Tualatin Cardinal def. Liberty

As they entered the midway point of the season on Saturday morning, the Tualatin third/fourth-grade Cardinal took the field with a 3-1 record and had designs of keeping control of their division. They faced the Liberty Falcons at home on the Varsity field in front of their biggest crowd of the year and they did not disappoint!

Tualatin started once again in their comfort zone, on defense. The Falcons took the field and found a seam on the right side for a nice gain and quickly put the Wolves to the test. The next play was a mirror image to the right but the Wolves Defense sniffed it out with great contain and sent the back directly into the waiting arms of linebacker Kellen Hale. The Falcons continued to sweep and work the edge to no avail. Maestes and Harris made big plays on third and fourth downs and that was the end of the Falcons drive.

The offense took the field and looked impressive early as Niko Webb exploded from the pulling guard position to unload on an unsuspecting Falcon End to create a hole the size of a dump truck for Lippy who peeled off a nice gain. The Wolves continued to methodically work their way down field with the 3 headed monster of Lippy, Hale and Gilbertson. They chewed up most of the first quarter but an interception in the red zone kept points off the board and gave the Falcons new life.

Liberty quickly resorted to trickery by running double reverses and anything to keep the Wolves fundamentally sound defense off balance. This would prove to be a sign of desperation as the Wolves sniffed out any and all big play opportunities before they could develop.

The Wolves offense continued moving the ball every possession and completely dominated the line of scrimmage and field position. At the half the score could have easily been 14-0 Tualatin, but timely turnovers kept this thing scoreless.

The Wolves racked up close to 150 yards rushing in the first half and had a commanding lead on Time of Possession. It was clear that the Wolfpack defense got stronger as the Falcons flight was losing altitude.

The second half began and had a different feel to it right off the bat. The crowd began to get behind their young Wolves and knew that if they could score, it might be enough for a W. The defensive unit saw key containment plays early in the 3rd from Warren and Beddes. The Wolves made another long, sustained offensive attack and nearly punched it in but lost the ball at the 1 yard line.

With the defense now firing on all cylinders they looked to take matters into their own hands. The Falcons ran off tackle but picked a bad time as C.J. Hazlett blew into the backfield to disrupt the play and Niko Webb made a tackle in the end zone for a safety and the game's first score.

The Wolves sprinted off the field jumping around and high fiving each other as they knew how important that safety was. Over the next several minutes the Wolves offense continued to make positive play after play. Zach Hoekstra led the way under center with solid snaps all morning long and key blocks that constantly helped his backs gain yards and simply wear out the Falcon defense.

With the game coming to an end, the offense made one last march down the field and punched in their first TD of the game. Noah Gilbertson spun off three different “would be” Falcon defenders on his way to paydirt! Still, the clock showed 2 minutes remaining and the Wolves had only one thing on their mind… shutout! That’s exactly what they did!

The boys continue to show improvement, resilience and strength. They believe in themselves and it shows. With their “Finish stronger than you start” attitude, they improved to 4-1 on the season and don’t seem to show signs of slowing down anytime soon. I am excited to see what surprises these boys have in store for us next weekend. Win or lose, I know they will be ready to battle!

Tualatin JV Cardinal 39, Clackamas Black 18

A spectacular fall evening was the setting for the seventh grade match-up between the Tualatin Cardinal and the host Clackamas Black, with the Wolves rebounding from its first defeat a week ago to put together one of its better games of the season and come away with a 39-18 victory. Tualatin’s offense scored six touchdowns, benefitting from excellent blocking throughout the game combined with consistent production from both the running and passing attack. The defense was equally as impressive, stopping the Clackamas offense with consistent, hard-hitting tackling and defensive stands that held its opponent to one offensive score.

Tualatin got off to a fast start, receiving the opening kickoff and marching 76 yards in 10 plays for the games’ first score. A highlight of the drive was a 44-yard run by MacGuire Asay, who was sprung by blocks from left tackle Daniel Sexton, center Quinn McCarthy, pulling right guard Adam Riehl and receiver Cole Spires before breaking into the secondary and powering his way to Clackamas’ 12 yard line. Three plays later, with the drive threatened by a fourth and 9, Derek Leneve swept right, received great blocks from pulling left guard Nathan Nelson, running back Asay and receiver Lucas Diggins to slash his way to the one foot line, getting the first down. On the next play quarterback Bryce Hulse followed his powerful lineman to score on a keeper. Leneve again swept right to get the one point conversion and Tualatin led 7-0.

