Tigard beats Century 49-13 to move to 4-0

by: DAN BROOD - THE HANDOFF -- Tigard quarterback Jett Even (14) hands the ball to senior fullback A.J. Hotchkins during Friday's 49-13 win over Century.HILLSBORO — It’s quite the daunting question.

Can the Tigard High School offense be stopped?

Heck, can the Tigers even be slowed down?

Century certainly didn’t seem to have a good answer to those questions.

Tigard, unveiling yet another offensive weapon in junior receiver Sam Inos, scored 42 first-half points on its way to rolling to a 49-13 win over the Jaguars in a Pacific Conference football game played Friday at Hillsboro Stadium.

“I don’t know how we can be stopped,” Inos said after the win. “We have a lot of weapons. We’re really balanced and we’re playing like a team.”

“We have a lot of balance this year with the run and the pass,” said Tigard senior fullback/linebacker A.J. Hotchkins. “I don’t think we can be stopped.”

Century fell to 0-2 in Pacific Conference play and to 0-4 on the season with the setback. Tigard improved to 2-0 in Pacific Conference games and to 4-0 on the season with the victory.

“We’re having a lot of fun,” said Tigard senior quarterback Jett Even, who threw five touchdown passes in Friday’s game despite playing in just the first half of the contest. “We’re just trying to get better, week by week.”

Tigard certainly seemed to receive a boost from Inos, who had three first-half touchdown receptions in the win over the Jaguars.

“He was injured at the start of the year, but I knew he was going to be a good player,” Even said.

In Friday’s game, Inos, with some shifty running moves and a lot of speed, turned three short passes from Even into three long touchdowns, covering 23, 68 and 53 yards.

by: DAN BROOD - THERE HE GOES -- Tigard junior receiver Sam Inos sprints to the end zone for the second of his three touchdowns in the Tigers' 49-13 win over Century.“Those were the team, not just me,” Inos said of his three touchdowns, which were his first three TD plays at the varsity level. “All of the blockers did their job, all the way down the field, and they were good calls by the coaches.”

And, of course, Inos did his part.

“I felt pretty good,” he said with a smile.

“That last screen (which Inos took 53 yards for a score), it was so crazy,” Even said. “He evaded everyone.”

Meanwhile, while Inos, Even and the rest of the Tigard offense was putting up big numbers in the first half, the high-speed, hard-hitting Tiger defense was putting a hurting on Century.

Tigard limited the Jaguars to 59 yards of total offense in 37 plays in the first half of the contest.

“We have a lot of fun on defense,” said Hotchkins, who teamed with senior Joe Lobbato for a quarterback sack in addition to having two other tackles for losses. “We play hard.”

“Watching our defense was fun,” Even said. “I wouldn’t want to be the other team’s quarterback going against them.”

Tigard, which went into Friday’s game scoring at an average of just under 50 points a game, got off to a strong start to the contest.

A 10-yard run by senior Manu Rasmussen and an 8-yard run by Hotchkins helped set up the Tigers’ first score of the game, a 23-yard touchdown pass play from Even to Inos, which gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead with 7 minutes and 52 seconds left in the first quarter.

Even and Inos teamed up again for the Tigers’ next score. In the final minute of the opening period, Inos took a quick pass on the right side of the field and, breaking into the clear and sprinting down the right sideline, turned it into a 68-yard touchdown, which boosted the Tigard lead to 14-0.

Then, on the first play following a 47-yard punt return by senior Daren Rodrigues, Even tossed a 3-yard TD pass to Hotchkins to up the margin to 21-0 with 9:44 left in the second quarter.

Rodrigues then came up with another big punt return, going 37 yards for a touchdown that made the score 28-0 with 7:19 left before halftime.

A 59-yard touchdown pass from Even to senior receiver Bruin Campbell, on a play-action bomb over the middle of the field, gave Tigard a 35-0 lead with 3:32 remaining in the second quarter.

Even’s third touchdown pass to Inos, another quick-hitter that the shifty receiver turned into a 53-yard scoring play, coming with 32 seconds left in the half, gave Tigard a 42-0 lead at the intermission.

by: DAN BROOD - TIGER TACKLE -- Tigard senior defensive end Nick Duron (15) brings down Century's Christian Gutierrez-Treat.In the second half, Century got TD runs by junior running back Christian Gutierrez-Treat and from senior quarterback Marcos Hernandez. Tigard senior running back Justin Alvarizares had a 58-yard TD run to wrap up the Tigers’ 49-13 win.

“This was a lot of fun,” Even said. “You never know where we’re going to hit from. And our line was just amazing. Now, we just need to try and keep getting better.”

For the game, Even completed eight of 16 pass attempts for 227 yards and five touchdowns. Inos had four receptions for 152 yards and his three big-play touchdowns.

“Those big plays happen because we have one guy carrying the ball and the rest of the guys out there blocking the entire time on the play,” Tigard coach Craig Ruecker said.

Alvarizares led a balanced Tigard rushing attack with 75 yards on just two carries. Junior Landon Floyd had 35 yards on four carries and Rasmussen had 20 yards on three carries.

The Tigers had 425 yards of total offense, passing for 261 while rushing for 164 yards on just 18 carries.

For the Tigard defense, Lobbato had a one and a half quarterback sacks and another tackle for a loss. Seniors Nick Duron and Byron Hammick, Jr., each added a quarterback sack. Junior Tyler Walker, senior Justin Jackson and sophomore David Schimmels each had a tackle for a loss.

“On defense, we’ve been playing great football all season,” Ruecker said.

For Century, Hernandez rushed for a team-high 57 yards on 16 carries and he completed four of 12 passes for 78 yards.

Tigard will be back in action Friday when it hosts McMinnville in a Pacific Conference game starting at 7 p.m. at Tigard High School.

The Grizzlies are 3-1 on the season and 1-1 in Pacific Conference play.

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