Tenino junior Takari Hickle ran for four touchdowns and the Beavers ran away from cross-freeway foe Rochester, 64-40, in the annual non-league rivalry game Friday at home.
‘We battled through our league, a tough league, and ended with the rivalry game. The kids played well tonight,” Tenino coach Cary Nagel said. “(Hickle) is a good kid and plays really hard. He broke a couple long touchdown runs.”
Nagel said the annual game is one he looks forward to every year as the kids from both teams all know each other with many of them playing together when they were younger for Larch Mountain Little League, an organization that spans from Rochester to Tenino.
“It’s important to play this game every year,” Nagel said. “We like to keep the game going. They all know each other on a first-name basis.”
It was senior night for the Beavers, which end their season with a 4-2 record.
“The seniors sacrificed a lot and COVID threw a lot of curveballs,” Nagel said. “They all played well tonight.”
Rochester was led by do-it-all junior tailback Talon Betts, who rushed for two rushing scores and ran a kickoff to the house. The Warriors end their season 1-5, with their lone win coming against league rival Centralia.
Morton-White Pass put on a running display, rushing for all 236 of their offensive yards en route to a 40-14 defeat of Raymond-South Bend at home in the season-finale for both teams Friday night.
MWP’s sophomore back ran for 78 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries, while Layten Collette added 62 yards and three TDs on 11 carries as the Timberwolves rebounded from last week’s loss to Stevenson. Kysen Collette tacked on seven carries for 68 yards.
The Timberwolves opened the scoring on a safety during the Raven’s opening possession of the game. L. Colette followed that up with a five-yard touchdown run and a two-yard TD blast later in the first quarter.
Dantinne then scored back-to-back touchdowns, first on a strip that he returned 62 yards and then a 20-yard TD jaunt. The T-Wolves tacked on another safety in the third quarter, followed by L. Collette’s third rushing score, a one-yarder. RSB got both its touchdowns in the fourth quarter, an 8-yard pass from junior quarterback Adrian Quintana to senior tight end Hunter Clements, and a 41-yard rushing TD by sophomore Colby Branham.
Morton-White Pass ends its season with a 4-2 record, and coach Lee Metcalf said the thing he’ll remember the most about this season is how the team improved from week to week.
“Last week we challenged the kids to be physical,” Metcalf said. “This week we came ready to compete and set the tone early, and we were in the right places at the right times. To go out with a winning record was neat to see.”
Scoring 40 points usually means stuffing the offensive stat sheet. But for W.F. West during its 40-12 victory over Clover Park on the road in Friday’s non-league season finale, the Bearcats mostly stuffed the special teams stat sheet.
The Bearcats scored on a block punt, a fumble recovery and a kick return to cruise their way to victory on a long road trip.
Senior running back Max Taylor got most of his team-high 78 rushing yards on the opening score of the game, a 42-yard TD romp to give the Bearcats an early lead. Sophomore quarterback Gavin Fugate connected with senior wideout Cade Haller for a 28-yard touchdown, while Darren Gray scooped up a fumble recovery and took it 18 yards for the score to end the first quarter.
Bryce Laufenberg, usually known for his field goals and PATs, blocked a punt and ran it back for a score, before Clover Park got one on the board with a 14-yard rush. Cade Haller then returned a kickoff for a touchdown, followed by Luke Wichert’s 10-yard touchdown run. Clover Park ended the scoring with a 52-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.
“It was a good way to end the season,” W.F. West coach Dan Hill said. “The seniors put a lot of hard work and tie in. We got a lot of seniors involved tonight. It was a nice, fun win to send the seniors out. I’m really proud of them. They’ve gone through a lot the past 12 months. They all became great leaders and the heartbeat of the Bearcats lived on through them.”