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Monday, May 25, 2020

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.NamePositionGrade
2Gunnar JensonWR/LB9
3Tucker RegierRB/DB9
4Cameron MietheRB/DB11
5Kanai PhillipWR/DB12
6Trevor OgierWR/DB10
7Eli TakaloRB/DB12
8Mark MillerQB/DB10
9Ryan GebhardtWR/DB11
10Josh BangsRB/DB9
12Jacob MoreyWR/DB10
15Josiah MillerWR/DB9
21Tanner JacksonWR/DB10
22Devyn McCallWR/LB10
23Devin HooverWR/DB11
32Spencer TeagueWR/LB12
33Gauge PerdueWR/LB10
34Jonny LenhardRB/LB10
50Kaleb GoozeeOL/DL9
51Andrew MillerOL/LB10
52Parker SchaellingOL/DL9
53Ryson PattersonOL/DL12
57Isaac GoozeeOL/DL11
59Andrew PedersenOL/LB12
64Kaleb RoeOL/DL12
65Dylan AndersonOL/DL11
66Jaxson GoodmanOL/DL12
70Carter MorrillOL/DL10
72Addison PietilaOL/DL10
75Logan MorrillOL/DL10
88Mason WesterholmWR/LB12

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
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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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