Wolves ran out the clock to seal the victory. Both teams should be proud of their initial effort for the year.

Sherwood varsity Black 35, Newberg 12

Sherwood hosted Newberg in their season opener on a clear warm night. The Knights started off the night with a touchdown on their opening drive. Sherwood never looked back and finished the game over Newberg 35-12. Running back Carsen Christensen lead the team with186 yards rushing on 14 carries and 3 touchdowns.

Quarterbacks Zachary Jenkins and Wyatt Zettlemoyer both produced strong plays with the help of the offensive line protection.

Sherwood’s defense had a strong showing lead by linebacker Jack Corno. Newberg tried passing against our secondary but was unsuccessful most of the game. Newberg had a strong offense and was only held to 12 points. The defensive line for the Knights was lead by Travis Spreen, Jayden Cuthbertson, Zane Sands, Dustin Smith, Sterling Goldstein and many more strong players.

Sherwood Varsity Black came out with a strong opening game and is fired up for their next opponent, West Linn.

Sherwood White 20, Liberty Blue 14

The Sherwood third/fourth-grade White Knights hit the road Saturdayto play their first game of the season at Liberty High School versus the Liberty Blue Falcons.

After the Knights won the toss and deferred the Falcons came out strong offensively and drove about 65 yards on their first series to take an early 7-0 lead. Sherwood came back with nice drives offensively and the defense stiffened, but a costly fumble in the red zone and a holding penalty in the first half cost the Knights some points on the board.

After being down 7-0 at half Sherwood came out rolling. Speedy halfback and returner Seth Glenn took a kickoff back 70 yards for a Knight touchdown to make it 6-7 when the PAT kick came up just a hair short. Speedster halfback Brennan Wieg added a 5 yard touchdown of his own to bring the score to 12-7 after the PAT run came up short.

The elusive Seth Glenn struck again in the fourth quarter with a 22-yard touchdown run and this time Black Knight award winner Andrew Thayer split the uprights with the PAT to put the Knights up 20-7. The Falcons fought hard and put up another touchdown before time ran out and Sherwood went home with the 20-14 victory. Knights quarterbacks Cooper Keesee and Bjorn Bergstrom both led a very efficient ground attack with a total of 191 yards offense for the day.

Running backs Nick Gribble, Baydon Kullowatz, and Josh Young all had strong contributions to the rushing total and were led up front by a strong offensive line including Aiden Patterson, Anthony Budesilich, Keith Howland, Trent Hodney, Aidan Owens, Nolan Manning, Ty Flesher, and Avery Wickham. A host of receivers contributed with good blocks on the outside including Alex Jones, Tyler Schultz, Hunter VanRiper, and Michael Mckinley.

On defense the Knights were led by linebackers Bjorn Bergstrom with 8 tackles and Jack Davis with 6 tackles. Strong defensive efforts were also turned in by Scott Christensen, Jayden Long, Luke Wert, Derek Snyder, Tyson Jacobson, and Brayden Ross. Linemen Andrew Bohnet and Logan Vaughn were out with injuries but should be back in action next week when the White Knights hit the road again for a 9am game at West Linn against the Green Lions.

Sherwood JV Red 14, Lake Oswego White 8

This was a hard fought game from both teams, in what turned out to be a defensive battle, and the outcome was settled in favor of the team that created and won the most turnovers.

Sherwood got on the board first late in the first Qtr with a long drive capped with a 6-yard TD by Kadyn Lauer. Lake Oswego followed later with a TD and two-point conversion on their next possession. Both defenses then settled in and kept scores off the board Until, Late in the third quarter, a break away 60-yard run by Ryan Scroggin and two-point conversion by Noah Beeks to give us our final score.

Lake Oswego gave a valiant effort and drove the ball well late into the 4th Qtr Where a great defensive effort, and forcing of turn-overs by Sherwood, got the best of them. The game was ended on Forced Fumble By Trevor Cary with a little over a minute to go which allowed for Sherwood to run the clock out. Additional turn-overs were created by Austin Cornett (int), Colin Anderson (2 int’s), and Jacob Reuter (Fumble Rec).

Great efforts were given by all players stepping onto the field but the Sherwood coaches would like to also give mention to stand out performances on defense by Carter Atkins, Gavin Jolley, Jackson Barton, Jacob Schweitzer, David Fleming, Ryan Scroggin, Kadyn Lauer, Ryan Sandilands, and Alex Calhoun in addition to those mentioned above.

Lake Oswego 30, Sherwood White 12

The Sherwood fifth/sixth-grade White team may have fallen to Lake Oswego, but the motto it used this week reflected their hard work and effort in the loss. The Knights used the experience to take away a lot of lessons and their toughness and perseverance allowed them to leave the field with their heads held high.

LO held the Knights in check most of the first half of the game but strong running by Kade Emmons and Tai Stormont at Fullback allowed the Knights to keep LO on their toes. Connor Cady have several positive runs from scrimmage and Dylan Evans and Alex Block scored for the Knights two TDs of the game. Asher Krauel ran the offense like a field general at quarterback and, on one occasion, hooked-up with Ben Nappe for a 35-yard completion. The offensive line never backed down amidst a strong LO defense. Lead by the solid play of Jimmy Albarca, Sam Lazo, Michael Rump, Andrew Dawson, Jed Fahland, Ethan Estes, Sam Stobie,

Austin Genz, Max Stallard, Ben Heimark, Reid Grandquist, Jason Olheiser and Hayden Finn the “boys in the trenches” kept beating back the defense all game long.

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