Tigard posts a 58-0 victory to move to 5-0 on the season

TIGARD — The Tigard High School football team has boasted a powerful, high-scoring offensive attack this year.

But, guess what, the Tigard defense is pretty darn strong, too.

The Tigers showed just how strong they can be on the defensive side of the ball as they totally shut down McMinnville on their way to scoring a 58-0 win over the Grizzlies in a Pacific Conference game played Friday at Tigard High School.

In the win, Tigard held McMinnville to just 63 yards of total offense while coming up with six turnovers in getting the shutout.

“We were ready for their quarterback,” Tigard senior linebacker Jake Biglow said. “We were flying all over the place.”

“We prepared well all week,” said Tigard senior nose guard Jacob Mullen, who played his first game of the season after recovering from a high ankle sprain.

Tigard, which holds the No 2 spot in the OSAA power rankings, improved to 5-0 on the season and to 3-0 in Pacific Conference play with the win, leaving the Tigers all alone atop the league standings.

McMinnville fell to 3-2 on the season and to 1-2 in Pacific Conference games with the setback.

Senior lineman Joe Lobbato helped lead the Tiger defensive attack in Friday’s game. He had two of Tigard’s three quarterback sacks in the contest as well as another tackle for a loss.

Senior Bruin Campbell and junior Sam Inos each intercepted a McMinnville pass. Campbell now has four interceptions for the season. Mullen, senior Nick Duron, senior Matt Hilliard and sophomore Cole Harrington each recovered a Grizzly fumble.

Meanwhile, the Tigard offense was clicking again, as the Tigers had 495 yards of total offense in the victory.

Tigard rushed for 293 yards on 41 carries. Senior Manu Rasmussen led the running attack, gaining 140 yards on 10 carries. Junior Landon Floyd added 89 yards on six carries and senior Justin Alvarizares had 55 yards on four carries.

Tiger senior quarterback Jett Even completed eight of 12 pass attempts for 187 yards. Senior Daren Rodrigues was Tigard’s top receiver with five catches for 153 yards.

Tigard broke the game open early. Rasmussen had the first touchdown of the game, scoring on a 12-yard run with 8 minutes and 13 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Floyd scored on a 26-yard run later in the period.

Tigard opened the scoring in the second quarter with a 7-yard TD pass from Even to Duron, who plays at tight end.

Rasmussen added a 25-yard scoring run in the period, Duron had a 15-yard fumble return for a touchdown and junior Brady McGetrick booted a 32-yard field goal with 44 seconds left in the quarter to give Tigard a 37-0 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, Tigard got a 1-yard touchdown run by senior fullback A.J. Hotchkins, a 51-yard scoring pass from Even to Rodrigues and a 43-yard TD run by Alvarizares to wrap up the 58-0 victory.

McMinnville senior quarterback Gage Gubrud, a first-team All-Pacific Conference selection last year, was forced into a 3-for-17 passing night, for 48 yards, by the Tigard defense.

The Tigers will be back in action Friday when they face rival Tualatin in a Pacific Conference game set to start at 7 p.m. at Tualatin High School.

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