Jordan Young returned the opening kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown, sparking Battle Ground to its first 5-0 start since 2012 with a 24-7 win over Mount Tahoma on Saturday in Tacoma.
Young also had a 2-yard touchdown run in the second quarter as the Tigers opened a 17-0 halftime lead.
After Mount Tahoma closed within 17-7 in the third quarter, the Thunderbirds threatened to close the gap further before the Tigers came up with key fourth-down stop at the Battle Ground 29.
Battle Ground then drove 71 yards on 11 plays to go up 24-7 on Jacob Champine’s 18-yard touchdown reception from Ethan Adams early in the fourth quarter. Noah Currie had a key fourth-down catch to extend the drive.
Battle Ground (5-0) will next face Lakes at home on Friday.
BATTLE GROUND 24, MOUNT TAHOMA 7
BG 10 7 0 7—24
MT 0 0 7 0—7
BG — Jordan Young 96 kickoff return (Bryland Fick kick)
BG — Fick 26 FG
BG — Young 2 run (Fick kick)
MT — Bryson Bailey 44 run (Junior Contreras-Barragan kick)
BG — Jacob Champine 18 pass from Ethan Adams (Fick kick)
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RUSHING — Jacob Champine 15-47, Jordan Young 7-23, Ethan Adams 3-5, Cody Clarke 2-(-4), team 1-(-5).
PASSING — Ethan Adams 19-24-0-193.
RECEIVING — Jacob Champine 5-76, Grayson Gambee 6-40, Noah Currie 2-36, Angel Lopez 2-28, Saveily Tkachenko 2-7, Cody Clarke 1-3, Jordan Young 1-3.