Reports for games played Sept. 28
West Linn JV Gold 18, Tualatin JV Cardinal 6
The Tualatin JV Cardinal and West Linn JV Gold met in wet and windy conditions that created problems for both teams as they squared off in game 4 of the season. Depending on which direction they were heading howling headwinds or jet-stream like tailwinds had to be dealt with, and it took a while for both teams to adapt to the conditions. The Wolves also faced a West Linn team loaded with big, strong players, including the biggest backfield they have encountered, and though they fought hard throughout the game West Linn triumphed in the end, 18-6, giving the Wolves its first loss of the season.
The start of the game proved promising for Tualatin, with Andrew Felder racing downfield on the opening kickoff to smother the ball after West Linn fumbled the hard onside kick, giving the Wolves excellent field position on West Linns 43. But a stout West Linn front line and linebacker crew set its defensive tone and stopped the Wolves on four plays and, on their first play from scrimmage, West Linn scored on a long run down the left sideline. Nathan Nelson made a crushing tackle inside the one on the extra point attempt, keeping the score 6-0 West Linn.
The Wolves had difficulty moving the ball on its next possession, with West Linn taking over on Tualatins 35. The defense stepped up and, after hard tackles on the drive by Nelson, Jalen Hale, Jake Aarseth, Cameron Springer and Quinn McCarthy, forced a fourth and 10 for West Linn that resulted in Lucas Diggins picking off his first of two interceptions for the day. Diggins returned the ball to the Wolves 47 yard line. The offense again struggled to move the ball and, after West Linn took over on downs and drove downfield, the Wolves defense dug in and stopped the drive with a tremendous gang-tackle on fourth down.
West Linns defense then pushed Tualatin back on its next series to its own 10 before taking over on downs, putting the Wolves defense under extreme pressure to prevent a score. And the defense again responded, first with Tyler Anderson crashing through the line on first down to drop the West Linn ball carrier for a five-yard loss and, after several West Linn penalties moved them back to the Tualatin 34, Nelson pounced on a fumbled snap, giving the ball back to the offense. But yards and first downs remained hard to come by for the Wolves and West Linn took over again in excellent field position, this time on the Wolves 21. And yet again the defense came up with a huge play, this time with a fumble recovery in the end zone by Anderson to thwart a likely West Linn scoring drive. Big hits during the defensive effort were also provided by Nelson, Anderson and Justin Fisher.
Tualatin took over on their 20 following the touchback on the fumble recovery and, with the second quarter winding down, back Derek Leneve took the ball on the first play from scrimmage and followed pulling left guard Nelson, who along with blocks by right tackle Daniel Sexton, back MacGuire Asay and right end Diggins opened a hole that Leneve weaved through before shooting to the outside and sprinting down the sidelines for a 55 yard gain before being pushed out of bounds at the West Linn 25. Tualatin followed with another first down on a twisting, diving fourth-down run by Leneve to the West Linn 13. With time running out and down to its last play of the half, and hampered by a five-yard penalty that pushed them back to the 18, Asay took the handoff on a sweep left and made a strong run before being brought down at the six as time expired. Each team was held to one big offensive play during the half in a game that was dominated by the defense, and West Linn led 6-0 at the break.
Tualatin received the ball to open the second half, heading into the stiff wind, and continued to have difficulty moving the ball. West Linn took over on downs at the Wolves 39 and marched down the field before yet again Tualatins defense stiffened to deny the score, this time with an outstanding goal line stand that started with first down for West Linn at the five and, on fourth and two, Nelson and Springer converged for a crushing tackle on West Linns big back to stop him at the one.
Tualatin again struggled on offense and was forced to punt from deep in its own end zone. Punter Felder made a tremendous catch on a high snap, fielded the ball and miraculously got the kick off under the arms of a crashing West Linn player, avoiding a blocked kick and picking up a 15 yard roughing penalty when the rusher crashed him to the ground. Rather than a giving up a safety or, worse yet, a blocked kick recovered for a touchdown Felder turned the play into a much needed first down for the Wolves. With a little room to move Tualatin picked up a first down behind strong running by Springer and AJ Brauer before giving up a fumble on second down that was recovered by West Linn on the Wolves 34 yard line. On the ensuing play West Linn scored on its second long run and again, the Wolves stopped the PAT, this time with Nelson crashing through the line to block the two-point kick attempt. West Linn led 12-0.
