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Thursday, June 20, 2024

Amity 48, Taft 7

JJ French
Taft’s Logan Gilleo runs against top-ranked Amity Friday night at Voris Field (Photo by Lon French)

Warriors start fast, roll to league win

Amity High proved there’s nothing phony about its No. 1 ranking in small-school Oregon football Friday, rolling to a 48-0 halftime lead before a running second-half mercy clock expired on a 48-7 Special District 1 West Conference victory over Taft at Voris Field.

The Warriors scored on a 74-yard run on the game’s first play to improve to 5-0 with its fifth straight dominating victory, while the Tigers fell to 1-4.

Taft wide receiver Fco Ramos scored Taft’s only touchdown on a short pass from fellow sophomore Antonio Saurez as the clock wound down on the game.

The Tigers return to action in another Class 3A SD1 West Division league game at 7 p.m. Friday at Clatskanie.

This post will be updated with Taft Coach Jake Tolan’s comments

Senior quarterback David Jin looks for an open receiver Friday night against Amity (Photo by Lon French)

First Quarter

Amity scored on a 74-yard run by senior running back West Streeter on the game’s first play and converted the two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead.

Taft punted the ball back to Amity after going nowhere on its first possession. Amity took possession on its 36, but was forced into a fourth down, where Streeter gained 13 yards to the Taft 30. Senior running back Brian Hatch broke up the middle for a first-and-goal at the 5, where he scored on the next play to make it 14-0 following a failed two-point conversion pass.

Taft took possession at its own 29 on the ensuing possession and converted a first down on a 10-yard pass from senior quarterback David Jin to sophomore wideout JJ French. French gained 19 yards on another reception from Jin inside of Amity territory.

Jin hit senior wide receiver Tyee Fisher to the Warriors’ 30 yard-line. Fisher made it back-to-back receptions to the 20, where French hauled in a pass from Jin for first-and-goal at the 3. After a run went nowhere and two passes fell incomplete, the Tigers went for the touchdown rather than attempt a field goal and turned over possession on another incompletion.

Streeter ran for 40 yards from his own 3 to move the ball to near midfield. Hatch then ran to the Taft 30, and again for a score from the 19 and a 22-0 lead after the two-point conversion pass culminated a 97-yard drive.

Taft failed to move the ball and punted to the Warriors, who fumbled the return and the Tigers took possession on Jin’s recovery at the Amity 29.

The first-quarter clock expired two plays later.

Taft prepares to take the field Friday against the No.1-ranked Class 3A team in the state (Photo by Justin Werner).

Second Quarter

Taft again surrendered possession after failing to convert on fourth down on the first play of the second period. Amity assumed possession at its own 20. Streeter then ran 58 yards for a score to make it 28-0 after the conversion attempt failed.

Amity recovered a Taft fumble on the ensuing kick at the Tigers’ 25, where the Tigers forced a fourth-and-long situation before Streeter managed to gain just enough for the first down at the 15.  Junior running back Cody Dyche scored a couple of plays later to make it 35-0 after the point-after midway through the quarter.

Taft took possession following the kick at its own 34 with about seven minutes to play in the opening half. A reception by senior receiver Logan McLendon left Taft a yard short for fourth down before the Tigers gave the ball back to the Warriors at their own 43 with 6:34 left before intermission.

Streeter ran through the Taft interior into Tiger territory and Amity powered its way inside the red zone, before Streeter walked in for his third touchdown from the 10 and a 42-0 lead after a successful PAT.

An interception set Amity up deep in Taft territory moments later before the Warriors bullied their way to the 1 inside of two minutes. Dyche scored his second touchdown of the game from there to make it 48-0 just before half after the Warriors took a knee in a show of sportsmanship.


(File photo by Lon French)

Third Quarter

Oregon’s 45-point “mercy” rule brought on a running clock for the remainder of the game.

Taft took possession of the second half kick behind backup sophomore quarterback Antonio Suarez, making his first varsity experience following an injury to Jin late in the second quarter.

The Tigers failed to move the ball but regained possession on a recovered fumble moments later. Taft again went three-and-out as the running clock breezed to the midway point of the quarter. Another fumble recovery by Taft gave the Tigers possession on the ensuing series.

The Tigers went nowhere from there and turned the ball over on downs near midfield. Amity took possession inside of three minutes as both teams underwent some personnel changes with the game out of hand.

Two running plays gave the Warriors a first down before the clock expired on a scoreless third quarter.

Taft lines up against Amity (Photo by Justin Werner)

Fourth Quarter

Taft held Amity on downs on the period’s first possession before French ran for 11 yards to his own 15 for a first down with 7:23 remaining. French caught a 13-yard pass from Saurez for another first down to the 26.

A roughing the passer call following a 17-yard reception by sophomore Fco Ramos moved the ball up field before the Tigers advanced the ball inside the Amity 30. Taft junior running back Logan Gilleo gained another first down on a pass from Saurez for a first down.

Ramos then caught a 12-yard pass from Saurez for first-and-goal inside the 5 with two minutes left. Saurez then hit Ramos in the end zone on the next play to make it 48-7 with 1:17 to play.

Amity recovered an onside kick and ran out the clock from there.

