Tualatin rolls to a 47-21 victory over McMinnville

McMINNVILLE — The Tualatin High School football team was very likely looking for a bounce-back effort then they faced McMinnville on Friday.

And, wow, did the Timberwolves ever get it.

Tualatin, one week after losing to unbeaten rival Tigard 62-7, rebounded in a very big way, scoring a 47-21 win over the Grizzlies in a key Pacific Conference match played at McMinnville High School.

“The kids were pretty focused to get better,” Tualatin coach Rob Hastin said. “They practiced hard all week to get ready to play.”

McMinnville fell to 2-3 in conference games and to 4-3 on the season with the loss. Tualatin upped its season mark to 4-3 while improving to 3-2 in Pacific Conference play, putting the Timberwolves in a tie with Glencoe and Newberg for second place in the league standings.

“This game was very important to us,” Hastin said. “It was a big thing for our kids to come out and play well.”

Tualatin got its offense going in a big way in the victory, as the Wolves rolled up 521 yards in the win.

Timberwolf senior quarterback Brandon Shroyer turned out to be quite a double threat. He completed 12 of 19 pass attempts for 199 yards and three touchdowns and he also rushed for 101 yards on 12 carries with another score.

“Brandon stepped up as a big leader for us all week,” Hastin said.

Shroyer helped get the Wolves on the scoreboard first, as he threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver Nick Hines to give Tualatin a 7-0 lead with 9 minutes and 26 seconds left in the first quarter.

Tualatin upped the margin to 14-0 with 3:54 left in the period when junior Eli Robinson scored on a 3-yard run.

Tualatin also opened the scoring in the second quarter, getting a 44-yard touchdown scramble by Shroyer to make the score 21-0 with 8:19 remaining in the first half.

But McMinnville came storming back. The Grizzlies got a 1-yard touchdown run by senior Cristian Medina and a 28-yard TD pass from senior quarterback Gage Gubrud to trim the Tualatin lead to 21-14 with 1:21 left in the half.

However, the Timberwolves reclaimed momentum, in a very big way, before the intermission. Shroyer connected with Hines on a 35-yard touchdown pass play on the final snap of the quarter, giving the Wolves a 27-14 halftime lead.

After a scoreless third quarter, the Wolves put the game away with three fourth-quarter scores.

Shroyer threw a 22-yard TD pass to junior running back Cameron Frey and Robinson had a pair of 4-yard TD runs to cap off Tualatin’s 47-21 victory.

Tualatin ran for 322 yards on 45 carries in the win. Robinson led the rushing attack with 156 yards on 17 carries. Senior Ryan Wisner added 46 yards on seven carries.

“It was nice to have a good running game to compliment what we do,” Hastin said. “Eli had a big night running the ball.”

Hines had six receptions for 113 yards and Wisner had four catches for 44 yards.

In addition to his big night on offense, Shroyer also had a pair of interceptions on defense. Tualatin senior Connor McCullough also intercepted a pass. The Wolves also sacked Gubrud twice.

For McMinnville, Gubrud completed 17 of 30 pass attempts for 242 yards.

Tualatin will be back in action on Friday when it faces Century in a Pacific Conference game starting at 7 p.m. at Tualatin High School.

The Jaguars, coming off a 33-17 win over Glencoe, are 2-3 in conference play and 2-5 on the season.

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