Tonasket blitzes Bridgeport in opener

Jacob Cory hauls down a Bridgeport runner during Friday's big Tonasket victory.

Jacob Cory hauls down a Bridgeport runner during Friday’s big Tonasket victory. Terry Mills/submitted photo

BRIDGEPORT – It’s tough to predict how a team will play in its first game of the season, even if it’s against an opponent that on paper should be overmatched.

Tonasket’s football team didn’t look past Bridgeport in their Friday, Sept. 6, debut, scoring three times on their first six offensive plays and rolling to a 44-15 non-league victory.

Michael Orozco scored three first quarter touchdowns on runs of four, 50 and 60 yards give the Tigers a quick 20-0 lead.

Orozco added a 28-yard field goal in the second quarter, and with Isaiah Yaussey-Albright adding a three-yard scoring run, the Tigers led 30-0 at the half.

Bridgeport got on the board early in the third quarter after the Tigers mishandled the kickoff, but a 15-yard Collin Aitcheson run and an eight-yard pass from Trevor Terris to Roberto Juarez put the Tigers up 44-7 before the Mustangs scored in the waning moments.

Orozco finished with 214 yards rushing on 11 carries, with Terris adding 63 yards on six carries and Aitcheson rushing for 56 yards on eight carries. Terris also completed 4-of-7 passes for 95 yards, with Orozco catching two passes for 59 yards and Williams one for 28 yards.

The Tigers (1-0) play their home opener on Friday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m., but aren’t home again until Oct. 18.


About Brent Baker

Brent, is a former reporter/photographer for the Gazette-Tribune and sometimes works as a freelance sports reporter for the G-T. Prior to working at the G-T, he was the sports editor for Sunrise Publishing from 2000-2005 in Michigan. He subsequently owned and operated Buckland Media, a high school sports website, in Michigan until 2010. He and his wife Kim, who have an adult son, moved to Tonasket in 2010. Brent worked as a full time reporter/photographer at the G-T from 2011 - 2014).

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