Reports for games played Sept. 14

Tualatin Cardinal 22, Newberg 6

Execution, consistency and teamwork. These words come to mind when looking back on the Tualatin Cardinal third/fourth-grade team's 22-6 road victory in Newberg on Saturday morning. Leaders are beginning to emerge. The boys are sprinting on and off the field when their names are called. They are starting to form the football’s most unbreakable bond which can be summed up with one simple word. TEAM.

The Wolves had a confidence about them when they made their way to the field 5 minutes before kickoff. They began where they left off last week, on defense and did not disappoint. Christian Kim set the tone early by dominating the Newberg backfield with overpowering tackles that immediately fired up the Wolfpack Defense.

After consecutive 4 and out drives for the Tiger offense, the Wolves got the ball back and took a 6-0 lead with a dazzling 53-yard TD run from Stellan Lippy. The Tiger offense responded with a TD scoring sweep and for a moment it looked like we might have a shootout on our hands.

The second quarter began with a the Wolves offense looking to regain momentum. They took the field and turned to Noah Gilbertson who responded with a 20-yard dash through a huge seam created by Williams and Webb. Gilbertson followed it up with another brilliant run down the sidelines to get the ball down to the Tiger 1 yard line. After working the edge, the Wolves gave the ball to their workhorse Kellen Hale who was rewarded with his first career touchdown.

The Wolves' defense began to suffocate the Tiger attack with play after play. Paglinawan and Beddes began to follow suit by each making big tackles in key situations. Newman made a key interception and now it was clear. Wolves continued to make plays and this time it was Brett Herz turn. He took a Newman hand off up the right side and maneuvered his way through the Tiger backfield for a 32-yard TD run! “It felt great” Herz said after the game.

The Wolves are starting to play together. Everybody seemed to contribute and when the clock ran out on the first half, the score was 22-6 and the Wolves were in control. They controlled the football for 75% of the first half and pounded out 171 rushing yards. Their defense racked up 9 tackles for losses and 1 interception.

The second half was a defensive carbon copy of the first half. Reed, Webb and Corcoran all had fumble recoveries. Jackson Sanders got in on the action with a fantastic, multi-tackle series late in the 4th quarter. The Wolves only gave up 1 first down and and did not allow a score in the second half. Tenacious defense is starting to becoming the Wolves M.O. They clearly do not like to give up points and when they do, they are few and far between. They did what needed to be done to gain their second victory. They continue to give their fans a show.

The Wolves face their toughest opponent yet next weekend at home when they take on West Linn. “We need to contain their defense and continue to make plays”. “Our boys are improving and we feel good about where we are right now” the coaching staff said. Keep up the good work boys!

Tualatin JV Cardinal 21, Liberty White 13

It’s only the second game for the seventh-grade Wolves, but Saturday’s game may turn out to be the most physical game of the season against a hard hitting Liberty defense that sported large, mobile defenders. But Tualatin withstood the test, built a lead and held on for a 21-13 victory thanks to a well-executed, balanced offense and a stout defense that created three turnovers and closed out the win by thwarting a strong late game drive by Liberty.

The first quarter saw a touchdown apiece by each team. Tualatin scored first with a nice drive initiated by a fumble recovery by Tyler Wakeman that gave the ball to the Wolves on Liberty’s 44 yard line. On the first play right tackle Isaia Porter held off a fierce rush on the right edge that gave quarterback Bryce Hulse time to roll right and hit McQuire Asay with a flare pass, with Asay breaking several tackles to rumble for a 24-yard gain. After losing yardage over the next three plays and facing fourth and 18, Justin Fisher took the handoff and blasted his way up the middle to the 10, just enough to keep the drive alive. Three plays later Cameron Springer took the ball on a sweep right and made a quick cut against the grain for a five yard touchdown run. Kyle Dernedde followed with the two-point PAT kick and the score was 8-0 Tualatin. Liberty followed with a nice drive of its own and scored just before the end of the quarter, making the score 8-7 following their successful one-point conversion. Defensive highlights in the quarter for the Wolves, in addition to the turnover, was strong tackling by Dernedde, Springer, Asay, Christian Slater, Nathan Nelson, Jalen Hale, Derek Leneve, Tyler Anderson, AJ Brauer, Adam Riehl and Cameron Boothby.

