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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Cat’s out of bag in Tiger-Tiger showdown at Yamhill-Carlton

Trenton Hall

The Taft High football team, fresh off its second home victory of the season, will get its final tune-up for league play Friday when it visits unbeaten Class 3A counterpart Yamhill-Carlton.

7 p.m., KBCH (1400-AM)
w/Eric Goss and Boone Marker

The Taft Tigers, of the Special District 1 West, have sandwiched a 33-18 road loss at Sutherlin between 14-6 and 24-6 home wins over Harrisburg and Knappa entering the 7 p.m. game against the Yamhill-Carlton Tigers of the SD 1 East.

“Every game is a new game,” Taft coach Jake Tolan said. “I am proud of our effort. Our kids are resilient and believe in our ability to get better day-in and day-out.”

Fifteenth-ranked Taft will open league play Friday, Oct. 4, at third-rated Amity (2-1).

Photos by Lon French

“With our schedule, every game is a big game and must-win,” Tolan said of this week’s matchup against fifth-ranked Yamhill-Carlton. “League or not, we have a tough schedule with top-rated opponents.”

Yamhill-Carlton has scored at least 40 points in each of its three victories and outscored opponents by a combined score of 137-56 (46-19). It opened with 49-34 and 40-14 road wins at Warrenton and Jefferson before a 48-8 home win last week against Willamina.

Yamhill-Carlton coach Brennon Mossholder is expected to look to quarterback Jaime Garcia to target fellow senior and team captain Jakob Jarvis, while senior lineman and tri-captain Samuel Dixon will be counted on for protection up front and for pressure on the defensive line.

JJ French

Taft, which has outscored its opponents 56-46 (19-15) this year, is coming off an 18-point home victory over Knappa that featured nearly 150 yards of offense from junior receiver JJ French and the return of a healthy line.

“We had our full line in place and spent the week rebuilding our continuity on the line,” Tolan said. “JJ French had a great game, and I was equally impressed with Logan Gilleo’s play at linebacker.”

Fco Ramos

Tolan said Taft’s defensive line “pressured all night,” and that its special teams, led by junior Fco Ramos, converted twice on two-point conversions “with two athletic plays off the snap.”

French scored two touchdowns and senior wide receiver Jordan Hall added another in Taft’s victory last week over the Loggers (1-2).

“Every player, position and side of the ball will work to continue to get better every day,” Tolan said. “Yamhill-Carlton is a tough team, and we will spend this week preparing. It is nice to have a full JV squad to get a preview of the program.”

Taft Roster

Coach: Jake Tolan

No.NamePositionGradeHeightWeight
Colby HelmsRB/LB115-10190
William CalderonK/DB115-7150
1Cayden EdmondsWR/DB105-8130
2Jordan HallWR/LB125-11165
3Kaden HindmanWR/S105-10170
4Trenton FisherWR/DB125-11135
5Brendan WelchWR/LB115-10175
6Austin WintersWR/LB105-10140
7Sam AllanWR/DB96-0140
8Josh RuizRB/DE106-1200
10Braxton BrockettRB/LB95-7130
11Fco RamosWR/S115-9160
12Gavin KocejaQB/DB95-10140
13Bear ReyesWR/LB95-7150
14Tristan BeachWR/LB126-0165
15Haden ChavezWR/LB95-8165
16Darius SmithWR/DB115-9170
17Afton DeanWR/LB106-0200
19Antonio SuarezQB/LB115-10175
20JJ FrenchRB/LB115-10175
21Alex CarrascoRB/LB95-4160
23Roman PenaWR/DB95-9135
24Trenton HallRB/LB125-11175
26Devin EvjenRB/LB95-8180
28Logan GilleoRB/LB126-0195
44Alec BosworthOL/DL126-1235
51Dylan RodriquezOL/DE105-9160
52Jose MagallanesOL/DL95-4150
53Micah DavisRB/DE125-11180
55Elin FitchOL/DE126-4185
56Jesse CarrilloOL/DL105-10220
57Jace PhippenOL/DL125-11230
62Damian HillOL/DL96-0250
66Tyrese HellmanOL/DL126-2240
69Raiden HansenOL/DL96-4290
70Oscar SanchezOL/DL95-10225
74Bash WelchOL/DL115-10305
77Dakotah SteenOL/DL106-4350
99Tony GarciaOL/DE125-11260

Yamhill-Carlton Roster

Coach: Brennon Mossholder

No.NamePositionGrade
1Jacob McGheheyQB/DB9
2Kaden StehrWR/DB9
3Kaleb King9
4Jaime GarciaQB/DL12
7Darby BreyWR/LB9
8Max Armstrong9
9Jakob JarvisWR/DB12
10Quinten RamseyWR/DB11
11Levi BakkeWR/DB9
12Kaden RaeverRB/LB9
13Mikel RivasWR/LB11
16Preston Domion9
18Garrett DoranWR/LB12
20Colby StehrWR/DB12
22Kristopher CalocaWR/DB11
23Eli PotterWR/DB11
24Jacob PrestonRB/LB10
25Erik PotterRB/LB9
32Brodin TuningWR/LB10
33Tiger ReimannLB/TE10
34Spencer HorneWR/DB9
35Jesse LuttrellRB/DL9
37Gavin StaffordTE/DL9
53Konnar Dorsey9
60Hunter McAvoyOL/DL9
61Evan CulverOL/DL9
62Wyatt HurleyOL/DL10
63Samuel DixonOL/DL12
64Dustin TalbottOL/DL12
70Dylan McInnisOL/DL12
71Ryan LeFebvreOL/DL10
72Jordan ClementsOL/DL9
73Joshua ClementsOL/DL9
74Kole WhitingOL/DL10
75Pedro TaveraOL/DL12
76Ian CooperOL/DL10
77Caden ColemanOL/DL10
78Hunter StephensonDL/TE11
79Hunter BarnettOL/DL9
85Francesco GrittiWR/DB12
86Kacper Drabicki12
87Trey RichmondTE/DL11
88Noah BirtTE/DL12
89Nevan Jarvis11
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