Week 3 of the prep football season on the Harbor is highlighted by wins from Montesano, Pe Ell-Willapa Valley and Raymond-South Bend.
Pe Ell-Willapa Valley 45, Wahkiakum 6
After two gut-wrenching losses to start the season, Pe Ell-Willapa Valley’s 45-6 win over Wahkiakum in Menlo on Friday was a welcome reprieve.
PWV (1-2 overall, 1-1 2B Coastal) took care of business early against the Mules (1-2) in the 2B Pacific-Coastal League matchup.
Titans sophomore Cody Strozyk scored two rushing touchdowns in the first quarter alone to put PWV up 14-0 after the first 12 minutes of play.
In the second quarter, PWV extended its lead when junior running back Blake Howard broke free for a 53-yard touchdown run followed by senior quarterback Kolten Fluke taking off for a 15-yard rushing score.
By halftime, PWV had a commanding 28-0 lead.
Howard scored on a 9-yard run in the third quarter with kicker Garrett Keeton booting a 44-yard field goal early in the fourth to put PWV up 39-0.
Mules quarterback Zakkary Carlson scored on a 57-yard run to break the Titans’ shutout bid with 8:36 left to go in the game, but on the ensuing kickoff, Howard scored on an 80-yard kickoff return to put the proverbial nail in the coffin.
After leading late in its two losses to Tenino and Adna, the PWV coaching staff was pleased with their players’ response on Friday.
“It was good to see the boys get there heads up after two close losses in a row,” PWV head coach Josh Fluke said. “The boys bounced back with one hell of a win tonight. … I’m just happy for the boys for keeping their heads up.”
PWV rushed for 279 yards on 37 carries, due in large part to the offensive-line play of Keeton and Owen Little.
Howard had 93 yards rushing on 10 carries with senior Wil Clements rushing for 83 yards on seven carries.
The Titans defense was led by lineman Lucas “Spud” Swogger (12 tackles) and Derek Fluke, who had two interceptions from his linebacker spot.
PWV will take on what Titans assistant coach John Peterson dubbed “the University of Napavine” at 7 p.m. on Friday at Willapa Valley High School.
Montesano 56, Columbia-White Salmon 0
Montesano was all business in dismantling Columbia-White Salmon 56-0 on Friday at Jack Rottle Field in Montesano.
Monte (2-1) had its way with the winless Bruins (0-3), scoring six rushing touchdowns and a Felix Romero field goal in the first half alone to lead 43-0 at the break.
The Bulldogs got a pair of touchdown runs by junior running back Gabe Bodwell and a 1-yard scoring run by senior quarterback Jayden McElravy to open the scoring.
Montesano left no doubt about the outcome in the second quarter, putting the game away with touchdown runs from junior receiver Bode Poler, senior running back Ethan Blundred and Bodwell’s third of the game.
After a scoreless third quarter, the Bulldogs extended the lead when sophomore running back Thomas Flink scored on a 15-yard run followed by a Romero fumble return for a 25-yard touchdown.
Montesano totalled 421 yards of offense — 307 of those on the ground — while the Bulldogs defense held CWS to just 56 yards of offense, including minus-52 rushing yards in the game.
Montesano’s defense also had five sacks and forced two interceptions to go along with Romero’s fumble recovery.
“I thought we played smart in all three phases,” Monte head coach Terry Jensen said. “We finally got the run game going a bit.”
The highlight of the game came when a Columbia-White Salmon screen pass went for over 80-yards and appeared to be headed for the end zone until Monte linebacker Kaleb Ames chased down and stopped the CWS runner at the Monte 1-yard line.
A few plays later, Monte’s defense thwarted the drive, stopping CWS on a 4th-and-goal from the 12 to preserve the shutout.
It was they type of play Jensen felt typified the way his team played on Friday.
“It was a tremendous hustle play by Kaleb,” he said. “He could’ve gave up on the play and they would’ve scored a touchdown, but he just chased the guy down. It was just a great play.”
Coming off an energetic win over Aberdeen and looking ahead to next week’s matchup against undefeated Castle Rock, Jensen said he and his coaching staff were concerned that Friday’s game had all the makings of a dreaded “trap game.”
