Winless Tigers face tough Mountain View team in non-league high school football game this week

Battle Ground 0-2 after lopsided losses to Oregon schools — Beaverton and Tualatin

Battle Ground Tigers (0-2)

Week 1: Beaverton (Ore.) 46, Battle Ground 6

Week 2: Tualatin (Ore.) 53, Battle Ground 0

Week 3: Battle Ground vs. Mountain View, 4:30 p.m. Friday at McKenzie Stadium

Defense had strong early moments in Week 2 before it all went bad for the Tigers.

Battle Ground coach Mike Kesler’s team is off to an 0-2 start in non-league play and this week the Tigers’ opponent is a tough Mountain View team. Photo by Mike Schultz
Battle Ground coach Mike Kesler’s team is off to an 0-2 start in non-league play and this week the Tigers’ opponent is a tough Mountain View team. Photo by Mike Schultz

First series: Battle Ground looked strong on its first defensive series, forcing a three-and-out, punt. Blake Harris destroyed the running back for a tackle-for-loss on third down. Most impressive hit of the night.

Second series: Once again, the defense stood proud. Another three-and-out. This time, it was Brock Robinson who made an open-field tackle for no gain on third down.

One more defensive gem: Izak Brundage played a ball perfectly and ended up with an interception in the end zone.

Play of night for offense: Brock Robinson, playing running back, went up the middle for what looked to be a gain of 2 or 3 yards. He got spun around in the middle of a pack of offensive and defensive linemen. Then he just appeared, ran backward a couple yards, bounced to the outside, and took off for a 29-yard gain. This looked to be a nothing play. Robinson never stopped, though. … The next series, he broke free on a 25-yard run with a spin move.

Coach-speak:

What did Mike Kesler learn about his team in Week 2? “We have to get better at what we do with the basics. Kids need to get more confidence in what we are teaching them.” … Going a full week without practices didn’t help us get better. Looking forward to a week of hard work getting better.”

Coaching staff’s picks for MVPs: “I don’t feel we had a standout player this week. We all need to work harder this week to prove we can do it.”

Thoughts on Week 3: “Looking forward to the kids playing every play hard and outhustle Mountain View,” Kesler said.

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