This post was updated after every quarter and periodically in between

Taft Roster

Coach: Jake Tolan

No. Name Position Grade Height
2 Logan McLendon WR/DB Sr. 5-8
3 Kaden Hindman WR/S Fr. 5-9
4 Devon Lindquist WR/S Sr. 5-10
6 Zane Rowley WR/DB So. 5-4
7 Chris Lopez WR/DB Sr. 5-9
8 David Jin QB/DB Sr. 5-10
9 Kameron Kessler WR/S Sr. 6-1
11 Fco Ramos WR/DB So. 5-7
14 Tristan Beach WR/DB Jr. 5-10
15 Connor Bailey WR/DB Jr. 5-10
16 Darius Smith WR/DB So. 5-9
19 Antonio Suarez QB/LB So. 5-10
20 JJ French RB/LB So. 5-10
22 Tyee Fisher WR/S Sr. 6-5
23 Clay Nelson WR/LB Sr. 6-0
24 Trenton Hall WR/LB Jr. 5-9
25 Kaden White WR/DB Fr. 5-7
28 Logan Gilleo RB/LB Jr. 6-0
50 Dylan Rodriguez OL/DL Fr. 5-8
53 Micah Davis OL/DE Jr. 5-10
54 Eriq Aquino OL/DL Sr. 6-1
55 Elin Fitch OL/DE Jr. 6-3
56 Malachi LaFrenz OL/DL Sr. 6-2
57 Jace Phippen OL/DL Jr. 5-10
60 Chris Byrum OL/DL Sr. 5-8
61 Victor Carrasco C/DE Sr. 6-2
62 Brendan Welch OL/DL So. 5-9
66 Tyrese Hellman OL/DL Jr. 6-1
70 Josiah LaFrenz OL/DL So. 6-3
74 Sebastian Welch OL/DL So. 5-9
75 Dakota Steen OL/DL Fr. 6-0

Amity Roster

Coach: Joel Magill

No. Name Position Grade Height Weight
1 Payton Richardson WR/CB 11 6-4 170
4 Tyler Parr QB/LB 12 6-1 200
7 Eli Jackson WR/CB 12 6-4 170
8 Harvey Hoff RB/LB 12 5-6 155
10 Noah Groom QB/DB 9 5-7 130
11 Dylan Nyseth TE/LB 11 5-9 155
12 Keenan Graham QB/DB 10 6-1 150
14 Michael Duncan WR/K 12 5-9 150
16 Roberto Olague RB/LB 10 5-8 150
17 Cody Dyche RB/LB 11 6-1 191
18 Alrik Moore WR/DB 9 5-8 140
20 West Streeter RB/LB 12 5-7 200
21 Braxton Morgan RB/LB 9 5-8 155
22 Wyatt Hatch RB/LB 9 5-9 155
23 Cameron Weigart WR/CB 11 5-9 145
24 Brian Hatch RB/LB 12 5-7 150
25 Seth Valencia RB/NG 12 5-6 155
30 Nas Abzakh RB/LB 11 5-9 150
32 Enrique Martinez RB/LB 9 5-10 168
33 Jonathan Mather RB/LB 12 6-0 190
36 George Hatch QB/DB 10 5-11 146
40 Logan Grove RB/LB 9 5-9 155
42 Sergio Alba TE/LB 9 5-7 160
44 Russel Brown RB/LB 11 5-11 175
50 Nick McMullen OG/DL 10 5-10 230
51 Hunter Barber C/DL 9 5-6 170
52 Jordan Dyche OT/NG 12 5-6 250
54 Kyle Rice OT/DT 9 6-0 185
55 Jeffrey Coleman OG/DT 12 6-0 255
56 Christian Wald OG/LB 12 5-9 190
57 Blake Wilson OG/LB 10 5-11 165
58 Wyett Yocum OL/DL 9 5-10 200
60 Robby Scharf OG/DT 12 6-0 260
62 Phillip West OL/LB 10 6-1 195
64 Ashton Pappas OL/RB 10 5-7 175
65 Khaled Aydallad OG/LB 11 5-10 165
73 Justin Vido C/DT 12 5-9 295
75 Jacob Bernards OT/DE 11 6-3 273
76 Lucas May OL/DL 11 6-3 289
77 Federico Donati K 11 5-9 165
78 Andrew Paine OL/DL 12 6-2 300
80 Hayden Reeves WR/DB 10 5-9 135
81 Trevor Smith WR/LB 12 6-1 195
85 Brady Hall WR/DE 9 5-8 165
87 Josh Wart TE/LB 10 6-5 200
88 Diego Briones TE/LB 9 5-9 185


Jim Fossum
Jim Fossumhttp://SilverandBlackToday.com
Homepage Executive Editor and former longtime Sports Editor of the near-200,000 circulation Las Vegas Review-Journal, Fossum brings 40 years of award-winning experience covering virtually every facet of print and digital journalism to Lincoln City Homepage. The former longtime reporter for the Newport News-Times and Lincoln City News Guard is also Editor-in-Chief and Senior Columnist for SilverandBlackToday.com, which covers the NFL's Oakland (Las Vegas) Raiders.


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