The Tualatin High School football team had a big night running the ball.
The Timberwolves also had a good night passing the ball.
Put those things together, and you come up with an impressive postseason victory.
Tualatin, exploding for 577 yards of total offense, rallied from an early deficit to get a 49-20 win over Mountain View of Bend in a Class 6A state playoff first-round game played Friday at Tualatin High School.
Mountain View, the No. 4 team out of the Mountain Valley Conference, and the No. 24 team in the final OSAA power rankings, finished its season with a final overall record of 5-5.
Tualatin, the No. 5 team out of the Three Rivers League, and the No. 9 team in the power rankings, improved to 7-3 on the season with the win. The Timberwolves also advance to the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs, where they'll face Central Catholic on Friday, in a game starting at 7 p.m. at Hillsboro Stadium.
Tualatin, in the playoff opener against Mountain View, got its ground game going in a big way. The Wolves, as a team, rushed for 342 yards and seven touchdowns in the win. Still, Tualatin had to come back from early deficits in the contest.
Mountain View took a 6-0 lead on a 93-yard touchdown run by Jonas Larson. Tualatin came back to take a 7-6 lead following a 1-yard touchdown run by junior John Miller. But the Cougars took a 13-7 lead to the second quarter behind a 1-yard TD run by Larson.
The Wolves again answered back, going up 14-13 on senior Dominque Loggins' 18-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Mountain View, with Larson scoring on another long run, reclaimed the lead at 20-14.
Tualatin got the lead back, at 21-20, on a 3-yard touchdown run by Loggins. The Wolves tacked on a 1-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Kyle Dernedde before the second quarter ended, giving Tualatin a 28-20 halftime advantage.
The Wolves then pulled away in the second half.
Miller scored on a 6-yard run in the third quarter, upping the Tualatin lead to 35-20. In the fourth quarter, the Wolves got a 45-yard touchdown run by Loggins and a 12-yard touchdown run by junior Josh Boespflug, wrapping up the scoring in the 49-20 victory.
Loggins led the rushing attack in the win with 167 yards, and three touchdowns, on 25 carries. Miller added 61 yards on five carries and junior quarterback Blake Jackson ran for 57 yards on six carries.
Dernedde completed five of seven pass attempts for 133 yards. Jackson completed seven of 13 passes for 102 yards.
Miller had two receptions for 86 yards, senior Caden Dickson had three catches for 62 yards and Loggins had four catches for 45 yards.
Central Catholic, the No. 2 team out of the Mt. Hood Conference, and the No. 8 team in the power rankings, brings an overall record of 6-4 into Friday's state playoff second-round game.
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