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Sunday, October 25, 2020

Injury-depleted Tigers host No. 1 Amity in season’s toughest test yet

Taft might need more trickery, such as this pass from senior receiver Kam Kessler last week, tonight against Amity (File photo by Lon French)

Tune in tonight for Homepage’s live, breaking, play-by-play coverage of the Tigers’ league-opening game

Just when you thought things couldn’t get much tougher for the Taft High football team, enter the No. 1 team in the state for a league opener against an injury-depleted lineup looking to turn its fortunes around.

The 1-3 Tigers, who have already played two perennial State playoff powers and a couple who competed in bigger conferences until recently, are well aware of the mighty Warriors, having shared conference affiliation with them throughout the years in all sports and both genders.

“We know a lot about Amity,” said Taft Coach Jake Tolan, whose Tigers host the Warriors at 7 p.m. at Voris Field. “We know what they will run both offensively and defensively.”

So what is it that has allowed the Warriors to amass a 206-34 (51.5 to 8.5 points per game) scoring advantage over four outclassed opponents this season?

“What they do is actually very simple, but they do it very well,” Tolan said. “They are No. 1 for a reason and haven’t really been tested yet this year. We hope to go out and just compete.”

“Unlike last year where we gave up a bunch of rushing yards to them, this week we’ve worked a lot on assignment football — making sure all 11 guys are focused on individual assignments on each play in hope to be able to at least slow them down,” Tolan said.

Amity has rolled past St. Mary’s Medford, 51-7; Neah-Kah-Nie, 60-20; Salem Academy, 47-7; and Coquille, 48-0, with three of the games on the road. Playing its fourth game of the year away from home, Coach Joel Magill’s squad has just three games scheduled this season in its friendly confines – until the playoffs, that is.

As if the presence of the state’s top-ranked Class 3A team wasn’t enough, the Tigers will be missing four starters due to injuries incurred in previous games. Missing in the Special District 1 West Conference opener will be defensive lineman Tyrese Hellman and defensive back Darius Smith, who are out on concussion protocol; lineman Jace Fostveit with a wrist sprain; and defensive end Micah Davis, who has been lost for the season with a leg injury.

“So a lot of this week has also been focused on getting replacement players in the right spots so they can be successful,” Tolan said.

Things don’t get any easier foe the Tigers after Friday either. Taft hits the road for two league games (Clatskanie and Willamina) before returning home to close out the regular season with two more (Dayton and Rainier), including matchups against the second- and third-ranked teams in the state.

Class 3A Special District 1 West Standings

League

OverallPoints ScoredAllowed

OSAA Rank

 Amity

0-0

4-020634

1

 Rainier

0-0

4-017312

2

 Willamina

0-0

3-110855

3

 Clatskanie

0-0

3-117920

10

 Dayton

0-0

2-211189

14

 Taft

0-0

1-3100153

15

Taft Roster

Coach: Jake Tolan

No.NamePositionGradeHeight
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

No.NamePositionGradeHeightWeight
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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