The tough hitting Wolves set their defensive tone on the ensuing kickoff, with Leneve going low to slow the big Clackamas return man streaking down the left side and Nelson going high with a crushing tackle. After giving up a first down to its 30 yard line the defense stiffened, with Nelson making a huge hit on first down and, on the next play, defensive guard Tyler Anderson and defensive end McCarthy penetrated the backfield just as the ball was handed off and McCarthy chased down the ball carrier for a 10 yard loss. Clackamas faced fourth and 20 following an incomplete pass, and the Wolves stopped the drive with great gang-tackling from Anderson, Isaia Porter and Jake Aarseth.

Tualatin took over on its own 40 and again marched down the field to score in an impressive nine-play drive. On its third play, facing third and two, Hulse fired a perfect strike to a streaking Leneve who caught the ball in stride at the Clackamas 35 and got to the 24. Two plays later Hulse hit Spires on a quick catch-and-run that Spires turned into a nice gain and a first down at the 14. Four plays later, facing fourth and one on the Clackamas five, the Wolves again converted in a critical situation as Asay took the handoff and, running left, powered his way into the end zone behind blocks from Spires, Leneve and Cameron Springer. The extra point attempt was stopped, and the Wolves led early in the second quarter 13-0.

The Wolves were rolling and threatening to blow the game open, as on the ensuing kickoff McCarthy put down a beautiful onside kick that Clackamas bobbled and gave up to a charging Nelson, who slammed into the pile to grab the ball. Starting at the Clackamas 45, with the front line of Anderson, Aarseth, Tyler Wakeman, Cameron Boothby and Christian Slater providing outstanding run and pass blocking, Tualatin again marched down the field behind solid runs from Fisher and Hale before Hulse found Hale on a deep throw that he wrestled away from the defender for a spectacular 18-yard play, moving the chains to the Clackamas 23. But the momentum shifted two plays later when a Clackamas defender intercepted a pass at the five and ran it back 95 yards for a touchdown. Suddenly it was a 13-6 ballgame following Clackamas’ missed PAT kick.

Clackamas attempted an onside kick and Aarseth smoothly handled a difficult recovery. After getting one first down on a 14-yard run by Leneve, who followed a sea of blockers down the right side highlighted by blocks from Porter and receiver Kyle Estey, the drive stalled and Clackamas took over on its own 47. The Wolves immediately got the ball back, however, with a fumble recovery by Anderson on Clackamas’ first play from scrimmage, and they put together a crisp six-play drive, starting with Fisher’s 11-yard blast behind blocks from Hale and Diggins. Leneve ran twice, once for five and again for 10 yards, behind excellent blocking from Slater and AJ Brauer, and on first down from the 21 Hulse hit Hale with a perfect pass on a slant route out of the backfield that Hale grabbed at the 15 and took to the 4. On the next play Hale took the deep pitch out of the I-formation and, with Felder, Boothby, Aarseth and Wakeman containing the left side of the line and following outside blocks from Leneve, Brauer and Diggins, Hale raced into the end zone. Brauer blasted off right tackle to get the one point conversion, and Tualatin extended its lead to 20-6.

Clackamas mounted a quick drive of its own, threatening to score on a long pass play that was finally stopped by a touchdown-saving tackle by Hale at the Wolves’ 22. As it’s done many times this season, the defense rose to the challenge and stopped the Clackamas drive, this time led by the outstanding pass rush of McCarthy, Sexton and Andrew Felder that resulted in Tualatin getting the ball back on downs at its own 37, with only 38 seconds remaining in the half. And for the second time this season Hulse led the hurry-up offense to perfection. After hitting Springer for a short gain on a nice diving catch, Springer took a pitch right and was sprung by a shuddering block by Asay on the corner before weaving his way down the right sideline and leveraging downfield blocks from Felder and Diggins that helped him bull his way to Clackamas’ 28. Following a spike and an incompletion, Hulse hit the streaking tight end Felder down the middle with a perfect 24-yard pass play that took Felder to the four. Following another spike to stop the clock with one second left, Springer took the pitch right and blasted into an opening created by Spires and Leneve to get the touchdown as the clock expired, completing the remarkable 63-yard, 38-second scoring drive. Tualatin led 26-6 following the failed PAT attempt.

