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Thursday, June 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. Name Position Grade Height Weight
Colby Helms RB/LB 11 5-10 190
William Calderon K/DB 11 5-7 150
1 Cayden Edmonds WR/DB 10 5-8 130
2 Jordan Hall WR/LB 12 5-11 165
3 Kaden Hindman WR/S 10 5-10 170
4 Trenton Fisher WR/DB 12 5-11 135
5 Brendan Welch WR/LB 11 5-10 175
6 Austin Winters WR/LB 10 5-10 140
7 Sam Allan WR/DB 9 6-0 140
8 Josh Ruiz RB/DE 10 6-1 200
10 Braxton Brockett RB/LB 9 5-7 130
11 Fco Ramos WR/S 11 5-9 160
12 Gavin Koceja QB/DB 9 5-10 140
13 Bear Reyes WR/LB 9 5-7 150
14 Tristan Beach WR/LB 12 6-0 165
15 Haden Chavez WR/LB 9 5-8 165
16 Darius Smith WR/DB 11 5-9 170
17 Afton Dean WR/LB 10 6-0 200
19 Antonio Suarez QB/LB 11 5-10 175
20 JJ French RB/LB 11 5-10 175
21 Alex Carrasco RB/LB 9 5-4 160
23 Roman Pena WR/DB 9 5-9 135
24 Trenton Hall RB/LB 12 5-11 175
26 Devin Evjen RB/LB 9 5-8 180
28 Logan Gilleo RB/LB 12 6-0 195
44 Alec Bosworth OL/DL 12 6-1 235
51 Dylan Rodriquez OL/DE 10 5-9 160
52 Jose Magallanes OL/DL 9 5-4 150
53 Micah Davis RB/DE 12 5-11 180
55 Elin Fitch OL/DE 12 6-4 185
56 Jesse Carrillo OL/DL 10 5-10 220
57 Jace Phippen OL/DL 12 5-11 230
62 Damian Hill OL/DL 9 6-0 250
66 Tyrese Hellman OL/DL 12 6-2 240
69 Raiden Hansen OL/DL 9 6-4 290
70 Oscar Sanchez OL/DL 9 5-10 225
74 Bash Welch OL/DL 11 5-10 305
77 Dakotah Steen OL/DL 10 6-4 350
99 Tony Garcia OL/DE 12 5-11 260

Yamhill-Carlton Roster

Coach: Brennon Mossholder

No. Name Position Grade
1 Jacob McGhehey QB/DB 9
2 Kaden Stehr WR/DB 9
3 Kaleb King 9
4 Jaime Garcia QB/DL 12
7 Darby Brey WR/LB 9
8 Max Armstrong 9
9 Jakob Jarvis WR/DB 12
10 Quinten Ramsey WR/DB 11
11 Levi Bakke WR/DB 9
12 Kaden Raever RB/LB 9
13 Mikel Rivas WR/LB 11
16 Preston Domion 9
18 Garrett Doran WR/LB 12
20 Colby Stehr WR/DB 12
22 Kristopher Caloca WR/DB 11
23 Eli Potter WR/DB 11
24 Jacob Preston RB/LB 10
25 Erik Potter RB/LB 9
32 Brodin Tuning WR/LB 10
33 Tiger Reimann LB/TE 10
34 Spencer Horne WR/DB 9
35 Jesse Luttrell RB/DL 9
37 Gavin Stafford TE/DL 9
53 Konnar Dorsey 9
60 Hunter McAvoy OL/DL 9
61 Evan Culver OL/DL 9
62 Wyatt Hurley OL/DL 10
63 Samuel Dixon OL/DL 12
64 Dustin Talbott OL/DL 12
70 Dylan McInnis OL/DL 12
71 Ryan LeFebvre OL/DL 10
72 Jordan Clements OL/DL 9
73 Joshua Clements OL/DL 9
74 Kole Whiting OL/DL 10
75 Pedro Tavera OL/DL 12
76 Ian Cooper OL/DL 10
77 Caden Coleman OL/DL 10
78 Hunter Stephenson DL/TE 11
79 Hunter Barnett OL/DL 9
85 Francesco Gritti WR/DB 12
86 Kacper Drabicki 12
87 Trey Richmond TE/DL 11
88 Noah Birt TE/DL 12
89 Nevan Jarvis 11
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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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