West Linn attempted an onside kick that was smothered by Aarseth, giving the Wolves good field position at its own 47. As the fourth quarter started, Tualatins drive stalled and, after giving the ball over on downs to West Linn, the defense got it right back with a four-play stop of its own highlighted by a smashing tackle on fourth down by Nelson to prevent a West Linn first down. With the wind now at its back and needing two scores, Tualatin took to the air with quarterback Bryce Hulse finding Leneve with a perfect pass dropped in between three defenders for an 18 yard gain and a first down at their 45. Hulse hit Diggins on the next play for a nice catch and run that picked up 10 yards and another first down. He then hit Hale for a catch and run that also picked up 10 yards and a first down. The drive stalled, however, at the West Linn 29 when the Wolves were unable to convert on fourth and four.
West Linn took over and with great defensive stops on the first three plays by Nelson, Springer, Hale and Fisher, West Linn faced fourth and eight. Their pass attempt was picked off by Diggins, his second interception of the game, and returned to the West Linn 31. Facing third and 10 after two unsuccessful passing attempts, the Wolves caught West Linn off guard with a 31 yard scoring sweep by Asay, who followed outstanding blocking on the left side by Brauer, Hale, Cole Spires and Adam Riehl to sprint into the open before using a stiff arm and strong cut-back inside the 10 to get into the end zone. Springer blasted off left tackle, following blocks by Sexton, Nelson and Hale, to get the one point conversion and close the score to 12-7 West Linn. The attempted onside kick was recovered by West Linn, and on its first play from scrimmage West Linns big back rumbled for another long score. The Wolves aggressive gang tackling on the goal line stopped West Linns PAT attempt, and West Linn led 18-7.
With time running out Tualatin needed to quickly move the ball. Spires handled the West Linn squib kick and returned it to the Tualatin 43. After a fumbled snap moved the Wolves back to their 38, Hulse found Leneve in the left flat with a pass he caught at the West Linn 47 and, racing down the sideline, carried to the West Linn 15 before being run out of bounds. After two runs and a sack, and facing fourth and 19, Tualatins final pass fell incomplete and West Linn came away with a hard fought 18-7 victory in a battle between two very good teams.
Sunset White 22, Sherwood White 6
The third/fourth-grade Knights lost a tough game at home Saturday to a fast and physical Sunset White team 6-22. The game was played in a windy torrential downpour making ball security and the passing game a challenge for both teams.
After Sunset jumped out to a first half lead the Knights battled back to win the second half, but were not quite able to dig themselves out of the hole they left themselves in from the first half. Knight quarterback Bjorn Bergstrom led the offense on their scoring drive in the 2nd half and capped it with a nice 25 yard touchdown run. Fullbacks Baydon Kullowatz and Nick Gribble provided a spark on the drive with some power running up the gut while speedy halfbacks Seth Glenn and Brennan Wieg found some room around the outside for strong running. Halfbacks Josh Young, Ty Flesher, and Cooper Keesee also provided a spark with nice runs and blocks throughout the game.
The offensive line charge was led this week by starting center and Black Knight award winner Trent Hodney who provided solid blocking and consistently good snaps despite the wet and windy conditions. He was flanked by solid play from guards Jack Davis, Keith Howland, Tyson Jacobson, and Aidan Owens while tackles Derrick Snyder, Andrew Bohnet, Tony Budesilich, and Aiden Patterson also battled hard in the trenches. Tight ends Nolan Manning, Avery Wickham, and wide receivers Hunter VanRiper, Michael Mckinley, Jayden Long, Brayden Ross, and Alex Jones provided solid blocks on the edges. Defensively the Knights were led by hard hitting backers Bjorn Bergstrom, Jack Davis, Nick Gribble, Alex Jones, Seth Glenn and Ty Flesher.
Bergstrom spent a lot of time in the second half mixing it up in the Sunset backfield. Cornerback Scott Christensen had another great game with lockdown coverage and big open field tackles on the edge while safety Luke Wert also provided nice coverage and solid run support. Cornerback Brennan Wieg also provided great coverage and containment outside and kicker Andrew Thayer came through with consistent placement and distance again for the Knights regardless of which way the wind and rain blew. The White Knights are back on the road next Saturday to face a talented Tigard Black team at 9 a.m.
