The Elma Eagles and Montesano Bulldogs took care of business against opponents in higher classifications on Friday, blowing out their respective foes to earn non-league road victories as we take a look at Week 2 prep football games.
Elma 63, Rochester 14
The Eagles scored nearly as many points off of turnovers in the game as they scored in the first quarter as Elma routed 2A Rochester 63-14 on Friday at Rochester High School.
The Eagles (2-0 overall) scored 28 points in the first quarter and 27 points off turnovers in the game as the Eagles cruised to its second blowout victory in as many weeks.
“It was more competitive than the score shows,” Elma head coach Ron Clark said. “They had some good skill guys and we had some trouble covering them. … Our offense came through. They were hitting on all cylinders.”
Elma opened the scoring with a Cody Vollan touchdown pass to Noah Huttula in the first quarter.
But Rochester (1-1) responded to tie the game at 7-7 on Tristan Johnson’s 3-yard run two minutes later.
That’s as close as the Warriors would get as big plays and turnovers quickly helped to extend an Elma lead. Vollan scored on a 62-yard scamper on the Eagles subsequent possession and Elma got the ball back when Tysen Richardson intercepted Rochester quarterback Daniel May near midfield. Elma running back Isaiah O’Farrill scored on a 30-yard run a few plays later to give the Eagles a 21-7 lead.
On Rochester’s next possession, Elma linebacker Brady Shriver returned an interception 21 yards for a score, giving the Eagles a 28-7 lead at the end of one quarter.
Elma went up 35-7 when Vollan hit Richardson for a 12 yard touchdown early in the second quarter.
Rochester tried to stop the bleeding when May hit Bodey Smith on a 60-yard touchdown pass play, but Elma marched right back down the field and scored on a Vollan pass to Shriver from 27-yards out to make it a 41-14 game at the half.
Elma scored twice more off turnovers in the third quarter, both on O’Farrill runs from inside the Rochester 5-yard line. Carter Ayres’ fumble recovery led to an O’Farrill 5-yard TD run with nine minutes left in the frame and a Nick Church interception led to a 4-yard O’Farrill score to make it a 54-14 game.
An Elma safety late in the third followed by a 12-yard touchdown run by Conan Baxter in the fourth topped off the night’s scoring.
“Our defense kind of got woken up there,” Clark said. “We had to compete and the kids responded.
Elma was playing without four starters, most of those being on the offensive line. Clark commended his bench for stepping up when needed.
“We had some young kids that had to step in for some injured players and they played their butts off,” he said. “We held the fort and got to get some guys healthy for down the road. … What I saw tonight was a great effort for our team and those kids had fun playing football.”
Clark also added he thought his offensive coordinator Casey Doyle and defensive coordinator Larry Raynes were “both really good tonight” in the play-calling department.
Elma faces Aberdeen at 7 p.m. on Friday at Stewart Field.
Montesano 55, Shelton 0
Montesano put together what head coach Terry Jensen called a “great performance all the way around” in a 55-0 drubbing of the 3A Shelton Highclimbers on Friday at Shelton High School.
Bulldogs quarterback Trace Ridgway led the way for Monte, rushing for three touchdowns and throwing for two more. The 6-foot-2 senior hit running back Aydan Darst with a 34-yard touchdown strike to open the scoring at 9:38 in the first quarter.
Ridgway then ran for two consecutive scores of nine and two yards to put Monte up 21-0 at the end of the first 12 minutes of play.
Monte (2-0) put the game out of Shelton’s reach with a pair of scores in the second frame. Jordan King split the uprights with a 33-yard field goal at the 8:19 mark followed by a Ridgway 15-yard scoring run that put Monte up 32-0 at the half.
Ridgway hit receiver Sam Winter for an 11-yard TD pass in the third quarter as the quarterback accounted for five of Montesano’s eight offensive scores.
“Both Ridgway and Winter played really well on offense,” Jensen said, adding his offensive line of Tanner Nicklas, Caleb Reninger, Jack Anderson, Kodi Hunley and Kenny Koonrad “did a great job of opening up holes and letting our running backs do their thing.”
Monte ran for 215 yards on the ground, including fourth-quarter TD runs from Isaac and Isaiah Pierce.
Ridgway ended the evening an efficient 13-for-15 for 179 yards and the aforementioned two TD passes.
The Bulldogs defense held the Highclimbers to minus-7 yards rushing on 26 carries.
“We got on them right away and just added on after that,” Jensen said of the victory. “The kids played hard and that is the majority of the battle right there. I’m real proud of them.”
Monte faces Columbia-White Salmon on the road at 7 p.m. on Friday.
