A pair of Raymond running backs rushed for over 100 yards as the Seagulls downed North Beach 42-6 on Friday at Raymond High School.
Raymond rushers McCartney Maden and Joseph Villalpando each had a productive game for the Seagulls. Maden ran for 133 yards on 14 carries while Villalpando carried the ball 16 times for 123 yards and a pair of scores.
Maden, a senior and the Seagulls leading rusher this season with 456 yards, scored on first-half runs of one and 10 yards to stake Raymond (2-3, 2-1 Pacific 2B Coastal) to a 14-0 first-half lead.
Villalpando scored on a short run as time expired in the first half to give Raymond a 21-0 lead at the half.
Big runs highlighted a big third quarter for Raymond as Maden and Villalpando combined for three scoring runs of 40-plus yards. Maden broke off a 49-yard scoring scamper at the 10:53 mark of the period followed by a 44-yarder for his fourth touchdown two minutes later.
Villalpando gave the Seagulls a 42-0 lead when he scored on a 44-yard run with 7:32 left in the third quarter.
North Beach (0-6, 0-3) scored to avoid the shutout when quarterback Garrett Armbruster hit Josh Bighead with a 34-yard touchdown pass with 1:28 left in the game.
The victory keeps Raymond in contention for a playoff spot, as the Seagulls are tied with the Ilwaco Fishermen for third place in the 2B Pacific League’s Coastal Division with identical 2-1 league records. Both Raymond and Ilwaco sit a half-game behind Ocosta and Pe Ell-Willapa Valley, which are tied for first place with 2-0 league records.
Raymond will face Ocosta at 7 p.m. on Friday in Westport, with huge league implications on the line.
North Beach will look to get its first win of the season with an upset over PWV at 7 p.m. on Friday in Ocean Shores.
Montesano 45, Woodland 6
Montesano quarterback Trace Ridgway threw four touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs to a 45-6 rout over Woodland on Friday at Woodland High School.
Monte (6-0, 2-0 Evergreen 1A), the 10th-ranked team in the latest AP Poll, dominated its sixth-straight opponent in all aspects of the game. The Bulldogs outgained Woodland (2-4, 1-2 Greater St. Helen’s 2A) 413-121 while Monte’s defense snared four interceptions —two by junior linebacker Cayleb Reninger —and held the Beavers scoreless until the 7:15 mark of the fourth quarter, after the outcome had long been determined.
The Bulldogs started slow, going without a point for the 12 minutes of the game while throwing an interception and a losing a fumble.
But a 1-yard scoring run from Brent Hollatz early in the second quarter got the ball rolling for Monte, which took a 10-0 lead on a 37-yard field goal by Jordan King four minutes later.
Monte took a 17-0 lead into the half when Ridgway tossed his first touchdown pass of the game, hitting running back Aydan Darst for nine yards with 35 seconds left in the first half.
”We started out really slow, but played really well from the middle of the second quarter on,” Jensen said. “Threw and interception early, had an early fumble, but I was proud of our kids. They didn’t get flustered and started playing much better.”
Monte put the game away in the third quarter. Ridgway hit receiver Sam Winter with a 20-yard TD pass in the first minute of the second half followed by Hollatz’s second 1-yard touchdown run of the game midway through the third quarter. Ridgway threw his third TD pass of the game at the 2:23 mark of the frame, hitting King with a 10-yard scoring strike for a 38-0 lead.
Woodland prevented the shutout when quarterback Isaiah Flanagan hit receiver Easton Ortega with a 7-yard touchdown pass with 7:15 left to go in the game.
But Monte responded when Ridgway hit receiver Braden Dohrmann for hit longest TD pass of the game, a 52-yard strike with 4:54 left in the game, giving the Bulldogs the 45-6 victory.
Ridgway went 10-for-14 for 196 yards and ran for 74 yards on 10 carries to lead all Monte rushers.
The Bulldogs defense held Woodland to 57 yards rushing while Flanagan went 8-for-18 for 64 yards and four interceptions through the air.
Aside from Reninger’s two picks, Monte defenders Colby Adams and Alex Mesquita also had intereptions in the game.
Flanagan was under frequent pressure as Ridway, Reninger and Tanner Nicklas each had a sack in the game.
The victory sets up the 1A Evergreen League’s most impactful game of the season to this point, as the Bulldogs will face Hoquiam at 7 p.m. on Friday at Olympic Stadium.
The two rivals are tied atop the league with identical 2-0 records as the schedule turns to the final few weeks of the regular season.
Baker (Ore.) 30, Pe Ell-Willapa Valley 14
Pe Ell-Willapa Valley held an early lead against the Baker Bulldogs, but couldn’t hold it in a gutsy 30-14 loss on Friday at Pe Ell High School.
