Lions senior quarterback Sam Leavitt threw for 4 touchdowns as West Linn topped Tualatin 42-30 Friday night time at Tualatin Excessive Faculty in a vital Three Rivers League matchup.
“I imply, we had been dominating the run recreation up entrance. Huge props to our O-line. They gained us that recreation,” Leavitt mentioned. “Our protection balled out, too. They made some key performs. … We had some downs on the highway, however general, we simply performed our recreation, and we had been capable of come out with a win.”
West Linn (5-1) introduced its win streak to 4 video games since its 35-31 loss to Sheldon on Sept. 8. The Lions additionally at the moment are 2-0 in Three Rivers League play following the staff’s 49-0 rout over Lake Oswego final week.
“It was undoubtedly a blessing,” Leavitt mentioned of the Sheldon loss. “We’re younger. With a brand new teaching employees, we’re simply determining what to do with ourselves and who had been had been as a staff. I believe we figured it out now, and we’re rolling.”
Leavitt ended Friday’s recreation going 14-for-23 for 252 yards passing and 4 touchdowns.
“I nonetheless really feel like I didn’t play the very best,” Leavitt mentioned of his efficiency. “Quite a lot of misreads and throws, which I ought to have gone again and made, but it surely’s good to win.”
With a 21-17 lead at halftime, West Linn opened the third quarter with a 52-yard landing run by senior working again Koffi Kouame to increase the result in 28-17.
“It feels actually good. It’s all the time an excellent factor to beat these guys,” mentioned West Linn junior tight finish and linebacker Gus Donnerberg. “Contemplating that we misplaced twice to them final 12 months, they usually weren’t even shut, popping out right here and taking it to them, it feels actually good.”
Donnerberg offensively had 5 catches for 82 yards receiving, together with a 25-yard landing reception. He additionally hauled in an interception on protection within the fourth quarter.
“I really feel actually good. I’d say it’s a top-three efficiency of mine, and I’m actually excited,” he mentioned.
Donnerberg, too, mentioned that the loss to Sheldon earlier this season was a “blessing.”
“What persons are saying, and it’s true, is that Sheldon loss is sort of a blessing in a way,” he mentioned. “We wanted a wake-up name telling us we’re not the very best staff on the market, and we have to focus. We will’t simply not work.”
Kouame ended with 16 carries for 150 yards speeding and a landing. Lions junior receiver Wiley Donnerberg had 4 receptions for 103 yards and two receiving touchdowns.
Tualatin (5-1) performed from behind many of the recreation. The Timberwolves scored twice within the first half to even the rating after West Linn scored to take a lead.
Quickly after West Linn senior working again Ben Winjum punched in a one-yard landing within the ultimate minute of the second quarter, Tualatin sophomore kicker Calvin Evans booted a 36-yard area purpose as time expired to chop West Linn’s result in 21-17. It might be as shut because the Timberwolves would get from then on.
“I imply, clearly, we misplaced. It’s a tricky loss, however we had a terrific combat,” mentioned Tualatin senior tight finish and defensive lineman Richie Anderson. “They’re a terrific staff. They’ve weapons throughout, and so can we. After they scored that first landing, a number of our guys received down. I used to be like, ‘Guys, you guys don’t know our potential.’ We simply wanted to combat via adversity. We simply made extra errors than they did. I had some dropped balls. I used to be as soon as offsides. Take these off, who is aware of what we might have performed.”
Anderson posted two sacks on protection for Tualatin. Offensively, he had 5 catches for 85 yards.
“I imply, it occurred, but it surely’s nothing with out a win,” Anderson mentioned of his efficiency. “I stay for profitable, and that’s what I’m all about.”
Tualatin coach Dom Ferraro mentioned lapses on their finish undid the staff’s efforts.
“It was a battle, and we knew it was going to be, however I’m happy with the youngsters and of the best way that they fought,” Ferraro mentioned. “We made a bunch of errors on offense, a number of turnovers. Quite a lot of missed assignments blocking. , credit score to West Linn. They’re a extremely good soccer staff. We will clear these issues up.”
Tualatin senior quarterback Jack Wagner accomplished 18 of 37 handed for 299 yards passing, one landing and three interceptions. He additionally had 14 carries for 66 yards speeding, together with a one-yard landing run within the third quarter.
Regardless of what the statistics might counsel, Ferraro mentioned Wagner did an excellent job contemplating how a lot stress the West Linn protection placed on him.
“If I keep in mind accurately, two of the turnovers had been very nice performs by West Linn. The ball juggled, they usually simply made performs,” Ferraro mentioned. “I do know Jack holds himself to a fairly excessive customary. He’ll take it in stride. He’ll study from it and transfer on.”
Timberwolves senior working again Luke Ash ended with 20 carries for 132 yards speeding and two touchdowns.
Tualatin gained’t be dwelling on the primary lack of the season for lengthy, particularly with Lake Oswego coming subsequent week.
“We received a 24-hour rule, proper? You may have a good time for twenty-four hours otherwise you might be dissatisfied for twenty-four hours, and you then received to maneuver on,” Ferraro mentioned. “I’m positive that’s what I’ll do. I’ll watch movie tonight after I get residence, after which attempt to flush it within the morning and transfer on, and that’s what we’ll speak about tomorrow — shifting on. There’s nonetheless three tough video games for us, and we simply received to guarantee that we convey it each night time, and I do know these guys will. I don’t ever query their effort.”
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