Ocosta 41, Toutle Lake 14
The Ocosta Wildcats got a solid night from quarterback Cole Hatton and linebacker Isaac O’Hagan en route to a 41-14 drubbing of Toutle Lake on Friday at Griffin Field in Westport.
O’Hagan got things started for the Wildcats with a rare play in the first quarter. On the Ducks’ first possession of the game, O’Hagan timed a blitz up the middle perfectly and stole the quarterback-fullback exchange, returning the ball eight yards while dragging a Toutle Lake tackler and setting up the Ocosta offense with great field position.
“I’ve never seen a play like that,” Ocosta head coach Chris Raffelson said of O’Hagan’s rare feat.
The remarkable play led to a Cesar Martinez touchdown run shortly thereafter, giving Ocosta a 7-0 lead.
Hatton got the offense going on Ocosta’s next possession. The senior quarterback hit receiver Dylan Medford for a 22-yard score and a 14-0 lead.
Toutle Lake (0-2) scored at the end of the first quarter to cut the Ocosta lead to 14-7.
Both teams scored a touchdown in the second quarter to make it a 21-14 lead for the Wildcats (2-0) heading into halftime.
Ocosta then began to pull away in the third quarter. Martinez scored on a 12 yard run, bulldozing over two would-be Toutle Lake tacklers in the process.
Later in the third quarter, Hatton and Medford hooked up for another pitch-and-catch touchdown.
Ocosta’s Harley Figueroa scored on a 12-yard run in the fourth quarter to give the Wildcats the 41-14 victory.
Hatton finished 10-of-16 for 181 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
Medford had 110 yards receiving and two touchdowns.
Defensively, O’Hagan led the way with a monster game. The junior linebacker 14 tackles, a sack, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Hatton added seven tackles and lineman Devin Goodfrey had six tackles, four for a loss.
“This helps set the tempo for the kids. … They’re really stepping up and playing hard,” Raffelson said of the victory. “Everybody is getting playing time and they’re stepping up and playing great.”
Ocosta will play Oroville at a neutral site (Cascade High School, Leavenworth) at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21.
Morton-White Pass 14, Raymond 8
A late score for Morton White-Pass helped it squeak past Raymond as the Seagulls fell 14-8 on Friday night at Raymond High School.
The Timberwolves opened the scoring with a 5-yard touchdown reception from Carter Dantinne to put MWP up 8-0 after a successful two-point conversion with 9:26 left in the first quarter.
Raymond’s McCartney Maden returned an interception 99 yards for a touchdown right before halftime to pull the Seagulls (0-2) even with the Timberwolves (1-1) at 8-8 heading into the locker room.
Dantinne struck again for the T-Wolves with a 57-yard touchdown reception with 3:47 left in the first quarter in what proved to be the game-winning play for Morton White-Pass.
Raymond head coach Luke Abbott said there will be more than a few things to improve on in practice this week.
“We played tough defensively, but struggled to break and finish. We over-pursued a lot. That’s something we need to get better at,” he said. “Offensively, we struggled. We had a few turnovers and our line had a difficult time creating holes for our backs. A lot of things to look at on film and work on.”
Raymond opens league play with a game against rival Pe Ell-Willapa Valley at 7 p.m. on Friday.
— Hasani Grayson, Grays Harbor News Group
Pe Ell Willapa Valley 46, Concrete 12
Pe Ell-Willapa Valley made up for last week’s lopsided loss with a dominant 46-12 victory over Concrete on the road on Saturday.
The Titans (1-1) got a big game from Max Smith, who rushed for 148 yards on 12 carries while finding the end zone four times against the Lions.
Peter Hamilton was also solid for the Titans and got the scoring started with 5-yard touchdown run at 10:31 of the first quarter to put PWV up 7-0 on the team’s first possession of the game.
Kollin Jurek then made a splash on special teams two minutes later with a 50-yard punt return for a touchdown with 8:31 left in the opening frame to push the lead to 14-0.
Smith ran for two more touchdowns before the end of the first quarter to give the Titans a commanding 27-0 lead.
PWV head coach Josh Fluke said offensive play was key to setting the tone in the first half.
“We just went back to our bread and butter. We threw a couple of short passes, but otherwise we just ran the ball. The offensive line did excellent, they made holes you could drive trucks through for our backs.”
The Pe Ell-Willapa Valley run game succeeded despite a injury to Peter Hamilton, who left the game in the first quarter. His status for next week’s game is uncertain.
The Titans will be back at home for a matchup with Raymond at 7 p.m. on Friday.
— Hasani Grayson, Grays Harbor News Group
Taholah vs. South Bend cancelled
The game between the Taholah Chitwhins and South Bend Indians originally scheduled for Saturday was cancelled. No rescheduled date was provided at the time of this writing.