Titans Shutout Olympians For Perfect League Season

By Jeremy McDonald

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SALEM, Ore.–  West Salem flexed its muscle Friday night against Sprague and it looks as if the Titans are ready for a deep run in the 6A State playoffs this season.

Their offense was powered by their offensive line that opened holes for Brooks Ferguson, Johnny Withers and Hudson Giertych in the running game.  The trio combined for roughly 245 yards on the ground while Ferguson completed 11 passes for 132 yards in their 30-0 victory over the Olympians.

“Oh it was great.  The past few years they’ve had a big line, so just being able to control the line has allowed our running backs to find holes, get gaps and give our quarterback time to sit back.  That was really huge for us,” said Titans center Jameson Pinkerton.

Pinkerton also contributed a 25-yard field goal in the second half as West Salem’s defense presented problems for Logan Smith and his offense throughout the game.  The Titans brought pressure and limited Drew Rodriguez to two receptions, shifty back Riley Davis to under 100-yards and pressured Smith into two interceptions for their first shutout of the 2021 season.

“(Defensive Coordinator Damien Ramirez) had us watch film 24/7.  We had film in the morning before class and learning everything we did, we were able to read everything they were doing beforehand.  Knowing when to chase, we knew their quarterback didn’t want to run and we were just going off of that,” West Salem linebacker Martin Trujillo said.

West Salem wrapped up the regular season 8-1 overall and 6-0 in league play while Sprague went 6-3 in the regular season and 3-3 in league play following Friday’s game (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

The Titans wrap up an 6-0 undefeated Mountain Valley Conference-slate and enter the postseason 8-1 overall with their lone loss coming from Tualatin Week 4.

For Sprague, it was an eye-opener going into the postseason next week.  Mistakes were made and they’ll work towards fixing as they await to see who they’ll draw in the opening round of the 6A playoffs following their 6-3 regular season.  Knowing that every time at this point moving forward will be at least at their level and West Salem’s.

“We’re going to see it every single game from here-on.  There are no bad teams from this point on, there’s no given games,” Smith said.  “We know what we need to improve upon.  Now we’re going to go back and watch film, see where we’ve made mistakes and I’m going to go watch a lot of film to see where I made mistakes.

West Salem will host Jefferson of Portland in the first round, Sprague will host Mountainside.

“It definitely opened our eyes because it’s not going to get any easier.”

Photos By Jeremy McDonald

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