Battle Ground still looking for that elusive first win

Tigers to meet Heritage Friday at McKenzie Stadium

Battle Ground Tigers (0-7, 0-3 4A GSHL)

Week 1: Beaverton (Ore.) 46, Battle Ground 6
Week 2: Tualatin (Ore.O) 53, Battle Ground 0
Week 3: Mountain View 55, Battle Ground 22
Week 4: Prairie 21, Battle Ground 20
Week 5: Camas 35, Battle Ground 0
Week 6: Union 52, Battle Ground 8
Week 7: Skyview 48, Battle Ground 13

Next: vs. Heritage, 7:30 p.m. Friday at McKenzie Stadium

The Tigers went up against a motivated team in a playoff push. Now, the Tigers are hoping to get at least one win in their final two games of the season.

Battle Ground will be looking to find some open field to run through in Friday’s game with Heritage. Here, Battle Ground sophomore Tyrel Halme (30) breaks through a hole in a game earlier this season against Mountain View. Photo by Mike Schultz
Battle Ground will be looking to find some open field to run through in Friday’s game with Heritage. Here, Battle Ground sophomore Tyrel Halme (30) breaks through a hole in a game earlier this season against Mountain View. Photo by Mike Schultz

Making the best of it:

The ball was on the 25-yard line, but the snap sailed high over the head of Battle Ground punter Noah Barr. The ball rolled toward the back of the end zone, with Barr in hot pursuit.

Not only did Barr get to the ball, he stayed in bounds, turned around, and got off the punt.

Seriously, that was a great hustle play. Saved at least a safety, maybe even a touchdown.

And the Tigers were immediately rewarded by that effort.

Downfield, the ball was rolling on the ground when a Skyview player touched it. The live ball was recovered by the Tigers. First down Battle Ground.

Clearly not how Battle Ground planned to get the ball there, but it all started with Noah Barr not giving in after a tough start to the play.

(By the way, in a quirk of a stat, Battle Ground had given up either a safety or a touchdown while on offense or special teams in every game this season … until Week 7.)

Highlights on offense:

Brock Robinson broke free for a 38-yard run on the last play of the third quarter, setting up his fourth-quarter touchdown run on the next play.

Later, Robinson had a 29-yard run to get the Tigers going in the right direction again. Then, quarterback Aiden May threw the pass of the night, and teammate Cody Niblack made an incredible catch for a 27-yard gain to the 3-yard line.

Seriously, when watching the play on my computer screen, I nearly gave up, believing the pass was too long, going to drop incomplete. Instead, Niblack just kept sprinting for the ball and made the diving catch.

Battle Ground would soon pick up its second TD of the night.

Coach Speak:

What did Mike Kesler think about Week 7’s performance? We got beat by a very good Skyview team. I am glad we have the opportunity to play the best teams in 4A football in Washington. These helps us grow as a team.”

Thoughts on Week 8 vs. Heritage: “Looking forward to playing Heritage,’’ Kesler said. “I feel we both (match) up good against each other.”

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