“Yeah, we were worried about it,” Jensen admitted. “But our kids took care of business. … They came out and executed really well and took care of business. Just a great job by our kids and the coaches.”
Monte will take on the unbeaten Rockets at 7 p.m. at Jack Rottle Field in Montesano.
Castle Rock 28, Elma 18
Elma couldn’t dig itself out of an early hole in a 28-18 loss to Castle Rock on Friday at Castle Rock High School.
Elma (1-2) turned the ball over three times in its first three possessions and the undefeated Rockets (3-0) took advantage.
Castle Rock got first quarter touchdowns on a 9-yard run by Ian Burton followed by a 30-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Stephen Ibsen to Lane Partridge to take a 14-0 lead.
Elma rallied back in the second quarter, scoring twice on touchdown throws by junior quarterback Carter Studer to receiver Kyren Hackney, cutting the deficit to 14-12.
But Castle Rock responded just before halftime when Ibsen hit Chase Rusher for a 22-yard touchdown.
Ibsen’s two-point conversion made it a 22-12 game at the half.
Ibsen staked the Rockets to a 28-18 lead with a 5-yard scoring run with just under eight minutes left in the third quarter.
Elma responded when Studer and Hackney hooked up for their third touchdown pass-and-catch of the game, this time for five yards with 4:29 left in the third.
A Studer to TJ Dunlap two-point conversion make it a 28-18 game.
But that was as close as Elma would get as neither team was able to score in the final period.
All three of Elma’s turnovers were fumbles and the Eagles committed 11 penalties for 85 yards.
Elma had 195 yards of offense compared to 298 for Castle Rock.
Studer was 17-for-35 for 194 yard with three touchdowns and no interceptions, his favorite target being Hackney, who caught nine passes for 135 yards and three scores.
The Eagles will take on Columbia-White Salmon at 7 p.m. Friday at Columbia High School.
Raymond-South Bend 53, Ilwaco 8
Raymond-South Bend remains undefeated after a 53-8 blowout victory over Ilwaco on Friday at Ilwaco High School.
Raymond-South Bend (3-0, 1-0 2B Coastal) continued to show it has big-play ability, scoring on the first play from scrimmage when junior quarterback Austin Snodgrass sped away from the field with an 80-yard touchdown run.
Two touchdowns by senior running back Iyven Perez — one on RSB’s second play from scrimmage — and one by junior running back Ferrill Johnson in the first quarter had RSB up 27-0 at the end of the first 12 minutes of play.
Snodgrass opened the second quarter with another long TD run, this time for 55 yards with just over 10 minutes left in the first half.
After an Ilwaco touchdown, Snodgrass hit senior receiver Kai Huey with a 17-yard TD pass.
Perez ran for his third touchdown run of the game in the third quarter to round out the scoring.
Snodgrass carried the ball seven times for 183 yards and went 2-of-3 passing for 52 yards through the air.
Ravens senior running back Ty Reidinger ran the ball eight times for 62 yards.
Perez finished with 80 yards on five carries.
“We started out fast,” Raymond-South Bend head coach Luke Abbott said. “We scored on our first two offensive plays, which was great to see. After starting slow against Wahkiakum the week before, we couldn’t do that this week. I wanted to see us start out hot and I was very pleased with what I saw there.”
But it’s not all rosy for the Ravens, as Abbott pointed out RSB’s three turnovers and giving up a big play on the defensive side of the ball, issues his team needs to address as it gets into the teeth of a tough league schedule.
”They might be able to maybe get away with it this week, but looking down the road, we have a tough schedule ahead of us from this point forward and we can’t make those types of mistakes in the future and still be successful and they know that,” he said. “Those things we have to clean up.”
RSB will have a true test when it takes on Adna at 7 p.m. Friday at Adna High School.
Hoquiam 21, La Salle 14
Hoquiam made clutch plays down the stretch to earn a 21-14 victory over La Salle on Friday at La Salle High School.
The Grizzlies (2-1) fell behind 8-0 in the first quarter but got the offense going in the second frame.
Hoquiam running back Jake Templer got the Grizzlies into scoring position on 60-yard pass from quarterback Zander Jump.