Tualatin’s defense again sparked a score by forcing another Liberty turnover early in the second quarter, this time with an interception by safety Dernedde off a pass that was hurried due to a strong rush by defensive end Jake Aarseth and blitzing linebackers Hale and Nelson. Dernedde made a great catch and returned the ball 22 yards, breaking several tackles to get the ball inside the Liberty 10 yard line. The offense scored three plays later on a left side sweep by Asay, who followed a crushing block by pulling guard Riehl to open a hole and then bulled his way through several would-be tacklers before using a final downfield block from Cole Spires that allowed him to dive into the end zone. Leneve powered his way up the middle to get the one point conversion, moving the score to 15-7 Tualatin. Liberty responded by quickly driving towards Tualatin’s goal line at the end of the quarter when once again the Wolves caused a Liberty turnover, this time the result of a blitz by linebacker Riehl who knocked the ball from their quarterback and Nelson fell on it. Tualatin led at half 15-7.

Tualatin kicked off to start the second half and the Wolves defense responded with increasingly hard hitting tackles. Nelson, Hale, Asay and Lucas Diggins all made key stops, forcing Liberty to punt and setting up good field position for the Wolves at their own 45. The offense followed with an impressive 12 play drive, with five different ball carriers pounding the ball to the Liberty 35, capped by Hulse’s keeper behind center Quinn McCarthy’s strong block on fourth and one to get a critical first down. On the ensuing play Hulse threw a bomb to Springer who, after making the catch, fought off several tacklers to get to the six yard line. Following three unsuccessful plays Tualatin faced fourth and goal at the Liberty 10, and Hulse again converted under pressure by finding Spires in the end zone, who outfought the defender for the ball and a Wolves touchdown. The one-point conversion attempt was stopped by Liberty, and Tualatin led 21-7. Liberty responded immediately with an impressive drive for a quick score despite continued strong tackling, especially by Hale and Anderson. The one-point conversion attempt was stopped by the Wolves, holding the score to 21-13 Tualatin at the end of the quarter.

Defensive stops by Riehl, Hale, Asay and Nelson forced another Liberty punt early in the fourth quarter, but tough Liberty defense forced Tualatin to give the ball back after four plays. The Wolves continued to make key stops on Liberty’s next drive, highlighted by a blitzing Aarseth pressuring the quarterback on the lone unsuccessful pass of the series, and it was Liberty’s turn to give the ball back after four plays. The game had turned into a fierce defensive battle, but on its final drive Liberty was able to move the ball, starting from the Tualatin 46 yard line and getting inside the 10 in four plays despite good defensive effort by Hale, Nelson, Leneve, Aarseth and Andrew Felder. On first and goal from the nine it looked like Liberty’s sweep left would result in a score as their runner streaked down the sideline but Leneve made a fierce stop at the one yard line, and on the next play Daniel Sexton and Riehl joined forces to stop the Liberty runner just shy of the goal line. On third and inches for the potential tying score, Nelson and Aarseth shot gaps in the offensive line to make a crushing tackle just as the ball carrier got the handoff, pushing Liberty back to the five yard line. Down to its last play, Liberty was in a must score situation and looked to be heading for a touchdown on a sweep right when Diggins forced the ball carrier inside and the rapidly pursuing Asay made a touchdown saving tackle at the three yard line. On four successive plays Tualatin’s defense showed remarkable effort to keep Liberty out of the end zone. With the ball back and little time left, Tualatin was able to run out the clock to secure a thrilling 21-13 win.

Youth football reports can be submitted to Dan Brood at The deadline for reports is noon on Tuesday.

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