Forest Grove's early two-touchdown lead evaporates in a 31-21 loss to the Tigers

By Amanda miles

The News-Times

The early goings looked promising for Forest Grove in Friday night’s football game at Newberg.

Gio Tayetto’s two first-quarter rushing touchdowns staked the Vikings to a 14-0 lead, but the Tigers found their sweet spot over the middle portion of the contest, rattling off 28 consecutive points on their way to a 31-21 victory.

The loss dropped Forest Grove to 3-4 overall and 1-4 in the Pacific Conference. Newberg won its third consecutive game to up its record to 4-3 overall and 3-2 in league play.

With 1:20 remaining in the first stanza and just three minutes after Forest Grove notched its second touchdown, Newberg pulled one back on Grayson Oviatt’s 24-yard strike to Tyler Delashmutt. Then, the Tigers struck twice more in rapid succession — twice inside the next three minutes, actually.

Thanks to Andy Tautfest’s two touchdown runs — the second coming with 10:31 remaining in the half — just like that, Newberg had a 21-14 lead.

The Tigers stretched their advantage to two touchdowns on an 80-yard bomb from Oviatt to Delashmutt with 4:02 remaining in the third period, but Forest Grove was not ready to concede. Taylor Jensen, who was 29-of-46 for 286 yards in the contest, hit wideout Zac Collins later in the quarter to trim the lead back to one possession.

Newberg had the last say, though, on Oviatt’s 17-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter.

Thanks in large part to Jensen’s passing yards, the Vikings outgained the Tigers in total offense, 356 yards to 342.

Tayetto led the ground game with 11 carries for 59 yards. Collins was Jensen’s favorite target, recording nine receptions for 110 yards and a touchdown catch. Cam Kemper added eight receptions for 71 yards.

The Vikings look to snap their three-game losing streak this Friday, when they take on the Spartans of Hillsboro for homecoming. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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