Tualatin starts league with a 48- 14 victory over FG

TUALATIN — The Timberwolves were efficient.

They started quick.

And they were happy with the final result.

The Tualatin High School football team got its Pacific Conference schedule off to a winning start by scoring a 48-14 victory over Forest Grove in a league opener played Friday at Tualatin.

“It was a super win and a good step forward,” Tualatin coach Rob Hastin said. “We definitely moved forward on offense. Our execution was much better.”

Forest Grove moved to 0-3 on the season with the setback. Tualatin improved its season record to 3-0 while, maybe just as importantly, getting off to a 1-0 start to conference play.

“We talk a lot about league,” Hastin said. “The kids had a lot of enthusiasm.”

That enthusiasm showed right from the start, as the Wolves put three touchdowns on the scoreboard in the first quarter.

Senior running back Jeffrey Williams had the first TD of the night for Tualatin, as he opened the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown dive. Senior Caio Alves added the first of his six extra-point kicks of the night to give the Wolves a 7-0 lead.

Junior quarterback Brandon Shroyer completed a 17-yard touchdown pass to senior fullback Austin Green to up the margin to 14-0. Later in the opening quarter, Shroyer and junior receiver Nick Hines combined on a 44-yard touchdown pass play that gave Tualatin a 21-0 first-quarter advantage.

Senior running back Andrew Schlottmann and Williams each capped off Tualatin scoring drives with 1-yard TD runs in the second quarter, upping the lead to 34-0.

Forest Grove, getting a 1-yard touchdown run by fullback Steven Izquierdo, made the halftime score 34-7.

In the third quarter, the Wolves got a 38-yard interception return by Schlottmann for a score. Senior Tyler Kemp capped off the scoring for Tualatin with a 1-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.

For the game, Shroyer completed 11 of 13 pass attempts for 185 yards.

“Brandon played a real good game,” Hastin said. “He was very efficient and he put the ball right in guys’ hands. Our offensive line has also improved a lot. That’s big.”

Green led a balanced rushing attack with 45 yards on just one carry. Kemp added 31 yards on eight carries. Senior Brennan Symes had four receptions for 68 yards.

Schlottmann had a pair of interceptions on defense. Williams added an interception while seniors Derek Senger and Kenny Walther each had a fumble recovery.

Tualatin will be back in action Friday when it faces Hillsboro in a Pacific Conference game starting at 7 p.m. at Hare Field. The Spartans are 0-3 on the season.

“We know that we can’t overlook anyone,” Hastin said. “That’s a formula for disaster.”

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