TOLEDO — After building an early lead, the Toledo High School football team couldn’t hold on, and fell 32-22 Friday night, Sept. 17, to 2A-SD 3 rival Jefferson at Jack Dahl Stadium.
Boomer junior Gunner Rothenberger ran for a pair of first-quarter touchdowns as the Boomers built a 16-0 lead by the end of the first quarter against the visiting No. 6 Lions. But Jefferson rallied to within 16-12 by halftime and outscored the home team 20-6 in the second half to post the win and improve to 1-0 in league play, 3-0 overall.
“Our team came out with a great enthusiasm and played a very sound first quarter,” Toledo head coach Jeff Taylor wrote in his media report. “Jefferson made some adjustments and did a good job offensively finding some of our holes.”
The loss sent the Boomers to 0-1 in league and 0-3 overall, having played three schools ranked in the statewide preseason 2A football coaches poll. And things don’t get any easier this weekend for Toledo.
On Friday night, the Boomers host third-ranked Monroe at 7 p.m. at Jack Dahl Stadium. Taylor says that despite its record, he’s seen his team improve significantly during the course of the early season.
“We are getting better, but we are still very young and inexperienced,” Taylor wrote. “Jefferson is a good football team, and we hung with them for most of the game. We have to continue improving and keep working hard daily.”
Jefferson 0 12 12 8 — 32
Toledo 16 0 0 6 — 22
Newport, Taft suffer losses
The 4A-3 SD 3 Newport Cubs opened the home portion of their season schedule last Friday night, and dropped a 20-12 decision to 3A-2 PacWest Conference Yamhill-Carlton at Morrow Field. Taft finally made its season debut the same evening, and fell 58-0 at Gaston.
Details from both contests were not provided to the News-Times prior to Monday’s deadline.
Newport (0-3) returns to action with a Saturday nonconference game against Baker, while Taft isn’t slated to play again until a 7 p.m. Oct. 1 game at Voris Field in Lincoln City against Amity in the Tigers’ 3A-SD 1 West opener.