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Sunday, March 7, 2021

Amity 48, Taft 7

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

Warriorsstart 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

2Logan McLendonWR/DBSr.5-8
3Kaden HindmanWR/SFr.5-9
4Devon LindquistWR/SSr.5-10
6Zane RowleyWR/DBSo.5-4
7Chris LopezWR/DBSr.5-9
8David JinQB/DBSr.5-10
9Kameron KesslerWR/SSr.6-1
11Fco RamosWR/DBSo.5-7
14Tristan BeachWR/DBJr.5-10
15Connor BaileyWR/DBJr.5-10
16Darius SmithWR/DBSo.5-9
19Antonio SuarezQB/LBSo.5-10
20JJ FrenchRB/LBSo.5-10
22Tyee FisherWR/SSr.6-5
23Clay NelsonWR/LBSr.6-0
24Trenton HallWR/LBJr.5-9
25Kaden WhiteWR/DBFr.5-7
28Logan GilleoRB/LBJr.6-0
50Dylan RodriguezOL/DLFr.5-8
53Micah DavisOL/DEJr.5-10
54Eriq AquinoOL/DLSr.6-1
55Elin FitchOL/DEJr.6-3
56Malachi LaFrenzOL/DLSr.6-2
57Jace PhippenOL/DLJr.5-10
60Chris ByrumOL/DLSr.5-8
61Victor CarrascoC/DESr.6-2
62Brendan WelchOL/DLSo.5-9
66Tyrese HellmanOL/DLJr.6-1
70Josiah LaFrenzOL/DLSo.6-3
74Sebastian WelchOL/DLSo.5-9
75Dakota SteenOL/DLFr.6-0

Amity Roster

Coach: Joel Magill

1Payton RichardsonWR/CB116-4170
4Tyler ParrQB/LB126-1200
7Eli JacksonWR/CB126-4170
8Harvey HoffRB/LB125-6155
10Noah GroomQB/DB95-7130
11Dylan NysethTE/LB115-9155
12Keenan GrahamQB/DB106-1150
14Michael DuncanWR/K125-9150
16Roberto OlagueRB/LB105-8150
17Cody DycheRB/LB116-1191
18Alrik MooreWR/DB95-8140
20West StreeterRB/LB125-7200
21Braxton MorganRB/LB95-8155
22Wyatt HatchRB/LB95-9155
23Cameron WeigartWR/CB115-9145
24Brian HatchRB/LB125-7150
25Seth ValenciaRB/NG125-6155
30Nas AbzakhRB/LB115-9150
32Enrique MartinezRB/LB95-10168
33Jonathan MatherRB/LB126-0190
36George HatchQB/DB105-11146
40Logan GroveRB/LB95-9155
42Sergio AlbaTE/LB95-7160
44Russel BrownRB/LB115-11175
50Nick McMullenOG/DL105-10230
51Hunter BarberC/DL95-6170
52Jordan DycheOT/NG125-6250
54Kyle RiceOT/DT96-0185
55Jeffrey ColemanOG/DT126-0255
56Christian WaldOG/LB125-9190
57Blake WilsonOG/LB105-11165
58Wyett YocumOL/DL95-10200
60Robby ScharfOG/DT126-0260
62Phillip WestOL/LB106-1195
64Ashton PappasOL/RB105-7175
65Khaled AydalladOG/LB115-10165
73Justin VidoC/DT125-9295
75Jacob BernardsOT/DE116-3273
76Lucas MayOL/DL116-3289
77Federico DonatiK115-9165
78Andrew PaineOL/DL126-2300
80Hayden ReevesWR/DB105-9135
81Trevor SmithWR/LB126-1195
85Brady HallWR/DE95-8165
87Josh WartTE/LB106-5200
88Diego BrionesTE/LB95-9185


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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