Following its second-half kickoff to Clackamas the Wolves’ tough defense picked up right where it left off. On the second play from scrimmage Asay picked off a pass over the middle and returned it to the Clackamas 33. The Clackamas defense, however, returned the favor three plays later, intercepting the ball and returning it 79 yards for a touchdown. Tualatin blocked the PAT kick and the score stood at 26-12 Tualatin.

With the game once again tightening, Fisher responded with a huge play by grabbing the ensuing squib-kick in the middle of the field at the Wolves’ 40 and immediately sprinted left, found the corner and raced 33 yards up the left sideline to give Tualatin outstanding field position at the Clackamas 27. Six plays later Springer followed a tremendous surge by the front line to score from one yard out. Key plays on the drive were a 12-yard slashing run by Asay behind blocks from Fisher, Riehl and Springer, and a 10-yard power run by Fisher, who started right but alertly cut back into a huge hole in the middle opened up by McCarthy, Reihl and Sexton before being stopped just short of the goal line, setting up Springer’s touchdown on the next play. Tualatin failed to convert on the PAT attempt and led 32-12.

Following Tualatin’s kickoff to Clackamas the teams exchanged fumbles. The Clackamas fumble followed several hard-hitting plays from Boothby and Nelson before, on third down, Nelson separated the ball from a Clackamas receiver with a smashing tackle that sent the ball caroming downfield. Riehl recovered the fumble at the Tualatin 37. Two plays later, following a short run and a facemask penalty by Clackamas, Tualatin’s fumble was recovered by Clackamas at the Tualatin 48. Despite hard tackles by Aarseth and Hale on the first several plays of Clackamas’ drive, Clackamas was able to score its lone offensive touchdown on a long run up the middle by their big back, narrowing Tualatin’s lead to 32-18 following the blocked PAT kick.

Clackamas’s onside kick was scooped up by Diggins, giving the Wolves good field position at its own 48. Fisher and Asay went to work, accounting for all 52 yards during the drive as they pounded the ball downfield behind outstanding blocking from the entire line. Facing fourth and nine, Asay scored the Wolves’ final touchdown, sprinting left before cutting back toward the middle and finding the end zone for an impressive 19-yard score. Springer again added the extra point and the Wolves led 39-18.

McCarthy followed with another excellent onside kick that was nearly recovered by Springer. Clackamas started on its own 31, and the defense continued its aggressive play with tough tackles made by Riehl, Nelson, Anderson, Hale and Fisher, as well as several near-miss sacks by McCarthy. Tualatin put the game away when Asay made his second interception of the game, giving the ball back to the Wolves’ offense which then kneeled several times to run out the clock and secure an outstanding 39-18 victory over a tough Clackamas team.

Sherwood Varsity Black 41, St. Helens 22

This past weekend brought completely opposite weather compared to the previous weekend, but the Varsity Black did nothing opposite then normal pattern of winning.  The Knights have had a few injuries but gladly welcomed back a few players including Travis Spreen.  The Knights came out strong right from the start with a long pass by quarterback Wyatt Zettlemoyer.  Shortly after the pass #32 Carsen Christensen ran in the end zone for a quick touchdown.  St. Helen's attempted to make progress down the field on their possession but was stopped by the strong defensive line.  Sherwood's #27 Jack Corno scored on Sherwood's next possession.  Again St. Helen's efforts were stopped by our D-line beasts.  Sherwood continued a great series with 2 additional completed passes caught by #82 Zane Sands, followed by a touch down by Sands.  The second quarter started with a score of 22-0.  Sherwood's talent continued to shine as quarterback Zachary Jenkins ran for a touchdown early in the second quarter.  St. Helen's also scored in the second quarter but was stopped on their next attempt.  #5 Hayden Gilbert exhibited his talent by having about a 25 yard run.  Sherwood scored again making the score at halftime 34-6.  The Black Knight of the week, Spencer Shadbolt had a great show of sportsmanship as he offered a hand to many St. Helen's players.  In the second half St. Helen's scored 16 more points as many of the Sherwood players were able to play different positions.  That didn't keep Sherwood from scoring again including another run to the end zone by #32 Carsen Chritsensen.  The final score was 41-22.  #5 Hayden Gilbert led the team in rushing with 65 yards and #52 Sterling Goldstein lead the defense with 4 tackles 3 of which were solo.  Congrats to the Sherwood Varsity Black for another big win!

