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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Tigers take momentum on road for Friday night showdown in Sutherlin

Sutherlin has a score to settle with visiting Taft on Friday when the teams collide at 7 p.m. in Class 3A nonconference high school football action.

A year ago, junior running back Logan Gilleo scored on a 1-yard pass early in the second quarter before senior wide receiver Tyee Fisher caught a 5-yard TD pass that was questionably ruled in bounds just 13 seconds before halftime. The score gave the Tigers a 14-13 lead in their home opener that would hold up for what would become their only victory of the season.

The Bulldogs went on to finish 7-3 overall and 4-1 in the Special District 2 North before being eliminated by State semifinalist Vale in the first round of the playoffs. Taft finished 1-8 and winless in the SD2 West.

Taft head coach Jake Tolan and his troops

What a difference a year makes, then.

The Tigers are coming off a 14-6 season-opening home upset Friday of perennial power Harrisburg after falling to the Eagles 60-29 on the road in last year’s season opener. Sutherlin fell 50-26 to Hidden Valley Friday at home.

“Even when facing adversity, our kids were able to battle and come away with a much-needed win,” said Taft coach Jake Tolan, whose Tigers held Harrisburg to no offensive touchdowns and forced several turnovers in the home win.

JJ French

Antonio Saurez

The only points Harrisburg scored came when senior running back Gabe Knox returned a kickoff for a touchdown with 10:55 left in the first half to make it 7-6 after Taft junior JJ French scored the game’s first TD on a short pass from junior quarterback Antonio Saurez at the 11:12 mark of the second quarter.

Logan Gilleo is off to the races

Now a senior, Gilleo added a 60-yard catch and run for a score 5:37 before halftime, and junior place-kicker William Calderon added both PATs for the final 14-6 margin. Junior defensive back Darius Smith picked off two passes before the teams played to a scoreless second half.

Darius Smith celebrates a turnover with his teammates

“I am so proud of my team,” Tolan said. “They played well, believed in themselves and fought hard as a team. We made many mistakes that we can learn from and get better at, but overall I’m happy we were able to come away with a win.”

Taft used five turnovers to earn the one-point victory over Sutherlin in last year’s home opener at Voris Field.

Trenton Hall gets a piece of the action

Sutherlin is a traditional running team utilizing the Wing T, a deceptive offense that typically lines up three backs in a row behind center with intentions of making every play look the same for the first few steps.

Sutherlin coach Josh Gary’s squad stepped down from Class 4A to 3A last season and ran at least 80 percent of the time behind senior quarterback Cade Meisner and running back Bryce Anderson. While Meisner and Anderson have graduated, Gary is expected to turn to the senior triumvirate of Jacob Merrifield, Brandon Carr and Mason Gill to power the offense Friday night.

“The highlight of our play was how well our defense played,” Tolan said of the Harrisburg win and the need to apply the brakes to Sutherlin.

Photos by Lon French

Trenton Hall says it all

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

Sutherlin Roster

Coach: Josh Gary

No. Name Position Grade Height Weight
1 Mason Gill WR/DB 12 6-3 165
2 Case Wells DB/RB 12 5-8 160
3 Brandon Carr DB/WR 12 5-11 150
4 Dylan Smalley DB/QB 11 5-8 150
5 Tehgan Pacini LB/QB 11 6-1 180
9 Keith Sorenson K 11 6-0 170
10 Jacob Merrifield DB/RB 12 5-8 160
14 Colby Olsen LB/RB 11 5-10 180
22 Logan Hill RB/DB 11 5-10 170
25 Adan Diaz LB/RB 10 5-5 160
32 Josh Davis LB/RB 11 6-2 225
34 Wyatt Brink DB/TE 11 6-2 160
51 Hunter Elbert DL/OL 12 5-11 180
62 Jason Baker DL/OL 12 5-10 190
63 Byron Baker DE/OL 12 6-2 220
64 Hunter Strong DL/OL 12 6-0 220
65 Isaac Horn DE/OL 12 6-3 235
72 Kobey Crump DL/OL 12 6-0 225
74 Dayden Jacobs DL/OL 12 5-10 270
75 Caden Meabon DL/OL 11 6-3 210
77 Isaiah Baez DL/OL 11 5-9 225
80 Rylan Philow DE/TE 11 6-2 180
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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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