Senior running back Anthony Burtenshaw would cash in the 9-play drive when he scored on a 2-yard touchdown run to trim the deficit to 8-7.
Hoquiam would take the lead in the second quarter, scoring on the first play of the drive when Jump hit senior receiver Owen McNeill for a 37-yard touchdown.
Leading 14-8 at the half, the Grizzlies saw La Salle (0-3) score to tie the game at 14-all after a blocked punt gave the Lightning excellent field position at the Grizzlies 22-yard line.
Hoquiam regained the lead in the fourth quarter on a 5-yard scoring run from Templer. Gevin Wonderly-Leonard’s extra point put the Grizzlies up 21-14.
Later in the quarter, a second Hoquiam punt was blocked and La Salle took over inside the Hoquiam red zone.
The Lightning drove down to the 2-yard line with three minutes remaining in the game. On a 4th-and-goal play a pass into the end zone was intercepted by Hobucket to thwart the potential tying score.
Hoquiam’s offense then went to work, killing the clock with more clutch plays. The Grizzlies converted two first downs, including a high IQ play from McNeill, who caught a pass from Jump on a key 3rd-down play and — rather than make a break for the end zone — got the first-down yardage then slid down inbound to secure the victory.
Jump finished with a team high 90 rushing yards to go along with 158 passing yards.
McNeill had 92 receiving yards with Templer (62 rec. yards, 61 rush yards) and Burtenshaw (32 rush yards) contributing to the Grizzlies offensive effort.
In addition to Hobucket’s clutch interception to keep the Grizzlies in the lead, Templer also had a pick in the game for a Hoquiam defense that consistently rose to the occasion on Friday.
“The defense played lights out, they defended a short field all night,” Hoquiam head coach Jeremy McMillan said. “Our offense just couldn’t sustain drives to keep our defense off of the field. This is a road warrior victory.”
Hoquiam will host Nooksack Valley at 6 p.m. Friday at Olympic Stadium.
WA School for the Deaf 27, Wishkah Valley 24
Wishkah Valley fell just short of picking up its first win of the season with a 27-24 loss to the Washington School for the Deaf in a 6-man contest on Thursday in Vancouver.
The Loggers (0-2, 0-1 1B Coastal) trailed 13-12 and the half and were led by quarterback Matthew Erickson (12-23, 267 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT), who threw for over 250 yards in his first start under center.
Erickson’s favorite target was tight end/running back Enrique Guzman, who had six catches for 153 yards and two touchdowns. Guzman also rushed three times for 31 yards and a touchdown.
Wishkah Valley’s William Boggs also caught two passes for 84 yards and a touchdown in the loss.
Wishkah’s defense was led by Erickson (6.5 tackles, sack), Guzman (6 tackles, sack), Kohl Brandner (6.5 tackles, 2 pass defenses), and Boggs (2 sacks, 2 pass defenses).
“We are a young team working hard. We had major improvements on both sides of the ball from last week,” Loggers head coach Mike Mitchell said. “We’re going to keep working hard as we prepare to play Mary M. Knight next week.”
The Loggers will face the Owls at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Wishkah Valley High School.
Lake Quinault 43, Mary M. Knight 12
Lake Quinault scored on three of the game’s first four possessions en route to a 43-12 victory over Mary M. Knight on Saturday in Elma.
The Elks (3-0) scored touchdowns on their first two offensive possessions on long touchdown runs by senior Charles Gumecindo, the first for 80 yards and the second a 40-yarder.
On the Owls’ second offensive possession, Lake Quinault’s Grady Fowler intercepted a pass and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown.
At that point, Elks coach Melvyn Houtz called off the dogs, pulling his starters and giving his younger players varsity experience against an Owls team comprised of young players, including several eighth and ninth-graders.
“I fell for my buddy across the field,” said Houtz, referring to MMK coach Tom Kerr. “Going through a rebuild, there is a lot of trial and error.”
In a sign of good sportsmanship, Lake Quinault began using timeouts toward the end of the game in an effort to allow the Owls’ offense time to run more plays and eventually score some points.
The teams combined for just one penalty in the game.
Lake Quinault hosts Clallam Bay at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Ocosta’s game against Oroville was cancelled due to a lack of players for Oroville and air-quality issues.