Sherwood JV Red 35, Gresham 26

Sherwood JV Red returned Home in week 5 for a solid contest against Gresham. Sherwood's defense set the tempo on Gresham's first offensive play by recovering a fumble so the offense could get to work. The offense drove the ball down the field and capped it off with a 10 yd TD by Ryan Scroggin.

Back on defense, the tone was amplified with a fumble recovery and first ever (defensive) TD by Carter Atkins.  Gavin Jolley added the 2pt kick to take the score to 14-0 early on.  As the first half progressed, Sherwood added 2 more TD's (Scroggin, Jolley) while allowing Gresham one.  Gresham came out firing in the second half and added 4 TD's of their own while Sherwood added TD's by Ryan Sandilands, Kadyn Lauer, and another by Ryan Scroggin.  Very good defensive efforts were also given by Jackson Barton, Rustin Williams, and Austin Cornett.  Sherwood’s offensive performance was geared by a great showing from the offensive line which includes Conor Irby, Jacob Schweitzer, Carter Atkins, Jackson Barton, Alex Calhoun, and Charlie Bulfinch.

Sherwood White 7, Tigard Black 6

On a perfect sunny fall football day Saturday it was an epic battle of the defenses when the Sherwood third/fourth-grade White Knights traveled to Tigard to take on the Black Tigers.

These 2 teams couldn’t have been more evenly matched in size, speed, athleticism, and desire. Both offenses made plays and moved the ball in the first half, but defense was the story of the day as any threats from the red zone were denied by very aggressive and stingy defense from both teams. After coming out in the 2nd half it was Tigard who finally struck first with a nifty flanker reverse that caught the Sherwood defense off guard just enough to make a long run to the end zone. The extra point try failed to make the score 6-0 in the 3rd quarter. Both teams pounded back and forth until Sherwood forced Tigard to punt for the last time and took over on their own 12 yard line with just over 2 minutes left in the game. The Knights then went to work using their timeouts and the sidelines to manage the clock and orchestrate an 88 yard drive in 13 plays capped by a Bjorn Bergstrom 12 yard touchdown run on a quarterback boot.

The Knights only needed 1 to pull ahead and relied on fullback Bayden Kullowatz to bull his way into the end zone and give them the lead. Tigard got one more shot and took the ensuing kickoff at their own 40 with just over a minute to play. The Knight’s defense held strong for 4 more plays, though, and the Sherwood offense trotted onto the field for the victory formation as time expired. Brennan Wieg led all rushers with 8 carries for 100 yards while Seth Glenn, Ty Flesher, Nick Gribble, and Josh Young all had positive contributions to the running game. The offensive line charge was led this week by starting left guard and Black Knight award winner Aidan Owens with a lot of help from Tony Budesilich, Andrew Thayer, Tyson Jacobson, Trent Hodney, Jack Davis, Keith Howland, Derrick Snyder, Andrew Bohnet, and Nolan Manning. Solid blocking on the edges was provided by wide receivers Jayden Long, Luke Wert, Brayden Ross, Tyler Schultz, Hunter VanRiper, and Michael Mckinley. Sherwood’s defense was led by linebacker Bjorn Bergstrom who had a busy day taking part in 17 tackles. Fellow linebackers Jack Davis and Ty Flesher had 7 and 6 tackles respectively. 13 other Knights took part in tackles for the swarming defense to include Scott Christensen, Baydon Kullowatz, and Tony Budesilich with 4 tackles each. Trent Hodney and Seth Glenn had 3 tackles each. Alex Jones, Nick Gribble, Tyson Jacobson, and Derrick Snyder each had 2 tackles. Also adding a tackle each were Cooper Keesee, Brennan Wieg, Avery Wickham, and Aiden Patterson. Kicker Andrew Thayer was solid once again with precision placement all day for the Knights.

Sherwood comes back home Saturday to play the Tualatin Cardinal at 11 a.m.

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