Top-Ranked Tumwater Blows Past Capital, 42-0


TUMWATER — As the sun set on Sid Otton Field in Tumwater District Stadium Thursday, it didn’t take long for the game to set on visiting Capital High School.

Top-ranked Tumwater showed for the second-straight week that it is still the Class 2A team to beat, easily thumping Class 3A Capital in a 42-0 non-league thrashing at home on Thursday.

Four-star tight end Ryan Otton opened the scoring with a wide-open, 40-yard touchdown reception on the Thunderbirds’ opening drive of the game to put the T-Birds up 7-0 with 8:01 left in the first quarter.

Four minutes later, tailback Payton Hoyt increased the lead to 14-0 with a 25-yard touchdown jaunt after blowing past the Cougars’ secondary for his first of three rushing scores, all in the first half.

Hoyt scored his second rushing TD, this time from 5 yards out, to put the T-Birds up 21-0 with 9:06 left before the break. Less than three minutes later, Hoyt endedhis touchdowns for the night with a 26-yard burst to put Tumwater up 26-0 with 6:41 to go in the half.

Running back Carlos Matheny broke free for an 8-yard run before leveling a Cougars’ defender at the goal line to give Tumwater a 35-0 lead with 2:31 left in the first half.

Halfback Karson Schreiner capped off Tumwater’s scoring with a 33-yard touchdown blast up the gut to end the night’s scoring at 42-0.

The five rushing touchdowns were the result of Tumwater’s massive offensive line, flanked by Otton and 3-star tight end Austin Terry, which dominated the Cougars’ throughout the night. 

On the defensive side, the Thunderbirds’ D-line was equally devastating, shutting down the Cougars’ rushing attack and relentlessly harassing Capital’s quarterback with a powerful pass rush.

It made easy work for Tumwater’s DBs, who shut down the Cougars’ passing attack all night. The impressive DB play was highlighted by Ryan Orr’s second-quarter interception, made possible by Ashton Paine’s pass breakup on the far sideline, which set up Matheney’s score near the end of the half.

The Thunderbirds, unanimous No. 1 picks in the Associated Press state poll, were coming off a 56-6 blasting of then-10-ranked Enumclaw last Friday.

Now the Thunderbirds (2-0) will prepare to take on 2A Evergreen Conference foe Aberdeen (1-0) in Grays Harbor at 7 p.m. on Friday. The Bobcats are coming off a 40-8 victory over neighboring rival Hoquiam (0-1) last week. The Bobcats host Mark Morris this Friday.