By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– Ever since their opening season win versus McKay, the West Salem Freshman team has found themselves on the wrong side of the scoreboard against Sprague and Sheldon the past two weeks.
And as the opening kickoff against Forest Grove went to the house to put the Vikings up 6-0 a few seconds into the game, the Titans Frosh need something to get them going.
Jack Livengood recovered a fumble on West Salem’s first defensive drive of the game that set-up a Jackson Lowery-to-Junior Nunez strike to tie, then the extra point gave the Titans a 7-6 lead with 7:05 left in the opening quarter.
With Forest Grove pinned deep in their territory, and West Salem keeping their there, it set up Anthony Pugh to make a play in the end-zone to increase the Titan’s one-point lead to three off a saftey.
“Well we started off pretty bad on the kickoff return and after that, we stepped it up really good as a team and as individuals,” said West Salem’s Linebacker Livengood as the defense got four fumble recoveries and a safety in Monday’s 60-20 win over Forest Grove.
As much as Nunez was as stellar as Noah Whittaker or Anthony Gould on offense, Brandon Eyre, who was splitting time with Lowery at quarterback, scored twice including turning a bad snap to a touchdown thanks to his elusiveness early in the second half to put the Titans up then 46-14.
“We just played like a team, got good blocks in front and finished played,” said Eyre on the efficiency of the offense Monday night.
West Salem scored three times in the first 1:50 of the third quarter and added a fourth later on to make it 60-14 with three minutes to go to start the running clock-rule before Forest Grove added one last score late in the fourth to make it 60-20.
As their coach spoke to how nice to turn their fortunes around this week and how they came out during the second half and finished the game strong, they know too that they got greener pastures to focus on as they improve to 2-2 on the season.
“I think it’s nice, I think we can get something going from here,” said Eyre.
“Oh it’s pretty nice,” smiles Livengood. “We just got to keep pushing and keep playing like how we have been playing.”
Photos By Jeremy McDonald