SUTHERLIN — Hamstrung by penalties, missing starters key turnovers, the Taft Tigers fell to Sutherlin 18-33 in a non-league match Friday.
Despite a solid game plan, the Tiger defense was unable to adjust to Sutherlin’s running game while the offensive execution that delivered a 14-6 win against Harrisburg in the Sept. 6 season opener wasn’t up to the same level. Still, the Tigers accumulated three touchdowns with Trenton Hall and JJ French rushing for points while Fco Ramos took a pass to score.
Head Coach Jake Tolan reflected on the tough hand dealt Taft, describing how the team repeatedly drove deep into Sutherlin territory before fumbling the opportunity in Logger territory.
“A lot of credit goes to Sutherlin who played well and fought hard all night, but I feel like we beat ourselves tonight,” Tolan commented. “We have to take care of the ball better and be more disciplined moving forward. We have another difficult opponent next week in Knappa and we need to focus on getting better this week.”
The Knappa Loggers, like the Tigers, are 1-1 for the season in non-league action. Coaches have rated the Loggers No. 11 in the state, while Taft is at No. 17. The Friday game begins at Taft at 7 p.m.