Tigers blast Bridgeport in opener

Tonasket’s Derek Sund (80) and Michael Orozco sandwich a Bridgeport ballcarrier during the Tigers’ 47-6 victory over the Mustangs on Friday, Aug. 31

TONASKET – In a game the Tonasket football team had every reason to believe it would dominate, the Tigers did just that on Friday, Aug. 31, holding the Mustangs scoreless until the final minute of a 47-6 victory.

After both teams spent most of the first quarter getting used to hitting someone besides each other in practice, the Tigers exploded for four touchdowns in a 12 minute span on the first half to take a commanding 28-0 halftime lead. The Tigers turned the ball over on their first possession to end a 70-yard drive, but had just one turnover thereafter and didn’t punt all night.

Tonasket also forced three turnovers, the first of which — a Collin Aitcheson interception — ended with a 25-yard scoring strike from Trevor Terris to Jacob Cory. Terris and Jeff Stedtfeld, rotating at quarterback, combined to completed 6-of-7 passes for 112 yards. Stedtfeld’s 12-yard pass to Cory, who just got his toe down in the back of the end zone while making the catch, gave the Tigers three touchdown lead in the second quarter.

Bridgeport finished 2011 winless in the Central Washington 2B League.

Michael Orozco scored four touchdowns on the night on rushes of 22, 14 and 3 yards, and returned an interception 67 yards for a third quarter score. Orozco finished with 64 yards on eight carries, while fullback Austin Booker led the Tigers with 88 yards on 16 carries and a 1-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

The Tigers only had one play go for a loss on the night as they outgained Bridgeport 227-105 on the ground and held the Mustangs to 3-of-15 passing for 40 yards and three interceptions. The only sign of early-season jitters for Tonasket came via 10 penalties for 72 yards. Orozco and Booker each picked off passes for the Tonasket defense. Derek Sund make three PAT kicks and Roberto Juarez caught a 2-point conversion pass from Terris.

The Tigers (1-0) will face stiffer competition this week as they travel to Kettle Falls on Friday, Sept. 7.