The senior has rushed for 917 yards in the Tigers three playoff wins

by: DAN BROOD - Z-MAN -- Tigard senior Zach Floyd breaks into the open during Friday's state playoff quarterfinal win over Central Catholic.HILLSBORO — Zach Floyd seemed to be exhausted.

He seemed to be physically and mentally drained.

He was overcome with emotion.

There may have even been some tears — tears of joy.

And there was a smile.

And it all came after an amazing performance.

Floyd, a senior running back on the Tigard High School football team, was surrounded by friends, family, teammates and well-wishers on the rain-soaked turf at Hillsboro Stadium after he helped lead the Tigers to a 43-37 win over Central Catholic in a Class 6A state playoff quarterfinal game played Friday night.

Floyd had an astonishing night in the victory, rushing for 341 yards and four touchdowns on 41 hard-running carries.

“I told myself I wouldn’t be denied,” Floyd said after the game. “God is good. I prayed and asked for strength. I really needed it. We all played our hearts out and left it all out on the field.”

Floyd’s astounding accomplishments in the quarterfinal game marked the continuance of what has been an incredible postseason run for the 5-foot-9, 180-pound standout.

In Tigard’s three playoff games, Floyd has now rushed for 917 yards and 10 touchdowns on 86 carries.

“He’s a warrior,” Tigard assistant coach Stace Shillitto said of Floyd following the win over Central Catholic.

Floyd’s teammates were also gushing with praise following the game.

“There’s not enough words to describe what he did,” Tigard junior quarterback Jett Even said. “He’s phenomenal. He’s terrific.”

“He’s a horse,” Tigard senior defensive back Anthony Consolo said. “He’s a big part of our offense. When he gets in a groove, it’s really hard to stop him.”

And the humble Floyd is also quick to give credit to his teammates — especially the Tigard offensive line.

“Our offensive line was the key,” he said. “They opened up huge holes.”

For the season now, Floyd has rushed for 1,900 yards and 25 touchdowns on 196 carries. He also has two receiving touchdowns, two kickoff returns for touchdowns, an interception return for a touchdown and a punt return for a score. Floyd also has thrown five TD passes out of the wildcat formation.

Floyd should have a chance to go over 2,000 rushing yards on the season Saturday when the Tigers face Lake Oswego in a Class 6A state playoff semifinal game set to start at noon at Jeld-Wen Field in Portland.

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