Featured Stories

Other Pamplin Media Group sites

It's chicken (and beans) for everyone


The Tigard football intrasquad game ends in 52-52 tie

by: DAN BROOD - FLOYD ON THE FLY -- Tigard junior Landon Floyd (23) breaks into the clear on his way to scoring on a 70-yard run for the  White team in Saturday's Chicken and Bean Bowl. The game ended in a 52-52 tie. TIGARD — There were a lot of points scored — 104 to be exact.

There were a lot of touchdowns — 14 in all.

There was also a whole bunch of offensive output — a whopping total of 1,078 yards worth, to be exact.

And, in the end, almost fittingly, everyone got to enjoy a postgame meal that included all of the fixings.

That’s because, in dramatic fashion, the Green and White squads battled to a 52-52 tie at the sixth-annual Tigard Chicken and Bean Bowl intrasquad football game held Saturday at Tigard High School.

“We all get to eat. That’s good,” said Landon Floyd, a running back for the White team, who will be a Tigard senior in the fall. “This was good. Everyone came out ready to hit.”

“This was nice,” said Tyler Walker, a running back for the Green squad, who also will be a Tiger senior in the fall. “But we wanted to win for bragging rights. We were doing some trash talking, which was fun, but now we’re all back together again.”

Usually in the Chicken and Bean Bowl, which wrapped up nearly two weeks of spring practice, the winning team gets a complete chicken dinner after the contest, while the losing squad gets only beans for its postgame meal.

But, because of the tie — the first ever deadlock in the Tigard Chicken and Bean Bowl — everyone got the full-meal deal.

“This game was great,” said Tigard coach Craig Ruecker, who added that Saturday’s game was fourth tie in the 33 years he’s held a Chicken and Bean Bowl (counting his years at Glencoe and Redmond). “It’s always great. It gets everyone excited about football.”

While the Tigers competed against each other in Saturday’s contest, after the game, everyone was in agreement — the team looks to have a lot of potential.

“I’m excited about the season,” said lineman Conor Crist, who will be a Tigard junior in the fall. “We want to make it back to Jeld-Wen Field (now Providence Park), and win this time.”

Crist is part of a strong group of returnees from last year’s Tigard squad that won the Pacific Conference title at 7-0, while going 12-1 on the season. The Tigers’ only setback was an 83-49 loss to Central Catholic in a Class 6A state playoff semifinal game. And that loss already seems to be providing motivation for the Tigers.

“We were embarrassed by that,” said Walker, who got to enjoy a full chicken dinner for the second straight year. “We want to redeem ourselves. We’re playing with a chip on our shoulders.”

“We’re very motivated,” Floyd said. “We want to come out and show that we can still play. We’ve got a lot of new players that will help us. by: DAN BROOD - NO CATCHING HIM -- Tigard High School junior Sam Inos (left) sprints to the end zone for a Green team touchdown during Saturday's Chicken and Bean Bowl. Inos scored four touchdowns in the 52-52 tie.I’m really looking forward to the season.”

The offensive fireworks put on display during Saturday’s Chicken and Bean Bowl certainly didn’t dampen that enthusiasm.

“We’ve got a lot of speed,” said Walker, who rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns on only seven carries while also throwing a touchdown pass in the contest. “And Coach Ruecker will utilize all of it. And the offensive line played great. They opened so many holes for both teams.”

The Tigard offensive linemen, including Crist, Cole Harrington, Zach Jacobs, Tovi Murga, Tavis Pascual, Austin Goodhouse, Kevin Henderson and Derek McMurray, wore black jerseys and played for both teams in Saturday’s game, providing power blocking that helped lead to 537 total rushing yards in the contest.

“There were a lot of good plays,” Crist said. “I really liked seeing this. I think a lot of players showed that they like to hit.”

It didn’t take long for the fireworks to start in Saturday’s game.

On the second play from scrimmage, Floyd broke into the clear, scoring on a 70-yard run to give the White team a 6-0 lead just 15 seconds into the game.

The Green squad answered back right away, capping off a six-play, 70-yard drive with an 11-yard TD run by Walker. Sam Inos ran in a two-point conversion to give the Green team an 8-6 lead.

Both teams kept rolling from there.

In the first quarter alone, the White team got a 2-yard touchdown blast from fullback Pepe Tanuvasa, a 28-yard scoring pass from quarterback JT Greenough to receiver Kyle Baldes and a 33-yard play-action touchdown toss from Greenough to Nikko Thomas.

Meanwhile, the Green team got a 61-yard touchdown scamper by Walker, and a 27-yard TD run by Inos, leaving the White team with a 28-24 lead at the end of the opening period.

But it didn’t take the Green squad long to reclaim the lead, as quarterback Chase Crawford connected with Inos on a 70-yard touchdown pass play on the first play of the second quarter, giving the Green a 32-28 lead.

The Green team also got a 12-yard TD pass from Crawford to Jacob Chesler and a 70-yard touchdown pass play from Crawford to Inos in the period.

The White team, in the second quarter, got a 3-yard TD run by Floyd and a 50-yard scoring scamper by Alex Gradin, leaving the Green squad with a 46-44 halftime lead.

by: DAN BROOD - RUNNING STRONG -- White team receiver Kyle Baldes (left) pulls away to score on a touchdown pass play in Saturday's Chicken and Beans Bowl.The Green team, with the opening possession of the third quarter (a 10-minute period with a running clock), had a chance to add onto its lead, but a lost fumble on the White 6-yard line, with White linebacker Jash Allen recovering the loose ball, ended that threat.

The ensuing White drive also ended with a lost fumble, with Green linebacker Muizz Sosna coming up with a recovery on the Green 45-yard line. The Green team got a 10-yard touchdown pass from Walker to Inos. But the team’s two-point conversion try failed, leaving the Green with a 52-44 lead with 4:02 left to play — setting up the last-minute dramatics.

The White team, on the final play of regulation, got a 5-yard touchdown pass from Greenough to tight end Ryan Bay. Then, with no time on the clock, Floyd ran in the ensuing two-point conversion, making the final score 52-52.

Floyd led all rushers in the game with 168 yards on eight carries. Gradin added 163 yards on seven carries for the White team.

Also for the White, Greenough completed 10 of 26 pass attempts for 176 yards. Thomas was the White’s top receiver with three catches for 48 yards.

For the Green team, Inos, who was a second-team All-Pacific Conference receiver last fall, showed plenty of big-play potential. He carried the ball two times for 57 yards and had five receptions for 167 yards and three touchdowns.

Crawford completed 14 of 18 passes for 271 yards. Brady McGetrick had four receptions for 66 yards.

For the Green defense, Peyton Olson had a pair of quarterback sacks and a forced fumble.

“We had a lot of fun, and a lot of good plays,” Walker said. “We have a long summer ahead of us, but we’re ready to have a good season.”

Tigard, which is now part of the Three Rivers League, will open its 2014 schedule Sept. 5 when it hosts Grant in a non-league game.