Tigers back in the hunt

Marcus Larson/News-RegisterSheridan quarterback Matt Bushbaum throws a pass under duress from Amity s T.R. McShane (12) in the Warriors  42-26 victory over the Spartans Friday night in Sheridan.
Marcus Larson/News-RegisterYamhill-Carlton s Jacob Wood (2) runs the ball during the Tigers  27-14 victory over Tillamook Friday night in Yamhill.
Marcus Larson/News-RegisterThe Yamhill-Carlton football team gathers after their 27-14 victory over Tillamook on Friday night.

YAMHILL – Tonight the Tigers were riding high in Yamhill. Three football players graced the homecoming court and the Tigers trounced Class 4A Cowapa League rival Tillamook, 27-14.

“I’m happy for our boys,” Yamhill-Carlton coach Jerry Sutton said. “We’re working hard to make playoffs and this win is a big first step. If we can get one more next week we’ll give ourselves a chance to make playoffs.”

The Tigers (3-5 overall, 2-2 Cowapa League) played tonight like the playoff caliber team their coach believes them to be.

Senior Jacob Wood led them team on offense and defense.  At linebacker, Wood collected 19 tackles and rushed for 81 yards and a touchdown at running back.

“He’s a good player for us,” Sutton said. “He just keeps getting tackles.”

Early in the second quarter, Tillamook (0-8 overall, 0-4 Cowapa League) had the upper hand. Cheesemakers quarterback Matt Strang threw his second touchdown pass of the game to Brenton Martindale and the extra point put Tillamook up, 14-0. But the Cheesemakers offense would stall at 14 points.

The Tigers, however, were just getting started. Late in the second quarter, Wood put his team on the scoreboard with a touchdown run from the one-yard line. The half ended with the Cheesemakers leading, 14-7.

The momentum resided with the Tigers. After halftime, Yamhill-Carlton senior Garrett Smith added a touchdown of his own. A holding penalty had just brought back a Tigers touchdown, but Smith took the next play 24 yards to the end zone, tying the game at 14.

At the end of the third quarter, the Tigers took a seven-point lead on a touchdown pass from Connor Weidner to Zach Rhodes and a successful extra-point attempt. Montana Olson put the game out of reach with a 43-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. After a failed point-after attempt the score was 27-14.

The Tigers defense held strong against Tillamook’s passing attack and the game ended at 27-14.

Read more about the game in Tuesday's News-Register.

Amity 42, Sheridan 26

The Sheridan Spartans were primed for an upset of Class 3A West Valley League rival Amity, forcing five Warrior turnovers on Friday night.

However, the Spartans couldn't stay out of their own way. 

Sheridan's 10 turnovers -- seven in the first half alone -- allowed Amity to take an early lead and never relinquish it in a 42-26 victory for the Warriors in Sheridan.

"They made mistakes, we made mistakes," Spartans coach Brice Ingram said. "We made more."

Amity's Brett Hilt had touchdown receptions of 35 and 15 yards, touchdown runs of 1 and 49 yards and a 6-yard interception return for a touchdown. Zach Wilson of the Warriors intercepted a pass and returned it 81 yards for another touchdown.

Sheridan junior Dominique Card had a pair of 2-yard touchdown runs for the Spartans.

Amity improved to 3-3 overall (2-2 West Valley), while Sheridan slipped to 2-5 (2-3 West Valley).

Read more about the game in Tuesday's News-Register.

Glencoe 28, McMinnville 13

The Grizzlies suffered their fourth loss in their last five games in the Class 6A Pacific Conference loss to the host Crimson Tide on Friday night in Hillsboro.

Mac dropped to 4-4 overall (2-4 Pacific), while Glencoe improved to 5-3 (4-2 Pacific).

Colton 57, Willamina 28

The Vikings held a 29-22 halftime lead on the Bulldogs before sprinting away with the Class 3A West Valley League game in the second half at Willamina's Glen Larkin Field.

Willamina (1-6 overall, 0-4 West Valley) continues to search for its first league win of the season, while the Vikings enter their Oct. 25 tilt at Amity 4-3 overall (3-1 West Valley).

Perrydale 76, Falls City 28

The Pirates improved to 2-0 in Class 1A Casco League play (4-3 overall) with a victory over the Mountaineers Friday night in Falls City.

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