Tigard blasts Newberg 76-35 to stay unbeaten in league

NEWBERG — Another week, another scoring outburst by the Tigard High School football team.

The Tigers, a week after scoring a 86-37 win over Hillsboro, rolled to a 76-35 victory over Newberg in a Pacific Conference game played Friday at Newberg High School.

With the victory, Tigard improved to 7-1 on the season and to 6-0 in Pacific Conference play. Tigard also clinched at least a share of the league championship.

Newberg moved to 0-6 in Pacific Conference play and to 1-7 on the season with the setback.

While many Tigard players had big nights in the victory, it would be hard to top the performance of Tiger senior Zach Floyd.

Floyd scored five touchdowns in the win, and he used different methods to get into the end zone. He had a pair of kickoff returns for touchdowns, covering 80 and 87 yards, he had touchdown runs of 55 and five yards and he caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Jett Even.

Both of Floyd’s kickoff returns for touchdowns came in the the first quarter, which ended with Tigard holding a 21-14 lead.

Even and junior fullback A.J. Hotchkins teamed up for a pair of touchdown pass plays in the victory.

A 20-yard touchdown pass from Even to Hotchkins gave Tigard a 35-20 lead with 10 minutes and 40 seconds left in the second quarter. A 14-yard scoring toss from Even to Hotchkins gave Tigard a 49-28 advantage with 4:08 left before halftime.

A pair of touchdown runs by Floyd later in the quarter helped give Tigard a 62-28 halftime lead

Tigard also got a 26-yard touchdown run by senior Benny Wick, a 42-yard scoring scamper by senior Kaz Greene, a 34-yard TD run by Manu Rasmussen and a 12-yard scoring run by junior Justin Alvarizares.

Tigard, as a team, rushed for 384 yards on 38 carries in the win.

Floyd rushed for 98 yards on just five carries. Wick had 57 yards on five carries and Greene rushed for 55 yards on three carries.

Even completed five of seven pass attempts for 51 yards and three touchdowns. Hotchkins had three receptions for 38 yards.

For the Tigard defense, Greene and senior Robby Chabreck each had a quarterback sack.

Seniors Brad Davis and Anthony Consolo each recovered a Newberg fumble.

For Newberg, Mitch Lemos rushed for 316 yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries.

Tigard will be back in action Friday when it hosts Forest Grove in a regular-season finale set to start at 7 p.m. at Tigard High School.

The Vikings, who are on a two-game winning streak, are 2-4 in league play and 2-6 on the season.

A Tigard victory will give the Tigers sole possession of the Pacific Conference championship. A win would also give Tigard a 7-0 league mark for the second straight year.

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