Tigard Football Continues to Stumble in League Play

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Junior Trevin Laird was one of the few offensive bright spots for Tigard in a loss to Lake Oswego Adam Littman/Tigard Life
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After a strong start to the year, the Tigard Tigers sit at 4-4 after a loss on the road to Lake Oswego on Oct. 20, Tigard’s fourth straight loss in Three Rivers League play.

Both defenses came out strong, with Lake Oswego leading 7-0 at the half thanks to a 37-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Liam Davis to receiver James Bauman. Lake Oswego (6-2, 2-2 league play) pulled away in the second half, winning 23-13 as Tigard’s various comeback attempts fell short.

“There was one big play in the first half,” Tigard Head Coach Ken Feist said. “Other than that big throw, the defense did an awesome job. When big plays go for touchdowns and points, it can be discouraging.”

Tigard (4-4, 0-4) had a few chances to score in the first half, but was unsuccessful on each. The Tigers converted a third down on a pass from quarterback Jake Feist to receiver Trevin Laird. The drive stalled at that point, with Lake Oswego sacking Jake Feist on third down.

A short punt gave Tigard the ball on Lake Oswego’s 19-yard line a few minutes later. A holding penalty pushed the Tigers back 10 yards. After an incomplete pass and a screen that lost two yards, Tigard faced a third and 22. Jake Feist went deep to receiver Roman Martin, who drew a defensive pass interference call, giving Tigard 15 yards and another shot on third down.

Tigard didn’t convert and missed a field goal attempt on fourth down.

Throughout the entire game, Lake Oswego put a ton of pressure on Jake Feist, ensuring that if the quarterback wasn’t sacked, he didn’t have a lot of time to make a throw.

“They’ve been bringing pressure all year,” Ken Feist said. “We know they have a good defense. Their linebackers are really fast. We had a good game plan going on. We just didn’t execute.”

Tigard got on the board on the opening drive of the second half. A big kick return and Lake Oswego penalty gave Tigard the ball in Lake Oswego territory to start the drive. Jake Feist connected with Laird on another third down, this one going for 30-plus yards to put Tigard at the Lake Oswego 4-yard line.

A few plays later, Christian Warner punched it in from inside the 1-yard line and the extra point tied the game at 7 early in the third quarter.

Lake Oswego answered back with its own touchdown on the very next drive and never gave up the lead. An interception gave Lake Oswego the ball back in Tigard territory. On a fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line, the Tigard defense made an impressive stand to keep Lake Oswego from scoring again.

Lake Oswego ended up scoring two points on the very next play by bringing down Tigard in the end zone for a safety to make it 16-7.

Tigard made a late push to come back in the fourth quarter. Jake Feist connected with Laird for a 35-yard touchdown pass with 4:19 left in the game. Tigard couldn’t convert the two-point conversion to make it a one-score game.

Laird was one of the few offensive bright spots for Tigard.

“Trevin is a phenomenal athlete,” Ken Feist said. “Getting the ball in his hands is always a good thing. The plan is to get him more touches. He’s a playmaker. We get the ball in space with him, and he can make someone miss or break a tackle and is always a threat to take it all the way.”

He added that he and the coaches want the team to remain positive even after a fourth consecutive loss. As is the case in Three Rivers League, things don’t get easier for Tigard. Up next is a rivalry game against Tualatin (7-1, 3-1) to close out the regular season.

Ken Feist said he hopes his team will come out strong and build up some momentum to close out the season as they head into the playoffs. Even with the four losses, Tigard was ranked ninth in League 6A heading into the Lake Oswego game. The top 16 teams make the playoffs to compete for the state title.

“We know the Three Rivers League is the toughest league top-to-bottom in the state,” Feist said. “We started out 4-0 and had some confidence, but we hadn’t been in the Three Rivers League yet. We know it’s a battle. Every year, there are tremendous amounts of talented teams. You’ve got to play perfect, or near perfect, every week and we haven’t done that.”

Tigard High Scoreboard

Football:

Sept. 21 Tigard – 21, Liberty – 14

Sept. 29 Tigard – 24, Oregon City – 28

Oct. 5 Tigard – 9, Lakeridge – 30

Oct. 12 Tigard – 14, West Linn – 53

Oct. 20 Tigard – , Lake Oswego

Volleyball:

Sept. 23 Tigard – 0, North Salem – 2

Sept. 26 Tigard – 3, Lakeridge – 1

Sept. 28 Tigard – 0, West Linn – 3

Oct. 2 Tigard – 3, Lake Oswego – 2

Oct. 10 Tigard – 0, Oregon City – 3

Oct. 12 Tigard – 0, St. Mary’s Academy – 3

Oct. 17 Tigard – 3, Tualatin – 1

Oct. 19 Tigard – 3, Lakeridge – 0

Boys Soccer:

Sept. 26 Tigard – 0, Gresham – 1

Sept. 28 Tigard – 1, Central Catholic – 5

Oct. 2 Tigard – 0, Tualatin – 0

Oct. 10 Tigard – 1, West Linn – 6

Oct. 12 Tigard – 1, Lake Oswego – 2

Oct. 17 Tigard – 1, Oregon City – 3

Oct. 19 Tigard – 0, Lakeridge – 8

Girls Soccer:

Sept. 26 Tigard – 2, Ida B. Wells – 0

Sept. 28 Tigard – 2, Central Catholic – 2

Oct. 2 Tigard – 5, Tualatin – 0

Oct. 5 Tigard – 0, Camas – 0

Oct. 10 Tigard – 2, West Linn – 2

Oct. 12 Tigard – 0, Lake Oswego – 1

Oct. 17 Tigard –2, Oregon City – 0

Oct. 19 Tigard – 2, Lakeridge – 1

Boys Water Polo:

Sept. 25 Tigard – 10, Tualatin – 18

Sept. 27 Tigard – 3, Lakeridge – 18

Sept. 28 Tigard – 6, Hillsboro – 16

Oct. 2 Tigard – 6, Newberg – 15

Oct. 3 Tigard – 10, Hillsboro – 12

Oct. 4 Tigard – 21, Forest Grove – 6

Oct. 9 Tigard – 3, Lake Oswego – 18

Oct. 11 Tigard – 7, Tualatin – 23

Oct. 16 Tigard – 2, Lakeridge – 20

Oct. 18 Tigard – 3, Newberg – 16

Girls Water Polo

Sept. 27 Tigard – 2, Lakeridge – 12

Sept. 28 Tigard – 20, Hillsboro – 5

Oct. 2 Tigard – 2, Newberg – 14

Oct. 3 Tigard – 12, Hillsboro – 9

Oct. 4 Tigard – 3, Forest Grove – 18

Oct. 9 Tigard – 2, Lake Oswego – 15

Oct. 11 Tigard – 0, Tualatin – 18

Oct. 16 Tigard – 1, Lakeridge – 14

Oct. 18 Tigard – 4, Newberg – 19

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