It was a busy first full Saturday of the fall prep sports season, with local Twin Harbors football, girls soccer, volleyball and cross country teams in action.
Adna 26, Pe Ell-Willapa Valley 8
Costly errors were too much to overcome as the Pe Ell-Willapa Valley Titans fell 26-8 to Adna in a non-league matchup on Saturday at Crogstad Field in Menlo.
Adna (1-1 overall) jumped out to a 19-0 lead in the second quarter — thanks in large part to a pair of TD passes from quarterback Lane Johnson — before the PWV offense could get rolling.
The Titans cut the Adna lead to 11 when running back Blake Howard punched it in from eight yards out followed by a 2-point conversion on a fake-PAT pass from holder Tyler Adkins to Wil Clements, making it a 19-8 game with 3:54 left in the first half.
Howard’s touchdown seemed to spark the Titans, as they moved the chains on offense and held the Pirates off the scoreboard for 19 minutes of game time.
But mistakes proved costly for the young Titans, killing drives into Adna territory and giving extra possessions to the Pirates.
The Titans (1-1) committed six turnovers (four fumbles, two interceptions) and had seven penalties for 70 yards, often at critical moments of the game.
“It was the old story of shooting yourself in the foot,” PWV head coach Josh Fluke said. “We’d get stuff going and then have a fumble or a holding penalty, but the turnovers killed us. … We’re lucky the score is what it is because it could have been 50-8.”
Fluke said he believes the reason the game didn’t turn into a blowout was because of how well his defense played.
“We ended up playing some good defense after we would turn the ball over.”
The Titans held Adna to just 57 rushing yards on 23 carries while Johnson had 206 yards on 18-of-28 passing, most of those yards coming in the first third of the game.
Adna sealed the victory when running back Gabe Slape scored on a 9-yard-run on the first play of the fourth quarter for his second touchdown of the game.
PWV nearly gained as many yards as the Pirates, 263-240, but Adna committed zero turnovers in the game.
Adkins, who started at quarterback for the Titans, was 5—of-16 for 90 yards and two picks.
Howard (14 carries, 59 yards, TD) and Derek Fluke (9-42) led PWV in rushing with Clements (2 receptions, 37 yards) leading Titans receivers on the stat sheet.
GIRLS PREP SOCCER
Aberdeen 1, Elma 0
A late goal by Marina Marll turned out to be the game-winner as Aberdeen squeaked past Elma 1-0 on Saturday at Stewart Field in Aberdeen.
Locked in a scoreless tie with neither team finding much success in the way of scoring chances, Marll was able to get a counter-attack run on a ball the was sent forward toward the Elma net. Before colliding with Elma defenders, the Bobcats junior forward got her foot on the ball and scored in the 67th minute for the game’s only goal.
That was enough for Aberdeen senior keeper Char Gutierrez and the Aberdeen defense, who turned back late pressure from the Eagles to secure the shutout victory.
In the first half, both teams played for longer, downfield runs while in the second half both teams showed more patient, controlled passing and possession.
But with both teams being very young this season, neither were able to produce many shots on goal with just five apiece.
“I know our potential. I know what we can do,” Elma head coach Evan Valentine said. “They just need to get used to playing fast and physical with composure. Once we do that, we’ll start finishing our chances.”
“We have a lot of stuff to work on, an overwhelming amount of stuff,” Aberdeen head coach Larry Fleming said. “I think if we slow the ball down and play the square and didn’t just try to send it every time, we probably get a lot of shots. Elma did a good job defensively, but our touch was off a little and we didn’t have accurate passing. … And our first touch was not good.”
Fleming added that though they are glad to get the victory, there is still much work to do to mold an inexperienced Bobcats team into a competitive, varsity-level squad.
“We did not execute (the game plan), but we were trying to do the right thing,” he said. “It’s a lot for young girls to remember they are playing at the varsity level and it’s not rec soccer where everyone is taking it easy.”
Tenino 7, Ocosta 1
Ocosta fell to 1A class power Tenino 7-1 on Saturday in Westport.
Playing its home-opener, Ocosta (1-1 overall) allowed four goals in the first half and fell behind 6-0 in the second half before Miki Ness headed home a corner kick from Kylee Denny to break the shutout with seven minutes to go in the game.
