Sheldon gets a 45-21 win over the Wolves in the state playoff tilt

EUGENE — The Timberwolves battled.

They played hard and, early in the second half, they found themselves tied with the defending Class 6A state champions.

But, in the end, all that battling wasn’t enough.

The Tualatin High School football team, despite a strong effort, fell to Sheldon 45-21 in a Class 6A state playoff second-round game played Friday at Sheldon High School.

“The kids played hard,” Tualatin coach Rob Hastin said. “They battled until the end. But Sheldon is a real good team, and the ball didn’t bounce our way at the end.”

Sheldon, the Special District 1 champion, improved to 9-2 on the season with the victory.

The Irish also advanced to the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs and will host Clackamas Friday at 7 p.m.

Tualatin, the No. 2 team out of the Pacific Conference, finished its season with a final overall record of 7-4 despite having to deal with adversity, in the form of injuries, throughout.

“I’m proud of our team, and how the kids worked to overcome things,” Hastin said.

In Friday’s game, Sheldon took a 7-0 lead on an 80-yard touchdown pass from Joseph Kuehn to Mitchell Herbert.

Tualatin answered right back with a long TD pass of its own, as senior quarterback Brandon Shroyer and senior receiver Nick Hines connected on a 64-yard scoring play to tie the game at 7-7.

Sheldon scored the game’s next two touchdowns to take a 21-7 lead.

But the Timberwolves battled back again. A 4-yard touchdown run by Shroyer late in the second quarter trimmed the margin to 21-14 at halftime.

The Wolves then opened the third quarter with a long, time-consuming drive. Shroyer capped off the drive with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Hines, tying the game at 21-21 with 6 minutes and 55 seconds left in the period.

But Tualatin wouldn’t be able to score again.

Sheldon ended the game with 24 unanswered points to get the 45-21 victory.

Shroyer had a big night in his final game for the Wolves. He completed 14 of 28 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns. He also led the team in rushing with 92 yards and a TD on 18 carries.

Hines, for the night, had seven receptions for 102 yards and two touchdowns.

“I’m proud of our senior class and what they were able to do,” Hastin said. “They put in a lot of time.”

Next year, Tualatin, along with Tigard, Sherwood and Newberg, will be moving to the Three Rivers League.

“The future looks good,” Hastin said. “We’re already looking forward to next year. It will be exciting with the new league.”

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