Victory tastes so good for Green team
TIGARD — Last year, Malcolm Stockdale shined bright during the Tigard football program's Chicken and Bean Bowl.
The quick, shifty running back rushed for 118 yards on just five carries, showing the promise that would make him a key offensive weapon for the Tiger squad that reached the semifinal round of the Class 6A state playoffs last fall.
But, for Stockdale, then a Tigard High School sophomore, there was only one problem. Following his standout play in the Chicken and Bean Bowl, his postgame meal consisted of, well, just beans.
This year, Stockdale, now a Tigard High School junior getting ready for his senior season, stood out again in the Chicken and Bean Bowl. And, to top it all off, after this year's game, he got to enjoy the full-meal deal.
Stockdale, running for 188 yards and a pair of touchdowns, helped the Green team score a 50-38 win over the White squad at the 10th-annual Tigard Chicken and Bean Bowl, an intrasquad football game played Saturday at Tigard High School.
With the victory, players on the Green team got to eat a postgame chicken dinner, complete with all of the fixings. The White team's postgame meal consisted of just beans.
"I wanted it. I wanted the full meal," Stockdale said with a smile after the game. "It was real important. You know, last year, I did not succeed. I tried my best, and fell short. But I'm very happy that I at least got one before I finished."
"I was looking forward to this the last two weeks, and I think the team did a really great job," said Tigard senior-to-be Carson Crist, who quarterbacked the Green team to victory in the Chicken and Bean Bowl for the second straight year. "Our defense really stepped up and made some good stops. Overall, it was really good."
While Crist got to enjoy the full meal for the second straight year, Tigard sophomore-to-be Drew Carter, who quarterbacked the White squad, had to settle for just beans.
"Yeah, we lost, but it's OK," he said with a smile. "It was fun, and we had a good wager. The line looked really good, and we had a lot of good plays out there."
The good plays, and big plays, happened almost immediately.
On just the second play from scrimmage, Crist connected with junior-to-be tight end Fletcher Ahl on a 67-yard touchdown pass play. Senior-to-be Mitchell Cross added the 2-point conversion run to give the Green team an 8-0 lead with 9 minutes and 42 seconds remaining in the 10-minute first quarter.
The offensive fireworks show took off from there.
The White squad answered right back, three plays later, with junior-to-be Hunter Gilbert scoring on a 65-yard run. On the very next play from scrimmage, Crist teamed up with senior-to-be Jazz Ross on for a 62-yard touchdown pass play.
The White team answered right back. A 31-yard pass from Carter to senior-to-be Luke Ness and a 31-yard run by junior-to-be Josh Burns helped set up Carter's 10-yard touchdown run. Burns' 2-point conversion run tied the game at 16-16 with 7:31 still to play in the opening quarter.
The lead went back and forth from there. The Green team got a nine-yard touchdown pass from Crist to Ahl. Gilbert countered with a 12-yard touchdown run. Carter's 2-point conversion run gave the White team a 24-22 lead at that point, with 2:47 left in the first quarter.
Green regained the lead, at 28-24, on a 69-yard touchdown pass from Crist to Ross. The Green team then came up with a stop on defense. Then, on the next play, Stockdale broke free for a 75-yard touchdowns run, which upped the Green team's lead to 34-24 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, with a running clock, the White team got an 11-yard touchdown run by Burns and a 12-yard TD scramble by Carter. The Green team got another big touchdown run from Stockdale, this one covering 74 yards, to take a 42-38 halftime lead.
The Green team, getting a quarterback sack by sophomore-to-be Sam Ursey, got another defensive stop to open the third quarter, where there was an eight-minute running clock.
The final scoring play of the contest came on a 16-yard run by Cross, coming with 3:18 left to play, making the final score 50-38.
"Everybody was making plays It was really fun to see the JV team step up and see them play against the big boys," Stockdale said. "This was very important. We grew as a team a lot these past two weeks. We're a little short on players, right now, but we came together as a team."
"We had a few post routes, and that was big," Crist said. "We checked some down to Malcolm and he had some big runs. Those really got us going."
For the Green team, Stockdale rushed for 188 yards on just six carries. Crist completed seven of 11 pass attempts for 251 yards and four touchdowns. Ross had four catches for 173 yards and Ahl had two receptions for 76 yards.
For the Green defense, Ursey had a quarterback sack, senior-to-be Dylan Burch had a tackle for a loss and sophomore-to-be Layn Schefter had a fumble recovery.
For the White, Carter, who, last fall as a freshman, was forced into the starting quarterback job due to injuries, and then took off with it, showed pinpoint accuracy on both long and short passes in Saturday's game. He completed 11 of 17 attempts for 233 yards.
Junior-to-be Max Lenzy had four receptions for 60 yards. Senior-to-be Luke Ness had three catches for 67 yards. Gilbert led the rushing attack with 105 yards on five carries. Burns had 55 yards on four carries. For the White defense, sophomore-to-be Aden Murphy had a quarterback sack.
"Yeah, we have a lot of potential," Carter said. "I think we can do some good things. Look out for us."
Tigard will open the 2018 season on Aug. 31, when it hosts Sunset in a non-league game.