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Football: Canby takes its lumps in 38-7 loss to Tigard

The Cougars' offense stumbles, and their secondary has trouble in the season opener.


by: JEFF GOODMAN - A.J. Schlatter tries to reel in a pass Aug. 30 during the Canby football team's 38-7 defeat at Tigard. The Cougars have lost to the Tigers three times in the last 12 months.TIGARD — Senior lineman Kyle Rademacher tried pumping up his Canby football teammates as they returned to the field at halftime, repeatedly telling them the game wasn’t over yet.

But it already felt like it was.

The Cougars couldn’t contain Tigard’s passing attack, and they couldn’t muster much offense of their own in a crushing 38-7 defeat Friday night at Douglass Memorial Stadium.

It was certainly a rough start to the season for Canby (0-1), which has fallen to the Tigers (1-0) three times in the last 12 months. The Cougars also stomached two lopsided losses to the Pacific Conference power last season, first in their 2012 opener and again in the second round of the Class 6A playoffs.

In recent years, though, Canby has become accustomed to facing top-tier opponents in the preseason, learning from its mistakes and benefiting from the experience later in the year.

“We’ve been in this position before, and it’s not a fun one to be in,” fourth-year coach Mike Vaught said. “But with the leaders we’ve got, there should be no problem coming back from this.”

“This” was pretty ugly early on. The Cougars mustered just three first downs in the first half, falling behind 21-0 after two quarters on a 2-yard score by Tigard running back Manu Rasmussen, a 10-yard pass from Tigers quarterback Jett Even to Jake Biglow and a 36-yard strike from Even to Daren Rodrigues.

Tigard ended up scoring 38 points in a row before Canby responded with its only touchdown, which came when senior Noah Kyllo broke free for 38 yards with 2 minutes 41 seconds remaining in the game.

Two squandered red-zone opportunities also kept Vaught's team from keeping the game closer.

But Vaught still took a moment during his post-game speech to praise senior Austin Taylor, whose first game as a starting high school signal-caller came against a perennial playoff contender.

“We knew going in that playing these guys with a new quarterback and some brand new things (on offense) was going to be tough, and it was,” Vaught said. “Playing cupcakes and getting wins and feeling good about yourself is great, but I don’t think it pays off in the end.”

Making things tougher for the Cougars were the on-field absences of senior Timmy Johnson, junior Devon Fortier and North Marion transfer Keltin Boykin. Johnson is rehabbing after heart surgery earlier this year, Fortier is out for the season with an injured knee and Boykin suffered a concussion in practice three days before the game.

For Vaught, those factors didn’t make the loss feel any better.

“It’s not familiar — you hate it every time,” he said. “But we’re moving on and looking forward. We’re still planning on being one of the best, and we’re gonna be — there’s no doubt in my mind.”

AT A GLANCE

TIGARD 38, CANBY 7

Aug. 30 at Douglass Memorial Stadium (Tigard)

Canby 0 0 0 7 — 7

Tigard 14 7 7 10 — 38

First quarter

T — (5:16) Manu Rasmussen 2 run (Brady McGetrick kick)

T — (1:19) Jake Biglow 10 pass from Jett Even (McGetrick kick)

Second quarter

T — (8:44) Daren Rodrigues 36 pass from Even (McGetrick kick)

Third quarter

T — (8:41) McGetrick 58 pass from Even (McGetrick kick)

Fourth quarter

T — (10:09) McGetrick 30 field goal

T — (5:21) Kyle Baldes 7 pass from J.T. Greenough (McGetrick kick)

C — (2:41) Noah Kyllo 38 run (Alejandro Sandoval kick)



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