Football: Tribe remains perfect on the season; Nathan Lamb throws four touchdowns in 49-0 win

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By Spencer Beair
Special to the Sun-Gazette

TULARE – A week after scoring their third highest point total of the season, the Tulare Union Tribe continued to roll with their fifth straight shutout 49-0 over the Portville Panthers.

The Tribe (8-0, 3-0) got to the scoring early in the first quarter. Nathan Lamb found Julian Espinoza for a touchdown and a subsequent extra point kick to put the Tribe up 7-0 in the first few minutes of the game. Randy Jordan Jr., a Fresno State commit, extended the Tribes’ lead to 14-0, when he returned a punt to the end zone with seven minutes to go. Lamb got his third touchdown when he found Darius Baker for a 38-yard strike. This one was special as it was Lamb’s 100th touchdown pass of his high school career.

“I’m grateful to have my receivers to help me out and I’m just really glad to have everyone who supported me,” Lamb said.

Lamb wasn’t done with just a milestone. With six seconds left he got his third score of the quarter as he found Willie James to put the Tribe up 28-0.

The second quarter was mostly uneventful with the ball going back and forth and the Panthers’ (6-2, 1-2) putting up more of an effort to stop Tulare’s monster offense. The only scoring play was a rushing touchdown from David Dailey with 20 seconds left in the second quarter, bringing the score to 35-0 as halftime came around.

The third quarter went much the same as the second, with the only scoring play being a rushing touchdown from Donovan Smith. The Panthers were consistently stopped by a huge performance from Tulare Union’s defensive line. Although Tulare’s offense is more known for its explosive potential, the defense is nothing to scoff at either, and they were key to Tulare’s dominance.

In the last quarter of the game, Nathan Lamb threw for his fourth touchdown pass, this one to receiver Willie James. Lamb finished the game going 18-26 for 254 yards. This season, he has amassed close to 2,500 yards of offense through the air.

“Defense played well this game. Kickoff team was also great, “Tulare Union head coach Darren Bennett said. “Some really good defense helped us win.”

Tulare Union will continue their home stand this Friday night, Oct. 19, against the Mission Oak Hawks at 7:30 p.m.

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