HILLSBORO — There's no real secret to it.
It's all about strength — pure strength.
It's about determination, guts and teamwork.
It's pull or get pulled.
It's the tug of war.
And, at the Metro Area Lineman Challenge, no one had as much determination, guts, teamwork — and pure strength — than Tigard.
The Tigers, while shining throughout the day of competition at the event held July 15 at Hare Field, were at their best at the tug-of-war event, where they dominated the competition.
"That was good," Tigard High School senior-to-be Burke Albaugh said.
"We worked together as a team," added Tigard senior-to-be Layton Tanuvasa. "It's been good working with the young guys."
"This competition is important to us," Albaugh said. "It's one of our biggest days. We've been working hard, and we all trust each other."
Tigard finished in a tie with Sprague for fifth place in the overall team standings for the Lineman Challenge, a competition that featured such events as the 40-yard dash, the shuttle run, vertical jump, broad jump, bench press, farmers carry, tractor tire flip, two-man sled relay and the team tug of war, with 33 points.
Tualatin was first with 49 points, and Jesuit was second at 44.
But Tigard showed off their its strength in the tug-of-war event.
And, as the competition went on, the fired-up Tigers got the best of some familiar, and talented, opponents.
In the quarterfinals, Tigard got a win over Tualatin. In the semifinals, the Tigers powered their way past Central Catholic. And, in the final tug-of-war bout, with the entire Lineman Challenge Crowd watching them, the Tigers defeated Jesuit to claim first place.
"Beating Central Catholic was big," said the 6-foot-3, 310-pound Albaugh, who anchored the Tigard team in the tug-of-war. "And so was Tualatin."
Albaugh, one of the biggest competitors at the Lineman Challenge, showed his power, as he led the way for the Tigard team in the bench press, with 21 repetitions at 185 pounds. He ended up placing 12th overall among all heavyweight competitors at the event.
"Burke is the leader," Tanuvasa said.
Tanuvasa also had some impressive performances. He topped the Tigers in the tire flip event, with 12, and he also led the team in the farmer's carry, going 80 yards with the weight. Tanuvasa also tied for the second-best mark on the team in the standing vertical jump, with a mark of 24.4 inches.
Isaia Porter also showed off his power and agility for the Tigard team. He was second to Albaugh for the Tigers in the bench press, with 19 reps. He topped the Tigers with a mark of 90.0 inches in the standing broad jump. He was fastest on the team in the shuttle run with a time of 4.66 seconds. He tied for second on the team in the vertical jump with a mark of 24.4 and he was third fastest in the 40-yard dash with a time of 5.52 seconds.
Porter placed eighth overall among heavyweight competitors.
Hayden McDonald had Tigard's fastest time in the 40-yard dash with a mark of 5.07. He also led the team in the vertical jump with a height of 24.6. McDonald also tied Albaugh for the team's second-best mark in the broad jump with a distance of 88.0, and he tied for second best on the team in the tire flip with 10. McDonald placed 20th overall among all lightweight competitor at the event.
Bryce Goetz tied for second on the team in the tire flip with 12, and he tied for second in the shuttle run with a mark of 4.81.
Sean Ryan was second on the team in the farmer's carry, with a distance of 78 yards, and he was third in the bench press with 17 reps.
Jaran White and Mahomud Mustefa also competed for the Tigard team.
For the Tigard 2 team, which also competed at the challenge, Iulius Costa helped lead the way. He led the squad with 15 reps in the bench press and 60 yards in the farmer's carry.
Brandon Baker had the top time for the Tigard 2 team in the shuttle run with a mark of 4.81, and he also led the way in the vertical jump with a height of 25.0.
Eric Schultz had the team's fastest time in the 40-yard dash at 5.63, and he tied Kyle Otis for the top mark in the broad jump at 81.0.
Mitchell Dawes, Brayden Zolkoske, Johnny Nomani and Jayden Fredrickson also competed for the Tigard 2 team.
"It's about respect," Albaugh said of the Lineman Challenge. "It's nice to see where other people are, and to show off what we've been working on."
And the Tigers, in the upcoming 2017 season, are looking to keep up the tradition they've built the past few years of being dominant on the line. And Tanuvasa, who was a second-team All-Three Rivers League selection last year on the defensive line, and Albaugh, and honorable-mention pick on the offensive line, will likely lead the way.
"We lost some good players from last year, but we have a great young group getting ready to fill those shoes," Tanuvasa said.
"The younger guys are all putting in the work," Albaugh added.
Tigard will open the 2017 season Sept. 1, when it plays a non-league game at Jesuit.
"That will be big," Tanuvasa said.
"My class has never really played them," Albaugh said. "It's going to be fun to play them. We'll be ready"