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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Spirited Tigers seek to turn tide in return home against Loggers

Shake out the pom poms, strike up the band. The Taft Tigers return home Friday night with hopes of revisiting the winning feeling of a big victory to open the season following a difficult road loss last week.

Trenton Hall, Fco Ramos and JJ French scored touchdowns for the Tigers, but host Sutherlin gained a small measure of revenge last week in a 33-18 road win that evened Taft’s record at 1-1 entering Friday’s 7:30 p.m. contest against the Class 2A Loggers at Voris Field.

“I give a lot of credit to Sutherlin,” said Taft head coach Jake Tolan, whose Tigers enjoyed their only victory of the season last year with a 14-13 home victory over the Bulldogs. “They played a nearly perfect game.”

Taft committed four turnovers, while Sutherlin surrendered possession just once in the Class 3A nonconference game, which came on the heels of a 14-6 Taft home upset of Harrisburg to open the season.

7:30 p.m., KBCH (1400-AM) w/Eric Goss and Boone Marker

“Defensively, they did a solid job not giving up any big offensive passing plays, which was something that really helped us in our win against Harrisburg,” said Tolan, whose Tigers lost two fumbles, threw two interceptions and played undisciplined at times with numerous unsportsmanlike conduct and personal foul penalties. “Their coverage kept our receivers from getting behind them and their defensive line was able to put pressure on our quarterback all night.

“Even though Sutherlin played a solid game, I feel like we beat ourselves. At times, we let the emotions of the game affect us and, as a result, committed some costly penalties. We were penalized quite a few times in the first half on big plays, some of which I felt were questionable.”

Taft also played without two of its best linemen in Tony Garcia and Tyrese Hellman — “two players I’m sure would have helped slow down Sutherlin’s running attack,” Tolan said.

However, the Tigers had plenty to be excited about on their own side of the ball, Tolan said.

Logan Gilleo

“I was most pleased with our running game and felt it had the most positive impact on the game,” he said. “I thought our offense was very effective running the ball and our running backs — JJ French, Logan Gilleo and Trenton Hall — all ran hard all night.”

“We have to get back to working hard in practice and giving more effort,” he said. “We understand that our schedule is difficult and every week we play a tough opponent.”

Photos by Lon French

Tolan said the Tigers must be wary of Knappa’s size despite its standing as a Class 2A school.

“We know they are big up front, well coached, and have a lot of weapons on offense,” Tolan said.

The Loggers’ reliance on its size and strength up front is indicative in its designation of leadership roles to Ryson Patterson and Jaxson Goodman. The senior linemen share team captain roles with speedy, shifty senior running back Eli Takalo.

“Knappa is coming off of a loss to Toledo, so we know they have extra motivation for this game,” Tolan said. “Our commitment in practice will be to continue getting better on our offensive line, as well as putting the best defensive game plan together for a totally different offense than the one we faced against Sutherlin.”

Knappa Roster

Head Coach: Aaron Barendse

No. Name Position Grade
2 Gunnar Jenson WR/LB 9
3 Tucker Regier RB/DB 9
4 Cameron Miethe RB/DB 11
5 Kanai Phillip WR/DB 12
6 Trevor Ogier WR/DB 10
7 Eli Takalo RB/DB 12
8 Mark Miller QB/DB 10
9 Ryan Gebhardt WR/DB 11
10 Josh Bangs RB/DB 9
12 Jacob Morey WR/DB 10
15 Josiah Miller WR/DB 9
21 Tanner Jackson WR/DB 10
22 Devyn McCall WR/LB 10
23 Devin Hoover WR/DB 11
32 Spencer Teague WR/LB 12
33 Gauge Perdue WR/LB 10
34 Jonny Lenhard RB/LB 10
50 Kaleb Goozee OL/DL 9
51 Andrew Miller OL/LB 10
52 Parker Schaelling OL/DL 9
53 Ryson Patterson OL/DL 12
57 Isaac Goozee OL/DL 11
59 Andrew Pedersen OL/LB 12
64 Kaleb Roe OL/DL 12
65 Dylan Anderson OL/DL 11
66 Jaxson Goodman OL/DL 12
70 Carter Morrill OL/DL 10
72 Addison Pietila OL/DL 10
75 Logan Morrill OL/DL 10
88 Mason Westerholm WR/LB 12

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
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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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