Taras, Meadors lead Heritage past Evergreen 34-7

Quarterback passes for 216 yards and four touchdowns

By Tim Martinez, Columbian Assistant Sports Editor




Michael Taras passed for 216 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 92 more as the Heritage Timberwolves beat Evergreen 34-7 in a non-league game Friday at McKenzie Stadium.

Robbie Meadors caught six passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns and he also intercepted a pass on defense for the Timberwolves.

Taras got Heritage (2-0) on the board first with his feet – rushing twice for 37 yards – to set up a 5-yard touchdown pass to Meadows in the first quarter.

Taras and Meadors connected again on a 52-yard touchdown pass play in the second quarter as the Timberwolves took a 16-0 lead.

Tara then found Neithan Stanley for a 32-yard touchdown pass to give Heritage a 22-0 lead at halftime.

Evergreen found success on the ground in the second half, driving 74 yards on 13 plays – 12 rushes – with Eli Vaa-Leiataua punching it in from 2 yards out, cutting Heritage’s edge to 22-7.

Evergreen’s defense forced a punt, but the Plainsmen fumbled on their next offensive possession. That led to Ammon Garrison’s 29-yard TD reception that put Heritage up 28-7.

A muffed punt return in the fourth quarter led to Heritage’s final score, a 2-yard run by Kahai Umiamaka.

Vaa-Leiataua rushed for 113 yards for Evergreen (1-1).



Evergreen           0              0              7              0—7

Heritage               8              14           0              0—34

First quarter

H—Robbie Meadors 5 pass from Michael Taras (Meadors pass from Taras)

Second quarter

H—Meadors 52 pass from Taras (Taras run)

H—Neithan Stanley 32 pass from Taras (run failed)

Third quarter

E—Eli Vaa-Leiataua (Triston Fich kick)

Fourth quarter

H—Ammon Garrison 29 pass from Taras (pass failed)

H—Kahai Umiamaka 1 run (kick failed)


RUSHING – Evergreen: Vaa-Leiataua 24-113, Zyell Griffin 7-47, Daniel Moltisanti 7-53, Fich 10-(-2). Heritage: Taras 15-92, Isaac Roa 6-18, Umiamaka 8-4.

PASSING—Evergreen: Fich 7-16-2-82. Heritage: Taras 14-24-0-216.

RECEIVING—Evergreen: Griffin 3-51, Luke Allen 2-24, Jerontae Burns 1-4, Nadil Hodzic 1-3. Heritage: Meadors 6-132, Umiamaka 4-3, Garrison 2-38, Chase Hendy 1-11, Stanley 1-32.