SPORTS: Tillamook High School Football off to Slow Start; Non-League Game at Woodburn Fri. 9/14

By Matt Maizel
The Tillamook Cheesemakers football squad will look to bounce back this Friday against non-league foe Woodburn after starting their season 0-2. After a tough 14-15 opening game loss to Marshfield on the road, coach Kye Johnson doesn’t question his team’s work ethic: “They are not an easy opponent to beat…It’s just one of those deals where we played extremely hard but didn’t do quite enough.” The Pirates from Marshfield scored the go-ahead touchdown late in the 4th quarter after the Cheesemakers held the lead for most of the ball game. Coach Johnson noted how Tillamook’s run game will need to improve in order to beat quality opponents, especially on the road.

12-20 was the final score against Banks last Friday. “We have played really quality non-conference opponents the last few seasons and we are all the better for it. It makes us a better team,” acknowledges Johnson. Turning the ball over, third down conversions, and
passing accuracy will be areas of improvement for Coach Johnson’s squad. Despite the early record, The Cheesemakers still have their sights set on a playoff berth, and will start preparing for Woodburn this week in practice.
The Mooks have a long stretch of away games before finally having a home game on Oct. 21st.