By Jeremy McDonald
TUALATIN, Ore.– A game like this can go a long way in improving one-self for the rest of the season.
In their final non-league game of the season, coming off their first victory in the Mountain Valley Conference last Friday over South Salem, the West Salem football team encountered a challenge in a Tualatin team that could quite possibly make a deep run in the 6A postseason later this Fall.
The Titans had a chance to pull even with the Timberwolves in the 41-7 defeat following Tualatin’s opening drive touchdown, but a redzone holding penalty deflated the mojo. Walking away from their opening drive without points as a field goal attempt just missed its mark to close out the drive.
“We just got to take the little things super seriously, this was a great eye-opener for us. Just got to take advantage of every little second of every hour and practice really hard. We just got to compete at the end of the day, we have to compete and keep competing every day,” Brooks Ferguson said.
The Timberwolves scored the first 41 points of the game. Leading 34-0 entering halftime and scoring on their first drive of the second half as West Salem struggled to slow down Jake Wagner, Malik Ross and the Tualatin offense on this evening.
“It’s really good to play a really good offense like that to show what we need to work on, what you’re doing well,” said Judah Aliifua, who played safety for the Titans. “What we need to work on are the mental things. The things that we’re supposed to be rolling on we weren’t rolling on tonight.”
Ferguson scored the lone touchdown for West Salem, a one-yard strike with 10:50 left in the game. Ferguson went 6-for-12 passing for 53 yards and ran for another 39 yards. Zachary Dodson-Greene had four catches for 42 yards. Hudson Giertych and Johnny Withers each had nine carries in the defeat.
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