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Sunday, September 26, 2021

Sutherlin turns the tables on visiting Taft with 33-18 football victory

Logan Gilleo had several key runs for the Tigers

Trenton Hall, Fco Ramos and JJ French scored touchdowns, but Taft High couldn’t stop Sutherlin from gaining a measure of revenge Friday from a narrow defeat last season in a 33-18 Class 3A nonconference road loss to the Bulldogs.

Trenton Hall scores Taft’s first TD

“Overall, we didn’t play as well as we did Week 1 [in a 14-6 home win] vs. Harrisburg,” Taft coach Jake Tolan said. “We turned the ball over four times, committed way too many penalties, and were missing some key starters on both the offensive line and defensive line.”

Sutherlin, which Taft defeated 14-13 for its only victory last year, scored first for a 7-0 lead before Hall made it 7-6 with the Tigers’ first touchdown on a 1-yard run.

Photos by Lon French

Taking advantage of numerous penalties and turnovers, Sutherlin scored twice more to make it 20-6 before junior quarterback Antonio Saurez hit Ramos for a 6-yard score and 20-12 deficit. A two-point conversion try failed.

Fco Ramos scores on pass from Antonio SaurezDown 33-12, French scored Taft’s final touchdown on a 17-yard run before another two-point conversion attempt failed.

JJ French celebrates a late score

“Our defense also didn’t play as well, as we were unable to make the necessary adjustments to stop their running game,” Tolan said. “Our game plan going into the game was solid, but our execution was not there throughout the game.”

Senior Jacob Merrifield scored on runs of 3, 5 and 83 yards for the Bulldogs, while junior Josh Davis scored from 6 and 34 yards out.

“We had several drives tonight where we effectively moved the ball, but ended up turning the ball over,” Tolan said. “A lot of credit goes to Sutherlin, who played well and fought hard all night, but I feel like we beat ourselves tonight.”

The Tigers, 1-1 following a season-opening 14-6 home win over Harrisburg last week, return to action Friday, Sept. 20, in a 7:30 p.m. home game against Knappa. The Loggers (1-1) fell 22-12 Friday at home against fellow Class 2A member Toledo.

“We have to take care of the ball better and be more disciplined moving forward,” Tolan said. “We have another difficult opponent next week in Knappa and we need to focus on getting better this week.”

Class 3A Special District 1 West Standings

League Overall PS PA Rank
Rainier 0-0 2-0 56 12 1
Amity 0-0 1-0 34 32 5
Clatskanie 0-0 1-1 79 63 11
Dayton 0-0 1-1 0 39 18
Taft 0-0 1-1 32 39 23
Willamina 0-0 0-2 0 66 29

PS=Points Scored; PA=Points Against

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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