Sherwood JV Red 30 Clackamas 0
Sherwood traveled to Clackamas in week 4 to play a late Afternoon game in some very tough weather conditions.With the rain coming down sideways, the team overcame the weather distraction, and turned out one of their best overall performances to date. Sherwoods offense had turned the ball over on the first play of the game but quickly "buried" the mistake and proceeded to put 30 points on the board. This was an all-around team effort with everyone on the field performing the job they were intended to perform. In the first Half, Ryan Scroggin opened the game with the first 2 touchdowns followed by a wide open Run, and first touchdown of the year, by Rustin Williams. To open the second half, QB Ryan Sandilands completed the first T.D. Pass of the year to receiver Charlie Bulfinch for 30 yards and his first career Touchdown. All touchdowns were backed up with 2 pt conversions by Noah Beeks. Also working together as a team, Sherwoods Defense shut Clackamas down and kept them off the scoreboard. Sherwoods defense also scored its first points of the year adding a 2 point safety by Carter Atkins (and his first career points) to the scoreboard. The "Team" was the MVP of this game, and with all of the players pulling together, they made the rain and wind seemingly disappear.
Sherwood White 38, Beaverton Black 12
Despite weather that even an NFL team would be set back by the fifth/sixth-grade WHITE Knights
were on top of their game in every way. Each and every member of the team gave their all, they persevered and went the extra mile. The WHITE Knight started off with a bag by scoring 31 points in the 1st half of the game. Kade Emmons had a monstrous game running the ball gaining 183 yards on 10 carries and scorching
Beaverton with (3) TDs. Emmons signature run came in the 1st quarter when he pounded the ball up the middle for a 26 yard gain – with half of the Beaverton defense on his back the last 10 yards. Ben Nappe also caused mayhem for the Beaverton defense with 10 carries for 61 yards and a TD. Tai Stormont, Dylan Evans and Alex Block had another solid game carrying the ball – both Block and Evans added TDs for the Knights rushing attack. Gavin Evans was a masterful Field General at QB taking just about every snap of the game. A lot of responsibility was put on
Gavins shoulders since Asher Krauel was out last Saturday. The WHITE Knights backs realize each week that their effort would be for nothing if it wasnt for the big boys up-front consisting of Ethan Estes, Sam Lazo, Michael Rump, Jed Fahland, Sam Stobie, Austin Genz, Ben Heimark, Reid Grandquist, Jason Olheiser and DJ Matzinger. This fantastic offensive play was possible because the receiver corp of Dallen Jolley, Avery Meckel, Chase Soukup, Zack Coenen and Hunter Drost did a great job brining in the plays. The WRs had the responsibility to communicate the plays on every down since the coaches were on the sidelines for the first game
this season. The WHITE Knights defensive effort was stellar on Saturday. While we witnessed a staunch run defense and pass coverage that left Beaverton scrambling all day, the defensive highlight came in the 2nd quarter. Hayden Finn played particularly well at NG by stuffing Beaverton at the LOS most of the day. Knowing their chances where slim to make a first down by running the ball, Beaverton dropped back for a pass on 3rd and long. But the WHITE Knights sniffed out the call.
When Nappe stepped in front of the Beaverton receiver to stop the pass play the ball bounced off his facemask and landed in the hands of Stobie. Trusting his instincts and using his desire to make a big play Stobie darted off down the field. When he finished his 80 yard sprint he found himself in the endzone with a pick 6 and his 10 teammates around him – showing the home crown what real teamwork is all about.
Sherwood Varsity Black 27, Canby 0
The game started off quickly as Sherwood's #9 Zachary Jenkins intercepted a Canby pass and on the next play ran for a quick 40 yards, The offensive linemen worked together to make a hole for #32 Carsen Christensen to run in a touchdown. Score was 6-0 in the first 4 minutes of the 1st quarter.
On the kickoff to Canby the special teams recovered an on-side kick leading to another series of plays in the pouring rain leading to a touch down by #27 Jack Corno. Sherwoods #8 Takumi Kammerzell recovered another on-side kick at the end of the 1st quarter, leaving the score at 12-0. Props go out to centers Spencer Shadbolt and Nic Garrison for doing their best to make solid snaps to the talented quarterbacks Zach Jenkins and Wyatt Zettlemoyer in the torrential down pours.
#21 Jordan Gregory had a great stop on a Canby 3rd down early in the 2nd quarter. #33 Kian Lopez had a great 14 yard rush that also lead to a score in the end of the 2nd quarter making it 20-0 at the half. The 3rd quarter was full of defensive stops by Sherwood as Canby fought to gain yards and score. They were unsuccessful in doing so as Sterling Goldstein lead the defense with a huge tackle ending with 6 total tackles in the game. In the 4th quarter #82 Zane Sands had a huge sack stopping the Canby team from scoring. In the last minutes of the game, #63 Jayden Cuthbertson make a block for #27 Jack Corno to run for a 44 yard run to the end zone. Sherwood held Canby from scoring and the final was 27-0 Job well done to the Sherwood Varsity Black.
Youth football reports can be submitted to Dan Brood at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submitting results is noon on Tuesday.