What a difference a year can make.
Last fall, a short-staffed Morton-White Pass team went to Forks and was dominated to the tune of 69-0. Fast forward 12 months, and the T-Wolves earned themselves a signature win Friday, coming back to beat the very same Spartans 24-13.
“It was definitely circled on our calendars,” head coach Lee Metcalf said. “We wanted to play at our best, getting them at our place and knowing that they beat a 2A team Week 1. We were kind of dialed up a bit.”
Midway through the second quarter, Forks led 13-0. But the Timberwolves found their spark, scoring twice before halftime and converting a pair of two-point tries to take a lead into the break.
Then in the third quarter, Brecken Pelletier capped off a drive with a 1-yard plunge, and the T-Wolves had their insurance.
Carter Dantinne led MWP with 92 yards on 22 carries. As a team, the T-Wolves combined for 173 yard on the ground; in last season’s matchup Forks held them to minus-25.
Morton-White Pass outgained Forks 238-188. Pelletier was 5 for 6 for 41 yards through the air, while Judah Kelley added a 24-yard completion.
Hunter Hazen led the receivers with 53 yards on four catches, and also was credited with the go-ahead touchdown on the ground, when Dantinne took a handoff from the 7-yard line, went 2 yards and fumbled, and he picked it up and rumbled across the goal line.
The win is MWP’s second of the week, after a Tuesday victory over White Swan that had been pushed back from the previous weekend due to the Goat Rocks Fire.
“I think they just maintained the intensity from Tuesday,” Metcalf said. “We had some really good practices this week, some really good film study, and it paid off.”
Now, the T-Wolves sit still unbeaten at 3-0, with a real chance to crack the 2B top-10 and a matchup with Rainier next Friday.