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Senior quarterback James Helmen scored back to back touchdowns in the second half, one rushing and one passing.

Bend don’t break.

Sometimes that’s all you need to get the job done on the football field.

A week after the Clatskanie Tiger football team completed a hard earned upset over rival Rainier, the boys were back on the field in hostile territory as they faced Taft 7-12 on Oct. 11.

After a quick three-and-out offensively for Taft, Clatskanie scored on a 50-yard touchdown their very first play with the ball. Clatskanie would find the end zone again in the first quarter, giving them a 13-0 advantage.

Early in the second quarter, the visiting Tigers made it 21-0 and looked

a pair of rushing touchdowns to make it a 21-14 game going into halftime.

But any hope Taft had for an upset win was squelched late in the third quarter when senior quarterback James Helmen scampered for a 39-yard touchdown run to give Clatskanie a two score advantage. In the early stages of the fourth quarter, Helmen did damage with his arm this time, completing a 72-yard bomb to his receiver to put the game out of reach.

Clatskanie would score once more in the fourth to give themselves a comfortable 41-14 victory while racking up 360 yards offensively, 196 passing and 164 rushing. The Tigers allowed just 207 yards defensively, including only 16 rushing.

With the win, Clatskanie improves its record to 4-2 overall and 2-0 in league play. The Tigers are tied with Amity for the top spot in the league and hold the No. 7 rank in the OSAA standings. The Tigers travel to Dayton to face the struggling Pirates in a league battle Friday, Oct. 18. Dayton is coming off a 68-44 loss to Rainier last week.

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