Playing without several key starters, including quarterback Logan Walker (collarbone) and running back Peter Hamilton (knee), PWV took an early lead on Max Smith’s 1-yard touchdown run at 3:35 of the first quarter.
But Baker, which plays in the Oregon School Activities Association’s 4A class (comparable to WIAA 2A), struck back with a Spencer Smith touchdown pass to Riley Flanagan with just under a minute to go in the quarter, tying the game at 7-7.
Spencer Smith then scored on a 3-yard run to give the Bulldogs (5-2) a 14-7 lead at the half.
Smith hit Flanagan early in the third quarter on a 25-yard scoring pass for a 21-7 lead.
Smith then scored on a 16-yard run at the 4:27 mark of the third quarter and a Bulldogs field goal in the fourth gave Baker a 30-7 lead.
PWV’s Max Smith scored his second touchdown on a 1-yard run with 38 seconds left in the game to round out the scoring at 30-14.
All things considered, PWV head coach Josh Fluke was nothing but proud at the conclusion of Friday’s contest.
“We came out and played an excellent game,” he said. “In my book, it was a win. … (Baker) started to get going in the third quarter, but we didn’t give up and put our heads down and kept playing.”
PWV (3-3, 2-0 Pacific 2B – Coastal) totaled 107 rushing yards, led by Max Smith’s 71 yards on 20 carries.
Tyler Adkins, who took over for Walker as the signal caller last week, went 5-for-8 passing for 57 yards and an interception.
Baker had 156 rushing yards and 123 passing yards and recovered one of PWV’s two fumbles in the game.
The Titans look to stay atop the league standings when they face North Beach at 7 p.m. on Friday at North Beach High School.
Fluke and company are not taking the winless Hyaks for granted.
“We never overlook anybody,” he said. “It’s in North Beach and it’s always a tough game there.”
Ocosta 12, Ilwaco 7
The Ocosta Wildcats made the defensive plays down the stretch to earn a hard-fought 12-7 victory over Ilwaco on Friday at Ilwaco High School.
After a scoreless first quarter, Ocosta’s Cole Hatton forced a fumble and Dylan Medford recovered inside the Ilwaco 20-yard line. Two plays later, Wildcats running back Dakota Davis scored on an 11-yard run to put Ocosta up 6-0 at the half.
In the third quarter, Ilwaco drove the ball inside the Ocosta 10-yard line, but the Wildcats defense stopped Ilwaco on a 4th-and-goal to thwart the scoring threat.
But a few plays later, a Hatton pass went through the hands of an Ocosta receiver and was intercepted and returned for a touchdown to give Ilwaco its first lead of the game at 7-6.
Hatton got the lead back halfway through the third quarter, hitting Davis on a 24-yard touchdown pass, giving the Wildcats a 12-6 advantage.
With 3:25 left in the game, an Ocosta punt was mishandled and recovered by Medford. Ocosta was able to run out the clock to preserve a crucial 2B Pacific League victory.
Davis finished with 102 yards rushing and 40 receiving yards.
Hatton had 93 passing yards.
Ocosta (6-0, 2-0) takes on Raymond at 7 p.m. on Friday at Ocosta High School.
Tumwater 54, Aberdeen 8
Aberdeen gave up several big plays to the top-ranked Tumwater Thunderbirds in a 54-8 loss on Friday in Tumwater.
The Bobcats (2-4, 1-1 Evergreen 2A) had no answers for a talented Thunderbirds offense as Tumwater (6-0, 2-0) scored 47 points in the first half. Aberdeen allowed scoring runs of 56, 45, 36 and 60 yards in the first half alone. Tumwater also scored on a 65-yard punt return and a 36-yard passing play in its offensive onslaught.
Aberdeen scored its only points of the game on Kaiden Schubert’s 1-yard TD run with approximately eight minutes to go in the third quarter.
The Bobcats take on Black Hills at 7 p.m. on Friday at Tumwater District Stadium.
South Bend 40, Oakville 20
South Bend’s offense came alive in the second half, scoring 32 of its 40 points after halftime in a 40-20 road win over Oakville on Friday.
The Indians (3-2) and Acorns (1-4) both struggled to get going early with the two teams shutting each other out in the first quarter.
South bend and Oakville both found pay dirt once in the second quarter and the teams went into the locker room tied at eight apiece.
The Indians scored 16 in the third quarter and 16 more in the fourth to put the game out of reach.
Indians quarterback Chase Flynn was a big part of the team’s success with 14 carries and 192 yards to go along with two touchdowns.
South Bend’s Joshua Johnson was also impressive with three touchdowns on 11 carries.
South Bend will try to push its win streak to three games on Friday against Mary M. Knight in Elma. Kick off is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
— Hasani Grayson, Grays Harbor News Group