Tenino added a late goal with less than five minutes remaining to round out the scoring.
“We had some good play at times, but they scored on some poor clearances and on some nice crossing passes,” Ocosta head coach Mike King said. “They are a very experienced team. We’ll learn from this game and it will help us prepare for league.”
Ocosta takes title at North Beach Invitational
The Ocosta Wildcats defeated all comers in taking first place at the North Beach Invitational on Saturday in Ocean Shores.
Ocosta defeated Vashon Island 25-15, Aberdeen’s second squad 25-10, Taholah 25-18, Aberdeen’s top squad 25-8 and host North Beach 25-21 in pool play.
The Wildcats defeated Taholah 25-8 and 25-16 in the semifinals followed by a 25-17, 25-17 victory over the Hyaks in the finals.
“I am very pleased with the confidence of my young team,” said Ocosta head coach Erin Snider, whose team does not have one senior on the roster. “We have a ton of potential and I look forward to seeing what these hard-working players are capable of.”
Alexia Bradley (31 kills), Brynn Rasmus (50 assists), Samantha Schlegel (21 kills, 11 aces) and Noel Cudzey (100% service) led the way for the Wildcats on Saturday.
Onalaska 3, South Bend 0
South Bend opened its 2021-22 season with a straight-set loss to Onalaska on Saturday in South Bend.
Junior outside hitter Raydynn Morley (11 digs, 3 kills) and senior middle hitter Reece Williams (8 digs, 4 kills, 2 blocks) led the Indians (0-1 overall) in the 25-13, 25-16 and 25-16 loss.
”We played the first set nervous, but progressed in sets two and three,” South Bend head coach Kelsey Staats said. “I was pleased with a lot of the balls we handled defensively, but we struggled with our serving and that really hurt us.”
PREP CROSS COUNTRY
Todd, Anderson winners at Ocosta Invitational
Ocosta’s Dylan Todd and Montesano’s Aubrey Anderson took first in their respective races at the Ocosta Invitational cross-country meet on Saturday in Westport.
Todd ran the 2.95-mile course in 16:34, beating Montesano junior Aric Jacklin by seven seconds to win the boys race.
Wildcat twins Matthew and William Idso placed third and fourth with time of 17:29.5 and 17:30, respectively.
North Beach junior Asher Baggaley rounded out the top five, crossing the finish line with a time of 19:12.
In the girls race, Anderson edged Willapa Valley freshman Jasmine Solso by a mere second.
The Bulldogs senior came across with a winning time of 23:08 with the Vikings freshman finishing with an impressive 23:09 in only her second race at varsity distance.
“I am really proud of her,” Willapa Valley head coach Brad Donovan said of Solso. “She put in over 130 miles this summer getting ready and it is paying off for her. For a freshman girl, she is running impressively.”
Raymond junior Genevieve Sarich was also in the top group and finished just off the pace at 23:10 to place third despite dealing with abdominal issues.
Montesano freshman Hailey McElroy (23:33) and junior Lilly Schweppe (23:45) placed fourth and fifth, respectively.
For full race results, visit athletic.net/CrossCountry/Results/Meet.aspx?Meet=191687&show=all.
BOYS PREP GOLF
Hoquiam 184, La Center 239
For the second straight match to start the season, Hoquiam posted impressively low scores en route to a 184-239 victory over La Center on Thursday at Highland Golf Course.
The Grizzlies’ Mich Bozich and Dominic Pence each recorded 9-hole rounds of 44 to earn co-Medalists of the Match followed closely by teammate Cody Garman, who carded a 46.
Hoquiam’s top four scores were rounded off by two Grizzlies — Riley Montoure and Tommy Wallace — each of whom took 50 shots to complete their round.
The low scores were the second time this season the Grizzlies posted four scores of at least 50 or lower.
Hoquiam (184) — Mick Bozich 44, Dominic Pence 44, Cody Garman 46, Riley Montoure 50 (tie), Tommy Wallace 50 (tie).
La Center (239) — Nick Ehric 56, Adam Denney 59, Andrew McGavran 61, Blaine Joner 63.